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How to Calculate the Value Proposition of Smart Buildings
Posted 7/25/2018
Author Franklin Young
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The past few years have seen a surge in technology however in the midst of feeling as though technological advances have pervaded every part of our lives, businesses of all industries have been on a quest to use IoT to unlock the true value of the data generated by smart facilities. The concept of harvesting the data of smart buildings is not new, but its meaning and potential value have never been explored, described or put to use.

What is the value of investing in a smart building solution for your self storage facility? When calculating the ROI, it all comes down to a critical understanding of what you are getting in exchange for the time, money and resources in which you are investing and how it can contribute to your bottom line.

Although energy savings are typically the notion that sparks a company’s interest, they are not the only concept that one should consider when measuring ROI. The essence of a smart facility lies in its ability to optimize multiple variables of a building's day-to-day operation in order to create a dynamic, responsive environment that can meet the needs of employees and customers.

IoT enables owners and operators in the self storage industry with management systems that allows for automation, management and the precise tracking of routine activities within their facility. Through the day-to-day activities of a self storage facility, the data of your tenants’ is stored and analyzed so that adjustments can be made and further savings can be realized.

Another factor in the value of a smart facility is based on how IoT can ultimately impact the tenant’s experience while simultaneously creating a better work environment for employees. By implementing the foundational technology elements of a smart building (such as HVAC, lighting, mobility and easy data access), self storage facility owners and operators are able to automatically establish a business that is responsive to the needs of the people who work there as well as the customers who frequent the building. Subsequently, these basic components of a smart facility ultimately can be linked to employee wellness and productivity.

In conclusion, the value of a smart self storage facility can be leveraged to meet the specific needs of your business to contribute to your bottom line. If the optimization of your facility can boost employee productivity, enhance a tenant’s experience, provide easy access to data, grant mobility and recommend adjustments to save on your daily operational costs then, simply put, the value is exponential.

About the Author

Franklin Young spent more than 15 years in the self storage industry and began his career at Digitech where he served as the national sales manager. Franklin subsequently joined the PTI team, where he served as the executive vice president and COO. Subsequent to PTI, Franklin was recruited to be the director of sales and marketing for DBCi, a manufacturer of steel curtain roll-up doors and components for self storage facilities. Most recently Franklin served as the senior sales operations manager at BlueLinx Corporation. He is thrilled to return to PTI as the CEO and looks forward to leading the company in many exciting and groundbreaking endeavors over the coming months and years.

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