With population figures predicted to soar in the future, there has been much speculation around what our cities of the future will look like. There are many factors demanding a change in the way cities are currently designed, population being one, but other influences include the need to be more sustainable, the rise in big data, the pressure to be more cost effective and the desire to keep up with the urban trend to enhance end-user experiences.
With smart cities comes smart buildings integrated with technology. Data from these buildings will be extracted and analysed to identify patterns and inefficiencies to help improve living standards. The rise in the IoT has meant that buildings can now be further enhanced and a more tailored service can be provided.
This rise in bespoke services has seen competition in the maintenance sector become even stronger. It is no longer solely about price, but who can provide a service that includes, convenience, greater insights and cost saving benefits in terms of efficiency.
So what does the future of building maintenance look like in these cities?
In a previous article we argued that despite there being a rise in robots, we believe there will still be a role for the human engineer in the future. However, it is likely that this role will be higher value as it will no longer be focused on manual data input, but rather on the analysis and monitoring of real time data.
Reactive maintenance will become a thing of the past, with so much data available predictive maintenance will reach new heights as the advancements in technology, automation and machine communication grow. We are already beginning to see this with the introduction of this with 4D monitoring, this type of analysis will not only achieve wider cost savings but also help achieve greater sustainability, a main value of smart cities.
Overall it is clear to see that smart cities and buildings will help provide more seamless processes that will provide building occupants with more comfortable experiences. However, it is not just smart buildings that are experiencing this newer technology, with older buildings now receiving huge refurbishment overhauls to remain innovative and competitive within the sector.