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HOUSTON, June 23, 2014--(PR Newswire)--

3 Technologies Empower Facilities Management Teams To Provide Improved Client Service

Transwestern's Randy Cone Shares Insights in "Ask the Expert" Publication

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HOUSTON, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An efficient facilities management team can produce thousands of dollars in savings for business, and new technologies are empowering facilities management teams to provide more efficient and cost-effective service, according to the second-quarter edition of "Ask the Expert," featuring Randy Cone, senior vice president of Transwestern's facilities management services. In this edition, Cone outlines three specific technologies that can positively impact clients' bottom line.


Infrared sensors are a minimal-cost technology that can potentially free up unused space. For example, infrared detectors in a conference room measure body heat to determine how many people use the space and for how long. Analyzing the data could show that a company needs a smaller conference room than it currently has, which would make the unnecessary space available for other uses.

Facilities management teams can partner with the human resources department to track employee access cards, showing how many employees are on-site, what days they are there and what hours they work. This valuable information can be used to optimize parking or even implement a shared workspace strategy.

In order to determine whether a new program or strategy is successful, a company must be able to track the performance and compare its facilities to other businesses. Obtaining benchmarking statistics from a knowledgeable facilities manager allows company decision-makers to gauge the effectiveness of its overall strategy. For instance, Transwestern benchmarks properties against its 341 million-square-foot portfolio of leased and managed space and can make comparisons on a local, regional and national level.

Staying up-to-date on these types of technologies is part of what makes a successful facilities management team. By outsourcing facilities management, a company's executives can focus on their core business and tap into the expertise of the facilities management team. The most successful partnerships are those built on mutual trust and an equal concentration on both long-term and day-to-day operations.

"Ask the Expert" is a Q&A with Transwestern experts and leaders. Download the full version at

Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm specializing in agency leasing, property and facilities management, tenant advisory, capital markets, research and sustainability. The fully integrated global enterprise leverages competencies in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and healthcare properties to add value for investors, owners and occupiers of real estate. As a member of the Transwestern family of companies, the firm capitalizes on market insights and operational expertise of independent affiliates specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 181 offices in 40 countries as part of a strategic alliance with Paris-based BNP Paribas Real Estate. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @Transwestern.

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Stefanie Lewis

SOURCE Transwestern

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