In recent years, Facilities Management is becoming more and more predictive. IoT is playing a vital role in this process and is considered one of the best approaches in the development of smart systems. Experts have a firm belief that IoT is going to change the fate of FM in the coming years. When it comes to facility management, IoT can be used as a centralized network for devices like:
- Smart meters
- Security alarms
- Safety alarms
- Appliances and components with embedded software
- Central heating and air-conditioning
- Fire suppression systems
Other than that, some of the applications of IoT also include:
- Data-driven decision making
- Remote facility monitoring
- Energy consumption management
- Determining office space utilization
Let’s look at some of the applications of IoT in facility management.
Application#1-Embedded sensors in devices and buildings
One of the most useful applications of IoT in facility management is the deployment of embedded sensors in devices and buildings. These smart sensors can be connected to doors, lights, windows, buildings, and can monitor certain aspects of HVAC systems along with numerous other critical assets.
That way, the usage can be optimized and can result in energy savings which can assist in a company’s quest for carbon neutrality. Likewise, the sensors that are embedded in entrance areas and doors can also help in the identification of the total number of people that are inside the building at a given time.
Application#2-Room Scheduling and Reservations
Another popular application of IoT is room reservations that helps in the optimum utilisation of indoor spaces with the help of intelligent scheduling tools called occupancy management.
Now, employees can see which rooms are booked or available in real-time with the help of scheduling calendar and a visual floorplan depicting free spaces across the workplace. This kind of occupancy management also provides useful data, giving employers an accurate overview of how their workplace is being used.
Application#3-Stock monitoring and usage
For service companies, having an overview of stock levels for units and parts is vital for quick service times. This insight helps maintain SLAs and keeps clients happy and ensures trust. By using technologies like NFC (Near Field Connectivity) or QR Codes, companies can use CMMS systems like Azolla to tag assets into specific locations. This location can be defined as storage and when needed can be scanned and allocated to parent assets and/or work schedules.
Lastly, safety and security system are another useful application when it comes to IoT. It helps in the remote monitoring of smoke detectors, alarms, and other life-safety systems. It provides real-time information about an emergency, fire or crises, and other safety devices.
Thus, these applications are very useful in remote facilities, especially in manufacturing and high-risk environments.
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