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Even with lockdown easing, working from home is likely to be the new normal for many people for the foreseeable future. Marie Parry, group marketing director Scolmore Group, looks at how wholesalers can offer smart technology to enhance new ‘office’ environments.


t may have started out with the requisitioning of a corner of the kitchen table, but as lockdown continued,

millions in the UK found themselves adapting to a new working from home regime. With restrictions being liſted and people starting to make their way back into office environments, it is likely that for many, working from home will become a new regular pattern in their working week. Having made do with their temporary situations while uncertainty on the return to work prevailed, many are now assessing how they can make their living space work better to accommodate their new long-term working requirements. Long periods confined indoors have also given householders ample time to

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question other aspects of their living environment, such as the increase in energy usage, as well as security provision. The biggest hurdle for many, at a time when job security and financial constraints are a major worry, will be the perceived expense of making any significant changes. The decision to convert a spare bedroom or the corner of a room, for example, may simply require additional sockets to be added to cope with the plethora of equipment required – laptops, monitors, routers, boosters, lamps etc.

Taking control The ability to control lighting will have appeal both from an energy saving point of view as well as convenience and this can be easily and

relatively cheaply addressed with a smart system which can be operated from a smartphone. The Click Smart+ system, for example, has been designed to simplify and streamline connected home products – lighting controls, smart sockets, security cameras and sensors. It utilises Zigbee technology – one of the most widely adopted smart home communication protocols. Zigbee certified devices require the Click Smart+ Hub and communicate with each other using a mesh network which creates multiple pathways for the connection of multiple smart home devices without compromising signal and communication range. Installation is simple and flexible, with no additional cables or wall cutting required, making it ideal where keeping disruption to a

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