Having a smart device or piece of equipment can’t make your building intelligent. Instead, having a smart facility management system designed to serve as components that link all your assets and equipment form an intelligent building. When smart building systems are enabled to process specialized data through a facility management platform, they become collectively productive, and their effectiveness increases exponentially or this should be the most ideal case.
But in reality, adopting smart building technologies presents managers with a host of potential challenges that can undermine the ability of the technology to deliver as expected, according to Forbes. Here are four such situations to consider:
The first challenge is to design and implement an open architecture. Open architecture is a type of computer architecture or software architecture intended to make adding, upgrading, and swapping components easy. Traditional facility management systems often have been implemented in an independent manner using proprietary software and protocols. As a result, data is compressed within that system, making it burdensome to extract it for deeper analysis or enhanced decision-making.
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The second challenge is overlooking asset lifecycle management. Within a smart building project often there are hundreds or even thousands of assets and equipment. Without a well-defined strategy for managing device lifecycles from the start, the operation of such large-scale projects is destined for failure.
The third challenge is not building a multifunctional, repeatable, and expandable facility management infrastructure. By building a highly scalable and interoperable smart building management system that can grow with emerging business needs, managers can avoid being cornered with an obsolete, single-functional infrastructure in the future.
Undermining the challenge of inter-building connectivity. The extensiveness and readiness of wireless communications are poised to expedite the smart building revolution. Yet high-rise commercial buildings with concrete walls, steel/metal fire doors, and complex structures present a hostile environment to many radio solutions. That’s why you need to make sure your smart building data are accessible from all corners of the facility.
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A smart facility management application
Facility Manager by CloudApper is a smart and powerful mobile and web-based application that ensures the simplification of your work facility, asset, and maintenance management. This easy-to-use solution helps employees save time by providing instant access to facility details, operating details, and emergency procedures to maintain safe and comfortable spaces for employees.