Automation is the future of facilities management
As the pace of technological development continues to accelerate, the impact it has on all facets of society is likely to be as profound as it is unpredictable.
For facilities managers, the promise is for automation, intelligence and control, for the ultimate in efficiency and performance.
The question remains, however, how much of that promise is likely to become reality?
Dona White, North Port Events CEO says, “There's no question that we're in a period of dramatic change, so far-reaching that it has been called the fourth industrial revolution.
“But the impact of this wave of technology is likely to be uneven, with some parts of business and society being affected at different rates to others.
White's company is preparing for the third annual Facilities Integrate exhibition that takes place at the ASB Showgrounds on September 27 and 28.
At the show, the latest in building and facilities management technology will be on display, providing architects, construction industry players, facilities managers and other interested parties with unique opportunities to glimpse the future.
Drones, the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), robotics, workflow automation, and artificial intelligence could all have a dramatic impact on the industry.
White continues, “These developments can all influence how buildings are designed, constructed and managed.
“It's not just in the future, either, all of these concepts are ‘production ready' and in many cases are being put to work in New Zealand already.”
Drones, for instance, can revolutionise building maintenance and grounds-keeping by ‘seeing' in places that were once difficult to access.
As The Internet of Things continues to expand it could contribute to the mass deployment of sensors to track temperature, humidity, assets and more, providing accurate, automated management of a variety of resources.
White saying, “Over the previous two Facilities Integrate trade shows, we've seen an accelerating progression of the technological revolution that's taking hold in this industry.
“Building management solutions are becoming more sophisticated.
“The opportunities for improvements in the industry are being explored by innovators in the space which range from the large, established players, through to entrepreneurs who have identified issues and come up with clever solutions to them.
At this year's Facilities Integrate, delegates can expect to discover and try new products, services, and technologies, learn about the latest trends and benefit from special trade deals from top suppliers.
The event promises to include world-class seminars, workshops and speakers.
White concludes, “We're looking forward to showcasing the latest technologies and providing insights into how technology is changing and improving this industry today.
“New Zealand is renowned for being ahead of the curve with technology, Facilities Integrate is an opportunity to make the latest technology a productive part of your operation."