FM Innovators' Blog

Humans + Robots: The Way Forward for the Cleaning Industry?

Nov 16, 2021
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There is no doubt that cleaning is among, if not the most affected of the facility management activities during and in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. We saw an accelerated incorporation of autonomous cleaning robots in disinfection and cleaning of floors, particularly in large built environments with high foot traffic like airports, hospitals, and shopping malls. Data from AI company Brain Corp, which holds the distinction of powering the world's largest fleet of autonomous cleaning robots servicing the likes of Walmart in the US, reveal that their robots generated 3.3 million additional hours in 2020. In a study by intelligence firm ABI Research, more than 150,000 mobile robots will be deployed in stores with expected usage growing 46% annually through 2030. The same report projects a 30% increase in productivity in general in the...

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Add value to FM activities via digital FMTech solutions

Nov 16, 2021

Where to Adopt FMTech in Current FM Activities

It is undeniable that the pandemic has upended how built environments are accessed, used, and managed. It has necessitated and accelerated the adoption of digital technology and solutions in facility management. Here are examples of how FM Tech has helped facility managers innovate and address the challenges brought about by the pandemic as well as how FM Tech is shaping the way facilities will be managed in the future:

1. Access Control, Visitor and Workplace Management, Workplace and Workspace Analytics

With the pandemic and the need to observe and comply with health protocols, we see an increasing need for digital solutions like contactless access controls the moment people enter the building. Swiftlane's common area access control solutions are right in this alley. FM Tech Veris, offers a  number of solutions for visitor express check-ins, configurable visitor workflows and advanced real-time analytics. It...

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FM Tech - PropTech’s BIG Little Sister

Nov 08, 2021
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PropTech vs. FMTech

Until recently, in the FM community, only the PropTech startup ecosystem was getting clear attention. These digital solutions applied to property and to the broad  Real Estate market do not all cover all the daily activities of facility managers; especially those not working for commercial real estate corporations. In the FM context, PropTech talks most of the time about solutions for office buildings like Workplace Management, but facility managers activities extend beyond office buildings, covering facilities in other built environments like hotels, factories, hospitals and more.

If we break down the differences and similarities between facility managers and property managers – both take care of their buildings, but big difference is that for real estate companies, the building IS the business, while for facility managers, the building...

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Innovation in catering: the “Corporate Town Hall Concept”

May 17, 2021

We, Facility Managers, have seen how the experience of remote working has changed the way our colleagues (and probably we ourselves) look at workplaces. Many of the bees in our hives will be happy to come back to the office for some days per week at least, but our gut feeling tells us that things will never be the same anymore as before the pandemic.

Many among us are busy reorganizing spaces, moving tables and equipment around to assign flexible “hot desks”, with some extra space between them. We also have heard of offices being turned around completely. Some facility managers create distinct workspaces: blue zones for silence and concentration focused hours and red zones for teams working together lively and loudly. Others are buying fancy furniture. Of course, it has been years that we all have our minds marked by those fashionable Silicon Valley offices with foosballs and coffee tables strewn comfortably around and we might feel obliged to adopt the same in our...

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Food Catering for Hybrid Working

Apr 30, 2021


Facility Managers, what consequences has hybrid working for your catering portfolio?

In the last months, we all have been talking about what return-to-office will look like and if all office employees will come back to office in the same intensity as before the pandemic. Several studies have taken place and we, facility managers, have read many of them. Although there is still some time to go before we go back to some semblance of a new normal, whatever that may be, it gets clearer every day that hybrid working is here to stay.

How does this flexible going in and out of the buildings we manage impact our catering?

Catering to celebrate physical team gatherings while respecting diversity

In times when remote working is happening at a large scale, gathering as a team will feel like a moment to celebrate. Celebration implies good food and drinks. Not only the quality of the catering should be correct, but it also must suit the specific preferences of the team coming together, or...

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Startup Crash Course for Facility Managers: How Do Startups Grow?

Mar 25, 2021

As facility managers, we can make our activities and facilities increasingly smarter and more tech-driven using innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), big data, internet of things (IoT) and many other cutting-edge technologies. A lot of these “tech”  are innovations from growth-fueled companies called startups.


But what are startups, by the way?

How do they grow and become a source of innovative solutions for us, facility managers?


The definition of startup

If we look up the definition of a startup, it can range from the simple “fledgling business enterprise” or to the more comprehensive “company or project undertaken by an entrepreneur to seek, develop, and validate a scalable economic model”. In the broadest sense, any new company is a startup. But what is the best definition of a startup? The description given by Paul Graham, the founder of the world’s most successful tech incubator, Y Combinator, is by...

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Facility Managers, Make Your Buildings Paris-Proof!

Mar 05, 2021

We, Facility Managers, are very busy these days - aside from our daily tasks, we are reorganizing our buildings, our people and our budgets. Covid-19 has turned our world up-side-down. Luckily, we are hands-on and agile professionals. As we are adjusting and adapting to the challenges brought about by this pandemic and are on track again with the flow of changes, why not revisit another burning topic - our company’s eco-footprint.

Setting up a “Paris-Proof Program” for your buildings is important for our planet and a good idea for your budget.

So let’s take a look at what this “Paris-Proof” concept is all about and gain ideas on how to implement it.


What is Paris-Proof?

According to the United Nations Environment Program, buildings and their construction together account for 36 percent of global energy use and 39 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually. Progress towards sustainable buildings and construction is...

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