New technology is not only changing the way we live our lives, it is also drastically changing the way we do business and the way we work. The facility management industry is no exception; in recent years, facility managers have adopted a slew of technological innovations that have improved efficiency, safety, and quality of facility work.
Are you a facility manager looking to keep up with the latest technological trends in the industry? We have put together an overview of the top innovations in facility management technology that we are most excited about:
1. Drone Technology
Incorporating drones can help you improve both efficiency and safety in facility management. For example, you can first use drones with video cameras to conduct roof and exterior building inspections by pre-programming the routes the drones will take using GPS technology. This way, you and your team won’t need to climb onto worksite roofs with cameras just to do simple inspections.
2. Internet of Things (IoT)
According to Wired, the term Internet of Things is “being used to define objects that ‘talk’ to each other. The Internet of Things is made up of devices -- from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables -- connected together.”
Within the facility management field, there are companies that focus on creating monitoring technology for grease traps, HVAC, equipment usage levels, which can report monitoring results automatically to a central system that the facility manager has access to. This removes the need for a worker to constantly physically monitor the different systems and equipment since any deviations from the normal operations will alert the facility manager’s central system.
3. Mobile Tools
Given that workers today are more “on-the-go” than ever before, leveraging mobile tools can help boost your company’s efficiency. From inventory management systems to budget tools to scheduling systems, offering apps and smartphone-friendly tools to your team will ensure your team stays up-to-date on the latest information and data and will allow them to submit real-time data on the operations of the company.
As a facility manager, you don’t want to fall behind in the industry. Staying abreast of emerging technologies in the field will help you continue to find ways to stay ahead of the competition and improve how you and your team work.
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