Happy Birthday Barcode!


Forty years ago, a pack of Wrigley’s gum became the first item to be scanned and purchased using what is now used 5 billion times every day: the Universal Product Code barcode. Since then, barcode and scanning technologies have become an integral part of the entire supply chain industry, and have continued to evolve.

Factory farming under LEDs


One of the world’s largest plant factories using light emitting diode (LED) lighting has just been constructed in Tagajo, northern Japan. Mirai Co., a Tokyo-based company which operates vegetable growing factories, built facility within the shell of an existing factory. It can produce a daily harvest of approximately 10,000 heads of lettuce.

Energy saving program for Queensland business


From 1 July, businesses will be hit with an 11.5 to 14.3 percent increase on power bills due to the rise in regulated electricity tariffs. Queensland Watt Savers is a free energy efficiency program created to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations in south-east Queensland reduce their energy use.

More accurate inspections from safer distances

Fluke infrared camera

Manufacturer of professional electronic test tools, Fluke Corporation has released new infrared cameras with wireless connectivity, which the company suggests are ideal for maintenance, troubleshooting and HVAC/R technicians, electricians and facility managers who need to collaborate and share measurements with others on their team.

FM streamlined for eight Victorian hospitals


With the help of its new online facility management system, Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private healthcare group, Epworth HealthCare, is to open two new hospitals without adding more facilities management staff, and will open a third hospital in Geelong in 2016.

A new berth for shipping containers


Strong, weatherproof, cost-effective and easily transported direct to site, shipping containers are now being utilised for a wide range of applications, including retail outlets, mobile exhibitions, portable storage and innovative construction projects.

Government energy saving information and programs

energy saving programs

Energy saving information and programs for business in Australia are constantly evolving due to new technology and, most especially, changes in government policy and funding.  The following is just some of the national initiatives currently available, and in development, as at mid-year 2014.


Making equipment evaluation easier


A company that manufactures and distributes medical imaging equipment has constructed a Customer Experience Centre in Melbourne. It includes a fully functioning operating theatre and enables hands-on experience of the latest versions of equipment and software.

Interactive mini billboards


Technology and consumer expectations have advanced to the point where static posters and billboards are quickly being replaced by digital interactive displays. One company has just released a range of 10-inch digital ePosters that offer state-of-the-art features.

Automated warehousing for fast fashion


The recent rise of rapid turnover low-cost clothing retailing – ‘fast fashion’ – has triggered a global demand for quicker and more efficient logistics and distribution operations within the apparel industry.

Facility management via app


Released in March 2014 for iOS, and soon to be available for Android, PocketFM is a mobile work management app designed primarily for the facilities, maintenance and trades industries.

Charting the sea of FM software-speak


The facility management sector is awash with acronyms, especially in the technology sphere with CAFM, CMMS, EAMS, FMIS, IWMS and MMS bandied around with increasing ease, if not understanding.


Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2014, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.

Survey highlights sustainability's corporate worth


A global survey has indicated that sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of business, but that many companies still have a long way to go in mastering the reputation, execution and accountability of their sustainability programs.

3D building mapping goes mass


Like most industries, facility management has become increasingly data driven. That’s about to increase exponentially. Driving it will be remarkable developments in mobile three-dimensional (3D) mapping that will make the technology accessible to not only professionals, but everyone else as well.

Emergency alarm app


Lone Worker Alarm is a smartphone app that uses the phone’s accelerometer, GPS (global positioning system) and wireless internet to provide a sophisticated emergency alarm system.

A new generation whiteboard


A dramatic upgrade to the standard conference room whiteboard, SMART kapp is a display board that captures, saves and pushes content to mobile devices in real time.

Win a Honeywell Captuvo SL62


Honeywell and FM magazine are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a Honeywell Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled which provides an Apple iPad mini with powerful enterprise capabilities – not least, for convenient inventory management.


Utilisation studies now focus on activity


Activity-based utilisation reporting has become more important now we’re migrating from static to agile workplaces, writes BLIGH WILLIAMS, senior property and workplace space strategist at workplace space planning solutions (wsps).

Clipsal by Schneider Electric's USB charger


Designed in Australia, Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s innovative USB charger offers adaptability, efficiency and reliability in one convenient universal mechanism. Providing up to 1.2 amps, it is efficient in charging times with minimal stand-by energy consumption.