Lately the term: the Internet of Things (IoT), has been circulating the internet. The IoT stands for a network of physical objects that are connected through the Internet, and function automatically without human involvement. This concept has been around since the late 90s when internet networks were taking shape.

As the internet has evolved over the years, developers and engineers have found ways to create connectivity through building convergent infrastructures to create truly intelligent buildings. A wave of the future only 10 years ago, the modern intelligent building is capable of automating HVAC, lighting, security, energy management, water management, operations, maintenance, and more.

In their most recent publication, Founder and CEO Jim Young of RealcommEdge writes about the Building Internet of Things™, or BIoT™. The term BIoT™ represents the next generation of high performance intelligent buildings. Modern intelligent buildings are designed to network facilities and promote efficient operations. Even older buildings can be outfitted with a network infrastructure. Buildings that are connected over the internet provide a deeper level of intelligence and deliver the convenience and efficiency of hands-free automation.

The Internet of Things also applies to machine automation. In its infancy, the IoT was called M2M (Machine to Machine), where machines could network and perform automated processes. Whether through machines or building automation, the IoT has laid a foundation for software that uses data to reinforce and improve management procedures and processes.

CMMS software is a good example of the kind of software that can integrate with the automation software that is married with IoT. CMMS software is also so flexible it can be incorporated into facilities and machine management across many industries, capturing valuable data for important decisions. CMMS software improves the efficiency of facilities and machine management, as well as reduces costs.

CMMS software also integrates with IoT sensors and internet enabled equipment and machinery. It will also generate a real-time response to alarms and alerts, such as work orders.

As the IoT continues to evolve, so will the capabilities of the technology that supports it, making operational efficiency faster, smarter, and simply all around better.