Solutions contributing to the intelligent facility operation in its widest sense are as trendy as ever, whether it’s a contactless access control system or recurrent HVAC maintenance. Considering this, let’s take a closer look at three popular concepts that have survived the past year to continue in 2021.
Intelligent facility operation for reality improvement
The year 2020 expanded the list of major familiar risks of technological accidents or human errors, introducing new challenges – a pandemic, for instance. Meanwhile, wireless IoT solutions have progressed to allow for control over any given component in engineering systems. Firstly, cable management problem disappears, and secondly, rooms can be easily transformed to any possible extent. Convertible office space can be fairly called a trend of new reality, a massive one, in fact. There are IT companies that are working in such offices right now.
The chances are that demand for intelligent facility operation solutions will rise in 2021. To enjoy intelligent operation indeed, it should be factored in all previous phases of the facility’s life cycle. For example, a BIM-based design should take into account all aspects required for any operational use of the model in the future. There is one important thing to mention. Speaking about operation we usually mean operation of engineering and lighting systems or even soap dispensers, though IT systems can be discussed within the topic as well. Today, we see how intelligent SCS streamlines operation at large facilities and saves time of IT teams.
Contactless body temperature measurement and access control for intelligent facility operation
It was back in June, when we offered some contactless temperature measurement solutions in the new reality of 2020, so I expect such technologies to develop and multiply. Firstly, such solutions help keeping good hygiene, which is top priority today. Secondly, contactless solutions are rather reliable and user-friendly for both employees and employers. Customers greatly appreciate fast operation inherent to contactless biometric solutions and ability to integrate them with internal systems.
Let’s take iFalcon Thermo as an example. While a standard video camera is capable of recognizing people, thermal imaging identifies body temperature to be then displayed for each individual. Should the body temperature exceed the specified threshold – 37°C, for instance – a camera sounds an alert, and the turnstiles won’t open, even if such an employee has a valid pass. Security will be alerted as well that a person with a fever is attempting to enter the building. As it takes a few seconds to recognize a face, a person can pass by the turnstile cameras without stopping or slowing down, thus avoiding crowded lobbies and social distancing violations. Rest assured that measurement is precise – the error is unlikely to exceed 0.1-0.3 degrees.
iFalcon Access Control. No touching buttons or pass card readers is a guaranteed way to bring contact with viruses and bacteria down to zero. A facial recognition system integrated with office video surveillance instantly recognizes each employee and automatically opens the right door, while recording the date and time of a visit. The system can recognize many faces in one frame, outperforming pass readers, not to mention all these forgotten and lost cards, whose owners always block the way for others.
Improving reality: hybrid office
As more companies adopt a hybrid working model, solutions enabling flexible space transformation become mainstream, allowing for equipment connection in different places using different sockets or space transformation with a simple work scenario changeover. Suppose, when the “work mode” is on, 5-10 meeting rooms are used in the office. If you need to hold a bigger event every quarter, the partitions can be removed, and a certain scenario can automatically change multimedia equipment configuration, thus turning your office space into a spacious conference room.