Robotics, automation and wearable tech are a few of the technological advancements that global facilities management (FM) companies are predicting.

A survey conducted by the South Africa Facilities Management Association and Servest Group has highlighted six major tech innovations that will impact the industry in the near future.

They are: the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, BIM for facilities management, advanced HVAC, automation and robotics and wearable tech.

Green HVAC systems will help reduce the cost of heating and cooling facilities, while also reducing carbon footprints. The report adds that integrated HVAC systems will auto create and assign work orders to team members based on the type and location of problems.

In fmME's  August issue, Imdaad CEO Jamal Abdulla Lootah suggested that the soon-to-launch automated drones by RTA can play a pivotal role in quick delivery times.

The report resonates that thought adding that drones will also be used for roof inspections and assessments of facilities in difficult to reach areas.

The report also predicts portering, waste management, security systems and catering services will all be managed by robots, while automation will be the key to success in future buildings.