As readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar, CleanAlert's FilterScan WiFi Air Filter Monitor takes the guesswork out of knowing when there are clogs in your HVAC system and when it's time to change the filter.
Here are some other great facilities management detection technologies for smart buildings that can give you peace of mind, improve the efficiency of your facility, and save you money.
Plumbing Leak Detection & Automatic Water Shut-Off Systems
Did you know, in 2010, water damage was the number one source of property insurance claims for owners of commercial properties, retail establishments, hotels and high-rise residences? Plumbing leaks can occur in buildings of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Every facility is vulnerable, and water damage costs commercial property owners billions of dollars in structural, operational, reputational, and financial losses annually.
Fortunately, new plumbing leak detection systems are on the market that can automatically shut off the water supply when a leak is detected. Reliance Detection Technology's Systems, for example, integrate with security/automation systems, and an automatic leak notification is available, potentially saving your facility thousands of dollars.
Advances in Fire Alarm Technology
Fire alarm technology is a vital consideration for any facilities manager. Addressable notification technology for fire alarm systems uses targeted audio messaging that guides individuals to safety and offers directional assistance in a range of emergency situations, including weather related issues or external threats. The ability to communicate directions clearly, helps this technology ensure safety whether that be in guiding individuals to shelter in place or move to a different location.
These systems leverage “smart” technology and facility managers are now able to access and test systems remotely from a central location without causing loud, time and money-consuming maintenance disruptions.
Lighting Control Sensor Upgrades
"Smart" lighting controls are nothing new, but 2017 sees further advancements in movement detectors that can drastically save money through reduced energy consumption. For instance, the Wattstopper Passive Infrared (PIR) wall switch occupancy sensor, the WS-301, can generate energy savings up to 60 percent by turning lighting or fan loads on and off based on occupancy and ambient light level.
Single, Integrated Dashboards
With all of these fantastic technologies and solutions coming to the marketplace this year, a key installation for the facility manager should be a single dashboard of control or maintenance for their buildings. While all the different technologies are great, they can potentially become a nightmare to maintain if they’re run through non-integrated platforms. Aside from the costs associated with training employees to use multiple systems, multiple control points also allow for a high possibility of human error and security concerns.
Fortunately, many of these new smart building technology can be combined into one central point of control as apps on a smartphone. This allows facility managers to literally have all their smart solutions at their fingertips, cutting down on training costs, reducing the chances of human error and being better able to visualize the ROI of the technologies/solutions they implement.