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Tuesday 30 December 2014

Winter Weather Maintenance: A Checklist

Winter brings its own set of challenges for every facility manager. Even snow can present major maintenance problems when it accumulates enough to impact roof structures or drifts where it can block entrances or cause ice to form on sidewalks.

As a facility manager, if you are on the lookout for a perfect checklist that can help your facility staff prepare for the changes that winter brings, and if you want to ensure that the buildings and facilities are prepared for winter, here's a post from TodaysFacilityManager that comes to your rescue.

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Monday 29 December 2014

Hard Floor Maintenance Tips

Nowadays, types of flooring installed in facilities is on the rise. The challenge is to keep them maintained properly for a long time. Each type of flooring has to be maintained differently, as what works well for a particular type of flooring will not work for the other. Knowing & understanding the various types of flooring in a facility, whether vinyl, linoleum, marble or slate, is important in developing a programme to maintain them properly as maintaining all of them the same way is likely to cause damage to some.

What are hard floors? What is the criterion for the maintenance of these floors and how to select right method for hard floor maintenance? These are some of the questions Deepak Baluja, Managing Director, Final Technologies Pvt Ltd, answers, in this post from Buildotech.

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Friday 26 December 2014

Selecting the Right FM Service Provider

Selecting the right facilities management (FM) service provider is not as simple as awarding the business to the lowest bidder. To determine which provider best meets the needs of the organization, it must not only follow a structured process but also create a cross-functional team, consisting of individuals from procurement, finance and real estate and facilities management (REFM). Each critical team member must possess expertise and knowledge of the areas they will be evaluating, including the plans, requirements, needs and constraints of the groups they will be representing. In addition to the project team, a governance team with a clear charter should be established to oversee the entire selection process.

A CleanIndiaJournal article showcases the listing of the team member groups that should be represented, as well as an outline of the role each team member should play in the selection process, including those activities leading up to the selection.

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Chairman receives lifetime achievement award in security

Chairman, Mr. Ashit Luthra received "Lifetime Achievement Award in Security" for the year 2014 from Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) in New Delhi on 12th December.

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Washroom Cleaning Tips

GroupL have put together some useful bathroom cleaning tips, using only natural products. Bathroom often get the dirtiest and special care must be taken to keep the area clean and sparkling! Cleaning the bathroom is tedious, but it has to be done. Yes, we know you'd rather be out shopping, gardening or riding your bike. But, if you follow these tips and tricks to clean your bathroom, you'll have plenty of time left over. Visit the GroupL December Newsletter to view all the cleaning tips.

In case you don't have time to give your bathrooms a deep clean, contact GroupL a professional cleaning company on 180030021515 or email us at info@group.in.

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Investing in Housekeeping

Housekeeping is a key department of a hotel. As we understand hotel business, there are two major revenue centres – Rooms Division and Food & Beverage Division. “Housekeeping is an integral part, both in terms of creating a standard product ready for sale and general upkeep & maintenance standards of common areas,” says Kasturi Deo, Executive Housekeeper, Hilton Mumbai International Airport.

Housekeeping is still manpower driven but mechanized cleaning is an integral part as well. Even though there is no thumb rule for the percentage of allocation for investing in linen, laundry equipment, cleaning equipment, infrastructure and uniforms, there are huge purchases made depending on the size and type of the hotel.

Click here to see why she feels outsourcing housekeeping and cleaning services to professional cleaning agencies is beneficial. 

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Facilities Management Services Market in India 2014

Netscribes, Inc. launches a report on the Facilities Management Services Market in India 2014 covering a market with strong growth potential. It is a part of Netscribes’ Retail and Services Industry Series.

Netscribes, a global market intelligence firm, released its latest report on the ‘Facilities Management Services Market in India 2014’. It claims the ongoing development in real estate, retail & healthcare sector has translated into demand for support services which in turn has led to a growth in facilities management services market in India.

