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Take a step forward towards Smart Facility Management with Internet of Things


The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) has gained significant traction over the last decade. It is transforming our lives largely by serving an ecosystem, thereby interconnecting physical objects and systems to perform tasks smartly. In fact, IoT is fundamentally changing the way we do business by substantially influencing many industries, including but not limited to, healthcare, transportation, consumer electronics, and even facility management operations as they are leveraging the increasing use of these interconnected devices.

IoT technology helps in building an all-in-one environment for tracking all aspects of facility management — finance, paperwork, customer service, etc. As more offices implement technologies that support IoT, facility managers (FM) need to understand the possibilities of this increasingly connected world. FMs have a broad range of responsibilities, and it’s sometimes nearly impossible to dodge unexpected breakdowns. This is when IoT comes into the picture, ensuring that when maintenance is needed on devices or machines, connected IoT technologies that track status monitoring and system performance are triggered, and managers are notified before a breakdown occurs.

Another crucial application area for IoT in facilities management is the remote monitoring of alarms, smoke detectors, and other life-safety systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 5,250 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S. in 2018. Other Studies like the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates more than 4.6 million workplace injuries that occur in the United States each year, which equates to one injury every seven seconds. Therefore, FMs are increasingly looking for ways to proactively address potential safety issues, and the good news is that IoT can reduce such work-related injuries.

Manufacturers can use IoT to provide real-time information about a crisis or fire emergency in office premises by feeding data from heat detectors to the Building Automation System (BAS). This way, FMs get alerted and can protect employees through efficient safety monitoring and ensuring that alarms are raised more quickly in dangerous situations.

Empowering workspace with an IoT sensor infrastructure can unlock many workspace optimization opportunities. That said, adoption of IoT technologies is not a matter of automating your entire office, but rather figuring out which metrics are important to your business and your bottom line. Therefore, it is crucial FMs are well-versed in the possibilities of this technology.

 The demands on facility management are changing, and it’s good to see how IoT technology is delivering a competitive advantage to FMs who want to increase the efficiencies of operations and also improve the employee experience while saving money and resources at the same time.

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Paul Santilli
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


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