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Building and Energy Costs Don’t Have to Bust Budgets

How integrated oversight over enterprise facilities saves you money.

Buildings can be budget busters. State and local government agencies spend more than $10 billion a year on energy to provide public services and meet constituent needs, and, according to the U.S. Department of energy, energy costs can account for up to 10 percent of a local government’s operating budget. Much of these costs can be attributed to the physical structures that enable government to do its work -- department headquarters, police stations, university buildings, city halls, libraries, data centers and more.  

For state and local governments, technology provides an answer to better managing these costs. Today, buildings generate a massive amount of data from a huge variety of sensors and systems that monitor and manage building space, equipment and conditions. Information from this data can be used to make optimal decisions to improve the financial and environmental performance of buildings -- but there’s a catch. In many cases, building systems are isolated and the data is poorly structured, which limits the value of the information. This can make it difficult to gain a high-level view of what is going on across a portfolio of buildings.

Governments need integrated oversight of buildings across the enterprise so they can more easily analyze risks, identify potential points of failure, and look for new opportunities for improvement with greater predictability and accountability. They need to eliminate the data challenges related to isolated systems so they can gain a system-wide, single view of the truth. Armed with these insights, governments can maximize their existing infrastructure investments and minimize their total cost of ownership. 

One way to do this is through technology that mines and aggregates data, allowing governments to manage assets such as buildings on a converged, integrated platform. Through such a platform, employees can collect and analyze real-time energy and asset data to improve operations. Energy-intensive equipment across the enterprise can be monitored to identify operating anomalies and corrective work orders can be issued that can quickly and dramatically reduce energy consumption. Such a platform can streamline and supplement information flows with applications that are designed to keep assets at peak performance levels, helping government anticipate energy consumption within and across energy and resource-intensive facilities to meet reduction targets.

Dashboards can provide increased visibility into energy usage and operations; and analytics help identify patterns to proactively address potential issues and minimize operational risks. Government agencies can centralize monitoring and coordinate and deploy resources for the highest return, and accelerate energy reduction with integrated maintenance, project and space management.

Managing facilities and buildings efficiently requires having integrated, comprehensive data. Increased instrumentation and sensors supply the data, but the interconnectedness of that data with business outcomes and process automation enables the delivery of intelligent management support.

The IBM Building Management Center solution provides government agencies with the benefits mentioned above. Download to learn more about how to:

  • align facilities management with your enterprise mission and business management
  • optimize energy use and operations performance across the enterprise
  • transform portfolio management and utilize space more effectively
  • reduce costs and improve efficiency; and 
  • provide an integrated view of facility data for greater management control.
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