Buzzword Bingo - by AR, IoT and BIM
The title says it already: Buzz words are not salvation, not even in the CAFM, Sometimes they are not even a promise of salvation. At present, this is proven by the trias AR, IoT and BIM.
Far away: augmented reality
Most recently, the IFA showed that many manufacturers now look after the issue of AR. AR eyewear is not only offered in the consumer sector but increasingly also in the B2B environment. But the basic problem for CAFM applications remains:
Although the glasses are getting smaller and more manageable, they are too cumbersome for service technicians and too complicated for the feel. They are still not robust enough and their battery life is still insufficient. This lacks acceptance.
Where does AR develop within CAFM a benefit that no traditional application can cover?
Certainly in specialized areas of maintenance and more complex operations. But does that justify the necessary investment?
Probably not yet.
The typical CAFM user must now be able to handle many different processes in ever shorter time. Therefore, one should rather focus on process optimization, data entry and the associated intelligence of a system. AR can support it at best.
Legal pitfalls are also not solved: the right to one's own image, data protection, the protection of trade secrets - a whole phalanx of aspects lurks on the horizon to hinder the use of augmented reality, or at least delay it.
The foot in the door: BIM
BIM is a good, important approach that still needs a lot of communication, education and development work. Because BIM is not what many think CAD in 3D. Rather, it is a management process that also works purely alphanumerically.
In view of the current situation in the market, BIM integration usually means: "We have a Revit interface." Or "We control the IFC import."
Both are important, but leave core questions unanswered. Because BIM is far more than CAFM - and CAFM is far more than BIM.
Necessary for the understanding between the worlds is first of all the binding definition of the data quality and quantity. And as difficult as CAFMs are, the leading system is BIM, because this is where the core data of the buildings lie.
The challenge will be to ensure bi-directional data exchange between the two worlds, so that exclusive FM data can currently flow back into a BIM model. Ultimately IFC serves as a universal data format between different systems.
Already there: the Internet of Things
Stay IoT, the Internet of Things. A technical theme, far removed from CAFM, but which can produce helpful effects. Some things can already be found in the CAFM, albeit as isolated solutions and as the legacy of industrial data collection. Because that's where the trend began, and with good reason: plant data help detect wear early and significantly reduce downtime.
In these aspects also lies the benefit in the context of the maintenance with CAFM. There are necessary sensors, interfaces are also available, so the implementation is a relatively small undertaking. And the benefits can be recognized quickly and save money.
Especially in cooperation with IoT specialists, the process can unbelievably enrich a CAFM system. Good examples are energy management and predictive maintenance. Nevertheless, IoT is not a primary issue for the majority of CAFM users. At least not yet.
Economy and customer benefit
If you tap the two key aspects of cost-effectiveness and customer benefit of BIM, AR and IoT, the result is clear: both have long been given by IoT and will be ready for BIM in the foreseeable future.
Augmented reality is an exciting topic for the future, which will be accompanied by CAFM users and manufacturers over the next few years. For the current CAFM market, AR still plays a subordinate role. Only if the acceptance of the users by suitable AR devices is increased, can CAFM processes participate.
Then the market will reassess the topic.
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