Smart Faucets and Devices and Their Impact on Lowering Risk to Occupants

Building automation and the addition of smart devices, such as contactless faucets, are becoming increasingly popular, especially considering the COVID-19 outbreak. Modern facilities must incorporate smart technology to meet their cost-reduction and efficiency goals as well. And, adoption of intelligent building technology, leveraging the IoT and preventive maintenance, helps businesses follow regulations, protecting them from the costs of waste.

Challenges With Traditional Faucets and Facility Assets

Traditional facility assets have high waste and lack the ability to share data. This is a simple principle, and it applies to every asset. For example, All facilities managers will have to contend with water leaks at some point. The leaks could be due to damaged piping, a malfunctioning HVAC system, or a leaking faucet. And, they will wreak havoc in a building if not resolved quickly and adequately. Facilities management smart faucets and smart devices utilize sensors to recognize when a problem arises and bring it to the attention of the responsible party. In a traditional setting, the problem goes unresolved, leading to costly repairs and the potential for even more damage than the initial repair cost.

Why Smart Devices and Faucets Improve the Value of Renovations

According to a report, published by BizJournals, smart buildings that have strategically installed IoT sensors and applications that monitor their performance offer benefits to occupants in terms of sustainability and improved staff productivity. Facilities management smart connected devices also play an essential role in improving visitors' overall experience through their ease of use and convenience. These devices are particularly important in a time when well-being and hygiene are under increased scrutiny in commercial buildings, so smart faucets are the natural way to go. Additionally, smart faucets play a role in reducing water wastage and deliver flow rates that meet sustainability and efficiency benchmarks in facilities in commercial facilities with multiple outlets. According to a Stanford University study, renovations involving smart sinks can conserve water and push people to develop water-conscious habits. The resulting savings make smart facilities renovations a high-value proposition.

3 Best Practices to Improve Facilities Management Smart Faucets

There are certain best practices that facilities managers follow when improving the state of water use and occupant safety in smart buildings, which include:

  1. Considering the requirements of young users and the elderly. When making improvements to restaurants, retail outlets, or hospitals, facilities managers must consider the needs of children and senior citizens. With smart faucets featuring IR, voice control, or other contactless technology, young children and the elderly can efficiently operate faucets without making contact and without assistance.
  2. Use of CMMS. A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) will prioritize maintenance requirements and identify emergencies. As noted during a TechNation round table discussion, “The right CMMS now provides real-time, easy-to-use applications that have reduced time for documentation with more consistency in data entry.” Such capabilities add value without adding risks, and since everyone wants a safer experience, a CMMS is the easiest way to manage all connected assets, including the installation and maintenance of smart faucets.
  3. Vet field service vendors. Facilities managers need to cast a wide net when seeking field service vendors. Single sourcing of all maintenance and improvement works results in higher costs and a lower level of service. With emerging technologies, they need to find vendors with the know-how to install and maintain smart devices.

Improve Facilities Management With Smart Faucets and Devices

Facilities management smart faucets and connected devices are a long-term solution to reducing waste and improving guest health. Yes, they are a significant investment, but they often pay for themselves in a few months. Connected devices help reduce waste, lower energy consumption, and reduce the risk of spreading illnesses through direct contact.

J Glasglow, MCR

J Glasglow, MCR

As Senior Vice President of Solutions Development for Cushman & Wakefield Global Occupier Services, J Glasgow partners with corporate occupiers of real estate to develop integrated real estate, facility, project and operational management programs designed to improve processes, manage risk while significantly reducing total cost of occupancy. J’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in diverse commercial and corporate real estate disciplines such as, account leadership, and management, facility and operational planning, project management and strategic portfolio optimization. J has advised global clients from a broad range of market sectors encompassing financial, insurance, healthcare, bio-science, engineering, and consumer goods companies that encompass, office, industrial and manufacturing portfolios. With a diverse background in corporate real estate planning, facility management and project management, J has leveraged savings for his clients of over $313 million dollars while aligning with their overall business strategy and mission.