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Just Buzzwords or Actual Breakthroughs? Defining 3 New-Era Terms in the Current Industrial Movement.

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Just Buzzwords or Actual Breakthroughs? Defining 3 New-Era Terms in the Current Industrial Movement.

February 08, 2024

We live in a digitized world. The overwhelming majority of people have fully embraced the trend toward digitization. All it requires is a smartphone, laptop, or tablet - one of which is being used right now to read this sentence. By using our phones for a large percentage of our daily activities, society is fully integrated with the digital movement, and likely can’t imagine going a day without. With our mobile devices, we access recipes, bank accounts, memories, passwords, music, podcasts, sports scores, emails, socials, and much more on a minute-by-minute basis. In the digital world, the more intentionally connected you are, the more streamlined your personal operations become. The same is true when digitizing an industrial/manufacturing space: the more intentionally connected they become, the more streamlined their operations will be.  Transitioning to a digital lifestyle was a gradual inevitability for all of us; as we interacted with intuitive interfaces, our adoption of digital resources became more prevalent and beneficial. Similarly, the traditional methods of facility management in the industrial world are gradually progressing. The adoption of an intentionally digitized space is yielding better operations - ranging from safety to training to work order management to improved production and beyond. The organizations that embrace the “digital industrial revolution” will survive and thrive in the era to come.  The others who fail to make the transition? Name an industrial plant that refuses to use assembly line concepts: they don’t exist. During this “digital industrial revolution” there have been a lot of new terms emerge. Some are confusing, some are redundant, and some just simply exist to sell a product.  Three key terms often used in discussions about this technological revolution are IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), Digital Transformation, and Industry 4.0. Each of these vocab words have their own lane, and each are critical in shaping the modern industrial landscape. Understanding their differences and “interconnectedness” is crucial for any organization looking to stay ahead - or at least stay competitive - in the digital age. IIoT: The Industrial Application of IoT Let's start with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  Imagine a factory where machines communicate with each other, where a conveyor belt alerts the maintenance team about a potential breakdown before it happens, or where production data is instantly analyzed to optimize processes. This is IIoT in action.  According to TechTarget.com, IIoT “is the use of smart sensors, actuators and other devices, such as radio frequency identification tags, to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes.” Simply put: IIoT is a unified way to send and receive information to and from every asset for more efficient operations.  Like how we’ve adopted our cell phones to be our primary source of personal information and communication, IIoT is about connecting industrial equipment and devices to the internet and each other, enabling them to collect, exchange, and analyze data in real-time.  This connectivity leads to increased automation, improved efficiency, and reduced operational costs. IIoT is a crucial component in modern industries, allowing for smarter manufacturing and enhanced decision-making processes. Digital Transformation: Beyond Just Technology Digital Transformation is a broader, more holistic concept.  The name is the definition itself: adopting new technologies and fundamentally rethinking how an organization operates and delivers value in the digital era. In order to move forward in the digital transformation, management teams are being asked to take their operations to a new level of connectivity and clarity. This process can be challenging at first, but can offer incredible return on investment.  The digital transformation process involves integrating digital technology into every aspect of a business, leading to profound changes in how businesses function and interact with their internal and external stakeholders. In a February 1 article by chicagobusiness.com, “The manufacturing sector has undergone a profound transformation, driven by new advancements in technology that have reshaped its future.” The article goes on to express that organizations must “adapt or become obsolete” in the industrial and manufacturing industries; although this change is challenging - and perhaps divisive - its significance is directly tied to future progress. To take it a step further, it’s also about cultural change, encouraging organizations to embrace innovation, adaptability, and continuous learning. From cloud computing to AI, and including IIoT, digital transformation is reshaping the corporate world, making businesses and their processes more agile, customer-centric, and competitive. Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Last: Industry 4.0. Often referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution”, this term takes us into the realms of smart factories and cyber-physical systems.  Industry 4.0 represents the convergence of advanced manufacturing techniques with IIoT, leading to the creation of smart, interconnected industrial ecosystems. Here, physical and digital technologies merge, creating highly automated, self-monitoring systems that can predict failures, adapt to changes, and communicate with other systems and with humans.  Industry 4.0 encompasses IIoT as one of its components but goes beyond by integrating various technologies like AI, cloud computing, and big data analytics to revolutionize manufacturing and industrial processes.  Just as each previous industrial revolution dynamically altered the status quo, so too will Industry 4.0 within the manufacturing space. And just as companies needed to change to survive, the same will prove true in this iteration as well. A leader in the conversation - 4.0 Solutions - identifies the concept of a Unified Namespace (UNS) as an Industry 4.0 solution: delivering a “common ground where all data is standardized and shared, ensuring seamless communication across different systems.”  In other words: Connection across systems grants better communication, understanding, processes, and visibility - leading to optimized performance and faster resolution. Those in the industry know: Industry 4.0 is a legitimate transition in manufacturing and will indicate which organizations adopt, survive, and thrive, and which ones will write their proverbial tombstones next to the companies that didn’t embrace the assembly line. Visualize the Digitization Process In envisioning the future of industrial technology, Aetos grasped the exciting potential of combining 3D scanning, visual asset management, and IoT integrations. This unique blend creates a dynamic digital space where physical environments are meticulously mapped and managed with unparalleled precision.  Imagine walking through a factory where every machine - every component - is not just a physical entity but also a detailed digital asset, managed and detailed on a single visual platform. Aetos offers an exact, interactive replica of physical assets, allowing for remote inspection, planning, and problem-solving. This digital replication extends into visual management, where these 3D models are not standalone assets but parts of a larger, interconnected system. Our platform integrates real-time data provided by IoT devices, offering a comprehensive view of each asset's performance, health, and maintenance needs.  In such an environment, decision-makers can virtually navigate through their operations, interact with equipment, update and sync their systems, and make informed decisions based on real-time data. The synergy between visual asset management and IIoT integrations revolutionizes maintenance, monitoring, and company-wide operational functions. We’re transforming physical spaces into a fully integrated, interactive, and intelligent digital ecosystem. Aetos is intentionally partnering with plant managers and upper management alike to help their facilities on the digital journey. This fusion represents a significant leap in operational efficiency, predictive maintenance, and overall asset management, marking a pivotal point in the journey towards truly smart industries. Those that fail to adopt IIoT, Digital Transformation, and Industry 4.0 concepts will fail to function in the future.  Let Aetos Be Your Partner in Your Digital Journey As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of the digital world, understanding and implementing  these concepts is essential for staying competitive and future-proof.  Let Aetos be your partner, assisting you and your facilities to take the next steps. By embracing IIoT, Digital Transformation, and Industry 4.0, businesses can unlock new levels of efficiency, innovation, and growth, propelling them into a successful, digitally-driven future.  Although digitizing a non-digital space could seem insurmountable, we assure you it’s very possible and attainable.  Aetos is here to help organizations like yours digitize (and visualize) your operations. Take the next leap in the digital transformation. The screen you’re reading on is proof you’ve done it before.

