IoT, Drones and Software: Technologies Converge

  August 21, 2017

By Dan Hounsell

Enterprise asset management software (EAM) has been around for more than 20 years. Over that time, it has evolved from simply providing tools for managing asset maintenance to being able to provide a way for organizations to track their assets — anything from an HVAC system to a key piece of equipment — and record their condition, get alerts about the need for preventative maintenance, extend the life cycle of those assets, and of course, manage work orders. Until now, improvements to EAM systems have largely been evolutionary, not revolutionary. But that is changing. New technologies already are making EAM a clear differentiator for companies, according to an article on The three technologies already starting to change the face of EAM and that should continue to reshape it in the future are:

  • Internet of Things
  • artificial intelligence
  • drones.

Ultimately, the future of EAM will be about information exchange between devices, components and people. More information will be coming into the system from more places, and that information will be accessible to more people in more ways.

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This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, For guidance on using drones in facilities maintenance, visit To learn about the rise of IoT in facilities, visit


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