Facility management has come a long way over the years. Since the field’s origins in the 1970s, it has evolved from simple building maintenance and janitorial work to the elaborate management it entails today.
Emerging technologies and ideas have altered facility management throughout its growth. As facilities became more complex, the field began to expand to include human resources, payroll, and more. The standards of the position rapidly changed into what they are now.
But facility management is currently going through what is possibly its biggest change ever.
What Is IoT?
IoT is a broad term that defines technologies that interconnect, gather data, and improve efficiencies. As the name insinuates, IoT connects items via the internet.
The advantage of IoT is its omnipresent nature. Through a combination of sensors and software, IoT continuously monitors facilities, gathering data and looking for ways to improve efficiency. Because IoT is internet-based, the information collected can be accessed remotely, too.
How IoT Is Disrupting Facility Management
IoT’s impact on facility management is just beginning, but some changes are already noticeable. By automating functions, IoT is making parts of facility management easier, allowing facility managers to spend more time working on more difficult projects.
However, facility managers will be required to learn new techniques to get the most out of IoT-enabled facilities.
As facility managers learn to interact with and utilize IoT, they’ll find new ways to increase efficiency and save money. Here are some of the ways IoT is already changing facility management.
Smart tech software collects data and applies it to HVAC and lighting to reduce energy costs by up to 20 to 30% without impacting environments. IoT sensors make this possible by monitoring electricity trends throughout the day and adjusting usage to cut costs when electricity isn’t needed.
Any connected device can access IoT-enabled facilities. So, when a problem occurs, the facility manager can address the issue immediately from anywhere in the world.
Instead of discovering failed equipment when they get to work, facility managers are notified when — and sometimes before — the break happens, letting them react faster than ever.
IoT software stores digitized records on a remote server. Digital records have many benefits over paper records, including:
- Remote access to information
- Faster access to information
- Protection of records in the event of a disaster
Keeping digital records secured off-site removes the need for paper entirely, and online security allows only authorized users to access your building’s records.
Gone are the days of worker redundancy and wasted time. Facility management software, in conjunction with IoT, can track projects that workers have completed, ensuring that workers don’t waste time on tasks that are already complete.
IoT can also optimize the way workers go about their daily routines, cutting hours off the payroll. This can mean fewer overtime hours, and it could justify reducing staff to stay within budget.