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The Internet of Things Enables Efficient & Centralized Facility Management

Posted by QSI Facilities on May 15 , 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a breakthrough in facilities management, and it is empowering facilities managers with a new Arsenal of technologies to monitor equipment effectiveness and manage facilities remotely, explains Bill Maurer and Thomas Wray of Facility Executive. As a result, facilities managers can focus more on preventing maintenance issues and maintaining facilities to a higher standard while reducing overall facilities spend. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of centralized facility management, why it is superior to traditional approaches, and how Facilities Managers can put the power of the IoT to work in a centralized strategy.

What’s Wrong With Decentralized Facility Management?

A decentralized facility management strategy is rarely discussed, and this is due to its antiquated models. Decentralization inherently increases the investment costs per location, and in some industries, decentralization is required. For example, healthcare facilities management must be kept to the highest standards, and personnel must be available at a moment’s notice. However, healthcare is being consolidated, and governing agencies are requiring healthcare facilities managers to pay closer attention to preventable maintenance issues, like maintaining closer supervision of electrical system maintenance and conducting monthly compliance audits. As a result, a centralized facility management strategy is key to meeting these demands. Aligned facilities managers oversee multiple departments and locations, using the latest technologies and tools, including item-level monitoring asset performance, to maintain compliance, says Tom Willie of Healthcare Facilities Today.

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Centralized Facility Management Eases Stakeholder Woes, Boosts Visibility, Reduces Spend.

A centralized facility management strategy gives facilities managers the ability to do their jobs, find and retain talent, and use technology to maintain tighter control over operations through the IoT, says Rhavesh Patel of Facility Executive. Therefore, stakeholder worries decrease, visibility increases, and facilities spend stays within budget. 

How to Put the Power of the IoT to Work in a Centralized Management Strategy.

Using the IoT to enhance facilities management requires a comprehensive deployment and implementation. Facilities teams should manage campus buildings, mechanical and electrical systems, custodial equipment, evaluate space occupancy and utilization, and manage energy consumption. This level of visibility lets facilities managers quickly process service requests, verify the completion of work, and make full use of all available space. As a result, facilities manager should think outside of the box when implementing technologies, like using sensors to communicate when trash cans are full, automating HVAC system controls, using best practices for maintaining irrigation systems, like wandering at night or adhering to water conservation measures, monitoring the use and location of custodial equipment, and much more, explains Aramark.

Everything that occurs within the facility should contribute to the pool of data used in making smart, effective facilities management decisions. This is a centralized facility management strategy, and it is key to doing more with less.

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Centralized Facility Management Now.

Centralized facility management will continue to shape the future of facilities management and reduce workloads. As the power of AI and the IoT expand, the role of centralized facility management will become the defining factor for businesses looking to improve efficiency and maintain better budget control. Find out how your organization can benefit from centralized controls by visiting QSI Facilities online or calling 1-888-328-2454 today.