Netscribes’ latest market research report titled Facilities Management Services Market in India 2014 outlines how the facilities management segment has now been elevated to a strategic level of importance. India embraced facilities management services when companies started outsourcing their non-core activities to different vendors. Non-core activities comprise the paraphernalia of activities such as HVAC, maintenance and cleaning, plumbing and others that are placed at the service of the core businesses by facilities management service providers in such a way so as to protect an organization’s capital investment in real estate. For more information, view Netscribes' press release.

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Happy New Year!

Monday 22 December 2014

Variety of cleaning products and solutions wows visitors of 'Clean India Show'

The 11th edition of 'Clean India Show' concluded recently at Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Center. It attracted visitors from a variety of industries through the 3 days (27-29 November).

Nearly 100 exhibitors from across the globe displayed over 300 brands of cleaning equipment, chemicals, waste management solutions, washroom solutions, food hygiene solutions and pest management solutions at the comprehensive exhibition of cleaning products and solutions organized by Virtual Info Systems Pvt Ltd.

Source: The Times of India (30th Nov, 2014) 

Green is the way Indian Real Estate Sector is headed

Corporate India is going "green" with its new campuses and buildings across the country. And this is primarily because it wants to cut down on power & water consumption, to reduce its operational and overhead costs.

According to green building certification agency, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), out of the 25 billion sq. ft. of built up area in India, green spaces have crossed the 2 billion sq. ft. mark. Now the green brigade is looking to reach 10 billion sq. ft. by 2022.

But what makes a green building "Green"? Find out what Priyanka Kochhar, Senior Programme Associate at The Energy Research Institute (TERI), has to say about it in our GroupL August Newsletter.

Friday 5 December 2014

Latest news in facility, security and cleaning management in India

Is Hotel Security better after 26/11?
In a country like India, marked by an extreme poor police citizen ratio, the need of the hour is a security model for the hotel Industry. In such attacks of extremism, security guards are the first line of defense available. Had the guards of Taj been trained and armed to face the situation, probably the story would have been less tragic. Hence, there is a need for concrete legislation regarding private security personnel’s powers that could clearly define the activities and powers that can be exercised by them in case of exigency. There is a need for the Government to recognize specialized security academies for providing advanced training to private guards, technical as well as soft skills. The facilitation would be important owing to the fact that most of the people employed in the industry are not in a position to pay for their own trainings. On the other hand the security training needs to be made mandatory owing to the increased threat perceptions and in line with technological advancements the terrorists have achieved.

Source: New Delhi Times

Dramatic bank heist brings PMO to Sonipat
A day after robbers cleaned out 89 lockers in a Haryana bank by walking in and out of a tunnel 125-ft long, 7-ft high and 2.5 ft. wide, the Prime Minister’s Office dispatched one of its top officers to the break-in site in Sonipat district. The tunnel had been dug from an abandoned building next to the bank branch. The robbers broke open 89 lockers, possibly with gas-cutters, and decamped with the valuables inside. Punjab National Bank branch manager S L Khurana said: “The police are doing the investigation. We cannot divulge details about the lockers or how did it happen. We hope the accused will be nabbed soon.”

Source: The Indian Express

HC takes the hard line on lack of security in schools
The High Court on Thursday came down heavily on private schools and the state government for not taking steps to implement safety guidelines issued by the police. Justice A N Venugopala Gowda, while hearing a petition filed by private schools challenging the circular issued by the City Police Commissioner following the Vibgyor rape case, directed the schools to adopt security measures on school premises. The petitioners had complained that guidelines were issued only to private schools, not government schools. The court then directed the state to provide security in government-run schools as well. Counsel representing the state said issuance of ID cards is done and CCTV cameras will be installed in all schools shortly, at a cost of Rs. 13 crore.

Source: The New Indian Express

Why clean toilets matter?
Public toilets make up a fraction of the square footage in most commercial facilities, but the results of a new study has revealed that their appearances make these rooms powerhouses of influence that can affect businesses’ customers, employees and other stakeholders. Research shows that the design and maintenance of a facility’s toilets are a direct reflection of the facility and its management.

Source: www.constructionweekonline.com

Power hungry businesses build their own solar plant
Fed up with constant electricity cuts and government-enforced "power holidays", Indian IT firm ValueLabs has turned to the sun beaming down on its head office for help. In July, it finished building a 13 megawatt solar plant — enough to power 6,000 homes — to keep the lights on and computers humming for more than 3,000 employees at its base in Hyderabad.

