Facility management is all about maximizing efficiency. Cost, Time, Quality and Focus are always in the spotlight for Facility Management companies and their customers, no matter what size of organization.
Attracting new customers often means being able to present a costreduction in some way or freeup time for the property owner to focus on core business. Over the last decade internet technology, and Internet of Things have made wonders to the financial calculations. By being able to automatically turn off lights during offhours, smart control of heating/cooling or centralized video surveillance ensures that facility management remains profitable even in cutthroat competition.
In just a few years traditional infrastructure, often mechanical, has been connected to the network and become absolutely essential for revenue streams and the difference between profit and loss.
A cybercriminal hacking into the cooling system or blocking the communication with servers that control the physical security in a building can cost money but can also be life threatening. Imagine the ventilation system in a hospital being closed off during the hottest summer days, or the firealarm going off in a crammed football arena just because of inferior network security.
Common pains and needs for facility management companies include:
Immediate need for security products to help manage a safe transition towards the era for InternetofThings
Efficient tools for managing the network and network security from a central location
Network infrastructure must be scalable and easy to deploy
Unified and holistic security is necessary since the infrastructure in each managed building can be different from each other