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Do you specialise in Air Conditioning solutions? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market – and in July we’ll be focussing on Air Conditioning solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today. So, if you specialise in Air Conditioning solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk. Here’s our full features list:

  • Jul – Air Conditioning
  • Aug – Waste Management
  • Sep – Asset Management
  • Oct – FM Software
  • Nov – Business Continuity
  • Dec – Fire & Safety Equipment

5 Minutes With… Genetec’s Paul Dodds

In the latest instalment of our FM executive interview series, we spoke to Paul Dodds, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Genetec, about the company, industry opportunities, the challenges posed by COVID-19, de-centralised working practices and Newcastle United…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

Genetec is a forward-thinking technology company that improves security and operations by ensuring facility managers can manage all of their IP security systems from one, intuitive interface. By unifying the likes of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection and analytics, we help users to gain a better understanding of what is happening inside their facility, thereby ensuring operators can respond faster, more effectively and with greater confidence.

We are open-platform which means our customers aren’t restricted in their hardware choices. They can select the cameras, door readers and a myriad of other sensors based solely on what best meets their budget and requirements.

What have been the biggest challenges the FM industry has faced over the past 12 months?

Undoubtedly it is Covid-19 which nobody could have comprehensively planned for back in 2019. All of a sudden, the FM industry has been tasked with introducing and enforcing the new hygiene protocols, physical distancing requirements and strict occupancy limits that allow for workplaces to be safely re-opened.

Digital technologies were already shifting the needs and expectations of an organisation’s physical premises. but the changes now required are on a scale not seen before. It will require a lot of time, effort and access to the right technology to make these adaptations.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

We now have a window of opportunity in which the wider business fully understands the need to completely overhaul premises and the way they are managed. So now is the time when additional budget may just be available to push through projects that ensure facilities can operate safely and securely.

The FM industry shouldn’t pass up this opportunity to look at options that both address the immediate post-lockdown challenges and that provide a clear upgrade path to anticipate and respond to future requirements. For example, can we centralise security operations to monitor all of our sites from one location? Can we reduce training costs by enabling operators to manage all systems through one intuitive interface? And can we use our system beyond security to give us a better understanding of how the space is being used?

What is the biggest priority for the FM industry in 2020?

The single greatest priority has to be ensuring facilities can safely re-open and function, so that employees are confident in returning to the workplace. We need to use all the technologies at our disposal to get facilities back up and running and to ensure that any incidents have minimal on-going impact on day-to-day operations. For example, should an employee test positive for Covid-19, the ability to quickly identify where in facility they have been and who they are likely to have come into contact with could be critical in preventing one isolated case from becoming a disruptive localised outbreak.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2020?

I expect many companies will rethink their real estate requirements. For example, Barclays’ CEO has already said putting 7,000 employees into a large central headquarters may be a thing of the past. It’s likely that larger companies will move towards a more decentralised approach that sees employees combining working from home with visiting many different smaller sites. This will change the way security and operations must be managed.

The unification of video, access control and intrusion detection is another trend I expect to continue in 2020 and beyond. People are growing increasingly frustrated with isolated systems that are inefficient to manage and which provide an incomplete understanding of what his happening inside the facility.

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

In the circumstances I expect access control and video analytics will have a strong year as they can simplify many of the new measures currently being put into place. For example, people counting software is a great way of warning when occupancy limits are close to being breached so that guards can take action before it is too late. Equally, access control can alert cleaning staff when a room needs to be sanitised and automate record-keeping of exactly who was on-site at any one time.

In 2022 we’ll all be talking about…?

Within FM circles I’d like to think we’ll be celebrating the long-term benefits of the new technologies we’ve introduced to meet the demands of the modern workforce. I hope cybersecurity and privacy will also be much more front of mind. Right now many organisations are rushing to deploy solutions such as thermal scanning and video analytics to address their immediate operational challenges. Both technologies have their place and can be introduced in a manner that doesn’t put the organisation at greater risk or unduly impinge on the privacy rights of visitors and employees. In time I think we’ll see users grow less accepting of technology deployments that didn’t consider cybersecurity or privacy at the outset of their deployment.

