The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued a new guidance which looks at the impact of technology in transforming the FM function, and more specifically the Internet of Things (IoT), and ways in which it can contribute to improving overall business performance.
IoT is defined as a network of physical devices and objects embedded with electrics, software, sensors and network connectivity which enable the collection and sharing of data, as well as communication with one another.
The Guidance Note details the four distinct layers which make up IoT, enabling an increased understanding in real-time of what is happening throughout every aspect and component of a building and its operation – providing valuable contextual data for analytical purposes. It also offers practical examples of the implementation of IoT in FM and looks at additional areas such as security and data management.
Peter Brogan, BIFM Head of Research and Insights, Peter Brogan commented: “The Internet of Things is changing businesses and leading to a digital disruption and data explosion.
“The opportunity that technology presents to change the way FM works is huge, but it will have to be leveraged by skilled and knowledgeable professionals who understand how best to facilitate the convergence of people, place and process for their business.”
To view the IoT Guidance Note for FM please click here