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Plausible Emergencies: Navigating Facility Stress with Effective Action Plans

Plausible Emergencies: Navigating Building Stress with Effective Plans

January 10, 2024

Intentional organizations plan for emergencies. Now to be clear: they don’t circle a date on the calendar and send out a memo saying, “Next week we’re going to have a small fire on the second floor. Be sure to practice your means of egress paths before Thursday!” By “planning for emergencies”, we mean that these organizations prepare their facilities for specific events and correlated responses. Effective plans can yield safer experiences, mitigating damage to a site and/or staff member(s). So in a way, planning for emergencies - and constructing and drilling the best actions for as many scenarios as possible - is the ideal way to navigate facility stress. How should a management team prepare for these unstated yet inevitable emergencies? Identify Common Emergencies Various emergencies in industrial and commercial real estate settings pose unique challenges. Fire breakouts, chemical spills, electrical failures, structural issues, natural disasters, and security breaches are among the common crises that can arise - with each requiring a specific and immediate response. In order to prepare for an emergency and develop an action plan, an institution needs to first identify what potential threats could happen within their walls or on their production line. With a dedicated team, operational managers should develop realistic scenarios that could occur within their organization, industry, and even for some specific rooms of their facility. Listing out diverse, plausible emergencies will help set the scope of planning that needs to transpire.  Craft Clear & Effective ERPs (or EAPs) From the list of potential emergencies, develop Emergency Response Plans (ERPs), aka Emergency Action Plans (EAPs), for each type of emergency. Keep in mind that situational variables - like location, time of day, and severity of the event - may require more detail and thought for each individual plan. One of the best places to start would be to refer to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) resources. According to OSHA, a workplace emergency is “a situation that threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage.”  Successfully navigating workplace emergencies has a direct impact on the people and assets within the bounds of a facility and across its organization; adhering to OSHA standards is crucial for any built environment. This includes clear reporting procedures, evacuation plans, critical operations management, accountability post-evacuation, and procedures for rescue and medical roles during emergencies. If you need help getting started, check out this OSHA page for a deeper dive on emergency preparedness and response.  Establish Systems & Strategies A well-crafted Emergency Response Plan is vital for managing and navigating plausible emergencies. As per OSHA guidelines (and somewhat intuitively), it's essential to have clear procedures tailored to specific risks and personnel.  Establish a clear chain of command; document and implement communication strategies; and regularly drill scenarios across your organization. Regularly. Having systems and strategies in place only strengthens ERP procedures should a need for response arise. When individuals know their roles and the proper steps to take, more clarity is granted in a potentially chaotic setting. Additionally, the conversations and research a team collaborates on will lead to better methods, more streamlined processes, and improved plans. Naturally, the next step in preparing for plausible emergencies is to practice. Employees should be trained to recognize emergencies and respond appropriately, while leadership should coordinate efforts and ensure effective communication with emergency services and first responders. The execution of evacuation procedures as rehearsed - in coordination with emergency services - are pivotal in these situations. Although practicing ERPs for plausible emergencies can cause interruptions in daily operations, these vital exercises could save an organization (or an individual!) from an even more disruptive chapter should an emergency scenario get out of control due to a lack in proper ERP conduct. …Should an Emergency Occur Let’s suppose that the circled calendar date arrived on time (or maybe a day early). You didn’t send out the memo, but your team was prepared due to your diligent practicing, operative communication, and visualization support (ie emergency signage).  Thankfully, no one was injured. And although your production experienced some minor setbacks, resolution is on the horizon. What do you do now that the situation has passed? Are there best practices for navigating post-emergency facility stress? What can an organization do moving forward?  Post-Emergency Actions Debrief & Ask Questions Once the immediate threat is over, the focus should shift to recovery and learning. A thorough debriefing to assess the actions taken and identifying areas for improvement are necessary. Documentation of the incident and support for employees are also imperative for legal, regulatory, and improvement purposes. Next, dig deeper on the stress event itself. Analyze the speed and efficiency of the evacuation if one occurred. Reflect on the communication with internal members and emergency services. Debrief over the ERPs and the documented procedures for the affected area and employees. Were they followed? Were they ignored? If so, why? Replay the scenario and ask critical questions that will lead to exposing data and awareness - or lack thereof. When Safe, Get Back to Operating It’s intuitive that repair and restoration efforts must begin promptly to minimize operational downtime. Yet it's equally important to communicate transparently with all stakeholders about the incident and the steps taken to address it.  Furthermore - should the emergency prove severe - many companies take the next step, offering mental health resources and counseling services to affected employees. Navigate post-emergency stress with both procedural excellence and a supportive, resilient workplace culture. Leverage Continual Improvement The silver-lining to the calendar square: Each emergency presents a learning opportunity.  Continual improvement in emergency preparedness is a dynamic process that evolves with every incident and drill. Regardless if it's a practice event or an actual crisis, continual improvement involves regularly updating ERPs to reflect new and existing threats, technological advancements, and changes in building infrastructure or personnel.  Regularly review and refine emergency action plans, adapting to new risks and alterations in the building: management should be constantly on the lookout for improvement. Leverage the negative situation for a positive next step. In doing so, organizations can walk away with actionable information and insight.  Intentionally procuring feedback from all participants after drills or real emergencies is another smart strategy. Additionally, staying informed of industry best practices and integrating them into the ERP can be fortuitous for facilities and personnel alike.  This ongoing process of refinement not only enhances emergency responses but also demonstrates a commitment to the safety and well-being of everyone in the area. By treating emergency preparedness as a living component of workplace culture, companies can adapt more swiftly and competently to unforeseen challenges. Develop, Document, and Practice Plans With Aetos Aetos offers a revolutionary facility management solution with 3D visualization, providing clarity into the built environment. We put portfolio-wide operations onto a single pane of glass, utilizing an interactive platform for site-specific visibility, operational training, asset documentation, live data, historical information, SOPs, and overall location understanding.  This enhanced insight is not just about seeing the physical space of a facility; we also grant companies a stronger awareness of their premises in a way that traditional blueprints or 2D maps cannot provide. With Aetos, developing your emergency action plans become a more informed process with a better site-specific learning interface.  Our integrated platform allows you to virtually practice and train your personnel for specific responses. Now, individuals can pinpoint critical areas, identify potential hazards, and plan evacuation routes and safety zones with precision. Furthermore, the virtual setting can be drilled and assessed digitally without compromising visual context, reducing employee and asset downtime while still providing practice events that are repeatable and measurable. This level of detail is invaluable in crafting plans that are not only compliant with safety regulations but are also practically applicable and tailored to the unique contours of a specific site.  No one knows when that emergency date will pop up; but Aetos is intent on helping the built environment navigate plausible emergencies with effective plans and site-specific practice.  Let Aetos be your partner in the journey towards creating a safer, more informed workplace. Our innovative approach to facility management transforms the way emergency plans are developed, documented, and practiced, making them more adaptable, efficient, and intentional. Contact Aetos today to learn more about how we can help your organization shape the safety and well-being of your built assets and its occupants.

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What is Continuous Improvement & How Should I Implement It?