Outside of work, I hope we’ll all be talking about the resurgence of Newcastle United in the style of Leicester City back in 2016!

You go to the bar at the Facilities Management Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

Probably a crisp lager but right now I’ll take anything wet if it’s an opportunity to meet with my peers face-to-face.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Without hesitation it is speaking to partners and end users about the specific challenges they face so I can come back to them with a solution that will best meet their needs. In this regard I’m very lucky to work for Genetec for two reasons. Firstly, as we’re open platform I can be technology and vendor-agnostic, choosing hardware solely on whether it is fit-for-purpose and answers their requirements. Secondly, I’m backed up by a talented team of developers who quickly predict and respond to customer needs. For example, recently – at the request of our customers – quickly developing a contagion reporting capability and an access control application for the distribution of personal protective equipment.

And what’s the most challenging?

In the current climate it is frustrating to see some organisations rushing towards specific technologies without a thorough understanding of their effectiveness, suitability for the task and where they’ll fit into wider operations.

A good example is thermal cameras which are often being purchased with proper scrutiny, leaving people susceptible to dishonest marketing claims. In many cases it is technology in search of a problem. Whereas we prefer the approach of starting with the challenge the business needs to solve and only then selecting the technologies that can help.

How to measure occupancy for social distancing

By Irisys

Controlling and restricting occupancy levels has been advised by the Government as a key step in facilitating and enabling social distancing in the workplace.

BUT, what does this mean in practice and how can you implement this in your workplace?

From manual to fully automated solutions, we discuss the pros and cons of different approaches so you are well informed and can pick a solution that best meets your needs and helps ensure the safety of your employees.

Read full article.

Attend the Facilities Management Forum in person or virtually

The top five areas covered at the Facilities Management Forum are:

  •          Planned Building Maintenance
  •          Reactive Building Maintenance
  •          Asset Management
  •          Energy Management
  •          Fire Alarm Systems

This is a Hybrid event – Virtual attendance options are available.

Your complimentary guest pass includes; a personalised itinerary of pre-arranged, relaxed 1-2-1 meetings with innovative and budget-saving suppliers, access to a series of LIVE seminar sessions and network with like-minded peers who share your challenges.

Plus, you will receive overnight accommodation, including all meals and refreshments throughout.

5th & 6th October 2020, Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

Click here to book your complimentary place.

Energy Management Summit

Forum’s networking & meet-the-buyer events go virtual

Forum Events and Media Group, organiser of face-to-face meetings-based events like the Facilities Management Forum, Total Security Summit and the Energy Management Summit is launching a series of new Virtual Forums.

For over 20 years Forum has been bringing together procurement decision-makers with suppliers for pre-arranged meetings and networking at its Forums and Summits. These events have generated £millions of new business agreements between buyers and suppliers over the years.

With live events unable to take place for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forum has expanded its cutting-edge proprietary software to create a new interface with live video meetings. This has allowed the company to create a virtual Forum platform, taking the events experience virtual. It will allow procurement executives to source new solutions, and give suppliers the opportunity to discover new clients – and ultimately, keep industries talking.

“During this unprecedented time, we have chosen to redirect our focus from live events to virtual so that we can still deliver expectations to our supporting exhibitors and create a platform to meet with high calibre decision makers face-to-face,” explained Forum Events and Media Group MD Sarah Beall.

“We cannot wait to welcome attendees back to our live events from September and have implemented a COVID-safe risk assessment at all our venues, ensuring the two-meter rule throughout, introducing temperature check and reduced numbers, but still creating the same professional and informal atmosphere of buyers and suppliers.”

