Future-proof Facility Management



Building and operating a facility involves an astounding array of tasks, ranging from monitoring to quantity and costs estimate, from work sustainability assessment to construction management, maintenance and disposal. Tungsram, a global innovative brand headquartered in Hungary, has teamed up with a domestic start-up to provide a range of smart solutions in facility management.

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Budapest-based Tungsram, one of Hungary’s leading multinational companies with a professional track record spanning more than 120 years, has recognized that the modern age calls for constant reform and renewal.  

Initially founded in 1896, Tungsram served as one of the fundamental pillars of the second industrial revolution and it was a key player of promoting and developing electric lighting. After parting ways with General Electric in 2018, Tungsram Group set out on a path of expanding its portfolio of products and services by tapping into cutting-edge industries such as smart city solutions and indoor farming.  

The purchase of a majority stake in ArchiFM, a Hungarian start-up that has carved a niche for itself as a leading force in facility management on the domestic market, was an integral part of the Tunsgram’s strategy to strengthen its foothold in this future-proof sector.  

Tapping into the Future

Tungsram acquired cutting-edge facility management software developer ArchiFM last August and the subsidiary that owns ArchiFM became Tungsram Innovative Solutions.

“ArchiFM perfectly matches the smart product portfolio of Tungsram Edge, a division of Tunsgram that specializes in innovative smart products and services,” explained Ferenc Pongrácz, general manager of innovation at Tungsram. “It is a world class facility management software that all of our customers will fall for.”

ArchiFM’s software is integrated with ArchiCAD, one of the most popular pieces of building design software, and rapid facility surveying software OrthoGraph, another one-of-a-kind building surveying software.

The complex system allows all information to be instantly transferred to the ArchiFM database. The software features all necessary functions that are essential when managing large property portfolios and offers additional perks along with modules that can be customized for individual needs.

Based on the concept of building information modelling (BIM) technology, the solutions provided by ArchiFM simplify, optimize, and digitalize property and facility management processes, thus making them more cost efficient.  

The ArchiFM system renders facility management smoother and more efficient by allowing real-time access to vast amounts of data, lowering operational costs and providing the means to environmentally friendly and economical operation. The system is compatible with other existing but isolated solutions and eliminates time spent unnecessarily by offering more efficient workflows.

As a testament to the uniquely valuable nature of its solutions, ArchiFM boasts an impressive portfolio of clients, including the University of Pécs, Penny Market, the Hungarian National Bank, Fesenius Medical Care, DOME Facility Services Group, B+N Referencia Zrt., Hörmann Hungária, Puskás Aréna and the National Healthcare Service Center.  

The Power of BIM

BIM, the latest evolution of the building industry, links people, technology and processes to improve outcomes in building and construction. It’s an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. The technology helps streamline time and cost, and improve efficiency in all types of constructions, including skyscrapers, hospitals, office and residential buildings.

BIM isn’t just a 3D model; it also contains vast amounts of information that make up the project, as well as the process of exchanging that information with other parties involved. Whereas previous workflows relied on multiple file formats and disconnected processes that quickly fall out of sync, BIM workflows allow for a much more dynamic and synchronized approach to project management.

The software is used by a vast array of customers, ranging from individuals to businesses and government agencies to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain buildings and diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, electricity, communication utilities, roads, railways, bridges, ports and tunnels.

Péter Hrobár

Cost Reduction and Improved Efficiency

The ArchiFM software offers two key modules that focus on property management and facility management, says Péter Hrobár, general manager at Tungsram Innovative Solutions. Property management involves the work processes related to owning and letting real estate, the management of all related contracts as well as other financial aspects concerning a property.

The facility management module is centered on cost reduction and efficiency improvement and includes solutions ranging from cleaning services to preventive or even predictive equipment maintenance. The latter essentially means that maintenance is not there to fix the equipment when it breaks down but rather to never let it break down in the first place.

In a bid to tackle the challenges presented by the coronavirus epidemic, the latest version of the ArchiFM system developed over the past year adds a new aspect to the system’s functionalities by supporting sanitation services and solutions.

“Our clients in the hospitality industry, for instance, can make excellent use of this development, as ArchiFM can store work processes consisting of the steps of a recommended sanitation process in a hotel. In addition to the work process template, the results are also stored in the system. To put it simply, guests can check when their room was last cleaned and sanitized and how,” Hrobár explains.

The power of vast amounts of data stored in a facility management system is spectacular. Hrobár mentions the example of the National Healthcare Service Center (ÁEEK-ETNY), which is one of the company’s clients. The center is capable of overseeing more than 250 sites across the country with ArchiFM and stores data for nearly 2,700 buildings.

“If authorities decide that hospitals in the country need to be repainted, we can say exactly how many square meters of wall need a new coat of paint in which hospitals at the touch of a few buttons on a keyboard,” the executive notes.

ArchiFM is working on developing energy management functionalities over the next 12 months, driven by the conviction that a predictive approach supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning could be put to tremendous use in this field.

Ambitious Plans

The acquisition of ArchiFM was the first step of what Tungsram sees as a long journey. “We are actively seeking new business areas so that we can put to use our extensive business network and accumulated professional expertise to identify additional revenue streams. ArchiFM has been the first in what the company plans to be a series of acquisitions in the future,” Pongrácz says.

After doubling ArchiFM’s revenue over the past year, the focus is now to further strengthen the company’s foothold on the international market, especially in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, by making use of the Tungsram sales network present in more than 100 countries.

This would considerably expand the company’s global presence, which at present includes several western European countries, the United States, Japan and South Africa. In addition, the diverse portfolio of clients in Hungary, including schools, universities, hospital, shopping malls, hospitality establishments, and the large projects that are already in the pipeline, are set to help the company weather the storm triggered by the pandemic.

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