The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the capability of everyday devices being connected and controlled through the Internet. Having IoT capabilities at your facilities is a good way to ensure your organization is running smoothly and efficiently.
The increasing concern with energy waste, pollution and utility costs, combined with the higher expectations from clients creates an enormous pressure on Facility Managers to find new and innovative ways to optimize their services.
Unfortunately, traditional Building Management Systems (BMS) are not equipped to offer the data and real-time response required from managers to make informed decisions concerning comfort, efficiency and staff productivity. When implementing an IoT infrastructure, Facilities managers can add value and increase profit margins.
But how exactly is IoT being successfully incorporated by Facilities Managers to lower costs and create efficient working environments?
Well, to start off, what if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more? Or, what if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive, and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?
The new norm will be that anything that can be connected will be connected. This will allow managers and supervisors to better manage their employees and resources.
However, as we learn more about the IoT, security concerns are bound to arise. For now the best thing that you can do is learn about what the IoT is and how it can help better manage your employees and facilities.