Buildings are more complicated than they ever had. With this complexity arises the need for connection. Over the years, the Internet of Things has connected many buildings together making it possible to control things like temperature remotely. IoT makes it possible to access all data about parameters like equipment effectiveness and temperatures in real time. Data collected and analyzed via the internet makes the facility management more effective and assists in reducing time spent in regular maintenance and repairs.
IoT’s in the Maintenance of Facilities
Facilities are set to continue benefitting immensely from the internet of things. In the last one decade, there has been a rise in smart buildings. These are buildings whose facilities have been automated and can be controlled remotely.
The connection that exists between the connection between lighting energy and energy management systems and the mechanical systems in buildings. These components can be connected using the internet of things. Facility management is therefore eased by the fact that you can have the system operate in several modes and monitor it remotely. In some instances, the IoT has made it possible to correct errors and do adjustments on the system.
HVAC systems are continually becoming independent in a move that scholars term as “intelligent HVAC”. This means that some sensors will collect info from the surrounding and compare with saved data sets. It might them adjust to a value that you have frequently adjusted manually.
Your system can also collect data in the background making automation easier and more efficient. Eg, you might have some departments working for long hours. E.g the IT department works long hours. Over time, sensors attached to the HVAC might note this and automatically adjust effectively.
Historically, measuring energy consumption for each unit in a network has been quite hard to measure. Many devices in office environments are now adopting the plug and process load energy usage. Initially, lots of attention was directed towards HVAC. This is changing rapidly and most facility managers are opting for devices with the PPL energy usage since they can be controlled easily using the IoT.
Load shedding devices, occupancy sensors, and advanced power strips are making the integration of devices with the internet of things easy and more applicable by the day. As a manager, you can always zero into specific areas that you think need attention. Setting automation protocols that can detect when a device is not in use and shut it down or set it on sleep mode are doing wonders in savings tons of energy for facilities.
The Future of the Internet of Things
There is a bright future for the internet of things ahead. Many large companies are able to regulate, analyze and even cut on energy usage in facilities. Technicians, therefore, need to continually learn more about the new trend so that they can be proficient in using this new technology. In the future, IoT might become a mandatory requirement by governments so as to work towards sustainable energy goals. Companies are also increasingly adopting the new technology so as to cut costs in the colossal amounts of money they have previously paid for energy usage.