Did you know that you’re more likely to come into contact with bacteria on commercial elevator buttons than on a public toilet seat? While elevators may be the most convenient ways for tenants, employees and guests to travel up and down multi-story buildings, the small enclosure and heavy traffic allows for a quick buildup of illness-causing pathogens and germs.
We live in a world where technology is continually changing the way we manage our businesses. Technology brings the interaction of computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network, which has introduced new possibilities for cybersecurity threats. The consequences of cyberattacks can severely affect an organization’s business operations.
During the previous months, we are seeing signs of transition to the post COVID-19 normality. Most of the restrictive measures have been waived and the “return to office” movement is in progress. Nevertheless, the pandemic is expected to have long lasting effects on the way companies and employees will work in the new normality.
As the pandemic hit and office workers were sent home, safety and security plans quickly evolved with the changing landscape. Now, as managers are thinking through return-to-work plans and being creative about them, it’s more important than ever to refresh your safety and security plans and ensure you have the technology to back it up.
For decades, operators in manufacturing facilities have relied on Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) for a visual overview of their process systems to monitor critical status and control information. A properly designed graphical user interface improves situational awareness, reduces workload, and enables the operator to view the entire process at-a-glance so they can focus on mitigating abnormal situations.
As IoT technology and applications are increasingly capable of connecting thousands of sensors and allowing for real-time data collection and analysis, buildings will become more efficient and user friendly. From door locks to lights and beyond, there is a host of existing IoT applications that can turn any building into a smart building.
The growth of e-commerce is driving warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment centers to utilize larger structures, automated systems, and engineered elevated work platforms that can deliver faster logistics and shipping. To accommodate the growing size and complexity of such systems, industry innovators are now expediting the process of quoting, designing, manufacturing, and installing the systems.
The form of buildings as places of shelter or gathering has remained largely unchanged over the course of human history. While we may point to advances in plumbing, heating/cooling, or, more recently, communications, the notion of an “intelligent building” is still a futuristic concept compared to the transformations and breakthroughs we have seen in other asset and object categories.
With the growing popularity of outsourcing in facilities management and building maintenance, it’s expected that more and more facility managers will collaborate with vendors to maximize the physical assets under their care. However, such collaborations can only happen with different contracts in place, all managed by an efficient vendor contract management process.
Plants and facilities have a duty to protect employees by providing a safe work environment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for the job. However, despite various PPE options, many companies fail to supply or specify important lighting tools – namely headlamps. Unfortunately, the lack of suitable headlamps can lead to serious, even deadly, accidents in hazardous locations.