Belkin announces latest addition to Connected Things division

With the trend for co- working at an all-time high, Belkin, the connected things division of Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), has announced the global launch of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock at IFA.

The launch comes at a time when both corporate offices and co- working spaces are embracing the idea of “hotel desks.” These unassigned, operating-system agnostic desks are based on the premise that employees should be able to work wherever and whenever they want without having their productivity interrupted.

Recent surveys on workspace trends have shown, among other things, that:

  • Up until 2022, the number of co- working spaces is expected to grow at an annual rate of 6% in the United States and 13% elsewhere
  • In 2018, the number of co-working spaces rose 16% in the US and 36% outside the US
  • Europe is predicted to have 236 million square metres of flexible space in 2019, which represents a 12% annual increase

Belkin says the Thunderbolt 3 Dock works well in corporate offices and co-working spaces. It features multiple ports, namely four USB-A 3.0, one USB-A 3.1, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port, Gigabit Ethernet, Display Port, Audio In/ Out, 85W upstream charging – for all-in-one connectivity to a Thunderbolt 3 device.

It is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems and supports two 4K displays at 60Hz or one 8K display at 30Hz.

There are an estimated 35,000 flexible workspaces in the world today and their global market value is estimated at around $26bn. Steve King from Emergent Research says co-working became an attractive concept because back when it first started to appear, it countered the pejorative views of the traditional office. In fact, just a few years ago, co-working was considered to be a “movement” or a trend, with many believing it would fade away.

Fast-forward to 2019 and co- working is a full-blown industry that has disrupted the property world and the way people work. And while it can’t accurately be predicted whether the term co-working will still be used 10 years from now, as language evolves, industry terminology moves with it, and there is no denying that co- working is today’s normal.

Co-working, as well as other flexible workspaces, are known for offering environments that are conducive to innovation, collaboration, and productivity. Such workplaces pioneered a human approach to design, a trend which is gaining popularity among property developers, landlords, and companies.

Co-working has become the expected and preferred workplace of today’s workforce. This is evidenced in the fact that large companies are increasingly seeking to enhance the workplace experience as a means of attracting and retaining talent, and that a The Thunderbolt 3 Dock significant percentage of workers who have the option to work from home or a coffee shop prefer to work from a co-working space.

In 2018, Foxconn Interconnect Technology merged with Belkin International (Belkin, Linksys, Wemo, Phyn) to create a global consumer electronics leader. Today, this group leads in connecting people with technologies at home, at work and on-the-go.

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