The future on display
Reduce power usage. Be more efficient. Cut costs. Keep your staff happy. React faster. These are the pressures that facilities managers and building owners are under in this fast-paced world of technology, development and high expectations.
Luckily, developments in technology and innovation in the facilities management industry are keeping up with demand. The FM industry, once primarily focused on service and maintenance, has grown to accommodate modern needs, and new methodologies and products are being introduced to drive down power usage and lower carbon usage. Many of these innovations are exceeding expectations and paving the way for new ways of living and working in our buildings.
Trade shows are one of the greatest sources for discovering the latest technologies and developments in any industry, and the facilities industry is no different. Coming to Sydney in March 2015, Total Facilities, Australia’s only dedicated trade event for facility and building professionals, will see the industry come together in an annual collaboration for the FM community. Featuring over 70 product categories with a strong focus on education and professional development, this two-day event will showcase hundreds of the latest cutting-edge innovations on the market in line with international trends.
According to Workplace Now (an ezine by Johnson Controls), the six facilities tech trends to watch are data security, the cloud, building intelligence systems, 3D printing, robotics/automation and biometrics. These technology trends can be seen popping up in trade shows around the globe and, excitingly, at Total Facilities in 2015. Leading the pack in facilities management software is Beims, presenting alongside Simtrack (cloud-based security solutions), Automated Logic (building automation) and the award-winning KONE (integrated facilities management solutions).
KONE, a featured exhibitor at Total Facilities 2015, is a prime example of technology innovation in facilities management, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators, access control systems and automatic building doors. It’s latest release, KONE UltraRope™, was awarded the Hindmarsh Award for Innovation at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards just this year.
KONE UltraRope™ was released to the market in June 2013, and pushes high-rise elevator possibilities to new levels, enabling elevator travel heights of up to 1000 meters. This is twice as high as previous technologies have allowed and currently being used in Kingdom Tower, the world’s tallest building.
Alongside UltraRope™, KONE will also be presenting two new ground-breaking product ranges at Total Facilities 2015. First up is a new range of innovative door products for hospitals, including hermetic doors for operating theatres and X-ray rooms, and gliding doors for patient wards with cutting-edge linear technology.
Of particular interest to facilities managers (and on display at Total Facilities 2015) KONE’s People Flow Intelligence solutions offer complete, customised solutions to manage the flow of people around buildings. With innovations for destinations (with optimised elevator controls and mobile applications), information (rapid information channels facilitate communication between staff and visitors), access (smooth people flow and improved security) and monitoring (with real-time views and remote control features), KONE’s People Flow Intelligence solutions are designed to last the lifetime of the building, and include the flexibility to grow with technology as KONE develops additional solutions.
In keeping with its vision for progressive innovation in technology, KONE is proudly sponsoring Total Facilities’ New Product Showcase – new to the floor in 2015. The New Product Showcase will feature an interactive display of the latest and most innovative products to launch in the Australian market from the last 12 months. These products (to be revealed closer to the event) are the creations of some of the most progressive suppliers and contractors from around the globe. It’s certainly a display not to be missed!
To discover the latest industry products, explore the New Product Showcase and catch a glimpse of KONE UltraRope™, head to Total Facilities at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island from 25-26 March 2015.