IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management System) vendors continue to launch a flurry of new products aimed at helping employees better navigate workplaces and book space. Some of the latest product releases make interactive kiosks and touch screens central to the proposition – providing employees tools that can be easily accessed while moving through buildings.
Witness FM:Systems launching bookMe in October 2017 which enables employees to use digital signage and mobile apps to find and reserve space, and Trimble launching LiveSign Pro Touch Panels in November 2017 powered by Manhattan software, enabling the convenient booking of space. Other IWMS vendors such as ARCHIBUS and Planon also make their reservation solutions on touchscreens.
What is interesting about these emerging digital signage solutions is the focus on engaging employees beyond the desktop. This is a different mindset to what’s occurred historically, when many IWMS applications were designed for desktops with mobile apps added later. Why is that important? It allows for solutions that are designed to be used by employees on-the-go, with a very specific specification around engaging building users with simple and intuitive user interfaces…
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Announcing the launch of FM:Interact bookME
We recently launched bookME, interactive digital signage that is placed outside of meeting rooms that gives employees the ability to reserve conference room space on the fly. bookME extends the functionality of FM:Interact’s industry leading Space Management solution to the entire organization by enabling employees to view room availability and reserve spaces with a user-friendly mobile interface. It was great to see the interest around bookME throughout the show firsthand.
Flexible Workspace for the Mobile Employee
Almost every conversation I had tied back into how mobile today’s employees are and how organizations are in need of a solution that will support today’s new approaches to working, including the requirements for flexible workspace, the ability to quickly support cross-functional teams and collaborative areas that break away from the traditional practice of one employee assigned to one workstation.
FM:Systems Space Reservation module supports these new ways of working and allows organizations to provide their employees with the flexibility of reserving as-needed space when they need it — whether it be reserving a workstation for the day, a meeting space with specific amenities, or walking up to and reserving a conference room on-the-fly for an ad-hoc meeting. The configurability of our product allows organizations to meet these rapidly changing demands and help them realize new business value — all while providing their employees with a flexible workplace…
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FM:Systems was recognized as a leader by Verdantix in their 2017 Green Quadrant Analysis for IWMS. As a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, FM:Systems differentiates its comprehensive solution with best-in-class capabilities for space optimization. FM:Systems garnered high remarks in its breadth of functionality in addition to its best-in-class capabilities for space optimization…
Verdantix awarded FM:Systems multiple perfect scores of 3.0/3.0 for the Scenario Planning module, Move Management module, and for space utilization data collection and analysis. FM:Systems is positioned as a leader in the industry, integrating scenario planning and real-time monitoring of space utilization with various sensors, such as heat and 3D people sensing cameras. These capabilities address the most urgent challenges in optimizing facility and real-estate resources.
“Our placement in the 2017 Green Quadrant for IWMS is a strong confirmation that we’re growing in the right direction,” says FM:Systems President Kurt von Koch. “Our customers’ success has always been the driving force behind FM:Interact, and we’re pleased to know that our commitment to our customers is being recognized and reflected by the industry, particularly in an industry that is so rapidly changing.”
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We are very excited to announce the release of FM:Interact 2017. With this release, we’ve enhanced previous functions to improve user experience, and created brand new ones in order for organizations to get the most effective utilization of their space. So let’s get to it. What are the new functions?
1. Scenario Planning
You’ve been hearing some whispers about it, but now it’s fully developed! The Scenario Planning module provides you with the ability to create, visualize and “try on” potential space situations, such as build-outs, expansions, reorganizations, consolidations or reconfigurations — so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens…
2. FMx5 Markup & Measure
Markup and Measure provides users with the ability to draw and create spaces DIRECTLY on the FMx5 floor plan. After you save, you can see those changes reflected in AutoCAD real-time. This one is my personal favorite…
3. Data Change Request
To maintain the integrity of your Space Data, the ability to make changes are usually limited to Power Users and Space Planners. With this release, general users can now request changes to space while allowing planners and administrators the ability to review, accept or reject those changes before they ever hit production…
4. Data Auditing
You now have the ability to track everything that happens to your FM:Interact data by having visibility into all data actions performed by system users. This gives you insight on why a record has been modified, who modified it, and when…
5. FMx Sensors
Get real-time space utilization analysis on your facility data with our integration with seat utilization sensing technology and 3D Stereoscopic cameras. This gives you an unprecedented level of insight on how their facilities are really being used…
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Prior to using FM:Systems Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), FM:Interact, the University had abandoned an obsolete Space Management solution and were largely using Excel sheets to “guesstimate” space utilization…
After investigated 6 different Space Management software providers, they chose FM:Systems because it met, and exceeded, these baseline requirements:
- FM:Systems provided more out-of-the-box functionality than its competitors
- FM:Systems had a vested interest in our success, because it offered direct contact during implementation and maintenance, with no third-party managing the process
- The Software as a Service (SaaS) model meant FM:Systems had a lower cost of implementation and ongoing maintenance
- The system allows for unlimited “general users” which was critical to the RCM mandate for transparency
- The user interface was easier to navigate for University stakeholders than other products investigated
- The most compelling reason for choosing FM:Systems? Their people.
[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA.]
We’ve been integrating bi-directionally between our FM:Interact Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) and Revit models since 2010 and have been on the forefront of Lifecycle BIM since then. For the most part, building owners who are going to utilize Revit models for day-to-day facilities operations primarily relied upon 2D plan views generated from the model for all aspects of managing their facilities including space and occupancy planning, assets and maintenance management, etc.
Traditionally, plan views have provided a tremendous amount of information to facilities teams, especially intelligent plans, where users can query a drawing and get direct feedback on space and assets on the plan. Over the past two years, we’ve been integrating 3D viewing technology from Autodesk to help our customers take better advantage of the entire model.
We’ve recently updated FM:Interact to the latest Forge Viewer from Autodesk and the results are truly fantastic. The Autodesk Forge Viewer gives us the next generation graphics engine that enables our customers to take greater advantage of their Revit models for operations. Here are some of the top reasons why the time is right now and why we are now making this fantastic viewer available to FM:Interact customers who are using Revit models in their implementations of our software.
- Speed: Revit models can be large…
- Data: 3D model viewers have been around for years…
- Ease of use: The majority of the end users on facility teams…
- Accessibility: Facility team members are more mobile than ever…