The last few years have seen the rate at which businesses have adopted digital technologies accelerate rapidly. The Covid pandemic and the accompanying logistical and operational challenges it posed have doubtless contributed to this increased speed of technology adoption. However, as we look to the future, it seems clear that further digital investment will be seen as a priority for many organisations across a diverse range of industries and sectors. With the rise of smart buildings making use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology and artificial intelligence, one such area to watch will undoubtedly be Building Management Systems (BMS), which looks set to evolve significantly in the near future.
The Rise Of Digital Technology
The arrival of the Covid pandemic meant that many organisations had to adapt fast to an extremely challenging - and unprecedented in modern times - set of circumstances. Lockdown periods that sent staff home meant that a new reliance on secure, effective remote working technologies had to be implemented quickly, leading to the rapid adoption of a range of cloud-based software and services. Whilst many companies had already planned for a digital transformation process, these strategies were hurriedly brought forward and now, with investments in key areas having been made, these same businesses want to consolidate their new digital infrastructure.
Things have changed in equal measure for those companies which had perhaps failed to fully grasp the benefits of digitisation prior to the pandemic. Enforced first-hand experience of the advantages of cloud-powered technologies (such as increased processing and analytical capabilities, and automation of routine tasks and operations), has left them keen to carry on enjoying the results that such technologies can bring to their operations.
The Growth Of Building Management Systems
Covid saw facilities management staff take on a pivotal role, often becoming the main port of call for staff seeking equipment and advice that would enable them to carry on their duties from home. And further new challenges presented themselves once these same workers returned to the premises, thanks to the need for deep cleaning and hygiene stations.
These changes have significant associated costs, and many companies are turning to Building Management Systems to help keep expenses down. They are proving particularly beneficial in small to medium-sized premises, which, as many organisations look to downsize their premises as they make hybrid or flexible working permanent, opens up the benefits of these systems to many more businesses.
Also known as Building Automation Systems, this technology uses integrated IoT to deliver cost-saving and optimisation results through intelligent automation, sensors, CCTV and a host of connected devices and associated management software. It also helps companies to reduce their carbon footprint and meet sustainability targets, which further adds to the perceived value of BMS systems.
The future of these systems certainly looks bright, as AI capabilities grow and further simplify key building management tasks through automation. Devices connected to the system will likely grow ever more capable of making decisions autonomously, leaving human staff free to focus on other duties.
Find Your Ideal Resourcing Solution
With many exciting developments in store, the building services and facilities management sector will need to be powered by the right talent. At Cento Recruitment, our specialist team can match your organisation with the ideal candidates, allowing you to achieve all of your digitisation objectives, through ICT, comms, and more.
Why not get in touch today, on 01509 615290 and discover how the market leaders Cento can provide your ideal BMS resourcing solution?