Altuity, a Bristol-based maintenance and facilities management software company, has claimed top spot in the Innovation in Technology category in this year’s national i-FM Technology in FM Awards, presented at the Workplace Futures conference in London.
Altuity uses technology to differentiate its product, mainly in the way it visualises data in real-time using 360° photospheres, radio frequency identification (RFID) markers and augmented reality (AR). The system is hosted in the cloud and accessible both on and off-site via mobile devices.
The judges found the use of 360° photospheres integrated with plans and maps and facilities management (FM) processes particularly innovative.
This creates a far better level of visualisation for all information including underground assets such as utility services. A user can pan a smartphone or iPad around and view asset data or facilities requests while another user in the office can open the photosphere for the same location, should there be a need to discuss issues or confirm findings between the on-site and off-site team members.
The judges liked the fact that it is a low-cost, easy-to-use platform, supporting multiple stakeholders and devices while the highly visual management of data through maps, floor plans and site plans, photospheres and AR clearly demonstrated how the technology could be used to improve productivity and engagement across multiple FM activities.
It is a highly collaborative tool and the judges were impressed with the development of its capability, which was a project-led by Altuity, supported by the University of Bristol and co-funded by the Government’s Innovation agency, Innovate UK.
David Emanuel, MD of i-FM.net, said: “I was delighted to award Altuity this year’s Technology in FM award for Innovation in Technology. The panel of judges and I were really impressed with its use of technology to differentiate its product in the way it visualises data in real-time, using RFID markers and augmented reality. The highly visual management of data through maps, floor plans and site plans, 360° photospheres and augmented reality clearly demonstrated how the technology could be used in a range of FM applications.”
Altuity founder Steve Voller said: “It is humbling to be recognised by facilities management professionals on how our map, plan, 360° photospheres and AR introduce a new level of data visualisation to FM and underground asset management. A special mention must go to the team at the University of Bristol, led by Professor Ben Hicks, who played a vital role during the R&D.”