As a facilities manager, your top-level concern is keeping people healthy and safe. Designing and implementing a successful facilities management strategy means not only having to consider the provision and functionality of a space, identifying and integrating the services required to operate and maintain that space, but also helping your organization understand the costs and business risks associated with every decision made. Welcome to the age of smart buildings.

Bringing Smart into the Realm of Facilities Management.

The convergence of information technology (IT) and facilities management (FM) as a part of smart building strategy is an inevitable trend according to Pramond Dibble, Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environment Research Analyst.
The cornerstone of of any smart building strategy is the Building Automation System (BAS). A traditional BAS integrates a network of control systems to automatically monitor and control building operations such as HVAC, security, access and safety controls, lighting, energy, and maintenance functions. Using protocols like BACnet to incorporate and integrate IP connectivity can help commercial, industrial, government and other institutional users reduce their building energy and maintenance costs.

Today’s facility managers are also relying on forward-looking building methods such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), a shared knowledge resource defined by the National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee as a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility, to help them realize efficiencies and ultimately cost-savings. By bringing BIM into the realm of facilities management, facility managers have a reliable basis for making decisions throughout the course of a building’s life cycle services.

A brighter future?

Facilities managers are also looking at Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, as an alternative to Wi-Fi to provide super-fast wireless network connectivity through LED lighting. By installing devices with Li-Fi capability into commercial, industrial and government facilities already outfitted with LED, Li-Fi has the potential to increase network coverage while at the same time supplementing Wi-Fi access, or in some cases making it redundant. The benefits to facilities management are compelling – more data being transferred, more devices connected to one another with lower capital expense and reccurring costs.

With more than a decade of experience, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. can work with you to develop a facilities management plan that integrates smart technology systems to improve your organization’s building maintenance and operations management. Contact SAMS today for more information.