“We are prepared and ready to kickstart our Forums from this month across four industries via our virtual platform. And we will continue to serve industries’ supply and demand by holding hybrid live and virtual events that are COVID-safe throughout the coming months.”

The first four virtual meeting events from Forum Events and Media Group will be:-

  • Total Security Summit – June 29th
  • Security IT Summit – June 30th
  • eTailing Summit – July 6th
  • Digital Marketing Solutions Summit – July 16th

Forum Events and Media Group is working alongside other UK events industry to promote the #GetBritainMeeting initiative aimed at kickstarting the events sector in a safe and sustainable way. The events industry employs some 700,000 people across the UK and contributes over £70 billion to the UK economy every year.

For more information, visit www.forumevents.co.uk.

Getting retailers ready for opening their doors

Back in April Spectrum Industrial; manufacturer and supplier of safety signage and products, commissioned independent research amongst small independent retailers, who had kept their doors open during the lockdown. The aim was to truly understand how these retailers were implementing and managing social distancing and how they could help.

26% of these retailers said they found it difficult to implement social distancing and signage into the store, and 43% said they would have liked professional help or support.

Spectrum Industrial have spent years helping businesses with site safety signs by carrying out site audits, they took on board this feedback from the research and used their experience to develop a guide on how to implement a social distancing program.

Peter Clayton, Head of Sales, commented: “Following this feedback we thought it was important to help where we could.  We did not see implementing social distancing safety signs as any different to when we work with businesses to guide on site safety signs. However, the difference is that during this time, we can’t physically go along and advise, so we developed a simple how to guide”.

He continued: “We understand it’s not easy, we saw the challenges first-hand ourselves when applying this into our own business during the lockdown, and for those retailers where space is not a premium and a redesign is not an option, it proves very challenging.”

The research also showed that over 45% saw their implementation as being temporary and 50% implementing their own do it yourself signage.

Managing Director, Paul Kantecki, said: “This was no surprise as many at the time did not know how long this would go on for.  However, we are still seeing do it yourself social distancing measures still happening 3 months on, mainly when business / premises are opening their doors for the first time since lockdown. We do understand, as well as many finding it difficult, they are not sure if it is right, and they need to be flexible if they need to change it. Although this showed, and still shows many being proactive to put something in place. Being involved in safety signs we know the hazards these makeshift / do it yourself versions can have, such as slips and trips with unsuitable floor markings and tape through to home printed signs fading quickly and becoming unclear.”

Safety regulation state that all Health & Safety signage always needs to be clear and visible. Although this situation does not come under legislation yet, it is still communicating vitally important messages to keep people as safe as possible, “to us, it is a safety message and the reason we don’t see this as any different to implementing any safety signage onto your premises,” continued Clayton. “The best way to do this is to work with experts in safety signs who are used to designing signs that communicate safety messages in a clear and easy to understand way, as well as providing advice on what you need and where it should be placed.”

Paul also continued: “One of the things I have picked up on during the last 3 months is a term I heard, CCE – Covid Customer Experience. We have to face the reality that this situation is not going away quickly and everything we do today will affect our brand for the future, ask yourself this, how do you want people to talk about how your brand; as a supplier or an employer,  dealt with Covid-19?”

If you are looking to re-open your doors, you can download a FREE copy of Spectrum Industrials guide, which provides useful information and tips at www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

For more information about Spectrum Industrial and their product range visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk or email sales@spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

PA Life LIVE: Can you help PAs and Office Managers with their post-lockown business reboot projects?

While many have been furloughed during the lockdown, research by FM Briefing sister publication PA Life has revealed that over 89% of Executive and Personal Assistants are still working.

Many have picked up responsibilities in various areas, including office and facilities management. As well as helping their leadership teams prepare health and safety procedures for offices opening up again.

