AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies are only just beginning to become mainstream, but their future looks assured. It’s no longer science fiction and is much more than commonly referenced buzzwords, this tech is a game changer in automation and leveraging data to benefit an organizations facilities program. In fact, many think facility management teams could be an area that benefits the most from this emerging technology. Given the large amount of repetitive and often tedious tasks involved in FM the potential benefits to organizations that integrate this technology sooner rather than later cannot be overstated. As with any new technology, those that will be must-haves for large facilities teams in 2023 are likely to evolve quickly with new innovations and advancements. However, here are some potential technologies that could be relevant for facilities teams in the coming years:
Internet of Things (IoT) Devices – IoT devices are becoming increasingly popular in facilities management. These devices can be used to monitor and control various systems in a building, such as HVAC, lighting, and security systems, and help teams to detect and address issues in real-time.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Productivity rises when we can eliminate repetitive work and focus on more complex tasks. AI has the potential to transform facilities management by automating routine tasks and optimizing operations. AI-powered solutions can help teams to analyze large amounts of data, predict and prevent maintenance issues, and improve energy efficiency.
Augmented Reality (AR) – AR technology can provide facilities teams with an immersive and interactive experience by overlaying virtual information onto the real world. For example, AR can be used to create virtual walkthroughs of a building or to provide step-by-step instructions for maintenance tasks.
Drones – Drones can be used to perform inspections and surveys of large facilities, providing teams with a more detailed and accurate view of the building. Drones can also be used to perform maintenance tasks in hard-to-reach areas, such as cleaning high windows or changing light bulbs in high ceilings.
Cloud-Based Software – Cloud-based software can help facilities teams to manage data and collaborate more effectively. Cloud-based platforms can provide real-time updates and access to information from any device with an internet connection.
These are just a few examples of the technologies that could be must-haves for facilities teams in 2023. However, these are also examples that are expected to have the staying power to facilitate fundamental change in how facility management is conducted in the future and allow for incredible advancements in improving operations and reducing overall costs. As the industry continues to evolve, new innovations and advancements will likely emerge, and facilities teams will need to stay up to date with the latest technologies to remain competitive and efficient. If you are looking to get ahead of the curve and improve your facility management operations or are simply curious and want to learn more about these emerging technologies, set up a quick call at the link below and we would be happy to speak with you wherever you are in your digital journey.