On the first day of the Total Facilities exhibition on 25 March 2015 Facility Management magazine caught up with several experts from various sectors relevant to facility management for exclusive interviews and discussions where they shared trends for running more sustainable keynotes facilities and also shed light on the challenges facing an industry on the brink of a technological revolution, although it may not yet be ready to culturally embrace this sea change.
On the first day of the event we conducted several interviews with key speakers from different sectors including, fire safety and evacuation, smart waste management, cleaning in critical environments and cloud-based energy management technology, BIM and more, with more interviews lined up for the second day. These experts sound off on the trends and challenges facing the FM industry in an era where the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming ever more relevant and attainable, even for the small or medium enterprises.
General consensus from the exhibition floor was that this year’s TFX is an improvement on the previous year, with a number of exhibitors already signing up for next year’s event at the end of the first day.
Exhibitors from Kone Elevators said that the exhibition has been a ‘pretty good show, with a lot of good people coming through in the afternoon and we found that the visitors this year are providing us with potential customers so in that aspect, the quality of visitors has been good’. They also admitted that it is highly likely that they will return for the event next year.
Door technology systems provider, Dorma, said ‘it has been a fantastic show’ and that they had more visitors this year than they did last year in Melbourne.
Also a talking point on the exhibition floor was the curious absence of the FMA as an exhibitor. The FMA has been a mainstay of previous exhibitions, turning up in support of their numerous members who take part in this event that affords the Australian facilities management community critical insight into industry and innovation. The mystery behind the FMA’s decampment was unravelled with a bit of web research — the NSW arm of the FMA was engaged in its corporate golf day.
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