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How Smart Facility Management and Safety Work Together

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Laura Miller

Safety of tenants and visitors is a priority for building management. Building owners and facility managers must comply with OSHA recommendations to ensure that anybody entering a building should not only be safe but feel safe as well. Combining smart facility management and safety through robust tech-driven solutions can help you protect occupants and create more inviting environments.

How Smart Facility Management Improves Safety in Buildings

Smart facility management is driven by ongoing capture and analysis of data that provides unprecedented visibility into building operations. With an intelligent building management platform, smart facility management and safety go hand-in-hand.   


Monitoring Around the Clock

Fire alarms, access control, and visitor management all play important roles in protecting the physical safety of occupants. Safety also means protecting indoor air quality by managing particulate matter, carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity, and VOCs. Additionally, regulating occupancy patterns is critical to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines and maintain a safe and hygienic indoor environment.

In a smart building, data is continually collected from building systems and IoT-enabled sensors to make 24/7 monitoring of equipment and environmental variables possible. By analyzing data generated by everything from air quality monitoring systems to smoke detectors to occupancy sensors, a smart building platform helps facility managers understand what is happening in a building and identify areas of improvement quickly.


Enabling Predictive Maintenance

Conventional maintenance strategies largely rely on time- and run-time-based equipment checks. This often means spending time and resources on unnecessary and ineffective inspections and leaves buildings vulnerable to equipment failure in between maintenance checks.

Smart technology gives you a better way. An intelligent building management platform enables predictive maintenance through real-time monitoring of equipment and reliable forecasting of potential future problems. This approach gives facility managers the ability to prevent problems from affecting occupant safety by facilitating timely repairs or replacements of equipment. Proactively addressing maintenance issues before anyone complains also helps occupants feel safer because it means tenants don’t have to think about maintenance at all.


Overseeing Janitorial Services

Covid-19 has highlighted the need for robust sanitation to ensure the health and safety of building occupants. In a smart building, data collected from occupancy sensors, smart bin sensors, smart washroom sensors, and other autonomous equipment can play a vital role in scheduling day-to-day janitorial activities and improving sanitation.

Ensuring the safety of occupants is non-negotiable. However, siloed building systems make protecting safety challenging. Unifying building systems and adding an intelligent building management platform to your tools ensures you have the insights and capabilities you need to create safe and healthy environments.        

How onPoint Supports Smart Facility Management and Safety

Intelligent building management platforms, such as onPoint, transform buildings into flexible structures that can respond to evolving environmental conditions and occupant preferences. With onPoint, smart facility management and safety are supported by:

  • Advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD): With machine learning-driven FDD, onPoint detects anomalies in the functioning of equipment, predicts potential problems, and recommends effective solutions. It shifts the expensive labor hours from low-value activities like arbitrary maintenance checks to high-value activities like making necessary repairs. onPoint not only limits false alarms and identifies the reasons behind equipment malfunction, it also provides a roadmap for addressing and preventing safety concerns. 
  • Improved Access and Control: onPoint enables control over all connected systems through a single user interface. Its mobile-friendly dashboard can be remotely accessed by stakeholders and allows facility managers to make adjustments from anywhere.   

  • Innovation and Scalability: onPoint coordinates efforts for both the physical safety of occupants and environmental impact. By using open communication protocols, onPoint allows you to scale and future-proof solutions to address the evolving needs of safety inside buildings.  

onPoint takes smart facility management and safety to the next level and makes buildings better. 

Want to know more about how onPoint brings smart facility management and safety together? Contact our team of experts to learn more.   



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