Four IoT Trends in Facility/Operations Management

Digitization of Asset Management: At its core, Asset Management is all about maximizing asset output while minimizing the costs associated with downtime and repairs. The recent IoT trend of Asset Digitization is helping organizations achieve these core Asset...

Digitization of Asset Management:

At its core, Asset Management is all about maximizing asset output while minimizing the costs associated with downtime and repairs. The recent IoT trend of Asset Digitization is helping organizations achieve these core Asset Management goals and more. Asset Digitization is the process of creating electronic resources from your physical assets. The Digitization strategy includes systems, tools, meta-data, cataloging, and captioning, but most importantly, a platform integrated with sensor-technology. Sensor technology provides organizations with real-time as well as a log of historical data on each asset. This empowers stakeholders to make data-driven decisions that will optimize the value in each stage of an asset’s lifecycle. 

What are its benefits?

  • Real-Time Visibility to Individual Assets
  • Transform Current Business Processes
  • Make Data-Driven Decision

Digitization Use Cases

Resource Management:

Resource Management aims to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization’s resources. Organizational resources include financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, as well as IT and natural resources. 

HelixSense empowers organizations to take control back over their Resource Management. With the knowledge gained from HelixSense solutions, organizations are always aware of how they can extend and optimize asset lifecycles.

Energy Management:

The main objectives of Energy Management are resource conservation, climate protection, and cost savings. Energy Management also includes the planning and operation of energy production and energy consumption units.

HelixSense provides organizations with the insights they need to build systems that make the most efficient use of energy resources allowing them to reduce energy costs and unnecessary expenses.

Predictive Maintenance:

Predictive Maintenance is an approach that helps determine the condition of in-service equipment to estimate when maintenance should be performed. This approach promises cost savings over routine because tasks are performed only when warranted.

HelixSense solutions enable organizations to develop smart maintenance protocols that perform the correct task at the appropriate time based on particular assets’ performance and/or history.

Real-Time Visualizations / Digital Twins

The Digital Twin is a virtual tool that empowers organizations to better understand every component of their building(s). A Digital Twin is a virtual model of an individual asset or an entire facility, that assimilates the same sensor-fed data that its physical analog does. Data is the key piece of the Digital Twin. It’s important to understand that without real-time and historical data, you just have a digital replica of your asset or building. Your building’s Digital Twin is aware of each asset’s installation date, maintenance history, uptime/downtime, and other significant events, including behavior when stress tested. The overall goal of a Digital Twin is to provide a real-time digital image of your facility to optimize business performance and operations. 

What are its benefits?

  • Reduce Risk
  • Reduce Costs
  • Improve Quality

Digital Twin Use Cases

Performance Testing

Performance Testing is a daily process that enables organizations to identify if their processes and services respond quickly enough to be usable in most scenarios. 

HelixSense provides the equipment and sensors needed to constantly run routinely scheduled performance tests. This data is all gathered and then displayed in the integrated HelixSense platform, allowing managers to track the performance history or take action if needed.

Performance Tuning:

Purpose Performance Tuning enables organizations to eliminate any performance bottlenecks found in the daily testing process.

Leveraging results from routine performance tests, HelixSense can help organizations optimize their environment by facilitating performance tuning processes in areas which it is appropriate.

User Experience:

User Experience includes the practical, experiential, affective, meaningful, and valuable aspects of human-computer interaction and product ownership.

HelixSense empowers organizations to track each step of the end-user experience, whether it be within an application or on-site your facilities. HelixSense collects, stores, and analyzes all data to help ensure that your end-users will have a seamless experience. 

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most misunderstood terms amongst organizational leaders. Generally, AI is referred to as machines that respond to stimulation in a way that is consistent with traditional responses from humans. The simulation of human intelligence allows machines to think like humans and mimic their actions. AI enables machines to exhibit traits associated with a human mind such as contemplation, judgment, intention, and problem-solving. AI technology is continuously evolving, causing previous benchmarks to become outdated and even now taken for granted as an inherent computer function. The core goals of AI are to provide machines with the ability of learning, rationalization, reasoning, and perception.

