Hype or Real? How the IoT Changes the Game for Facilities Management Strategies

March 29, 2017

To keep your business running, you need to develop proven, dependable facilities management strategies, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing these strategies in profound ways. Up to 60 percent of facilities management professionals predict the IoT will become core of their strategies within the next year, reports Building Design and Construction magazine. More importantly, the efficiency benefits derived from analytics within the IoT will change how companies view standard facilities management practices and the creation and management of budgets, so you need to think about what the IoT means for outcomes and benefits to your operation.

Efficient Assignment of Facilities Management Workers Reduces Upkeep

IoT-enabled devices communicate wirelessly, and they can be deployed across the spectrum of facilities management operations, ranging from the amount of trash in waste receptacles to temperature variances in your building’s units, floors or zones. Thus, workers can know when they need to do something, such as emptying the trash, eliminating overflowing bins and reducing overall workload.


Preventative Maintenance Notifications Eliminates Money-Wasting Malfunctions and Replacement

Equipment will break down, but proper maintenance can prevent many of the most disastrous equipment failures. Sensors embedded in the HVAC system and thermostats throughout the building can identify when a system is not functioning properly, or they can be used to provide a verifiable list of maintenance items that need to be completed. Consequently, workers know what parts and tools will be needed to make necessary repairs, and individual systems can provide instruction on how to perform maintenance, promoting the efficiency of workers and fewer training costs.

Scalability Via Cloud-Based Systems Ensures Scalability in Facilities Management Strategies

Maintaining an in-house facilities management program comes with costs, and these costs contract and expand to reflect expansion or reduction in operation. However, outsourcing facilities management to the cloud is rapidly becoming a key strategy to ensuring scalability in the future. In other words, a company can scale the number of connected devices up or down, and the technology in the cloud allows for the immediate collection and analysis of data gathered. Essentially, the issue of scalability is as simple as increasing the number of sensors when expanding the size of your building.

Software on Top of Legacy Systems Improves Efficiency Without Large Implementation Costs

Nearly every building already has some sort of monitoring program in place. However, these devices may simply lack an internet connection. But, the initial investment and implementation of energy efficiency monitoring and adjustment is made easier by leveraging existing systems.

For example, automated systems can connect the sensor silos into a connected network, which transmits data to the cloud. As a result, existing systems can be compiled with new technology and analytics programs to create a comprehensive view of facilities management operations without replacing all existing systems, reports Edward Sullivan of Facilities Net. This cuts implementations costs while promoting a more efficient, cost-saving management strategy.

The Big Picture

An effective, efficient facilities management strategy relies on “doing more with less, explains Facility Executive magazine, and the IoT is empowering the next generation of facilities management strategies and operations. The time to embrace the IoT for facilities management has arrived.


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