Interclean Amsterdam – The FM future is data-driven

Innovation Lab – insight into the future

“Innovation Lab” was among the most anticipated parts of this year’s Interclean Show in Amsterdam, where everyone got an insight into the latest trends and technological innovations. 

A special area was dedicated to the “Health Cleaning Lab” with new information, professional discussions and lectures for the sector. At “Hackathon” the focus was on the latest developments in digitalization, whereas the “Zero Waste Dome” revealed the key role of cleaners in waste management and environmental awareness.

True to its name, the “Robot Arena” introduced cleaning machines in operation. Robin, the autonomous cleaning robot of B+N Referencia Zrt. was also showcased here – several times a day.

The value of data is rising in the field of FM

Péter Zalka, head of B+N’s R&D department, said that Interclean was an important event in the field of robotics, because, after 3 years, two major manufacturers entered the market with new robots.

“The robots on display are primarily aimed at end-users as potential buyers. In contrast, FM service providers have other needs and data demands for which the current small equipment is not properly prepared. To meet these new needs B+N developed Robin, an autonomous scrubbing-sweeping robot”- the professional explained.

Zalka further emphasized: “We believe that the role of data will increase significantly in the field of FM. Therefore, we expect that more and more industry 4.0 data service providers will enter the market in the future dealing with workflow and spatial event recording, data and information services.”

Although cleaning will not be possible without human labour in the foreseeable future, monitoring of work will become increasingly important. Therefore professionals expect devices for digital monitoring of manual cleaning to appear on the market soon.

New trend – digital business services

Subscription is a new business model that is spreading currently. It means that the customer should not buy the device itself, but subscribe to the complete service package. This trend is mainly characteristic of digital services and related hardware.

The FM dispatcher method is also a novelty when the service provider manages all the information in the buildings by digitizing it. For example, sensors detect the need to replace a light bulb or clean an office or meeting room.


Photo: Interclean Show


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