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Facility Management Holiday Gift List One: Cleaning Gadgets

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It’s holiday season, and people are usually looking for clothing, jewelry, or some extravagant gizmo to gift to someone. For you, the immaculate, shining facility manager, you’re looking to upgrade your cleaning arsenal. Cleanliness and hygiene of facilities is a task that needs to be expertly handled, or else risk other problems that affect your buildings and tenants.

 

 

In the first of our series, here are a few tools and products from Karacher, 3M, and EcoLab that we have added to our master “Facility Management Gift List.” 

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“Smart Automation” builds Smart Management

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We have talked about the limits of automation in the world of facilities management in our last couple of posts about the topic. However, that doesn’t mean that automation doesn’t have a place in the world of facilities management. In fact, we believe that any automation, and similar technologies that utilize the internet of things, will improve the field of facilities management.

 

The case being that a symbiosis of tech and (human) touch will increase the overall improvement of facility managers’ work. Let’s dive in:  Read more

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Automated Systems aren’t Human Exclusive

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Today, most of us carry handheld devices that are orders of magnitude faster and more advanced than the computers which took us to the moon half a century ago. And, every day, these devices only get better at anticipating and fulfilling our needs.

 

As such—and because of our all-too-human propensity toward error—it should come as no surprise that we’re increasingly relegating a number of safety-related tasks to machines that have outpaced us in speed, reliability, and attention to detail. These reasons are why automated systems are gaining steam in all industries. However, a human touch and human intuition carries greater ethical decision making, that machines can’t make for us.  Read more

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“Automation” doesn’t equate to Automatic Safety

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It’s been over 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, but we still retell the legendary ship’s story with great regularity—both for interest in the vessel’s feats of engineering, and for the tragedy of its untimely demise. But, in recounting this story, it’s impossible to avoid mention of the ship’s perceived “unsinkability,” as well as how this egotism led to an inadequate number of lifeboats and subsequent loss of human life.

 

In fact, one might argue that the Titanic’s story survived specifically because of its value as a cautionary tale.

 

Today, facility managers are thrust into roles not so different from those of the Titanic’s crew; both must define risks for those under their care and prepare for them as best they can. As we look at this comparison, an obvious question arises: has our technology made us overconfident, and—as a result—underprepared? Are we, for instance, less likely to enact company-wide fire drills because modern smoke detectors are so accurate that forewarning of a problem should provide us with enough time to evacuate? Read more

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Can you “Hear” the Comfort?

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Ease of communication is among the chief reasons we come together in a workplace. After all, modern companies are the sum of many moving parts, and it’s only by openly sharing information that any team’s success can be realized.

 

And yet, despite the need for fluid communications, the National Institute of Building Sciences notes that “acoustic comfort” is an often unrepresented aspect of office buildings: Read more

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These are the Most Advanced Facilities to Date.


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Smart building tech, as a market, is valued well into the trillions. The potential to give facilities an artificial intelligence, to promote productivity, has already seen hard, current results. What are the best and brightest examples of these “smart buildings/facilities?” What applications, features, and platforms do these structures have that are lacking in less advanced facilities? 

 

Well, let’s jump in then, and learn about the Most Advanced Facilities to Date: Read more

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Data will lead to “Better Building”

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At CrowdComfort, we’re huge fans of data. The more, the better; give us 100,000 pieces of input, and we’ll show you a trend that’s sure to have an impact on your business. So, it might come as no surprise that we got a bit sad last week while considering how few data streams architects can currently wield to gather insights about their work. A building goes up, and the architect’s connection to that work typically ends. 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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The Virtual Worth of the Virtual Office

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As we said last week, we are approaching the age of the “Oculus Office.” However, before we start assuming that this is truly a powerful trend, we should know how much investment is already in “Virtual Tech” and Smart Buildings right? Well, the answer can be easily found, and may shock you.

 

According to Digi-Capital,  the projected revenue of the VT and AR (Augmented Reality) markets combined is $150 billion by the year 2020. That is an 80-20 split, as AR is $120 billion dollars of the revenue. Still, that means Virtual is more likely than not to be a $30 billion industry. Of those technologies, a very large portion is going into commerce applications. Check it out below. Read more

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Facility Managers and “Digital Care”

 

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As discussed last week, we’re observing a consistent trend in business: the shift from physical spaces to digital ones. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that the office isn’t disappearing—it’s just being reformed from a wider range of building blocks (spanning both bricks and pixels). For facility managers, this means that future success will be found in adapting to better maintain both physical and digital spaces within their building. Read more