21 June 2018 | Prithvi Pandya
The BIFM has published its latest technology guidance note on the Internet of Things (IoT).
The guidance explores the impact of technology in transforming the FM function - specifically, the Internet of Things (IoT) and its contribution to improving overall business performance.
The Internet of Things 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 that make up the Internet of Things, and which enable 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.
In addition, the guidance note also offers practical examples of the implementation of IoT in FM and explores additional areas such as security and data management.
Peter Brogan, BIFM's head of research and insight, said: "The Internet of Things is changing businesses and leading to a digital disruption and data explosion."
He added: "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."
Access to the guidance note on The Internet of Things for facilities management can be viewed here.