How Technology is disrupting facilities management- 2022 Trends


By 2022, most people will have more access to technology than ever before. From solutions that enhance work to innovations that improve the lives of individuals, people rely on technology to improve their standard of living. 

Modern renters are attracted to digital solutions that provide comfort and convenience. Coupled with the constant demand for cost and energy efficiency in facility management, new trends can provide insights and ideas to help achieve goals. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the key trends in facility management today. 

No.1 sensor 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for over a decade. As a sign of its widespread use, the term is rarely used even in facility management. Today, real estate and facility manager service providers are exchanging buzzwords for practical use of sensor technology to achieve measurable operational benefits. The sensor is an IoT operation. This allows building assets to communicate operational and health status without human intervention. Advances in sensor and battery technology have introduced wireless devices with little or no configuration and maintenance that can be deployed in minutes. Problem sensors of size should be unobtrusive to tenants and residents. Sensors of all sizes can be easily installed in newly constructed buildings, but smaller sensors are better suited for retrofitting existing plants, furniture, pipes, and plant room equipment. 

In 2022, sensor technology will be used to collect data on various aspects of a particular commercial building. New technical data points include detailed ambient temperature, humidity, and building technical  status for HVAC, electrical, and water treatment systems. Discreet or invisible sensors provide live insights into table and seat occupancy, washroom usage, and cleaning status. Wireless clicks and feedback panels also allow tenants to express satisfaction and seek help. 

 # 2 Data analysis 

Even without sensors, facility managers can access large amounts of data. This data can be collected by different systems for different purposes. However, making  operational savings based on this data alone can be difficult and time consuming. 

To address this challenge, many facility managers use or implement building and facility management systems that transform data  into work orders or automated actions. As an example, consider monitoring the occupancy of a room in a building. Using the new sensor-based occupancy data points, the building management system adjusts lighting, ventilation, and temperature based on the number of occupants, dramatically reducing energy consumption. Sensor-driven building optimization typically achieves 15% to 40% savings in total energy consumption. The building management system is increasingly complemented by individual data analysis platforms. These platforms constantly analyse building data to extract usage and consumption patterns. Artificial intelligence (AI) is used to understand anomalies and generate predictions.

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