Here’s why facility managers expect integrations with other technologies

Today’s facility managers find themselves in the midst of many challenges, including regulatory and compliance hurdles, resource scarcity, and burnout.

Resource constraints, for example, which affect time management, materials delivery, and budget planning, pose major obstacles, all the while demanding highly prudent allocation without operational efficiency taking a hit.

At the same time, dealing with workforce shortages is the last thing any facility manager wants as it can put a heavy strain on day-to-day building operations.

Here’s why more facility managers now expect integrations with disruptive technologies to succeed and deliver better value to their clients:

The proliferation of FM apps

Facility management mobile apps have gained widespread acceptance and adoption in recent years, allowing facility managers and property owners to manage practically everything on the go – from scheduled inspection and maintenance tasks, to planning repairs, renewing tenant contracts, and providing real-time reports to stakeholders.

Access control systems and remote security systems

Access control systems and security systems have become an essential in facilities management technology. These systems have proven to be very useful in safeguarding properties and their respective occupants via controlling access to specific areas throughout the building.

Access control systems may range from simple digital key card systems to more advanced biometric systems through mobile apps which integrate facial recognition or fingerprints (or both).

Security systems such as CCTV cameras can prevent unauthorised access and deter criminal activity, where the live feed can be easily viewed, recorded, and recalled on a mobile device via a specialised piece of software.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance generates historical and real-time data from building equipment, sensors, usage, and systems to provide a model for asset failure before that failure even occurs. The more data the model has, the more accurate the estimates of potential failure will be.

When IoT (Internet of Things) sensor data is connected with a facilities management software or platform, the latter can automatically create a work order and dispatch it to the nearest service provider or repair facility for follow up.

Predictive maintenance is now heavily being used in property and real estate, much more so than a few years ago, helping to keep operations running without hiccups and reducing the impact any downtime may have on revenues, tenant satisfaction, property value, etc.

CMMS integration with other technologies

Modern, forward-thinking facility managers now also expect their CMMS (computer maintenance management system) to be integrated with data management software, financial software, and BI (business intelligence) systems, as well as energy management systems and larger PropTech platforms such as CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning).

The current technology which the average facilities manager has at their disposal is staggering to say the least – technology that’s capable of identifying undesirable or adverse conditions in a building which were previously undetectable for the most part – such as early-detection wear and tear, equipment failure, energy waste, etc.

In this day and age, the role of the property manager has gotten ever more complex and demanding. TIM (The Inspection Manager) brings together the best software-based technologies to help facility and property managers do their jobs more efficiently and in a more compliant way.

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