November 30, 2023

To begin, let’s start with the opposite of Continuous Improvement, which can be summed up in a seven word phrase: “Because that’s how we’ve always done it.” Although this phrase might have legitimacy in some capacities at varying levels and settings, those seven words oppose the principles of Continuous Improvement. Continuous Improvement is the process – and frankly, the mindset – that seeks better results. It’s in the name: a Continuous Improvement professional, team, or task force is intent on finding ways to push their organization to more productivity and proficiency. It's an ongoing and perpetual process: striving for excellence in the pursuit of efficiency. This umbrella term includes differing focuses for differing verticals – whether it’s safety, training, production, or maintenance.  Yet the goal remains the same. Continuous Improvement is willing to change the way things are done to yield better (or faster, or safer) results. Now don’t jump to the wrong conclusions: there’s something to be said about consistency and following a prescribed plan. Continuous Improvement is not disruptive for the sake of disruption, nor is it a magic bullet promising to eliminate all future problems. It's a process that seeks to increase productivity and improve the overall performance of an organization. When a company has figured out a modus operandi that grants maximum efficiency, there’s power in streamlining consistent operations. Nonetheless, the Continuous Improvement mindset seeks opportunities to correct mistakes, fill gaps, and enhance performance. After all, industries change, technology advances, and pobody’s nerfect.  There are many procedures, programs, philosophies, and even certifications in the realm of Continuous Improvement. Online content (like this helpful blog guide or this comprehensive article) and informative videos are readily available with one intentional search. The most popular methods that are commonly used for Continuous Improvement initiatives are: PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act); LEAN (which focuses on maximizing productivity by minimizing waste); 6 Sigma (a very disciplined, data-driven approach); Kaizen (more of a comprehensive approach to business that is intent on positive change); 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain, + Safety for 6S); and TQM (Total Quality Management). Essentially, Continuous Improvement can be boiled down to the same procedures as we find in the engineering process: Observe a situation; Plan a solution; Test the solution; Answer: “Did the solution work?”; Then REPEAT! How Should I Implement a Continuous Improvement Initiative? The steps are simple in concept. However, implementing a plan can be murky and uncertain. When adopting and delivering a Continuous Improvement initiative, keep the following concepts in mind to ensure best practices are executed and your strategy yields success.    Be Open-minded: The entire process is about seeking better solutions. In the beginning – and throughout the whole function – maintain an open approach. Which Continuous Improvement strategy is the most natural fit for your industry/needs? Would it give you the best results? What information or ideas should you suspend judgment on before jumping to conclusions?  This type of approach will give you and your team a smooth foundation for the rest of the project to be built upon. Ask Questions: The beauty of the Continuous Improvement mindset is found in the environment that it creates. Asking questions is a healthy indication of a thoughtful setting. Get comfortable (you and your staff) with intentional questions like: What strategies, tasks, or workflows are working well? Which ones could (or need to) improve? Where are we wasting resources? Who should help in this initiative? When should we start? Have any other organizations tackled the same problem(s)? Why is any of it important?  Asking questions will lead to more clarity and better results. An organization that continues to ask questions continues to grow. Start Small: Before you can get to the top of the ladder, you have to climb the first rung. Continuous Improvement is a gradual process, meant to naturally lead from one scenario to the next via a step-by-step process. Avoid making the big changes that are at the top of the ladder: you’ll get there soon!  Find and create short goals that will lead to the next iteration of the process. “You gotta score to win”, so get some easy, positive results.  Waste First: Borrowing from the Kaizen Method, a best practice for Continuous Improvement involves eliminating waste before explicitly targeting improvement (which, in turn, will actually be a consequential benefit when done first). Where does your team waste time, money, resources, or opportunity?  Identify what issues need to be addressed or what “junk” needs to be discarded. (We’ll let you decide what constitutes as “junk” – you’re welcome!) Anticipate Adoption: Continuous Improvement strategies are structured to simplify processes; by starting small (with clear objectives) and giving your workforce initial success, your most competent personnel will see the value even before it has fully materialized. Remember, you’re all on the same team: when the business wins, everyone wins. Professionals are smart. If they’re given the chance to change and improve for the better, they will take it.  Encourage Creativity: It would be somewhat ironic if a Continuous Improvement initiative rigidly shut down the ideas of the hands-on individuals. By allowing your team to problem solve and ideate together at all stages of the process, you’re only strengthening the productive juices that power Continuous Improvement.  Genuinely ask for feedback and act on it when appropriate. Appreciate the collaboration opportunities – and keep in mind that the goal is for the organization to be more productive. Do It!  Ok, you’ve read, researched, and explored enough. Now it’s time to try! Don’t let overplanning or overthinking get in starting the Continuous Improvement cycle. Take action and be encouraged that the first step in the ladder will help you get to where you want to be. Then evaluate: How did it go? Where were you successful? Could anything be improved? Wait a minute…. Embrace Mistakes – then Go Again. This mindset is cyclical, intent on revolving around the goal of productivity and efficiency. There will be hiccups; there will be failures. However, the Continuous Improvement process is a very welcoming place to failure and shortcomings – so long as that’s not where you stop.  Remember, finding weaknesses in a process or a system is a good thing. When that happens, embrace it. Effective teams are able to address the problems, strengthen the shortcomings, and look for more opportunities to improve and succeed.  Aetos & Continuous Improvement Organizations around the world are constantly looking for ways to increase productivity and decrease inefficiencies. Whether that’s regarding safety, logistics, maintenance, regulatory compliance, onboarding & training, customer experience, or simply shipping more out the door, Continuous Improvement is a critical piece to thriving in competitive markets.  Aetos Imaging and our dynamic Visual Maintenance Management System (VMMS) is granting companies a rapid, revolutionary platform to embrace and enable a Continuous Improvement mindset. By leveraging 3D imagery, our clients are seeing incredible use cases for visualizing their operations and making their processes more productive.  Aetos is built on the Continuous Improvement perspective. Innovation and disruptive technologies alike are rooted in an intentionally open mindset and a desire to ask questions. How would onboarding and training improve if it was conducted in a site-specific, virtual replica of the environment being serviced? In what ways would remote collaboration between teams and departments be enhanced with native video conferencing layered with visual context? How would an industrial plant change if their entire asset inventory, history, and live network status was completely accessible at a literal glance? These musings – and many others – were our starting foundational questions. Since then, Aetos has made considerable strides forward in understanding our industries and supporting our clients.  The aforementioned concepts and framework will continue to drive our operations. Aetos is committed to continuous, intentional improvement and innovation for better, safer, more efficient environments.  Want to see a Demo of our dynamic platform for the built environment and its operations? Contact Aetos today to experience the world’s first VMMS – [email protected]

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Efficient Knowledge Preservation: Aetos Operate for Institutional Knowledge

