What are some of the future innovations in facility management?
Part of me hesitates to answer a question about the latest innovations in facility management because my answer may be quickly outdated. Yes, technological innovations everywhere seem to be moving at lightening speed, and that’s no different in our neck of the woods. Here are some cool things that are already being adopted by the leaders in our industry:
It’s not all about video games these days. Virtual reality has found a place in facilities management. With today’s modeling tools, you can actually create a comprehensive visual model of a new facility before construction begins. In addition, virtual reality technology can help managers improve technician safety in underground tunnels, guide retrofitting and upgrading projects, and show where expansions can result in maximum efficiency.
Although many people worry that drones and robots will steal human jobs, they can actually take over some more mundane and dangerous work, freeing up technicians to do higher level, safer tasks. For example, drones work hand-in-hand with GPS to perform dangerous roof inspections safely or handle security patrols. Robots can handle some janitorial duties such as floor cleaning and catering.
Internet of Things
If you’ve never heard of IoT, it refers to various sensors and detectors that can be accessed through the internet. Facilities management can take advantage of IoT technology, which really provides many extra set of “eyes” throughout a facility. You can easily monitor temperature, energy usage, appliance performance, equipment functionality, and a wide range of other factors with these devices. Collected data speeds back to a central information area where a maintenance manager can monitor and make immediate decisions. IoT will play a big role in “smart buildings” of the future.
Automated Facility Management Software
A strong facility management software system is critical today. Not only will this system collect data, problems, repairs, and inspection or test results, but it will also optimize technician workloads and manage daily scheduling. Over time, your system will become an invaluable source of information for your entire organization, guiding future planning and focusing maintenance priorities.