IoT in Facility Management Hack: 5 Tips to Connect Everything & Collect Savings

March 10, 2017

Data collection has transformed facilities management, creating holistic energy management systems (EMS) that proactively increase cost savings across the building. This is the age of smart buildings, and you can reap these benefits by understanding how connecting more devices leads to in-depth data analyses and more opportunities for savings.

Connect Everything

The Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by hundreds of individual sensors that collect data on equipment status, function and use. But, the IoT can be leveraged to collect additional information about the environment in your buildings, comparable to how thermostats monitor overall temperature across your facility. Connected sensors enable smart building solutions through integrated access across the facility.

For example, sensors in lighting tracks allow you to monitor wattage and lumens indoors and outside. So, if enough sunlight enters through skylights and windows, light bulbs can automatically switch off, explains Aramark, creating energy savings. Meanwhile, automation and data collection of environmental factors can let you see where wasted HVAC work is occurring, such as entryways or areas that lacks adequate insulation.

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Consider All Spaces

Smart buildings rely on the big picture of the building to achieve true savings. While individualized monitoring of systems reduces downtime, connecting sensors across the entire facility allows for a better view of its overall environment and energy consumption. Thus, building automated systems (BAS) give rise to insights for eliminating unnecessary system functions as the demand on the facility changes. In other words, fewer customers in certain areas of your business can trigger automated shutdown of HVAC system temporarily. However, the continued communication between systems leads to several benefits for your company.

Identify and Reduce Risks

It is not enough to simply collect and analyze data. It needs to be analyzed in relation to all data collected from the facility. This sharing of information promotes the identification and mitigation of risks.

For example, data analyses can be leveraged to identify malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC systems. Although this seems like an energy-saving benefit, it also means the risk of fire and damage from overheating or malfunctioning systems decreases. Ultimately, predictive, preventative maintenance, asserts HPAC Engineering, can lower the risks of operating HVAC systems around the clock.

Improve Customer Experiences, Promoting Your Business

Another key benefit of IoT in facility management through smart buildings goes back to how customers and occupants respond to their experiences. In other words, customers that can shop or enjoy your service offerings in comfortable climates are more likely to share their experiences on social media, which is a form of free advertising.

Manage Sites Remotely

Think about all the on-site facilities management personnel your company uses. If you have multiple locations, the number of workers multiplies with each branch of your company. So, the obvious way of reducing employee costs is to eliminate unnecessary employees. Smart building facilities management enables this feat by giving your company the ability to manage operations remotely. If something does go wrong, you can dispatch a technician to correct the issue without adding the costs of employing multiple on-site technicians in each facility.

What Does Putting IoT in Facility Management All Mean?

Smart buildings give you more information to work with, so you can do more in your facilities with fewer resources, reports Facility Executive magazine. Automated systems identify issues and adjust settings to produce the greatest savings possible. As your company grows, using smart building solutions means you can reinvest in your company, not just your building, putting more people to work in customer service positions and producing more products for customers.

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