November 01, 2023

The landscape of facility management is ever-evolving, yet one thing remains constant: knowledge is power.  Whether you're responsible for maintaining a single building or an expansive industrial complex, the wisdom acquired over time holds immeasurable value. It's the collective experience and insights that drive operational efficiency, prevent costly mistakes, and ensure a smooth transition when roles change. However, this wealth of institutional knowledge often resides in the minds of experienced technicians, facility managers, and skilled personnel. It's tacit, unwritten, and inherently fragile. When these experts retire, transfer to other roles, or simply move on, vital institutional knowledge can be lost, causing inefficiencies, downtime, and even potential safety hazards. This is where Aetos Operate emerges as a serious game-changer. A revolutionary platform designed for facility management, Operate offers an all-encompassing solution for the preservation and accessibility of institutional knowledge. By harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology, Aetos Operate transforms your facility's collective wisdom into a tangible and enduring asset. The Institutional Knowledge Dilemma Before we dive into how Aetos Operate addresses this challenge, it's crucial to understand the institutional knowledge dilemma faced by many organizations. It's a multifaceted issue with several key components: Internal Knowledge: As previously mentioned, much of this knowledge is unspoken, residing solely in the minds of seasoned employees. It's not documented and can be easily lost when these individuals leave. Data Overload: In contrast, there's an abundance of explicit data within most organizations. Manuals, maintenance reports, blueprints, and equipment specifications (among others) contribute to a challenge in organizing and making pertinent information readily accessible. Legacy Systems: Many organizations use outdated or fragmented data management systems, making it difficult to locate and retrieve vital information efficiently. A hesitancy to upgrade – and the uncertainty of how to upgrade – creates a stationary stance to a dynamic solution. Transfer of Knowledge: When staff members depart or move on, the process of transferring their knowledge to new employees or colleagues is often haphazard. This yields information gaps and inefficiencies, which can lead to a breach in safety or procedural protocol. Risk Management: Not having access to institutional knowledge can be a significant risk, especially in industries where safety and compliance are paramount. Without having the full history of equipment and procedures can lead to accidents and non-compliance issues. Enter Aetos Operate Aetos Operate is designed with these challenges in mind, offering a comprehensive solution for preserving, organizing, and making institutional knowledge accessible. Here's how it works: Digital Twin Technology: Aetos Operate employs advanced digital twin technology to create highly accurate, three-dimensional models of your facilities. These digital replicas serve as the foundation for capturing institutional knowledge. Asset Management: Within these 3D environments, every asset, from HVAC systems to safety equipment, is meticulously documented and tagged. This includes critical data like maintenance history, manufacturer details, manuals, and warranty information. Training Modules: Aetos Operate offers immersive training modules that can onboard new employees more effectively and provide ongoing training for existing staff. These modules are designed to mimic real-world scenarios within your facility. Space and Workflow Visualization: The platform enables visualizing the flow of spaces and workflows, allowing for efficient space planning and process optimization. This not only preserves knowledge and best practices, but enhances operations as well. Remote Assistance: Operate includes features like 360° video calling and live remote assistance, enabling experienced technicians to guide less-experienced personnel through tasks, even from different locations. This real-time guidance further captures and transfers knowledge. Resource Repository: Aetos’ robust equipment tagging provides easy access to manuals, blueprints, and other documents related to assets and equipment. It's an organized repository of explicit knowledge accessible to your team. Search and Analytics: Operate's powerful search functionality makes it easy to find critical information quickly. Analytics tools provide insights into the data generated, helping to identify trends and make data-driven decisions. Access Control: Permission-based access control features ensure that only authorized personnel can view, edit, and manage specific areas, preventing unauthorized changes to institutional knowledge. Integration: Aetos Operate can integrate with your existing systems, including CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems), creating a seamless experience for users. Realizing Value with Aetos Operate The advantages of preserving institutional knowledge through Aetos Operate are numerous and substantial: Smooth Transition: As experienced staff retire or transition, their knowledge remains accessible to new team members, preventing disruption in operations. Reduced Downtime: Quick access to historical data, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting guides can significantly reduce downtime during equipment failures or breakdowns. Improved Safety: Comprehensive knowledge of safety protocols and equipment operation fosters a safer work environment, lowering the risk of accidents. Optimized Operations: The ability to visualize your facility's spaces and workflows empowers you to optimize layouts and processes for maximum efficiency. Reduced Training Time: Immersive training modules ensure that new team members can quickly get up to speed on complex equipment and procedures. This not only saves time but also boosts the confidence and competence of your staff. Enhanced Compliance: In industries where regulations are stringent, having complete records and compliance data at your fingertips ensures that you're always prepared for audits and inspections. Data-Driven Decision-Making: The platform's analytics capabilities offer insights that can inform strategic decisions and long-term planning. Whether it's predicting maintenance needs or optimizing space allocation, data-driven decisions are a significant advantage. Cost Savings: By reducing downtime, improving safety, and enhancing operational efficiency, you can expect substantial cost savings. These savings can easily justify the investment in Aetos Operate. In a world where knowledge is power, Aetos Operate steps in as a transformational force. It's not just a platform; it's an ally in your quest to preserve and leverage institutional knowledge.  Completely Capture & Preserve Facility Knowledge Today With its comprehensive features, from 3D digital twins to immersive training and asset management, Aetos Operate unlocks the latent potential within your facility's collective wisdom. Say goodbye to the institutional knowledge dilemma. Embrace Aetos Operate, and ensure that your facility management operations are powered by the wisdom of the past, present, and future. Investing in Aetos Operate is a strategy for thriving in a knowledge-driven world where efficiency, safety, and success go hand in hand. Ready to experience the transformation? Contact us today and embark on a journey to unlock the full potential of your institutional knowledge with Aetos Operate.

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Accelerating Employee Onboarding: Aetos Operate in Action

