At Realcomm’s IBcon event earlier this month, owners and operators representing more than 25 billion square feet of real estate learned how recent innovations in intelligent building technology now allow them to improve energy, operational and financial performance at a nominal upfront cost.
We’ve been keeping up with this technology for many years, and more recently have partnered with leading-edge technology firms to create solutions that combine machine-to-machine communications with facility management pros around the world.
These partnerships allowed Jones Lang LaSalle win a Digie Award for Best Use of Automation for Facilities Management at this year’s IBcon for Aix, our business intelligence tool that uses powerful analytics to optimize operational costs and service levels across a portfolio. This is JLL’s second Digie Award in two years, as we were recognized in 2012 for IntelliCommand, the facility monitoring and control solution that has helped reduce energy use by 15 to 20 percent in the first year.
One of the unique features of IntelliCommand was the subject of Leo O’Loughlin’s panel discussion at IBCon: centralized command and control centers. In the past, it was thought that only companies with mega-portfolios could afford to monitor all their major facilities remotely from a 24/7 center staffed by facilities professionals. Now solutions like IntelliCommand bring that capability to companies and portfolios of all sizes.
Centralized monitoring and self-correcting smart systems save more than energy; they also save on equipment replacement and facilities staff cost, as on-site professionals can cover larger portfolios. These opportunities were discussed in a panel that I participated in, regarding the human resource and financial savings associated with efficient operations and streamlined business processes.
Not everything about smart buildings is also about green buildings, and vice versa. But these two trends that are shaping the facilities sector more than any other have a great deal in common—starting with the fact that they make good financial sense.