How IoT is changing the facility management process

How IoT is changing the facility management process
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The increased availability of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is enabling facility managers to implement automation that was not previously possible using traditional facility management systems. IoT devices also allow facility managers to collect rich data sets in order to make more data-driven decisions.
The increased availability of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is enabling facility managers to implement automation that was not previously possible using traditional facility management systems. IoT devices also allow facility managers to collect rich data sets in order to make more data-driven decisions.
Utilization-Based Facilities Management
Traditional equipment maintenance involves periodic inspections. Regardless of usage, equipment is regularly maintained or cleaned on a regular basis. Clearly, this approach is inefficient for irregular use of equipment or space. IoT sensors allow granular monitoring of equipment utilization. For example, people counters could be deployed to count the number of people entering a toilet, and only deploy cleaners when a fixed number of people are used. DTU GPRS
Track asset location in real time
IoT technology can make assets location aware. Indoor location technology utilizes RFID or Bluetooth to enable facility managers to track the indoor location of critical assets in real time. Without IoT, location tracking of assets can be tedious and error-prone, with users having to manually report the latest location. Accurate real-time knowledge of asset locations also often means less inventory needs to be stored. For example, in a hospital with portable ultrasound machines, finding out where these machines are can reduce handover time to following users and optimize their utilization.
Automatic fault trigger
IoT sensors affixed to equipment can automatically trigger maintenance requests. When a piece of equipment stops functioning, these sensors can alert the workflow management system, which can immediately alert the appropriate technician. The result is reduced equipment downtime or increased building user satisfaction. The concept of automatic fault triggering is applicable to various facilities management processes.
For example, in the context of Covid-19, temperature sensors can alert technicians when refrigeration levels for vaccines exceed prescribed thresholds; indoor air quality sensors can trigger alarms when ventilation is insufficient.
Improve employee benefits
Companies have begun to pay more attention to the well-being of their most valuable asset - their employees. The use of sensors and smart building systems enables organizations to improve the well-being of building users by tracking the indoor environment and adjusting it to better meet occupant needs. Crowded zones can be created to meet the needs of users rather than constantly disagreeing over building temperature. By continuously monitoring the temperature and humidity of the space, the environment can be easily adjusted to the user's preferences. Additionally, air quality can be monitored and modified to take care of employee health and wellbeing.
These advantages are just one of the biggest modern reasons driving the deployment of IoT and analytics in modern facilities management. Another factor driving IoT implementation is predictive maintenance, which leads to the next point.
Moving to predictive maintenance with IoT integration
More often than not, some facility management team waits to fix something when it breaks, but this reactive attitude happens to be very expensive. Facilities management can be proactive and kill problems before they arise. Módulo GPRS
The holy grail of facility management, predictive maintenance, is only achievable by leveraging IoT by constantly monitoring the condition of assets and letting them monitor themselves; facilities management services can determine if an asset is bound to fail, giving them the opportunity to act before a failure occurs . In addition, assets communicating with each other in an interconnected system can notify other assets that they are stopping processes due to a failure before the failure spreads throughout the system. Together, these predictive measures can improve asset performance and extend asset life by optimizing asset operations.
Virtually every asset, device and system generates data. Tracking this data in real-time will alert you to failures or imminent failures, so problems can be fixed early on before they prove to be costly repairs or replacements.
Assets and machinery inevitably deteriorate over time. Nonetheless, with predictive analytics and machine learning techniques, historical data is considered to predict when a particular asset will require refurbishment or major repair. IoT gives way to improving building operating systems, avoiding breakdowns and keeping building users happy.
building management
Building management is not a simple activity. Facilities vary, team members are dispersed, and assets operate independently of each other, paving the way for siled operations, preventing management from making better decisions and resulting in repetitive tasks.
Unused data from these assets and systems needs to be leveraged to create efficient building operations. Now is the time to connect facilities management. Luckily, creating a fully digital IoT smart building in today's world doesn't require a wizard-like figure. Instead, it requires a collaborative effort from management, who have developed comprehensive and actionable goals. Done right, facility management can be transformed into an automated system that benefits occupants, managers, and owners.

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