Mobile technology is transforming the face of infrastructure and facility life-cycle management. Stakeholders from maintenance technicians to senior executives can now deliver superior operational outcomes and lower the cost of operations using the powerful data collection, reporting, and enterprise-wide data visibility offered by mobile solutions for infrastructure and facilities management. This page will review these mobile capabilities as they apply to key infrastructure and facility life-cycle areas such as space and occupancy management, asset maintenance, space surveys, asset and equipment surveys, building assessments, and incident reporting—as illustrated in Figure 1. The Central Infrastructure and Facilities Management System (the "Central System") manages all data entered by users connected directly via wired networks or via mobile apps. The Central System also automates computation tasks on data collected in the field using the mobile apps. The technology options and security standards necessary for protected access and data privacy in a mobile environment will also be considered. Finally, the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders essential for driving successful implementation and adoption of the mobile solution for infrastructure and facility operations throughout the organization will be explored. The information below summarizes the attributes of a true enterprise class mobile infrastructure and facilities management system that helps deliver the benefits described throughout this article.
ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF AN ENTERPRISE-CLASS, MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
SPACE INVENTORY AND OCCUPANCY MANAGEMENT
Space inventory often runs into millions of square feet at large enterprise organizations such as academic institutions, military and government facilities, large financial institutions, and global conglomerates. Infrastructure and facilities staff members at such organizations typically commute to different locations during the week, often to sites with no hard-wired connectivity to the company's IT network. In these situations, a tablet or smartphone that has a well-implemented set of space inventory and occupancy management apps can serve as a powerful productivity enabler. For example, a space planner can review room allocations and occupancy plans with space requesters faster and with greater assuredness using a mobile app that allows him to share up-to-date floor plan drawings that display current room assignments, room categories and types, occupancy and vacancy status, lease timelines, unavailable locations such as hazmat storage areas, and evacuation routes. In another situation, a request from a senior executive for a floor plan with room assignments for his or her department can be expedited with a few clicks by the offsite facilities manager. The benefits described above can be extended even more powerfully to space and occupancy surveys.
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by Chris D'Souza, Product Marketing Manager ARCHIBUS Inc.
"Managers get a much clearer picture of the organization now that they can generate reports automatically on things like which PCs are due to be replaced. Using the old manual process, it would have taken a week to figure out what equipment to replace at the end of the year."
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