8 March 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Building and facilities managers often consider the need for an in-building wireless or mobility solution, but fear the technology is too costly or complex and do not act on it.
A study carried out by Coleman Parkes Research spoke to 600 building managers, architects and facilities managers from Europe (represented by the UK, France and Germany) and the US about access to in-building wireless.
The report set out to uncover some of the reasons behind the building industry's attitudes, provide recommendations on how the industry can overcome the challenges, and seek to uncover the value of in-building wireless connectivity to property owners, managers and tenants alike.
It discovered that FMs are "halted by the perception of requiring complex engineering - or worrying that they do not possess a clear understanding of radios and the cabling technology associated with this type of network".
As a result, they do nothing, "letting the building fall further out of date and less attractive to potential tenants", says the report.
The research recommends that building and facilities managers should take responsibility to engage with the experts, who would be likely to set their managers' minds at ease.
"Outsourcing the complications makes life easier, and they will often find out the solutions aren't as complex as they might have first thought," add the researchers.