Internet of Things and Facilities Management

The Facility Management (FM) sector has undergone several advances and innovations in the past few years, thus enabling the FM community to serve and enable clients like never before. Some of the trends include the application of big data and analytics, automated housekeeping and inventory management, voice-enabled helpdesks as well as the integration of facilities data with business data. 

Internet of things (IoT) has been defined as the concept of connecting any electronic device to the internet and other connected devices. It works an application or service, which uses the information collected from the sensors and then analyses the data from the sensor to perform a specific function.

IoT has become a standard tool needed for better performance, efficiency, time and cost savings in facilities management services. With proactive maintenance programs, optimized energy consumption, integrated facilities management services, building management services and assets, the future of facility management looks more convenient and economical than ever.

The role of facilities management is evolving and building owners who are increasingly expecting facilities management teams to be stakeholders and partners in the growth of the building management services. The focus is on the advantages in the sector and operations with extensive experience of Integrated Facilities Management of the occupation, while the teams are also expected to expand their roles as smart solution providers.

The Internet of things (IOT) refers to devices connected to the internet, which covers devices that use the Internet to communicate with each other to access, send and receive information. The facility management personnel should use management software, which can collect and store data, and understand the implications of the data to the organisation as a whole. In its simplest forms, IoT could be deployed as a centralized network and control scheme for what used to be disconnected systems and dumb devices such a lighting, refrigeration, smart meters, fire suppression systems, security and safety alarms, appliances with embedded sensors/software, central heating ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC), etc.

Some of the facets of IoT deployment include managing energy consumption, data-driven decision-making, operational cost-optimization, and remote monitoring of facilities, thus determining the exact square foot utilization of office space. Smart networks and intelligent systems can automate facilities management, thereby reducing the need for human intervention and improving real-time response to breakdowns and other untoward situations. It also helps in driving down operational overhead by leaps and bounds.

The internet of things (IOT) in facility management cannot be over emphasized. The world is growing with the technology speedily advancing. Human eyes can't be everywhere at every time for adequate and proper monitoring leading to efficient facility management, the internet of things is highly essential to achieve Integrated Facilities Management.

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