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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FieldFLEX: What are the benefits of mobile space management?


There have been some interesting articles lately focusing on how the typical office is transforming with titles like “Eliminating the Need” to “No Desk of Your Own”. But the office isn’t disappearing, it’s just changing. Modernization is happening through mobility – employees want flexibility in how and where they work, and organizations that embrace this are finding that mobility, as a means to engage their employees, is a success driver.

However, with the changing work patterns, the average office is empty or goes unused 55% of the time, according to Regus research and studies show employees are not at their desk 50-60% of the time. Furthermore, 2/3 of people want to work from home and 80% of teleworkers consider it a perk. So, how can you maximize use of your company’s office space and at the same time keep employees connected and engaged?

The first step is to get a read on the current “true” space utilization in your portfolio. Up to 70% of companies have an inconsistent approach to space planning and management with limited access to accurate data. This knowledge is essential to establish space performance targets and ultimately reduce the cost of unused office space. By thinking of office space as a resource and developing a shared system, businesses can meet cost management and sustainability goals.

With the FieldFLEX Mobile Space Manager app, you can capture and analyze vital workspace utilization data constantly with continuous access to accurate, timely information which will allow you to reduce average area per employee through space optimization and new planning standards…

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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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Serraview: Workplace strategies are revolutionizing office space


The modern workplace is transforming the way people think about their office space. Leading enterprises are leveraging their workplace to benefit their business and their people. We recently hosted a webinar to address the best practices for the modern workplace…

How to Take a Workplace from Lifeless to Lively

When beginning a workplace transformation, you must gather data to understand how your company and how employees work. There are many ways to collect data, but Jill Zunshine presents 3 steps that cannot be forgotten.

  • Business Strategies: Understand each business line and function areas of your business…
  • Employee Feedback: Gather and analyze engagement scores and satisfaction surveys…
  • Utilization Percentages: Collect how space is being used and what spaces are being used for what type of activity…

Technology in the Modern Workplace

From experience, Tom Zampini sees three problems that have arisen regarding the modern workplace:

  • Over Spending: Large and inflexible portfolios are heavily underused.
  • Failure to Embrace Digital: There’s a failure to embrace digital, and thinking that mobility undermines productivity.
  • Working Environment: Companies are either working in new ways in old spaces, or working in new spaces that impede real work…

Industry Trends & Consulting Experiences

Once you have an activity-based work (ABW) environment, how do you support the employee’s productivity and innovation? Luc Kamperman follows 3 factors to lead to better performance and personal satisfaction.

  • Autonomy: People want to explore, learn, and foster their inner drive. This can be supported by giving people control in their environment.
  • Mastery: Employees should strive to get better at doing things, and encourage improvements and growth.
  • Purpose: What is connecting them to their work and workplace?

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Serraview: Can traditional IWMS handle the modern workplace?


Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) were developed in the ’90s to address the technical limitations of sharing data between multiple real estate and facility management teams. The benefit of IWMS was having a single system for managing the entire real estate portfolio lifecycle. Since these systems were designed for traditional office space, progressive companies are starting to doubt the ability of IWMS to support the transition to the modern workplace…

It is no secret that IWMS are cumbersome to use, which results in companies hiring high-priced consultants for implementations. Paired with its lack of features and flexibility, IWMS frequently exceed their original prices due to customization…

To combat these issues, progressive companies are leveraging (IWMS 2.0) best-of-breed space management technology to augment their existing investment in traditional IWMS to support their modern workplaces. Space management technology is able to address the new requirements of modern workplaces such as neighborhoods, seating ratios, real-time utilization, and highlighting the differences between actual usage of space and allocation of space.

To learn more about IWMS in the modern workplace, download our white paper: “Can Traditional IWMS Meet the Requirements of the Modern Workplace?”

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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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Serraview: High-tech occupancy sensors for agile space planning


The following is a guest blog written by Itamar Roth, CBO at PointGrab.

Agile workplaces are a smart strategy for solving a number of pressing corporate problems: reining in mounting property costs by optimizing space, supporting workforce mobility, and attracting and retaining talent.

However, planning and managing these flexible environments is challenging because of the nature of agile spaces: people are constantly moving around and occupancy shifts from day to day, even hour to hour… Innovative occupants’ activity sensors can provide up-to-the-minute intelligence about space utilization that’s needed to plan and manage modern workplaces… Today, intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology can be used to help lower expenses and design workplaces that provide the optimal employee experience.

Here are some of the latest advancements in commercial occupancy sensors and how they overcome some of these challenges.

  • Horizontal sensing vs. traditional commercial occupancy sensors…
  • Image sensing and AI improves ability to count people…
  • Edge analytics technology protects occupants’ privacy…
  • Extending range and reducing maintenance…
  • Demand-controlled ventilation reduces energy use…
  • Daylight harvesting provides smarter lighting control…

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