The PA Life LIVE Post Lockdown Reboot conference will provide PAs and EAs with advice on the key areas they are currently navigating, namely:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning For A Safe Office
  • Planning For A New Kind Of Office Christmas Party
  • Keeping Teams Well & Motivated
  • What Will Business Travel Look Like Post-Lockdown?
  • Corporate Gifting

We are offering solution providers the opportunity to present their products and services via a live 2-minute pitch to our attendees.
There is limited availability of just five pitches for each seminar session.

To find out more and request packages and costs, contact Courtney Saggers on 01992 374088 / c.saggers@forumevents.co.uk.

Understand occupancy and adhere to social distancing with Genetec

Facilities managers will be at the forefront of social distancing compliance. Leveraging technology is the best way to achieve this – keeping people safe in an efficient and non-evasive manner.

Genetec makes this possible via its Occupancy Management Package , which includes analytics and reporting tools like no other. Users can easily count the number of people in a building, visualise data, and alert employees when occupancy limits are being reached. Facilities managers responsible for monitoring the situation can receive alerts on a mobile device, via email, or on their Security Center dashboard.

It even produces audit reports to demonstrate a business’s compliance with physical distancing regulations.

Click here to find out more.

Can you improve your CHP investment?

By Onsite Energy Projects

Have you invested in CHP in the last 3-4 years, or are you considering it ? If you haven’t yet, we may be able to provide a zero capex solution delivering significant savings.

If you have already invested, we may be able to help improve returns and reduce your business costs even more by helping you use all the power generated more efficiently.  Likewise if the performance or availability of the CHP has disappointed, we can assist with practical advice and review or renegotiate contract terms.

CCL costs on gas are set to rise by 90% by 2025.  So unless you qualify for an exemption (such as a  climate change agreement), you are going to see your returns eroded.  To those who are “power only” out there, it’s time to think out of the box and ensure you use the heat productively. We can help.

We specialise in making use of the waste heat from CHP or other busines processes.  Technologies to use heat productively now mean that in the right conditions we can use waste heat to produce as low as -40oC (to replace blast freezing, cold stores) or as high as 300oC (furnaces, cooking and frying), and pretty much everything in between, allowing us to reduce energy costs even further.

We can provide a free review of CHP performance, operating costs and options for improvement.

In the right circumstances, we could even purchase your existing CHP and provide discounted power back to you – so you still keep some of the savings and resilience benefits but also release cash for your core business in these challenging times.

This is the reason Onsite Energy Projects exists – we help businesses innovative, and implement the full potential of both energy efficiency and on-site generation measures.  We recognised the challenge of capex availability and can provide a no-capex, off-balance sheet solution.

If you would like to know more email us at info@on-site.energy or call on 0161 444 9989.

Onsite Energy Projects provides energy savings and energy generation solutions to energy intensive businesses, without capex if required.

Don’t let COVID-19 wreck your climate change plans

By Onsite Energy Projects

We all need to refocus on the big issue of climate change, but we are facing a significant recession in the next few years. I predict that capex budgets are going to evaporate, and as a result investment plans are going to be put on hold. The consequence could be to derail our climate change and sustainability plans for some years to come.

At the same time, saving money has never been more important – to be competitive and grow jobs.  So how can you keep up the pace of sustainability gains, energy savings and make your business more competitive ?

Never has there been a better time to look at our zero capex, off-balance sheet solution.  We can help with energy savings ideas, sustainability innovation and develop the business cases for energy efficiency measures.  We can deliver them as an energy supply agreement without any cost to you.  All you need to do is pay for the power we provide (at a discount to what you are paying for grid power).

There is no cost to you for our analysis and recommendations.  We have experience in delivering solutions for complex manufacturing environments. We can particularly add value where you have a lot of use of heat, steam, chill or air conditioning.

In short we can accelerate your plans, not have them beaten back by lack of capital caused by COVID-19.

If you would like to know more email us at info@on-site.energy or call on 0161 444 9989.

Onsite Energy Projects provides energy savings and energy generation solutions to energy intensive businesses, without capex if required.