Up-to-date facility managers are constantly looking for new solutions to keep their spaces running flawless, often by using the latest digital solutions. Utilising technology results in higher levels of customer satisfaction and enables enhanced operational efficiency.
Technologies are helping FMs solve significant challenges and meet specific goals. Many professionals realize that carefully chosen technology can positively impact their workflows. CMM online listed the main digital trends shaping the sector now and likely to affect it in the future.
IoT sensors for control
Real-time sensor data can give managers a better understanding of what’s happening throughout a facility. Using the IoT helps operations run more smoothly. A sensor might alert technicians about abnormal component behaviour, so they can address the problem before it causes massive disruption. IoT can also help with building occupancy comfort levels and energy efficiency as sensors for example can bring rooms to a preferred temperature shortly before meetings. They can also alert staff before paper products run out in restrooms, as well as help pinpoint indoor air quality issues in the facility.
Cloud solutions for mobile working
cloud-based software and apps are great help for FMs to get the information they need regardless of location or the device they use. Cloud-based apps can assist with real-time operations and maintenance tasks as well as scheduling. Pulling up data through a cloud-based solution secures the freedom this job requires.
Security and risk management goals
Risk management is a significant part of running a facility. Depending on the type of business the potential dangers extend to employees, tenants or other groups as well as assets.
Facilities management technology includes products that help keep buildings secure, still taking the time to assess risks and plan mitigation strategies will help to get the best return on investment from such solutions. Additionally, even the most advanced security technologies will not work as well as they could if never maintained after the initial setup.
Augmented reality (AR) is becoming more widely used in industries such as manufacturing. A person could stand in front of a machine in a factory and see a digital overlay with instructions for using it. Alternatively, the digital content might show a checklist that people should follow before turning on the machine. Likewise in the cleaning industry, product manufacturers are developing similar systems that allow workers to call up product labels and usage instructions for cleaning specific areas, such as a glass mirror or sink in a restroom.
However, it could take time to get executive buy-in and convince decision-makers that AR may have a higher-than-average upfront cost, but it could pay off over time.
Facility management technology is changing the industry
The relevant parties must take the time to identify their most significant challenges and goals. From there, they’ll be in a better position to conclude whether technology could make headway in those areas and if so, how and when they should adopt it – CMM concludes.