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That’s a Wrap: Takeaways from HUG 2015

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As Honeywell Users Group (HUG) 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the past week and all of the ideas and discussions that took place, particularly around smart, connected buildings. A recurring theme throughout this year’s event was how to put your building to work. While this concept can take on many different forms, the underlying notion remains the same: new technology advancements are making buildings smarter by driving deeper connections between people and processes—and buildings and businesses can benefit when technology is applied correctly.
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The Internet of Things is shaping many of the changes in facility management and across the enterprise, and it was a central theme in presentations and conversations throughout the week. What’s clear is that the explosion of data has fundamentally transformed how we put buildings to work, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable — and a bottom-line contributor instead of a expense.
 
Many of the sessions this week covered ways to tackle facility challenges and derive more value from buildings by leveraging technology, from cloud-based tools to mobile devices. We surveyed attendees to better understand their view on these topics.
 
Most revelatory were the results that underscored just how dramatically technology has changed how we interact with buildings and the systems that power them. While mobility wasn’t a part of most attendees’ operations five years ago, all respondents indicated they’re now using mobile technology for facility and security management, proving just how mainstream this practice has become.
 
We also asked attendees HUG Survey 1.jpgwhat their biggest facility challenge is today, and the results weren’t all that different from what you might have seen five or so years ago. A majority of respondents indicated that addressing rising energy and operating costs remains their central concern. Managing equipment lifecycle costs, maintaining safety and security, and implementing sustainability initiatives were called out as other key challenges.
 
It’s findings like these that illustrate the types of conversations that happen each year at HUG —discussions that are invaluable for attendees and Honeywell. The challenges and trends will evolve and grow, and HUG aims to provide the compass to help navigate change. See you next year.