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What is the Influence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Facility Management?

Sep 29, 2022

All facility managers will agree that the environments we take care of are “mini-societies” in which happiness, health, comfort, hygiene, and good-working assets are the basics of our corporations functioning well in their core activities.

We manage many different aspects of the lives of the bees in our hives -- from their access to food via the restaurants we cater for them to the air that they breathe in our buildings. Whatever industrial revolution there may be, it will have a profound effect on us facility managers as it will quickly influence one, or more, or even all our activities.

But what does "fourth industrial revolution" mean exactly and that "profound effect", how does that take shape in facility management? 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The term “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” was coined in 2016  by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF), via a book published with the...

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FMTech Insights: Cut Energy Costs & Optimize Operations with Big Data & IoT

Jun 06, 2022

 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Christine Brukhty is the Business Development & Marketing Manager at HiPer IT, a family of big data and IoT PropTech democratizing optimization of Facility Management. It's HiPerWare enables achieving current business goals in FM such as energy consumption and CO2 emission reduction with simple to install, implement and use platform, HVAC systems detailed digital trail for ESG reporting, subcontractor services assessment and retrofit investment analysis, simplification and unification of field services through creation of real time digital twin...

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FMTech Insights: Asset Management - A Live View of the Equipment Fleet

May 16, 2022

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Alexander Manafi is the CEO & Co-founder at ToolSense which allows you to digitize your machine and service management, keeping track of mobile machines (those big machines used in cleaning, for example). It does this through a simple scan of a QR code in the machine which digitizes issue reporting and machine ticketing. ToolSense IOT hardware installed in the machines is a "Plug & Play" IoT hardware that allows you to easily and cheaply network machines from any manufacturer .

FMTech Insights: Asset Management - A Live View of the Equipment Fleet

Currently, there is an increasing awareness...

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FMTech Insights: How can Smart Facilities Management Help Companies with ESG?

May 11, 2022

 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Michael Grant is the Co-founder & COO at Metrikusa platform that provides insights to make spaces smarter, safer and more sustainable. Metrikus can, among many things: reduce carbon footprint with real-time energy monitoring, ensure energy is only used when spaces are occupied, monitor key indoor air quality in real time and generate smart cleaning schedules based on usage. 

FMTech Insights: How can Smart Facilities Management Help Companies with ESG?

ESG stands for environmental, social and governance, and these criteria are pivotal to the way today’s...

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FMTech Insights: The Future Cleaning Company is a Tech company!

May 09, 2022

 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Lav Agarwal is the Founder & CEO at SmartCleana Cleanliness and Hygiene Intelligence company and has built IoT & SaaS powered Digital Cleaning solutions to fundamentally change how Cleanliness & Hygiene are monitored, measured and managed in the built environment towards improved health and hygiene standards.

FMTech Insights: The Future Cleaning Company is a Tech company!

It's really not possible to track how old the Cleaning Industry is! People and businesses have hired people to clean for them for probably thousands of years. And ever since Commercial cleaning became a thing,...

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FMTech Insights: How Augmented Reality (AR) Really Becomes a Game Changer

Apr 25, 2022

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Adrian Merkel is the Managing Director at Framence GmbHa hybrid model digital twin platform. With Framence, its more than just pictures as any information from external sources can be integrated into the platform, resulting in very accurate digital twins that replace the need for most physical on-site inspections.

FMTech Insights: How Augmented Reality (AR) Really Becomes a Game Changer

Since Microsoft launched the first HoloLens in 2016, many companies have realized that augmented reality, that is, the expansion of reality with digital content, can become a game-changer in many areas....

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FMTech Insights: Digital Empowerment in Facilities Management as a Drive for Transformation

Apr 11, 2022

 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Ignasi Casamada is the Co-founder & CEO at Optima Facilityan FM service provider specializing in the management and provision of a wide range of services (Maintenance, Security, Installations, Cleaning, Energy Services, etc.) with over 30 years of experience managing services for clients in the Spanish and international market. It offers a flexible service provider model and adapts to the specific demands of each client -- from a single service individually as a specialist provider, to an integrated FM services under an "Open Facility Management" model. Digital innovation and...

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FMTech Insights: How to Audit Facility Management Tasks & Services in Large Buildings

Mar 28, 2022

 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Marina Rodríguez Fernández is part of the Marketing Team at Situm Indoor Positioning, which offers Workforce Management thru indoor and outdoor geolocation that enables facility managers to monitor, adjust & check fulfillment of workforce activity through geo-analytics, increase efficiency by re-assigning tasks based on location,  time increase the safety of workforce and security of facilities and many more. Situm also provides indoor navigation for visitors, especially in large numbers and in venues - for sports matches, concerts and airports, etc. - find...

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Digital Empowerment

Mar 21, 2022
Note: Article originally published at the Facilities Management Journal: https://www.fmj.co.uk/digital-empowerment/

Prior to the pandemic, it was to meet the call for sustainability within the built environments where we mainly saw the emergence of innovative technologies. From green materials to sustainable energy, the built environment responded with innovative construction technologies. PropTech solutions emerged to serve better infrastructure and mobility demands, while offering Corporate Real Estate (CRE) managers a host of applications to better serve their tenants.

The FM sector on the other hand played catch-up compared to the rest of the built environment. But that was up until the global COVID pandemic happened.

Now that climate action is becoming a priority for corporations, the facility manager’s role is moving closer to the widespread adoption of digitalisation. 

Nearly two years into the pandemic, we have seen a remarkable transformation on how we...

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FMTech Insights: Why Messaging should be at the Heart of Smart Facilities Management

Mar 14, 2022
 

FMTech Insights is a series where subject matter experts and thought leaders in FMTech share their knowledge and opinions on the topic of their expertise; helping the industry learn, innovate and grow. The series will cover every sector in FM – from workplace management, operations and maintenance, energy management, waste management and everything in between.

Patrick Sim is the Co-founder and Director at FacilityBot, the messaging-first CMMS that allows requestors (building users and FM teams alike) to use their preferred messaging app instead of calling a hotline to report faults, requests for services, requests for desks (hot desking), book common facilities, and many others.

 

Why Messaging should be at the Heart of Smart Facilities Management

In recent years, terms such as Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Smart Facilities Management have become popular. These terms evoke visions of artificial intelligence, data analytics, physical robots, ubiquitous sensors,...

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