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Talking to My Facility? Yup! FM Technology Can Help With That!

Posted by QSI Facilities on May 09 , 2018

The concept of talking to a facility is not new. Facilities Managers have been using technology for decades to learn more about their facilities. Even traditional, spring-loaded thermostats are an early form of Facilities Managers talking with their assets. In the modern era, facilities management technology (FM technology) enables a new level of communication. Existing systems are augmented using mobile devices and Internet-connected systems, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT gathers more data than you can imagine, and this information holds great value for Facilities Managers in understanding and managing their buildings and assets.

The Disconnect Ravages Facilities Managers.

A disconnect between Facilities Managers and their systems remains. Older computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and antiquated assets leave Facilities Managers with little options beyond manual control. Changes to system settings are labor intensive, and the only way to know a problem exists lies in uncovering the problem when the system malfunctions. This perceived disconnect ravages efficiency; however, modern FM technology holds the solution, says David W. Karpook of Facility Executive.

FM Technology Enables Better Communication Between Systems, Putting Information in the Hands of Facilities Managers.

Today’s FM technology builds on the basis of location-aware systems and mobile computing. Wearables are readily available, and the adoption of artificial intelligence, including well-known systems, like Alexa, Echo, Google Assistant, and Cortana, can be used to interact with internet-connected systems. But how do these systems connect with old equipment and buildings?

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FM technology gives Facilities Managers the tools and resources necessary to communicate across all systems, even those not designed to communicate with the IoT. This is where sensors and retrofitting of facilities can add value. Sensors may be deployed in HVAC units, cooling towers and chillers, elevators, lighting systems, common areas, and throughout a facility, explains Mintek.

This information can be pooled for use by Facilities Managers, enabling data-based decisions and enhancing communication between facilities management professionals, field service technicians, and the system itself.

How to Use FM Technology to Boost Visibility, Reduce Spend, and Get Better Results.

The best way to understand the best ways to use FM technology go back to understanding its impact on facilities spend, maintenance, and visibility into assets. Consider the benefits of an advanced, automated CMMS, as noted by DPSI, which include the following:

  1. Planning and scheduling of preventative maintenance.

  2. Managing spare parts inventory.

  3. Managing work orders and field service requests.

  4. Reducing downtime.

  5. Enhancing productivity.

  6. Reducing risk and repair costs.

  7. Improving safety and health conditions.

  8. Maintaining regulatory compliance.

  9. Lowering overtime rates, which also improves employee satisfaction.

Use FM Technology to Learn More About Your Assets Now.

FM technology breakthroughs are becoming almost whimsical, allowing for near-zero or net-zero energy use and enhancing productivity, not to mention guest experiences. Facilities Managers can literally talk to their systems in real time and understand how to cut costs. Stop losing money and put your team to work with a centralized facility management strategy. Find out more about implementing such strategies by visiting QSI Facilities online or calling 1-888-328-2454 now.