Facility management (FM) contracts from across the Gulf are predicted to hit $66 billion (Dh242 billion) by 2020. It has grown both in size and scope — evolving from a tactical service to a strategic discipline. And technology is playing a huge role in helping FM companies manage and efficiently maintain these facilities.
The facilities management industry has experienced a fast-paced year of change, and this is set to continue for 2019. In addition to the continuation of internet of things (IoT) and connectivity, new developments are refining how FMs provide service and maintain competitiveness.
HERE ARE A FEW TECH-TRENDS THAT ONE CAN WATCH OUT FOR THIS YEAR:
FM software enables one to manage employees and keep track of day-to-day operations while still have an eye towards the future. Majority of the facilities are adopting various software that helps them get a comprehensive view of how the facility is being used as well as help them enable streamline requests. This trend has been in the market for a long time, but the awareness and the impact it has in the productivity of the facility has increased over the years.
With more and more offices adopting flexible working environment keeping a tab on projects and employee workforce can become a challenge. To tackle this, most companies are now adopting task-tracking software that allows you to see exactly where your employees are spending their hours. In cases where your office has a physical setting, you’ll still need a project or task management software that easily adjusts to different work environments.
Motion sensor devices
As sensor technology continues to decrease in price, one can expect to see them becoming more used throughout the office data collection process. If you're making office layout or workflow decisions based on gut instinct, then chances are your office isn't as effectively organized as it could be. For instance, to improve employee health, you could have pressure sensors installed in chairs throughout the office. If you see that your employees have been sitting for a prolonged period of time, you could send a message to them telling them to take a break and go for a walk.Sensors will also be able to tell you which spaces of the office are currently under utilised so that you can reconfigure your workplace accordingly.
Building intelligence monitoring
When you use building sensors and facilities management software in tandem, this will provide you with an extremely useful set of building data. Knowing what's going on inside your building at all times, from a structural and personnel level, will provide you with a holistic picture of how your building is being used. This is something you can only gain from real-time data monitoring. Building sensors will be able to send data directly to your facility management software suite about when maintenance is required, as well as real-time information about building energy use. Motion sensors can also be used to switch off energy consumption for areas of the office that isn’t currently being used. By being able to see how every aspect of your office is functioning, you can ensure that your building is always running at peak efficiency.