How well do you really know what’s happening inside your building?
If you work in facilities management, you’ve probably heard the buzz about smart buildings. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), remote monitoring systems are becoming a reality, and that’s great news for site management teams.
You can’t be everywhere at once, so remote monitoring is especially important if you manage multiple buildings. Existing building management systems have gaps in their equipment monitoring capabilities, providing only periodic checks and reactive fixes. Often these legacy systems don’t present data in ways that non-engineers can understand and put to use. This can be problematic in buildings where you have little or no control over the activities of multiple tenants.
Disruptive Technologies’ partner 4D Monitoring recognized that building facilities managers commonly face the problem of a lack of tangible or intuitive data from their properties, which in turn leads to limited understanding of how well these properties are running or performing. “We wanted to build a remote monitoring solution that is intuitive and accessible to every property owner and facilities team and not just for trophy sites that have high service charges,” explains Barry Jones, Operations Director at 4D Monitoring.
In the innovative system built by 4D Monitoring, Disruptive’s wireless mini-sensors are placed throughout a building, where they extract information and feed it to 4D Monitoring’s cloud platform. 4D Monitoring layers information onto a map of a building’s floor plan to provide facilities managers visibility they need across all offices.
“Disruptive has led to a massive improvement in how quickly we can map the occupied space without interrupting people so we can start gathering meaningful data right away,” says Barry. “We had used other sensors before, but Disruptive gave us the best solution for quick and easy deployment with no requirement for costly and complex networking infrastructure.”
The remote monitoring solution from 4D Monitoring and Disruptive gives managing agents of properties information they need to make decisions and improve conditions. They are empowered to answer questions such as:
The answers to these questions help site managers make adjustments that decrease costs. When facilities management costs decrease, tenants benefit as building owners can reduce service costs and invest resources back into the building, including new smart building projects.
4D Monitoring began installing Disruptive sensors in 2018 in a handful of buildings for Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), a leading commercial real estate property management company in the United Kingdom.
“Sensors provide information about what is actually happening, not what is perceived to be happening,” explains Matt Livesey, LSH Property Director. “One of the beauties of this technology is that we still don’t know yet all of things we can learn,” says Matt. “As more and more sensors become available, there will be more and more opportunities to deploy them.”
See how 4D Monitoring and Disruptive Technologies make Lambert Smith Hampton buildings more efficient and tenants more productive.
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