What are its benefits?

  • Accuracy & Consistency
  • Self-Reporting Assets
  • Complete Integration

Artificial Intelligence Use Cases

Needs-based Cleaning:

Needs-based cleaning are intelligence cleaning protocols that are powered by integrated sensors that monitor cleanliness and cleaning demand in real-time. 

HelixSense sensors provide an accurate representation of true space utilization in the workplace. HelixSense will then intelligently trigger automated cleaning procedures or identify the appropriate personnel if a manual service is required. From the centralized HelixSense platform, managers can restrict reservations and access to particular areas and workspaces that require cleaning.

Space Management:

Space Management considers the physical space of an organization’s facility, as an asset. Space Management includes tracking and maintaining your space and occupancy information – who is utilizing workspaces, understanding how much space your organization has, and how it’s being used.

HelixSense allows you to effortlessly monitor and manage workstation booking, facility access, traffic flows, current occupancy, and other crucial space and utilization metrics. HelixSense will also notify staff, customers, and other individuals within the facility which spaces are safe to enter and which ones are not. 


Automation is the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system to operate automatically, with minimal, if any, human assistance.

HelixSense is all about accuracy, therefore, we are all about Automation. HelixSense helps organizations identify which manual processes would be more beneficial by automating and which ones should remain as manual. 

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence is a philosophy that embraces problem-solving and leadership to continuously improve processes, products, and services. Simply put, Operation Excellence is the execution of the organizational strategy more effectively and consistently than the competition. Operational Excellence is not a set of activities that you perform or a set it and forget it process. Rather, it is a mindset that should be present and ingrained into your organizational culture daily. While continuous improvement is a part of it all, Operational Excellence goes further. It goes further because it sets the organization up for growth by creating an uninterrupted value stream that always feeds the need. What is IoT to help achieve Operational Excellence? IoT provides organizations with data, predictive insights, and enhanced processes that can drastically improve everyday operations.

What are its benefits?

  • Waste Reduction
  • Incident Management
  • Empowered Employees
  • Increase ROI
  • Facilitate Growth

Operational Excellence Use Cases

Configuration management:

Configuration management is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life.

HelixSense has a vast ability to gather and analyze data from multiple sources, providing organizations with the ability to put consistent, data-driven processes in place

Lean Six Sigma:

Lean Six Sigma is a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. It combines lean manufacturing/lean enterprise and Six Sigma to eliminate the eight kinds of waste: Defects, Over-Production, Waiting, Non-Utilized Talent, Transportation, Inventory, Motion, and Extra-Processing.

HelixSense has embraced the Lean Six and Agile methodologies of facility/operations management. The main goal of HelixSense is to promote collaboration and efficiency to maximize the value of an organization’s existing infrastructure.

Operations Management:

Operations management is concerned with designing and controlling the process of production and redesigning business operations in the production of goods or services. It involves the responsibility of ensuring that business operations are efficient in terms of using as few resources as needed and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements.

Leveraging the Lean and Agile foundation of HelixSense, organizations can leverage our platform to begin their mission towards Operational Excellence. We help organizations create and maintain value by increasing the lifetime of all assets, reducing risk, and identifying areas that could benefit from continuous improvement.

The HelixSense Mantra

HelixSense is disrupting Asset Management. We seek to provide organizations with the actionable data they need to reduce hidden costs, risks, and incident occurrence. HelixSense enhances the awareness of stakeholders across all departments by empowering them to collectively make decisions that benefit the organization as a whole. Our goal is to help you maximize the long-term value of your assets by creating a culture of continuous improvement, where information is your greatest asset.

HelixSense is not optimizing Asset Management, HelixSense is disrupting how we think about Asset Management.

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