October 18, 2023

The world of facility and plant management is experiencing a profound transformation. Traditional methods are giving way to a new wave of innovative solutions, and one of the most powerful toolkits available is Aetos Operate. This dynamic platform is not just redefining how businesses manage their facilities but is also revolutionizing employee onboarding and training. The Challenges of Conventional Onboarding Conventional employee onboarding often involves lengthy manuals, tedious PowerPoint presentations, and uninspiring videos. It's a process that's not only time-consuming, but can also leave new team members overwhelmed and disengaged. In an industry where precision and competence are paramount, there's a pressing need for a more effective approach. Aetos Operate: The Catalyst for Change Aetos Operate is at the forefront of this transformation. By harnessing the power of immersive training, it's reimagining the way facility and plant management teams onboard their new recruits. But what exactly does this paradigm shift look like, and how is it driving tangible value for businesses? 360° Immersive Learning Aetos Operate goes beyond traditional manuals and videos. It visually immerses new hires in a high-resolution, 360-degree, 3D model of their facility. Within this realistic environment, they can actively engage with equipment, access vital information, monitor asset health, and review maintenance techniques. Rather than being passive learners, new team members become active participants in their learning journey. Employees are granted immersion into a digital replica of their facility where they can visualize facility layout, grasp equipment location, and gain a deeper understanding of how everything seamlessly integrates. Centralized Resources for Effortless Learning Additionally, training materials are often scattered across multiple platforms and resources in a conventional onboarding process. Aetos centralizes all these resources, making them much quicker and easier to access. Training modules, best practices, standard operating procedures – all become easily accessible and in any technician’s pocket.  This streamlines learning, ensuring that new hires receive the right information precisely when they need it. A facility’s critical educational content is also retroactively available for any troubleshooting needs or future learning development edits. Real-World Examples: How Aetos Operate Makes a Difference Let's explore a few real-world scenarios to understand the transformative impact of Aetos Operate: Equipment Familiarization: A new maintenance technician steps into a large manufacturing facility. With Operate, they don't need to spend weeks learning the layout. They enter a 3D model, virtually "walk" through the plant, and interact with equipment. In a matter of days, they're confident and a productive member of the team. Comprehensive Training: Imagine a scenario where a major HVAC system suddenly malfunctions. With Aetos Operate, technicians don't need to fumble through bulky manuals. They can quickly access immersive, step-by-step learning modules right on-site to troubleshoot and repair quickly. Engaging Safety Protocols: Safety is paramount in the facility management sector. Aetos Operate allows new hires to immerse themselves in safety training simulations, ensuring they understand and follow safety protocols without putting themselves at risk. Effective Emergency Response: During an unexpected equipment breakdown, new team members need to react swiftly. Aetos Operate's immersive training equips them to respond effectively in high-pressure situations, ensuring minimal disruption and safe procedures during emergencies. Streamlined Compliance: The facility management industry is laden with complex regulations and compliance requirements. Immersive training provides new employees with an interactive, practical understanding of these rules, ensuring the facility remains in compliance and avoids potential fines or legal issues. Efficient Vendor Collaboration: In facilities with multiple vendors, it's essential for new team members to understand how to collaborate effectively. Aetos Operate can simulate vendor interactions, helping employees build the necessary skills to coordinate efficiently with external service providers. The Tangible Value of Immersive Training The benefits are crystal clear: Reduced Onboarding Time: The immersive approach shortens the onboarding process significantly. New team members are up to speed faster, contributing to operations more quickly. Improved Retention: Immersive learning is engaging and memorable. This translates to better knowledge retention and more competent employees. Enhanced Safety: Safety procedures are more effectively communicated and absorbed through immersive training, leading to fewer accidents and incidents. Reduced Downtime: Swift issue resolution, aided by quick access to information, minimizes downtime and helps facilities run smoothly. Increased Efficiency: The ability to access crucial resources and data on-site or remotely makes employees more efficient in their roles. The power of immersive training is transforming not only how new team members onboard but how entire operations are run. Aetos has emerged as a game-changer, propelling the industry into a more efficient future. As more organizations experience the immediate benefits of rapid onboarding, enhanced competence, and streamlined operations, the demand for immersive training solutions is soaring.  Aetos stands as the torchbearer, leading the charge towards a future where facility and plant management achieves new heights of efficiency and excellence. Embrace the future now with Aetos Operate and redefine the way you manage facilities.

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Is Your Team in Reactive Mode with Risk Management? Try Visualizing Your Facilities with Aetos

October 04, 2023

Commercial facilities prioritize efficiency and safety, irrespective of their size or function. Effective asset and risk management goes beyond standard procedures, and hinges on accessing accurate, real-time data to make informed decisions. A new breakthrough in facility visibility is fundamentally changing how the built environment and its personnel prevent, predict, and mitigate risk.  What is Risk Management & Why Does It Matter? Risk management is a broad pillar of FM and is an ongoing process that involves identifying, assessing, and addressing potential loss scenarios. It also includes continuous monitoring – as well as financial strategies – to reduce the negative impact of losses.  Effective industrial settings are designed to run at optimal levels while simultaneously keeping assets safe. Following procedural mandates, equipment monitoring, HSE training, and general walkthroughs are frequent functions within the commercial sector and are vital for reducing risk. In risk management, a reactive posture is costly and unpredictable, whereas a proactive stance is strategic and anticipatory. Industrial sites and systems are always looking at improving efficiency, output, safety, and sustainability. If risk management were more predictable for facility teams, an opportunity opens up to enhance production further. Visualize Your Operations & Reduce Your Risks Aetos is the leader in this breakthrough technology for operations management and infrastructure. We have completely reimagined how establishments manage, interact with, and visualize their assets, resulting in better performance and risk reduction. By leveraging 3D scans to capture invaluable insights, a Visual Maintenance Management System (VMMS) is delivered.  Aetos offers a dynamic platform that enables stakeholders like plant managers, technicians, and site engineers to accurately envision their assets and optimize operations and training within their facilities. FMs, Plant Managers, Field Techs, and Maintenance Supervisors are able to take a more proactive approach, using clarity and understanding for improved strategic planning for asset management, training, compliance, record keeping, scheduling, and routine responsibilities.  Regarding risk management, Aetos allows organizations to augment their daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly operations. Equipment monitoring, employee training, waste management, regulatory compliance, security drills, disaster recovery planning, and procedural audits are just a few ways our 3D platform grants FMs and their teams the visibility they need to take charge of their risk mitigation strategies and implementation.  We bring together maintenance, training, IoT, collaboration, and asset management processes into one place, providing a single “platform of reference” for technicians and FMs to execute all responsibilities; more potently, we integrate with existing systems (ERP, CMMS, data lakes) to enable a visual, enterprise-wide platform of reference for all mechanical equipment and technical know-how relevant to a facility or on a production line. We asked some of our partners how Aetos is assisting them in saving valuable resources on a number of essential risk management factors: -- Aetos has helped increase asset lifecycle by 20% -- Aetos has helped decrease onboarding time by 50% -- With proper implementation, Aetos has decreased asset downtime by 10% annually -- Project speed has increased by nearly 20% by leveraging on-site training and collaboration -- Operational costs have decreased by 10% (or more) -- Employees retain more valuable information regarding safety, procedural methods, and overall institutional knowledge with Aetos’ platform capabilities. Risk management cannot be understated, and neither can the importance of clarity. Aetos has drastically impacted the way initiatives are completed and standards are realized across a facility. Take the Next Step with Aetos As Industry 4.0 ushers in a new era of connectivity, Aetos stands out as a pioneering force, propelling the realm of FM into the future. Through the innovative combination of 3D scanning, integrated platforms, and unparalleled visibility, Aetos is redefining facility functions, including how organizations perceive and approach risk.  The tangible results – from extended asset lifecycles and reduced onboarding time to significant cost savings – underscore the transformative platform that Aetos delivers. Beyond mere risk management, Aetos promises an enlightened era of operational excellence; facilities can do more than just mitigate risks when leveraging our platform.  We aim to foster an environment of safety, efficiency, and progress. Now is the time to change your risk management stance from reactive to proactive with the power of Aetos.  Connect with Aetos today to mitigate your risks and maximize your asset safety & productivity.

