Like a constellation that guides sailors to shore, connected sensors and cameras help enterprises steer employees into a hybrid workplace of enhanced safety, productivity, and satisfaction.\nOver the next two years, 79% of organizations plan to invest significant amounts of money in at least one Internet of Things (IoT) project. In the same time frame, the average large enterprise expects to deploy nine different IoT use cases.\nSkyrocketing adoption of hybrid workforces deserves much of the credit for today\u2019s uptick in IoT rollouts in corporate offices, according to Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research. Whereas some verticals\u2014such as manufacturing, transportation, and energy\u2014were relatively quick to buy into IoT, traditional office settings have been slower to invest in these solutions.\nThat has changed. Now employees are equally likely to work from home, a coffee shop, or a business office, enterprises need their spaces to be as flexible as their IT setups, and they\u2019re turning to you and your team to make this happen.\nGuiding lights\nWhile there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all IoT, an enterprise\u2019s smart-space success story is built on the cloud. By leveraging cloud infrastructure, you can use the same architecture you deployed or built up over the past couple of years, thereby accelerating your rollout. The cloud provides flexibility and agility, allowing you to expand or contract resources as needed.\nFlexibility is also necessary when it comes to supporting the hybrid workplace. You can use IoT technologies to deliver convenience and comfort.\u00a0\nSmart cameras or sensors integrated with a hot-desk booking application allow employees to determine desk availability and ensure the area meets their personal comfort level in terms of sanitation and cleanliness.\nIn addition, administrators can use data collected by each device to analyze how desks, meeting rooms, and other office resources are used\u2014or not. With this information, they can reallocate resources, redesign common areas, or perhaps rethink their lease or ownership plans.\nSecurity conscious\nSmart cameras do much more than monitor the scene in front of their unblinking lenses.\nTo add another layer of protection, you can set up a camera to alert security guards to investigate if doors are propped open. Motion sensors or cameras can also send alerts to guards if they sense or see movement in a restricted area or after hours.\nIn fact, businesses increasingly install sensors in buildings to collect data about movement, light, heat, and use of space. And, because you\u2019re all about the cloud, you can access secure monitoring and management of all your cameras from anywhere without the need for extra software.\nData does it\nEnterprises are using the same sensors and cameras to make new discoveries about how employees and customers use resources.\nBy adhering Bluetooth\u00ae Low Energy (BLE) tags or labels to shareable items such as wheelchairs, hospitals can track these moveable pieces of equipment to reduce loss and theft and save invaluable time, said Kerravala. The hospitals\u2019 IoT sensors, cameras, tags, and wireless network also collect data that help advise administrators on future building plans and investments, he added.\nBusinesses also are using data from IoT devices to monitor occupancy rates\u2014both the total number of people within a building and room occupancies. Measuring people\u2019s activity gives these enterprises actionable insight into how employees and visitors use spaces, empowering them to enhance the employee and guest experience.\nOdds are if you bring in bagels or pizza, everyone will be tempted to gather in the conference room. Without a tasty incentive however, knowing the exact head count or whereabouts of your colleagues is challenging, and determining the cleanliness of a desk or room would be even more so. Combining sensors and cameras on a secure, wireless network creates a safe, hybrid workspace and a warm welcome back to the corporate office.\nTransform your offices into safe spaces with Cisco Meraki.