The Internet of Things (IoT) provides feasible intelligent solutions in facility management, enabling intelligent monitoring, management, and optimization of facilities by connecting devices, sensors, and systems. IoT devices can do these things and even more. They can provide the data needed to take action and simplify certain tasks, thereby helping to manage facilities in different ways. Ultimately, the Internet of Things is making things more intelligent and able to connect them to the Internet.
How technology matures
Due to concerns about network security, some facility teams are unwilling to install early IoT devices or bear significant capital investments. For many companies, this is a huge expense from the beginning. In a survey conducted in 2021, approximately 45% of respondents stated that security is the main obstacle to their widespread adoption of the Internet of Things, second only to a lack of understanding of the topic (55%). Managers are concerned about protecting enterprise and customer data, and IoT devices may introduce many sensors during deployment, resulting in a large amount of these two types of data.
However, device manufacturers have become wiser in ensuring device data security. At the same time, the prices of these technologies have also significantly decreased. Network security has made significant progress. The new capital investment model makes the adoption of the Internet of Things in previously unfeasible applications economically feasible.
The potential impact of the Internet of Things
The potential applications of IoT devices in facilities are almost unlimited, but managers are most likely to explore the integration of this technology in five key areas:
● Energy management
● Security and physical access
Ultimately, without data and information, you cannot truly optimize. The Internet of Things allows us to remotely collect more information in a cleaner, better, and more complex way.
The ability to monitor situations happening inside buildings in real-time may alter the game rules of facility teams, using artificial intelligence to monitor water usage, detect waste, and provide detailed analysis of water usage.
Real time understanding of what is happening and what needs to be done can fundamentally change the efficiency of buildings, from the quality of bathroom services to energy efficiency, water sustainability, and carbon emissions, all of which are monitored and analyzed for improvement.
How to integrate the Internet of Things
Implementing IoT technology in facilities is easier than before. Manufacturers have been striving to reduce the complexity of user experience. The key to preventing the overwhelming power of IoT data is to start from small things.
Try starting with some use cases, or get used to understanding the value of data and starting from there, for example, starting from distance and understanding the number of times people come and go. Then, above this is the temperature. Alternatively, you can start from one office and expand to more offices once you find that this approach is most suitable.
Many IoT products can be modified onto assets and devices that were not originally designed for them, so there is no need for major construction or equipment replacement before they are ready.
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