Less than 26 percent of facilities management professionals believe they have enough information about their buildings to perform their duties adequately, reports Building Design and Construction magazine. Yet, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to provide unparalleled insight into the large-scale and smallest of facilities management operations through the creation of smart buildings.
Most importantly, the IoT can bring disconnected, disparate systems together to create a bigger view into the core facilities management operations, which eliminates redundancies and isolates issues as they arise. But, you still to need to understand how connecting systems translates into better energy efficiency and cost savings.
Traditional Facilities Management System Redundancies Overshadow Problems
Traditional facilities management operations were built on using redundancy to mitigate possible downtime. In other words, secondary systems kick on when primary systems fail. Although this was a good idea in the past when getting repairs made could take days or weeks, it is unrealistic and inefficient in the modern age. Meanwhile, disconnected systems can overshadow a malfunction to the naked eye, so a company might be wasting energy trying to operate systems that are only using energy with making a positive impact on the building.
For example, a broken blower motor in a primary HVAC unit might not be noticeable if other systems are functioning. Yet, it continues humming along, wasting electricity without impacting the temperature of the building. But, a connected, IoT-enabled smart building can identify these issues as they occur, allowing your company to save energy and money along the way.
Operational Cost Can Vary by Second, So Controlling Systems Remotely and Automatically Is Essential to Boosting Efficiency
Time of Use (TOU) is replacing standard energy billing rates, and depending on peaks and lulls in your business, your energy consumption costs can vary widely. Thus, you need an IoT-connected system to manage system functions throughout these variances in TOU. Moreover, automated systems ensure your building proactively manages its internal environment before peak TOU rates kick in, shutting down systems during peak energy hours, cutting back on energy consumption costs and boosting overall efficiency.
Connecting Systems in Smart Buildings Promotes Overall Security
Maintaining a stringent level of both physical security and cybersecurity are among the top concerns of today’s facilities management professionals. However, many forget how connected systems can lead to better overall security, reports Edward Sullivan of Facilities Net. Connected systems collect data continually by their nature, so these systems can be combined to identify the smallest penetration attempts to the system, as well as identifying physical entry into a facility. As a result, today’s smart buildings can take on the role of on-site security teams and systems by locking down sensitive areas, switching cameras and recording devices on and contacting authorities where appropriate.
Increasing Building Complexity Requires Remote Management to Be Effective
Buildings are increasing in complexity daily, explains Facility Executive magazine, and to manage such complexities requires more than an on-site team of people reviewing operations manually. Automation is the key to managing large-scale, complex operations, but it requires more than automation. It needs remote management. Buildings cannot always be staffed fully, and among facilities management professionals, demand of experienced professionals leads to astronomic annual salaries. So, smart buildings can mitigate these costs by putting the power of a team of facilities management professionals literally in your hands through apps.
Smart Buildings and IoT-Based, Connected Systems Improve Facilities Management Strategy
Connected systems and smart buildings can be leveraged to produce automatic, real-time alerts to management professionals in your business. Thus, you can act faster to correct issues when they can cannot be corrected remotely. Ultimately, bringing disparate systems together provides a new level of visibility throughout your organization and helps you achieve your sustainability goals while reducing overhead costs, so it is in your best interest to start working to connect systems today.