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Embrace the Future of Maintenance with Aetos Operate

September 13, 2023

While the general public admires the external appearance of large buildings, facility managers and those intimately connected with the built environment focus on the intricate workings within. Behind the scenes, facility and maintenance personnel diligently work to ensure seamless operations, unwavering system reliability, and the prolonged life cycle of assets within the structure. Inevitably, equipment errs and machinery malfunctions, leaving Facilities Managers (FMs) with the task of providing a solution for their assets and workers. Various systems are currently in place for troubleshooting and getting a facility operating at optimum performance. Organizations around the world are being asked to solve more complex problems with less support: like cutting energy use across a portfolio or training new staff without having enough critical data or operational clarity to execute.  The Importance of Preventative Maintenance The age-old challenge of efficiently managing maintenance tasks while minimizing downtime persists. Again, organizations and their teams are asked to do more with less. Non-productive spans can be a significant variable in the overall equation of resource allocation and operational optimization. Preventative Maintenance (PM) involves regular, planned maintenance activities aimed at mitigating breakdowns and failures of equipment. The goal is to keep assets in optimum operating condition and extend their useful life. Effective PM aims to reduce the need for corrective maintenance and the costs associated with equipment downtime.  In industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and commercial real estate, preventative maintenance can be crucial for not only sustaining operations but also ensuring safety and compliance with various regulations. The best FMs have strong, systematic strategies for effectively addressing and maintaining PM tasks. PM has become an essential part of facilities management; preventive maintenance should be viewed as both a standard operating procedure within the built environment, as well as treated as an investment in the equipment, systems, assets, and facilities that utilize PM. The All-Too-Common Obstacles of PM Several roadblocks and preconceived issues can hinder the successful implementation and execution of preventative maintenance. After discussing with multiple FMs regarding preventative maintenance challenges, here are the top impediments expressed: Lack of Comprehensive Data: Without detailed data on equipment history, usage patterns, and failure rates, it's challenging to develop a more predictive and effective PM schedule. Inadequate Resources: This can include a shortage of trained personnel, insufficient budget allocation for maintenance activities, or lack of necessary tools and equipment. Poor Communication: Inconsistent communication between departments or teams can yield missed maintenance schedules or overlapping tasks. Outdated Technology: Relying on outdated management systems or manual tracking can lead to inefficiencies, missed schedules, and increased chances of error. This makes FM jobs harder and more frustrating. Lack of Training: A huge problem on the horizon, yet already here throughout the built environment. Maintenance personnel need ongoing training on the latest equipment, technologies, and best practices to ensure they can carry out PM tasks effectively.  Resistance to Change: Established organizations may resist adopting new technologies or methods, preferring to stick to traditional maintenance routines, even if they are less efficient, potentially to the detriment of their facility and equipment. Complexity of Modern Equipment: As equipment becomes more technologically advanced, the skills and knowledge required to maintain them also increase, making tasks more complex. Inconsistent Documentation: Without standardized documentation procedures, it can be challenging to ensure all personnel are working with the latest and most accurate information.  Failure to Prioritize: Some business entities don't prioritize PM, seeing it as an unnecessary expense, until a significant breakdown occurs, which often results in higher costs in the long run. This could easily become a fatal flaw in operational efficiency. Reactive Mindset: A few FMs reported that their company waits for things to break before fixing them, rather than anticipating and preventing potential problems. It’s clear to see how this is problematic when managing any type and size of facility. Inventory Challenges: Not having the necessary replacement parts on hand can delay maintenance activities. Conversely, overstocking can tie up funds and result in waste if parts become obsolete. Regulatory and Compliance Issues: In some sectors, PM activities must comply with regulations. Keeping up with these regulations and ensuring compliance can be challenging to implement. Cost Concerns: Some management teams are hesitant to invest in PM because they see it as an upfront cost, not realizing the long-term savings from avoiding major breakdowns and extending equipment life. Many FMs know that investing in effective PM measures gives a company incredible ROI on equipment, energy-savings, and even retaining facility personnel. It’s clear to see how organizations struggle with tackling PM effectively. To try to solve these obstacles, FMs start to mix-and-match their softwares and systems, leading to a disparate assortment of tools and creating complexity rather than streamlining operations. Aetos Replaces Roadblocks with Clarity & Confidence With Aetos Imaging, which implements a Visual Maintenance Management System (VMMS) for facilities management, many of these challenges can be alleviated.  By using 3D scanning, AI-driven analytics, and immersive training modules, Aetos helps FMs unlock a broader perspective when managing their building. Aetos does the heavy lifting: gathering comprehensive data, housing virtual training modules, ensuring accurate documentation – and more – yielding more efficiency, productivity, facility understanding, and confidence. Preventative Maintenance is now embedded in one all-inclusive digital home with Operate, Aetos’ powerful platform. Organizations and their facilities are complex; there’s incredible opportunity for optimized operations with a visualized platform that has site-specific training, collaboration, data aggregation, PM scheduling, and task management.  How Exactly Does Aetos Operate Assist FMs?  Asset Management: Aetos provides a 360-degree view of all assets in a facility through its advanced 3D scanning. This creates a 'digital twin' of the physical space, enabling real-time remote inspection and analysis. Furthermore, by digitizing assets, facilities can easily (and visibly) track maintenance schedules, asset lifespan, and potential vulnerabilities. Immersive Training: Aetos offers virtual, immersive training modules specifically tailored to your assets and systems. This ensures that personnel is well-equipped not just to perform maintenance tasks but to understand why they are crucial for sustainability and operational efficiency. Leveraging site-specific scans, these visualized trainings are conducted in a controlled, replicated environment, leading to more support and better results in the field. Precision Maintenance Scheduling: Say goodbye to outdated spreadsheets and cumbersome paper-based systems. Aetos empowers Operations Managers with an intuitive digital platform that automates maintenance scheduling based on real-time data. Tasks are intelligently structured, ensuring every inspection, check, or tune-up is executed with pinpoint accuracy and digitally documented. Visual Task Management: Maintenance tasks come to life through immersive visibility technology. Organizations can utilize a comprehensive 3D representation of their facility, allowing technicians to identify equipment, access manuals, and view maintenance history at a glance. This visual approach streamlines task management, reducing confusion and enabling swift decision-making. Minimized Downtime: Downtime is a nightmare for any facility, causing disruptions and financial losses. Aetos Operate's Preventative Maintenance feature reduces unplanned downtime by preventing (and even predicting) issues. Data-driven insights enable FMs to address potential problems before they impact operations, resulting in significant cost savings. Extended Asset Lifespan: Well-managed assets last longer. Aetos’ platform equips teams with comprehensive historical data and maintenance records. This knowledge allows for precise maintenance, ensuring assets are operating optimally and extending their lifespan. The result? Enhanced ROI on valuable investments. Data-Driven Decision-Making: Data is the currency of modern maintenance. Aetos Operate's analytics provide deep awareness into asset health and performance trends. With real-time information readily available, companies can make informed decisions, optimize resource management, and allocate budgets effectively. Unlocking ROI - The Numbers Don't Lie: 25% Reduction in Maintenance Costs: Facilities using Aetos Operate's Preventative Maintenance feature have reported a substantial reduction in maintenance expenses within the first year of implementation. 30%+ Improved Technician Efficiency: With guided work orders and visual instructions, technicians experience increased efficiency and effectiveness, translating to more tasks completed in less time. Some FMs even reported a percentage as high as 50%!  40% Increase in Asset Lifespan: Well-maintained assets lead to a longer lifespan, and Aetos Operate's proactive approach ensures optimal performance and longevity – reportedly up to 40% from some of our users. 50% Decrease in Onboarding Technicians: Although seemingly tangential to PM operations, FMs have reported a significant drop in the time it takes to onboard field-ready technicians, yielding smoother PM tasks and management. 80% Decrease in Unplanned Downtime: Real-time monitoring and early issue detection mean less downtime, fewer disruptions, and more productive hours. BONUS Operate Applications   Industry 4.0 is here: a new revolution in how the built environment manages its assets. Interconnectedness is now vital for more productive operations, data gathering and aggregation, giving organizations the information they need to make critical decisions. Aetos is a pioneer of Industry 4.0 concepts and utilization:  Predictive Analysis: While preventative maintenance is about planned checks, Aetos leverages IoT sensors for enhanced predictive analytics. By monitoring asset data continuously, the platform can predict when a machine is likely to fail, thereby scheduling timely maintenance and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Remote Collaboration: Team members can remotely access the digital twin to review the current state of equipment, which facilitates easier decision-making around what needs preventive work, when, and by whom. This virtual platform fosters streamlined communication, reducing downtime and ensuring that all stakeholders are aligned in their maintenance objectives. Additionally, team members can meet inside the scan, leading to more understanding and optimized visual framework.  NYSERDA Compliance: In the context of New York’s aggressive sustainability goals, preventative maintenance isn't just about keeping machines running: it's about running them in the most energy-efficient manner. Aetos implementation is currently helping facilities stay in line with NYSERDA guidelines – one of the most stringent set of standards in the built environment.  Embrace the Future of Maintenance: Aetos Operate's Preventative Maintenance feature is at the forefront of this revolution. Facility Managers, Maintenance Managers, Plant Managers, and Chief Engineers now have a powerful ally in their quest for seamless operations, cost savings, and enhanced asset management.  By transforming the traditional (often reactive) PM approach into a proactive, data-driven one, Aetos is setting new standards in facility management and operation. And at our core, we are championing sustainability and compliance goals for better buildings and a better world.  Organizations can make the jump to Industry 4.0 and the transformative PM platform with a solution that simply delivers more support, precision, and assistance to on-site technicians and FM decision makers.  Contact Aetos today and replace PM obstacles with Operate – the revolutionary VMMS your facilities and technicians need.

