Smart Buildings & Facility Management

Nov 15

There goes a lot of planning and work behind the scene to keep a commercial facility running smoothly and efficiently. The whole focus to create a comfortable and productive environment, while also reducing operational risks. With the adoption of the IoT and connected technologies, the landscape of facility management has changed drastically.

While the building management system (BMS) still serves as the backbone of smart buildings, but in most cases, they are still being used to just control and monitor (switch on/off HVAC, temperature control, etc). The real value of these systems (BMS) lies in their ability to connect to other devices within the building environment and reveal opportunities to improve efficiency and performance.

Taking into consideration that most of the large facilities are equipped with connected smart devices. As a result, either facility management firm has to train their operational team with skills such as data analytics and broaden their technical knowledge or to hire additional resources to successfully manage today’s smart buildings.

As mentioned by Dr. Steve Fawkes, Founder and Managing Partner at EnergyPro Ltd in our Twitter chat, AIR Series, “Outsourcing is the way to go unless you have a lot of in-house expertise. Why reinvent the wheel? Also can use service models. Try it before buying!

Dr. Steve Fawkes

Imagine a scenario, where a stack which integrates all the data points into one central location, process it and provides not just alerts but with proactive insights and call to action for the team to implement.

Not only this helps operational team act proactively but also empowers the team to leverage emerging technology and stay relevant to the market.