Smart Installations: Enable Your Installation

Blog Post created by fwoods-esristaff Employee on Jul 10, 2017

The Future


The future of facilities, installations and campuses—collectively installations—is to become a smart installation. There’s no way for you to avoid making your installation smart. With fewer resources and additional forces such as external threats, mandates, laws and the fidelity of information required to boost your key performance indicators (KPIs), you must do something.


Most large installations, such as government facilities and military installations are using geographic information systems (GIS) to map the installation. The GIS people may be “the map makers,” have official titles such as, geospatial information officer (GIO) or geographer. There may be one person or serval on staff using GIS to make maps.


Your GIS staff are responsible for creating and maintaining the installation basemap. In some instances, they enable field workers to use digital maps to help make their job easier. The staff are also responsible for the standards used to collect, manage and maintain geospatial information. In essence they’ve created a location strategy for their mission, to create, collect and maintain the installation basemap.


What’s the next steps to move from a departmental location strategy to geo-enabling the installation?  You need to perform a location assessment for the installation, including all departments, organizations and tenants that make up the installation. Create a location strategy for the entire installation, and sometimes in cooperation with the surrounding community. Then prioritize the needs and wants because trying to geo-enable the whole installations can be daunting.


Enable Your installation


Smart installations start by connecting your facilities, departments, and others. Your workforce, tenants and contractors become connected through geo-enabled applications that focus on improving interdepartmental collaboration, and situational awareness, while optimizing operational efficiency. For facility managers, installation commanders, and campus administrators this means managing operational expenditures and minimizing the need for new capital expenditures while improving the experience for all employees and visitors at the installation.


Your installation can start the transformation to become smarter by launching an initial operating capability (IOC) or proof-of-concept projects that replace paper-based processes or outdated technology. Esri and Esri Partners developed many app templates and tools, that can be configured, for hundreds of different tasks and services to turn operations in the field, in the facility or on the installation into insights in the office. Applications are provided around IOCs that engage facility departments and tenant organizations. These IOCs are collections of domain-specific apps that offer functionality to support your tasks and workflows.


Esri partners, such as GISincorporated, are your go to solution providers for affordable solutions that can be quickly implemented. GISInc offers an initial operating capability for asset management.


Using both indoor and outdoor tracking technologies (GPS, WiFI, BlueTooth, VLC, RFID) we are able to track movement and status of critical assets in a spatial context. This allows Facilities Managers and Operation Managers to reduce loss and theft, find critical assets when needed, and monitor and document workflow processes associated with those assets. 


Empowering your workforce and digitally transforming any single aspect of your asset management system aids individual workers and provides a common map and dashboard view to see the status of projects. Installations can start with a smart lighting system with high efficiency fixtures and automated controls to make adjustment based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability. Such projects allow the community to create a workflow model that, with minor configuration, can be replicated across your enterprise.


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