A Smart Building offers many ways to improve businesses. For example, you can use Smart Office to increase productivity and effectiveness. Another great solution is called Smart Facility Management. This lets you optimize building management, like by using Smart Cleaning and Smart Parking.

The basic requirements for smart buildings, smart offices, and smart facility management are intelligent sensors that record things like presence, movement, and heat data. The sensors are connected to the internet using the internet of things. This way, all the required data can be analyzed and displayed in dashboards that show how different applications are working and whether or not all the hardware components are working properly.

How Smart Cleaning, Smart Parking, and other tech can help with Facility Management

Smart technology makes it easier to manage buildings in many ways. For example, heating and cooling, air quality, and access can all be controlled with smart technology. Facility managers can also save time and effort by using IoT technology, while still getting good results.

Many more processes can be optimized with intelligent solutions: “Smart Cleaning” means that cleaning is not done on a regular schedule, but only when it is needed. “Smart Parking” saves time and makes it easier for your employees to do their work. Free parking spaces are shown and can be reserved easily before driving to them. You see: The future of Facility Management is digital – try it for yourself!

The control of the digital Facility Management is done by means of a smartphone app

BYOD (bring your own device) means that your employees can control the most important functions of digital facility management using their own personal smartphones. This way, they can reserve a workspace (hot desking) or parking spot (smart parking), for example, or request cleaning services (smart cleaning). The indoor navigation makes it easier for users to find their way around the building. Conference room technology can also be controlled with an app. In addition, digital facility management makes it possible for employees to interact with the building using buttons on a panel or by giving feedback.

How does digital facility management work in a smart building?

If you are thinking of introducing Smart Facility technology into your company, you should already have an answer to the important question of how the company will operate in your building. In the best case, the traditional Facility Management structures can be kept. Many tasks do not change fundamentally in a Smart Building but are just structured more efficiently. For a variety of activities, however, traditional Facility Management providers are not sufficiently qualified. Here you will need to build up or invest in specialized know-how. The following tasks are some of the most important:

  • Taking care of the soft- and hardware in a smart building
  • Fixing user problems
  • Remotely monitoring soft- and hardware
  • Tracking down faults
  • Solving technical problems
  • Configuring changes to the building structure as needed
  • On-site support for major hardware faults

Setting up digital facility management: rely on the expertise of GMS

Depending on the complexity and size of your smart building, you should create your own plan for digital facility management. This should include standard service features, like service times and qualities, as well as measurable service level agreements (SLAs) to evaluate the continuous service performance. If you want to have internal employees manage the smart facility management, it is recommended to create a training plan.

If you want to outsource your Smart Facility services, it is important to look for a company that has a good quality management system in place. This company should have things like ISO certifications (especially ISO 9001 and ISO 27001) and experience in the IT and building technology fields. For digital facility management, experience and specialization are very important.

We can offer you our long experience in the fields of electrical engineering and architecture, as well as our skills in digitalization and IT. With GMS on your side, you can easily implement a successful smart facility management strategy: we will be there for you with our comprehensive approach, from planning and consulting to the entire installation phase and ongoing operation, as a digital facility manager. Benefit from our expertise and ask for your individual, free expert consultation today!