7 IoT Trends for Optimized Industrial and Commercial Facility Management

May 31, 2017 Samantha Foley

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming one of the greatest marvels of human history. By connecting more devices to the IoT, companies are leveraging disjointed data to create money-saving benefits across both commercial and residential buildings. The application of IoT in commercial facility management drives these seven outcomes:

1. IoT-Information Useful in Blockchain Tracking of Assets

Blockchain technology uses data to provide a means of tracking assets. This is the technology behind Bitcoin, allowing users to track where their money originated. With respect to industrial and commercial facility management, the IoT can leverage blockchain technology to track warranty status, prevent unauthorized sale or distribution of parts and maintain overall value of equipment.

2. Monitor Temperature and Changes in Specific Areas to Improve Utilization

The IoT is not limited to single data points in your organization. It can be deployed across systems and in specific business zones to improve utilization for your entire enterprise. For example, conference rooms that stay empty may have lower temperatures than adjacent rooms. As a result, automated alerts can help encourage more collaboration in your team by using conference rooms more often. Otherwise, the IoT may trigger a shut-down of the HVAC system cooling an unused room.

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3. Automated Tracking of Cleaning Supplies in Various Areas

Cleaning is a major part of commercial facility management, and having an accurate inventory of cleaning supplies can mean the difference between staying healthy and getting sick, especially in hospitals. Facilities management systems can automatically track supply inventories, ensuring custodial staff have the tools they need to “get the job done.”

4. Decreased Sensor Zone of Lighting Controls Ensure Energy Conservation

Sensors may also be deployed in smaller areas, like individual offices, to ensure the highest energy savings possible. For example, motion-activated lights may be used in conjunction with daylight sensors to keep lights off unless they are needed.

5. Sensors in Stores Could Notify Shoppers of Sales & Deals.

With the growth of omnichannel sales strategies, retailers must look for ways to connect customers to both online and in-store promotions simultaneously. The IoT is one way of achieving this feat. For example, sensors may automatically detect a user’s location in store, sending coupons or sales promotions to the customer’s phone, reports Naomi Millán of FacilitiesNet.

6. Automation in Security Systems Reduces Theft and Improves Employee Productivity

Automated security systems can reduce shrink and automatically track inventory levels. By connecting the system to the IoT, it can determine if employees are in their designated areas and prevent employees from “hiding out” during working hours. In addition, this can prevent security issues by employees that lack authorization to be in certain areas.

7. IoT-Enabled Tech Can Prevent Disruptions to Patients

In hospitals, the IoT can prevent disruptions to patients in broad ways. IoT-enabled monitors can transmit EKG reports to physicians, and some stethoscopes have the capability to let physicians listen to a patient’s heartbeat when a nurse uses an IoT-enabled stethoscope, explains BioMedical Engineering OnLine.

IoT Application in Commercial Facility Management Will Be Key to Success.

The possible examples of using the IoT in facilities management are growing almost too difficult to list. From HVAC systems to per-square foot utility consumption costs, the IoT will be key to reducing costs and ensuring your company can maintain its competitive advantage. To find out more about how the IoT can be leveraged for your facilities management needs, schedule your energy evaluation with ENTOUCH now.

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