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Efficiency drive in 2012

04 January 2012

Maximising the efficient use of real estate, resources, and energy will be a critical business focus during 2012, predicts PeopleCube

Organisations are evolving from an energy monitoring to an active energy management solution by implementing automated energy control systems that can track, measure, and adjust controls and automatically set the heating and cooling of areas based on usage. This enables facilities managers to hibernate certain parts of the building even on an ad-hoc basis.

“Rising energy costs and government mandates have resulted in an explosion in the active energy management of buildings,” said Stephen Stokes, research vice president and analyst for Gartner. “Progressive companies need to make use of sub metering to monitor energy consumption down to a finite level. Only then can they understand how, when, and where excess energy is being consumed, track space utilisation trends to uncover inefficiencies, and implement active energy control systems to eliminate unnecessary consumption.”

During 2011 organisations have been gaining a more detailed understanding of how space and energy is used. The adoption of presence detection systems and space utilisation analysis tools will continue to rise during 2012 as organisations seek to understand building usage at a granular level. Comprehensive business intelligence systems, including dashboards and interactive visualisations enhance the identification of inefficiencies and trends.

As organisations strive to use their facilities as efficiently as possible the use of variable workspace to accommodate occasional spatial overflows as an alternative to fixed cost real-estate expansion will no doubt come to the fore. The increase in the use of videoconferencing and telepresence technology has been prevalent for some time, yet limited interoperability particularly has challenged those inheriting legacy equipment. Software developments will undoubtedly be made in videoconferencing management technology that ensures multi-system integration.

From a technology persepective PeopleCube foresees 2012 as the year organisations integrate business applications relating to resource, facilities, and energy management. Real-estate and facility professionals working together with IT can eliminate redundant information databases, create centralised databases for analysis, and reduce the total cost of application ownership by eliminating duplicate data entry. Likely applications in this scenario are computer-aided design (CAD), integrated workplace management systems (IWMS), building management systems (BMS), SharePoint, security badging, internet protocol (IP) addresses, and collaborative tools such as Outlook and Lotus Notes.


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