The Internet of Things (IoT) Meets Big Data in Facilities

The Internet of Things is quickly changing how business operates and how individuals live. The Internet of Things collects data from smart devices, and the number of smart devices is starting to leverage the power of the masses for real improvements in energy efficiency, productivity, and usefulness for both residential and commercial uses alike. When these devices collect and leverage such information, gathered from millions of sources, it is known as Big Data; Big Data in facilities will lead to vast improvements in how facilities managers use data to function.

What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Big Data in Facilities?

Facilities management is expanding as more buildings and businesses look for ways to extend their domain across new, emerging or existing markets. Deploying the Internet of Things in facilities allows cloud-based analytics platforms to comb through terabytes of data instantly and identify the key actions necessary to improve efficiency. Also, smart systems will be able to leverage this information to drive autonomous controls of facilities management and equipment, like HVAC systems, says Edward Sullivan of FacilitiesNet. Meanwhile, your company’s consumers or tenants will expect the Internet of Things to be built within your building, also propelling their experience.

Big Data in Facilities Improves Occupant Experiences

Take a moment to think about occupant experiences. Is the lighting, right? Do your tenants or customers interact with their surroundings? If an emergency occurs, can they receive alerts on their smart devices? These possibilities only exist using the Internet of Things and, as a result, the information collected can improve occupant experiences.

Feedback from consumers is instrumental in changing task lighting to ambient lighting; furthermore, potential problems reported by guests can be eliminated before they are even noticeable if the system alerts facilities managers of necessary maintenance. It all goes back to improving occupant experiences, but it also has a direct impact on the amount of work in maintaining the facility. In other words, Big Data in facilities management reduces the work in monitoring, managing and maintaining growing facilities, enabling your company and the department do more with less. Moreover, “most HVAC equipment is designed to operate in this automatic, self-contained fashion,” says Leroy Walden of HPAC Engineering. So, the technology is already there. Your company just needs to start using it correctly.

Big Data in Facilities and the Internet of Things Enable Remote Facilities Management

Facilities management faces a challenge in the modern world, less resource availability. Companies are asking facilities managers to do much more with less, and the need to use energy and resources effectively could not be higher. As explained by Bhavesh Patel of Facility Executive, this is the key benefit of using the Internet of Things and Big Data in facilities management. They allow facilities managers to become more accomplished, use fewer resources and maintain control over vast operations. In other words, these technologies enable remote facilities management, therefore, allowing facilities management processes and operations to expand across growing companies without requiring the traditional costs of implementing traditional facilities management operations per location.

Slight Changes Lead to Huge Savings and Big Benefits

The use of the internet-enabled devices and Big Data will revolutionize how facility executives perform their job duties and locate and manage facilities management professionals. However, these changes are not radical; they reflect small changes made in everyday operations that are improved using Big Data. This information and change can lead to better results in your facilities management KPIs (key performance indicators), which equal valuable savings and big benefits!

Get Ahead of Facilities Management Goals using Big Data

An effective facilities management strategy must have three goals: to reduce costs, to minimize risk and improve the occupant experience. With added pressure on reducing facilities management costs, facilities managers can successfully get ahead of facilities management goals by understanding the key impacts from using the Internet of Things and Big Data in facilities. To find out more about how these technologies can help refine your facilities management strategy, visit QSI Facilities online today.

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