FM:Systems: IWMS market leader in 2017 Green Quadrant report

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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FM:Systems: Five new features of the FM:Interact 2017 release

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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FM:Systems: Integrating IoT-based sensors for real-time utilization

I’ve been closely watching the evolution of the modern office over the past several years as many organizations embrace alternative workplace strategies. This has been particularly driven by the ability of employees to work anytime and anywhere due to really incredible mobile technologies. While this has offered new and incredibly efficient ways to work, it’s also provided companies and institutions alike with new possibilities for better utilization of space. But it also has created some unique challenges when an organization asks itself, “How well are we using our space when our employees rarely sit in the same space day-to-day?”

Real-time Space Utilization Analysis

The answer is newly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) based sensor technologies that include a range of techniques such as heat sensing, vibration sensing, triangulation and 3D stereoscopic people sensing cameras. FM:Systems has formed a partnership with CoWorkr for instance…

3D Stereoscopic People Sensing

A second technology that I am very excited about which we just integrated and introduced at our annual User Conference is 3D stereoscopic cameras that perform people counting in and out of specific areas that have delineated on your floor plans! We’ve integrated the Hella APS-90 and 180 cameras

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FM:Systems: Evolving Revit models for each phase of a building’s life

One of the challenges that building owners who implement lifecycle BIM face is the difference between the BIM models created for design and construction and the BIM models needed for operation. Although with proper procedures, building data can and should flow from one phase to the next, it is useful to identify at least four types of BIM models…

  • BIM Design Models: These are created by architects and engineers with the objective of first defining the conceptual design and ultimately producing construction documents…
  • BIM Construction Models: Contractors and subcontractors will use these models to aid in staging and detect potential conflicts using clash detection before encountering the issues in the field.
  • BIM As-Built Model: This is created by the general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. Traditionally, this information has been provided as a set of paper working drawings…
  • BIM FM Model: This model is derived primarily from input from the BIM As-Built Model. When creating the BIM FM Model, the following modifications are made…

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Verdantix: IWMS vendors partner up to tap latest space innovations

Over the past six months, vendors offering space management solutions have enjoyed a flurry of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Many of the notable partnerships have been led by integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) suppliers looking to deepen their capabilities in space planning and take advantage of emerging IoT-led technologies for occupancy tracking.

Witness Accruent partnering with Serraview in February 2017, FSI’s partnership with Excitech in December 2016 and FM:Systems’ partnership with CoWorkr in October 2016. IBM is also in a long-standing partnership with IoT start-up Yanzi Networks, a provider of building sensors, to collect detailed data on space utilization and variables that impact well-being.

Given that space management has long been at the heart of IWMS propositions, what is driving all this activity? One factor is the availability of better occupancy data from emerging sensors and beacons enabling a new wave of IoT-led space management solutions to take off.

In addition, increasingly mobile workforces and more flexible desk assignments are creating customer demand for new types of management tools. Partnerships are one way for IWMS vendors to quickly take advantage of emerging technologies across areas such as real-time wayfinding, real-time space analysis and improve visualization analytics. These were factors underlying the Accruent and Serraview partnership…

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Verdantix: Energy vendors expand to facilities or exit the market

Among traditional energy management software players, we are witnessing new roadmaps that include expanded value propositions.

For example, Panoramic Power has transitioned from energy management to using asset-level energy data for operational insight. And Powerhouse Dynamics has gained strong momentum in the restaurant, retail and convenience store markets, which is largely a result from providing added benefits beyond energy management including asset control and condition monitoring, and food safety audits.

In the future, we expect that vendors will continue the transition away from purely providing energy management solutions to broader offerings including operational optimization and asset maintenance. If not, they are likely to get acquired by players in the REEFIM market such as FM:Systems and Lucernex that are competing with other IWMS vendors to be the most comprehensive real estate platform.

To learn more about the Real Estate, Energy, and Facilities Information Management (REEFIM) ecosystem, see our recent report: IWMS Emerges As The Apex Platform In A Complex REEFIM Ecosystem.

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FM:Systems: What does the word “configurable” mean in IWMS?

Configurable software provides a variety of options for users to modify the interface or workflows driving user experience without having a background in IT or computer programming. A configurable IWMS provides extremely flexible features that are easy to manage. The source or core code of the software is never touched, rather configurations are saved to the database…

Ah! Makes sense. But what makes FM:Systems different?

Unlike other IWMS products that have been “assembled” through mergers and acquisitions, all FM:Interact modules have been solely developed in-house by the FM:Systems product team. FM:Interact was built from the ground up to be easily configured to our customers’ business processes. This avoids the high cost, long time frames and risks associated with customizing other IWMS products or the development of custom or “bespoke” systems…

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