The facility industry today is ready for a change. Tremendous shifts in technology in the last few years create the potential for cost and time savings for owners of facilities.
iFM was a two year effort initiated by a project through the National Institute of Building Sciences.
The initial focus was on government healthcare facilities, but the findings apply to any facility owner. The next stage is to identify opportunities for other owners to participate in iFM with an initial focus on federal agencies for FED iFM.
iFM enables all users regardless of skill level or tools to view the same data. Based on who the user is, actionable information is made accessible to them. Some users have access to a subset of information, others have access to read and write to the full set of information. iFM simplifies the access to complex data, and enables a modular versus a monolithic approach to creating applications.
Owners are faced with similar challenges. Different tools are used across the life cycle of facilities, the data is duplicated and it is not synchronized. Information is often trapped in monolithic applications that have either been created in house or off the shelf, with limited ability to link other applications. This creates problems as owners need to make decisions that cut across stovepipes. iFM can break the stovepipes and eliminate dependency. iFM uses existing web security protocols to allow data to be safely stored and shared between authorized internal and external stakeholders.