Facilities Management Trends in Higher Education – and How HALO Smart Sensor Can Help

Recently, the Higher Ed Facilities Forum published an article on the 10 Trends That Will Reshape Facilities Management. As the article states, “We’re in an age of accelerations.” And this is especially true in the world of higher education facilities management. In the past few years with the pandemic looming over the world, extra precautions and considerations have been taken to create safe and healthy indoor environments. This all starts with smarter facilities management practices, specifically within HVAC systems. Here are the top 10 trends in Higher Education Facilities Management provided by the Higher Ed Facilities Forum, and how the HALO Smart Sensor can help.

  1. From reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance.  It is a known fact that eventually, facilities equipment will need required maintenance or repairs. To run this equipment more efficient, it is crucial to perform predictive maintenance over reactive maintenance. Instead of maintaining as a reaction to a break down, predictive maintenance prevents potential downtime and costly repairs to facilities equipment. HALO will give you the alerts and historical data to show any degradation, and therefore protecting your equipment and keeping them properly maintained. HALO integrates with a number of Building Automation systems, such as BACnet, Niagara Reflow, OpenBlue, and more to ensure your equipment runs as smooth as possible.
  2. From valuing institutional knowledge to valuing shared knowledge. Instead of relying on a single person to sense something wrong with the mechanics of your facilities, using technology to aid in monitoring your equipment at all times will ensure it is running its best. According to Don Guckert, Vice President of APPA Advisors, “We’re not going to have to rely solely on the institutional knowledge of that one building mechanic, because artificial intelligence and data sensing is going to help us much earlier.” HALO is the technology that can be the constant nose and ears where systems operators cannot be everywhere at all times. 
  3. From funding repairs to funding detection and analytic systems. This goes in line with the shifting away from reactive management and being more predictive. HALO can be used in both the predictive and reactive mode on the chart. With its multitude of sensors, HALO can detect abnormal vibration, temperature, noise, smells, and more, which can all be subtle hints that something needs to be maintained in your system.
  4. From preventative maintenance to condition-based maintenance.  Planning ahead your maintenance procedures into a maintenance model is not only smart, but can also have great cost-effective benefits. HALO will provide your facility teams with the historical data and trends needed to make informed decisions on conditions requiring maintenance. 
  5. From recommissioning to continuous commissioning. Integrating fault detection and diagnostics technology allows for continuous operations of your higher education facility’s equipment. With early detection and maintenance, the chances for equipment failure (and ultimately pausing operations) go down. The HALO Smart Sensor ties into Metasys and Reflow building automation systems, among others, to allow for this continuous system management. 
  6. From a mindset of competing with the machine to complementing it.  Many feel threatened by replacing human intelligence with machine intelligence. However, a combination of both is key for optimal facilities management. The HALO Smart Sensor’s machine learning will provide baselines of the environment to go off of. It learns what is normal for your unique facility, and alerts based on those unique conditions.   It will also readjust to new normals based on system improvements/changes. 
  7. Move our thinking from rewarding expertise to rewarding collaboration.  Collaborating with a team to solve problems is more efficient than relying on a sole person. Technology provides these collaborative teams with the tools they need to problem-solve. HALO will provide your teams with historical data and trends for your facility in order to make informed decisions. 
  8. From managing facilities to managing occupant experiences. Students and faculty ultimately want a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment to teach and learn. This leaves it up to campus facilities personnel to ensure that the buildings within the campus meet these standards by implementing technology such as indoor air quality monitoring. The HALO Cloud app paired with the HALO Smart Sensor can provide the occupants with the peace of mind that their facilities are safe and healthy.
  9. From owning physical assets to ensuring system performance. Institutions are starting to shift away from owning and operating their equipment, to contracting with companies that make the equipment. Using HALO Smart Sensor in your facility will validate the performance an ROI of the contracted companies systems, ensuring they are performing to what you would expect. 
  10. From leading top-down to leading bottom-up and outside-in. With any transitional period, comes with new personnel that are often a part of a newer and more technologically based generation of leadership. With this in mind, new owners and personnel can be empowered with the technology of HALO Smart Sensor, which provides instant access to alerts and trends for decision-making.