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

*This originally appeared at https://www.cleanmiddleeast.ae/top-stories/technology/humans-robots-the-way-forward-for-the-cleaning-industry

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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FM Tech - PropTech’s BIG Little Sister

Note: Originally published: https://www.i-fm.net/features/fmtech-proptech-s-big-little-sister

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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