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The Merits of Facility-Wide Communication Platforms

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We’re generally optimists…there’s a ton of exciting stuff going on in technology, and even more advancements on the horizon.

 

But, for as incredible of a world as we live in, facilities still face a number of threats (both internal and external). No matter how far we’ve come, we still need to prepare for events such as fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and (sadly) even armed intruders.

 

History has shown that risks like these are most effectively mitigated when:

 

  • Dangers are identified and understood well in advance
  • Contingency plans are in place (such as clearly marked exit paths, routinely practiced fire drills, etc.)
  • All affected personnel are aware of the issue at hand, thus allowing them to make informed decisions

 

Recently, we’ve been giving more thought to this last step, as communication is a powerful tool in improving welfare, and mitigating risk. Read more

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The Current “CMS Culture”

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Last week, we talked about the attributes of a good CMS platform. We know that CMS has the potential to streamline content, and organize a company’s message in a variety of ways. A powerful tool, and great way to structure your voice, we need to ask ourselves this: how much is CMS worth? How much stock does it have in the eyes of other companies, and larger corporations. What personal and financial investments are we making in CMS systems? Let’s find out then.  Read more

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Smarter Working Conditions for Smarter Facility Managers

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Facility managers’ effectiveness has always been limited to things they hear and see around their buildings—whether first-hand, or through tenants’ reports. But, what about the things they can’t see?

 

In many cases, invisible issues ultimately end up becoming visible only once they develop into a full-scale problem (such as when a corroding pipe finally starts to leak on those below). And, while many problems are as simple as a mop and a repairman, others—such as faulty electrical systems—can potentially create life-threatening danger. Read more

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Are you “Mobile First,” or “Mobile Worst?”

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Facility management has long been an inherently complex and challenging role—simply because of tenants’ disparate needs and the limited resources of any given building. As such, it’s no surprise that enterprises have been working to weave technology into the process for a long time. Interesting, however, is that—prior to CrowdComfort—none of these programs were actually built on “mobile first” technology.

 

For those without extensive tech backgrounds, “mobile first” applications are those which were designed specifically for optimal use on mobile platforms, such as cell phones and tablets. In a recent article, TechCrunch explains this category quite well: Read more

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Location Matters: Let’s use Geotagging to Improve EHS Reporting

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Geotagging is the ability of internet connected individuals to mark their geographical position. This can be through social media, or their stock apps on a smartphone.  With the current “digital population” growing (over a billion users on Facebook alone,) the potential of geotagging grows exponentially. CrowdComfort’s tech utilizes geotagging and “geo-reporting” to ensure the most efficient data is brought to facilities and facility managers.

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