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Aetos Imaging Selected as a Venture Atlanta 2023 Showcase Company

August 30, 2023

Aetos Imaging Selected as a Venture Atlanta 2023 Showcase Company Now in its 16th year, Venture Atlanta has helped to launch more than 760 companies and raise $7.5 billion in funding to date. ATLANTA – August 30, 2023 – Aetos Imaging announced today that it has been chosen out of a record-breaking 550 applicants as one of the top technology companies in the Southeast to be showcased at Venture Atlanta 2023 to be held September 27-28 at The Woodruff Arts Center and Atlanta Symphony Hall. For 16 years, the annual conference has been selecting the most promising tech companies and bringing in the top investment firms from across the nation to hear them pitch. Venture Atlanta has helped launch more than 760 companies and raise $7.5 billion in funding to date, spinning out $17 billion in successful exits.  "Venture Atlanta is the biggest show in town when it comes to investment opportunities in the Southeast,” said Connor Offutt, Aetos Imaging’s CEO.  “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the most exciting companies in the region, and are looking forward to showing the world what we've been working on – particularly as significant contributors to the Industry 4.0 revolution in the built environment.” Aetos Imaging is a technology-driven solutions provider specializing in intelligent asset management, predictive maintenance, and personnel training across multiple verticals including healthcare, manufacturing, commercial real estate, and more. Leveraging 3D scanning, AI-driven analytics, and immersive training modules, Aetos is enabling organizations to visualize their operations, empower their technicians, meet stringent sustainability standards, and save on valuable operating costs. New benchmarks are set with Aetos’ platform, Operate – transforming how modern facilities are managed and perform with optimized efficiency and clarity. As in previous years, Venture Atlanta 2023 is anticipated to be a sold-out event, with over 1,400 entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and business leaders expected to be in attendance.  “Venture Atlanta 2023 continues to bring attendees all the events they love, including informative panels, big-name keynotes, and networking opportunities,” said Venture Atlanta CEO Allyson Eman. “This year, we’ve also reimagined our schedule to give more stage time to promising tech companies and centered even more of our programming around fostering connections.”  Venture Atlanta boasts a roster of highly successful alumni, including Bitcoin Depot, CallRail, Car360, Clearleap, Flock Safety, Florence Healthcare, Kabbage, ParkMobile, Pindrop Security, Salesforce Pardot, Salesloft, SingleOps, Stax, and Terminus.   To learn more about Aetos Imaging, visit AetosImaging.com. For additional information about Venture Atlanta, to register for the event, or to view the conference schedule, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.  About Venture Atlanta Venture Atlanta, the Southeast’s technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country's top-tier investors. As the Southeast's largest investor showcase helping launch more than 760 companies and raise $7.5 billion in funding to date, the event connects the region’s top entrepreneurs with local and national investors and others in the technology ecosystem who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual nonprofit event is a collaboration of the Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org. For updates, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and visit our blog. About Aetos Imaging Atlanta-based Aetos was founded in 2019 as part of the green building industry leader, GBH (Green Building Holdings) and has entered the market with decades of green energy experience and leadership behind their diverse team. Headquartered at Atlanta Tech Village, Aetos strives to achieve the goal of lower energy consumption, reduced corporate travel, and optimized communication through the use of their Aetos Operate platform. To learn more, please visit www.aetosimaging.com. Stay updated by exploring our blog and connecting with us on LinkedIn.

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New York State is encouraging innovation and investment in the commercial real estate industry to hit Climate Act targets. Aetos Imaging is leveraging NYSERDA funding for enhanced sustainability and improved operations.

Aetos Imaging: Pioneering Sustainable Tech Solutions for NYSERDA Compliance

August 23, 2023

Racing to Meet New York’s Sustainable Ambitions Sustainability has become an essential part of standardized management – particularly in commercial real estate. As such, Building operations and maintenance (BOM) professionals have emerged as essential change-makers in Commercial Real Estate (CRE).  In dynamic locales like New York – with its towering skyscrapers and robust commercial infrastructure – BOM personnel are CRE’s quiet, yet critical component to operating buildings in a sustainable way. NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is at the forefront of this vital movement towards cleaner energy. Using innovation and investment, NYSERDA is keen on combating climate change in the Empire State. New York State’s Climate Act is an ambitious law structured to have increasing milestones every decade. By 2030, buildings are required to meet a 70% renewable energy mark; in 2040, 100% zero-emissions electricity; and by 2050, the Climate Act calls for an overall reduction of 85% in greenhouse gas emissions from New York. Organizations throughout New York have been charged with meeting more stringent standards in order to change the way the built environment targets sustainability measures. Because of these high benchmarks, training current (and future) BOM workers is essential for optimized operations.  Aetos Imaging's Technological Triumph in NYSERDA Compliance In a recent Bisnow article, Aetos Imaging was featured as a major contributor in the space. Using the NYSERDA program to fund the implementation of Aetos’ powerful platform across multiple CRE sites, BOMs were able to operate with more clarity in their buildings and cut down on emissions.  Aetos is known in the industry for being the premier solution for visualizing facilities management. By leveraging 3D scans for better clarity, asset management, site-specific training, remote collaboration, preventative (and predictive!) maintenance, and more, Aetos is pioneering the integration of tech solutions – leading with NYSERDA compliance.   Connor Offutt, CEO of Aetos Imaging, illuminated the company's approach. “Aetos consulted subject-matter experts from various sectors to craft immersive training content for each specific building. Through this innovative method, building staff gained access to a visualized work space that features site-specific training, preparing them for their roles, and enlightening them about their facility and crucial energy-saving techniques and practices.” Aetos exemplifies the integration of technology with compliance, harnessing the potential of NYSERDA's program. The platform provides virtual training for building engineers across multiple NY properties. BOMs were given an immersive representation of their maintenance areas, alongside a visual asset database, augmented training modules, and even remote collaboration capabilities.  Our Sustainable Vision Aetos Imaging isn't just a technology company; it's a beacon of change in the realm of sustainable infrastructure. Rooted in a profound understanding of the built environment's impact on our planet, Aetos passionately integrates cutting-edge digital solutions to address the pressing need for cleaner energy.  In the bustling race towards conservation compliance, Aetos Imaging stands tall, demonstrating the art of melding technology with sustainability. By providing dynamic solutions tailored to the unique needs of the built environment, Aetos isn't just adapting to NYSERDA's rigorous standards – it's setting new ones. With a visionary approach to facility management, coupled with its unwavering commitment to environmental preservation, Aetos is the innovative leader in building management system integration. Contact us today to learn more about how Aetos is helping buildings contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