Source: Times of India

Security Headlines: Is hotel security better after 26/11?

Monday 10 November 2014

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Tuesday 4 November 2014

Home Security Tips

Considering the amount of time we spend in our homes, there is no doubt to why we worry about the safety and security of our homes. Here are some simple security precautions to keep in mind to prevent burglars from entering your home. 
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
  • Deadbolt locks are always better than spring-latch locks. To help burglar-proof your home, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Ensure minimal space between door and frame. This will make it difficult for the burglar to try and break open the door. Also, ensure your main door hinges are on the inside.
  • Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house or lose your keys.
  • Consider investing in a fire-proof and water-proof safe if you have a higher end need for safety and valuable assets to protect.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.
  • Consider installing grills on your windows, especially if you live on the ground or first floor. Or if you have a tree directly outside one of your windows.
  • It is better to keep your curtains drawn if you live on the ground or first floor of a road facing house. That way burglars can’t look in to see if there is anything worthwhile for them to rob.

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Happy Diwali!

May the warmth and the splendor of the festive season fill your life with happiness and prosperity!

Best wishes for the new year.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Security Headlines

Security Headlines: Stricter norms for ATM cash handling companies likely 

Click on the link below for a full update on security headlines in India in September and October:

Security and Facility Management News (India)

Monday 6 October 2014

Security Headlines

Latest news in the security and security related matters in India.

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Latest news in facility, security and cleaning management in India

Indian Security Equipment and Services Market Outlook

Global market intelligence firm, Netscribes, Inc. released its latest report on the ‘Security Equipment and Services Market in India 2014’. Government demands, initiatives and regulations coupled with the ongoing boom in real-estate sector is mainly propelling the market in India. Additionally, rising awareness levels about the security breaches happening across the nation is catalyzing the adoption of security equipment and services in India. The market can be segregated in terms of surveillance & monitoring equipment, access control equipment, IT security and private security services. The market for private security services has exhibited the fastest growth among the rest of the segments, followed by surveillance & monitoring and electronic access control equipment. The overall market faces the maximum demand from some of the key industry verticals such as healthcare, real-estate and BFSI.
Source: PR.com
Delhi government asks pvt. security agencies to furnish info online

The Delhi government has made it mandatory for private security agencies to furnish online certain informations like deployment of security personnel at various establishments. The move was taken to enable the Home Department to maintain data with regard to activities of the security agencies, number of personnel employed at various setups and the number of security men with licensed firearms. The private security agencies can upload the information on the government portal -- http://home.Delhi.Gov.In. The government said appropriate actions like suspension or cancellation of licenses will be taken against the agencies if they failed to submit the data within the stipulated time.

Source: Business Standard 

TCS announces Rs. 100 crores for PM’s ‘Clean India’ initiative

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the NDA government’s ‘Clean India’ initiative, software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday announced that it - will earmark Rs 100 crore to be spent on school sanitation. TCS, the country’s largest software services exporter, would finance hygienic sanitation facilities for girl students across 10,000 schools in the country, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Indian Express

Grasping the possibilities of energy efficiency

With up to 50 per cent of CO2 emissions are attributable to commercial buildings from electricity consumption. Facilities managers are facing increasing pressures to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings, as well as their bottom line.

Moreover, as consumer and business technology proliferates and other equipment such as air conditioning and ventilation systems increase in use, electricity consumption is rising at a higher rate than other energy usage.

With this in mind there is a need for building and facility managers to consider a move to a more sustainable operating model. In order to achieve this, there are a number of steps that can be taken, including gaining an understanding and control of buildings’ energy use through the implementation of building management systems and upgrades to existing technologies to improve operations.

Source: ecogeneration.com 

Modi says India, Germany ‘made for each other’, Berlin to help clean rivers

India and Germany on Monday agreed to prepare a road map for cooperation in skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers as visiting foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described the two nations as "made for each other".

Source: Times of India