Running an organizational facility is a difficult task. There are several varied tasks under facility management, and the paper route might lead to a few cuts in efficiency and convenience on the way. Just as every industry evolves with the changing technology and innovations, it is time for the facility management industry to change too. Along with Industry 4.0 and other technological advancements, the trends of 2023 are tech-heavy and lean towards a digitalized structure.
Although some of these trends and practices have been around for a while, they are quickly picking up traction now. Facility management teams are quickly making the transition from outdated methods to the latest ones. So what are these new hot pocket trends and tech of 2023?
1. Sustainability in Facility Management
As the climate change crisis is catching up to us, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming more and more important to every organization. An environmentally conscious organization seems attractive to potential customers, new hires, stakeholders, and such given the current global trends.
With rising interest in building health and sustainability certifications such as LEED, BREEAM, WELL, and RESET, building managers have opted for more sustainable facility management approaches to increase commercial value and attract investors and new talents to the organization.
Sustainability in facility management can be achieved by integrating IoT into the BMS (building management system), implementing preventive maintenance, tracking energy consumption, and such.
2. Integrating IoT and Connected Devices
Integrating IoT app development can exponentially increase the ease of use and management of real-time data with regard to the facility. It opens up opportunities for cutting down on operational expenses, improving transparency and risk mitigation, and more.
IoT can be utilized to automate process and scheduling systems with the help of smart devices and sensors. This helps in a variety of ways. Firstly, it helps reduce risks- IoT systems help provide comprehensive overviews of all assets and processes in real-time.
Secondly, it improves transparency as all the data on assets and processes are more easily available to anyone on the team to view at any time. Lastly, it helps the organization be more economical. Using smart devices to schedule the operation of lighting and HVAC systems the organization can save energy costs and implement preventive maintenance systems.
3. Proactive Maintenance Management
Facility managers are taking a turn from reactive to proactive maintenance now. Reactive maintenance is surprisingly costlier than preventive maintenance. Waiting for an asset to completely break down before maintenance leads to two things- reduced lifetime and partial recovery from breakdown.
Apart from increased lifetime and complete fixes, preventive maintenance also plays a vital role in workplace safety by preventing any potential for harm caused by neglected assets. Additionally, preventive maintenance ensures that all assets are working optimally at all times, and hence contributes to saving energy at large.
Hence it will not come as a surprise to learn that preventive maintenance is quickly becoming the standard across all facility management teams and with good reason.
4. Cloud-Based Solutions
Once all devices are plugged in and data is collected and stored in real-time in the cloud, we already mitigated one large obstacle- manual data collection, sorting, and storage. Cloud-based technology also ensures that data is granular and also customizable to the person viewing or using the data.
Cloud-based services are also perfect when it comes to preventing data loss. Since the data is already collected and saved, the client no longer has to worry about maintaining backups or failures leading to loss of data.
Cloud enables us to have a seamless experience and makes it easier to manage and organize all facility-related data.
5. Automation and Smart Solutions
Post covid with the advent of the work-from-home and hybrid work culture the need for managing and tracking facilities has become more ardent. The number of sensors and building management systems used increased by a large percentage and have contributed to the creation of decentralized repair teams across various organizations.
IoT and cloud-based technologies enable users to manage facilities from any remote location at any time, and even at the convenience of a personal phone or computer. Cloud-based facility management is the breakthrough for a more convenient and efficient future of the facility and asset management.
As the times move on facility managers and teams must start adopting the newest technology and process to make the work more optimized and up to industry standards. Keeping in line with the latest advancements can ensure a smoother workflow and help the team make the most out of all available resources.
Not only does it ensure optimal work output, but it can also help take a step forward in the sustainability movement and help keep the organizational infrastructure up-to-date with all the recent certifications and requirements.
Here at IQnext, we believe that technology has the potential to make a positive impact on the world, and we aim to help you make that impact. We are redefining how organizations manage their infrastructure today with the help of our cloud-based platform.
Get in touch with us today, to learn more about the latest advancements and identify what fits your organization the best!