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An Aetos Connect video call is about to be started in a large facility so that teams can meet and collaborate remotely, solving industry issues faster, easier, and safer.

Aetos Connect: Revolutionizing Remote Collaboration.

August 02, 2023

Aetos Imaging prides itself on the transformational features found in its platform. From Visual Asset Management to Site-Specific Training, Aetos has been revolutionizing the built environment – helping facilities and their teams operate with better clarity and more efficiency. Aetos Connect is yet another powerful management component provided by Aetos. By leveraging their own 3D scans, organizations are able to meet and collaborate remotely within the virtualized digital twin.  Unlike any other video conferencing platform, our most effective clients utilize Aetos Connect for engaging with their team in meaningful ways, unlocking unprecedented functionality and efficiency. Streamlined Communication & Collaboration Navigating a complex built environment can lead to significant communication challenges and misunderstandings. Aetos' ability to allow team members to virtually "walk and talk" through space together clears this obstacle. Remove vague directions like "down the hall… keep going…" or "further left, further – oh you passed it…" and collaborate in a far more seamless and efficient way. Avoid this major pain point in managing large, complex spaces.  With shared control over mobility, team members can easily and precisely point out specific locations, equipment, or issues without confusion. This leads to much more dynamic and effective communication. Even third-party service providers can be involved in a digital walk, progressively streamlining communication and collaboration even outside internal operations.  Enhanced Training & Onboarding Traditional onboarding and training in large facilities can be time-consuming and confusing. Aetos Connect's integration of real-time video conferencing within a 3D environment synthesizes this process, enabling trainers to guide new hires through each detail of their workspace. It accelerates the learning curve and fosters a deeper understanding of the facility, overcoming the disconnect often felt with conventional – even outdated – training methods. For training new employees or introducing a team to a new workspace, the combination of video conferencing within the 3D environment allows for a guided, interactive experience. Managers can walk new hires (or veterans!) through the facility, showing them distinct tools, equipment locations, asset specific, safety measures, or operational details, all while engaging in real-time dialogue from any device. Remote Troubleshooting & Support This resource-saving benefit is the feature that some of our best clients enjoy and employ most.  When technical issues arise in vast industrial facilities or across satellite campuses, expert intervention or direction may not be available, or even feasible. Aetos Connect provides immediate remote support, where experts can guide on-site personnel through the problem-solving process within the actual 3D environment. This can drastically reduce downtime and costs associated with delays in maintenance, a common pain point in facilities management. Maintenance teams, technicians, or even external consultants can support workers on location to specific areas or pieces of equipment to troubleshoot problems while using Connect. This remote collaboration feature facilitates rapid expertise without the need for on-site visits, saving establishments an immeasurable amount of time, money, and other essential resources. Beyond the benefit of solving problems faster and more accurately, Aetos Connect can considerably impact sustainability targets for a facility. By employing 3D scans, the capability to dramatically decrease avoidable emissions tied to air and ground transportation becomes possible. Virtual Project Management Aetos Connect is designed to save resources for facilities. As such, project managers and stakeholders can have collaborative meetings within the 3D space, walking through project stages, evaluating progress, and planning next steps. This adds a new dimension of clarity and speed to project meetings and allows for a more in-depth understanding of the project status. Additionally, meeting notes and sequential tasks can be itemized in a visual way – within the digital setting and with reference to any assets involved.  Project delays and misunderstandings can lead to cost overruns and inefficiencies. The ability to hold project meetings within Connect – assessing progress and planning collaboratively – ensures that all workers have a clear and consistent understanding of the project status. This minimizes confusion and aligns the project team, addressing the frequent challenges of coordination in construction, renovation, or other initiatives. Enhanced performance, safety, insight, accuracy, and confidence become much more attainable when using this substantial level of visibility. With Aetos Connect, project managers can effectively communicate and track essential information, resulting in quicker and more precise exchanges.  Real-Time Decision Making Big decisions typically require visual aids and conceptual support. These “big decisions” typically take weeks to properly organize, plan, coordinate, and execute due to complications in travel, schedules, or anything of the like.  However, Aetos Connect allows just that: the ability to connect stakeholders, workers, managers, or any other personnel. Teams can assess the situation together within a digital twin environment, forgoing historic logistical limitations. This shared visual platform supports better-informed decisions, based on a mutual understanding of the space; Connect empowers project crews to discuss and decide in real-time. Because Aetos Connect grants real-time collaborative decision-making within the actual spatial context, operational dominoes line up and fall more easily. With Connect, well-informed decisions that reflect a shared understanding of the space lead to faster processes, better clarity, enhanced collaboration, quicker timelines, and alleviates the common frustration of misaligned methods. Emergency Planning & Safety Drills Organizations can use this technology to plan and run virtual safety drills, guiding participants through evacuation routes, emergency responses, and critical protocols within the actual layout of the facility. This real-time guidance makes safety training more engaging and effective. Save time and money without sacrificing vital visual framework to drills, plans, and hazardous work environments.  Safety training in industrial settings often falls short due to unrealistic simulations or outdated materials. While Aetos does boast a transformative feature in Site-Specific Training, there are times when emergency exercises need to be conducted at a prescribed rate. Aetos Connect enables realistic, digital safety drills, embedding them within the true layout of the facility. This enhances engagement and effectiveness in disaster training, directly addressing the crucial need for realistic and regular preparedness in industrial environments. Aetos Connect: Revolutionizing Remote Collaboration. Connect is a groundbreaking feature that can revolutionize how technicians, plant managers, and other personnel interact in their facilities. The built environment is leveraging remote collaboration now more common than ever; Aetos Connect is redefining virtual teamwork, reshaping how the industry interacts with workers, assets, budgeting, management, and production. It ensures a safer, more efficient, and interactive approach to daily operations and specialized tasks.  By understanding and targeting specific industry challenges, Aetos is providing a dynamic tool that not only seamlessly adapts to the current landscape of facilities management (and makes it easier), but shapes its future: leading to safer, more efficient, and increasingly innovative operations.  Request a demo today and see how Aetos Connect is revolutionizing remote collaboration.

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