With workers spending an average of 47 years of their lives in the office, it’s important that commercial buildings, such as office spaces and university libraries, offer a fully functional space that allows its users to work efficiently. Emma Segelov from MK Electric offers some insight into how even the slightest of changes to a working space can help cultivate a great atmosphere and boost productivity.
USB integrated sockets are proving to be particularly popular at the moment, largely due to the dramatic increase in the number of electrical devices supplied with a USB charging cable, such as tablets and smartphones. The emergence of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ workplace culture has also played a part in the widespread adoption of these sockets, with the average worker using three or more devices every day. Not only does the addition of these charging ports offer a further option to employees and clients looking to power up their devices, it helps with productivity and product usability; the additional charging ports enable multiple devices to be powered from one source instead of a traditional two-gang socket outlet that only allows dual activity.
Furthermore, the new generation of students are part of the tech savvy millennials that have grown up with mobile phones and other devices, and these digital natives have a significant demand for charging points for their mobile tech. As USBs are an international standard, installing USB integrated sockets benefits those travelling from overseas for study – or meetings in an office environment. Instead of having to pack a multitude of often heavy and bulky charging packs and plug adaptors, they simply require their own USB charging lead.
As an additional benefit, USB sockets do not need to be PAT tested, unlike standalone chargers, as the charging point is part of the building infrastructure. This can help to save costs for the likes of facilities managers whilst ensuring a safe working space for employees, students and other users.
Each MK Electric USB socket also features dynamic device recognition (DDR), an innovative safety feature specifically built in to detect charging configurations from a wide range of manufacturers. All devices draw charge in different ways, and this means that certain USB chargers can effectively power up an iPhone, but struggle to efficiently charge an iPad. DDR recognizes the device that has been plugged in and reacts accordingly for optimal and efficient charging.
What’s more, USB sockets are easy to incorporate in refurb and retrofit opportunities as they can simply replace existing sockets. Take MK’s iconic Logic Plus range, for example. Its USB integrated socket has been re-engineered to fit into a standard 25mm back box, allowing for a quick and easy installation. This is good news for refurb projects, as a simple product switch saves on time, resources and money, making the job efficient and effective.
And for more versatility within the office environment, USB modules can be used. Incorporating a USB charging Euro module into power distribution systems such as floorboxes or desking solutions can help to ensure that power is available wherever it is required
USB charging solutions are an easy and cost-effective way to modernize offices or university buildings, helping to create a productive working environment while boosting productivity and morale.
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