The Internet of Things has been affecting our daily lives, especially in the construction industry. It offers a wide range of applications that make the workplace safer, more efficient, and productive. IoT is the interconnection of computing devices linked through the Internet, allowing speedy communications between users.
Years ago, there were only six billion connected devices online, and this has increased to 15 billion devices today. The expanding power and capability of the Internet of Things have resulted in a remarkable change in network communication solutions within the construction industry as they are now able to save cash, implement effective policies, and best of all, protect the safety of the workers.
During a construction project, no matter how careful project managers are, there would be cases where they would accidentally miscalculate the funds, misplace construction equipment, or delayed deliveries. Many of these problems are often the result of miscommunication, and with IoT construction, it has become possible to fight these issues, leading to better and more efficient interactions between the workforce, clients, and developers.
An excellent example of this would be using RFID tags to label and track construction equipment. This tag could be utilized remotely in order to monitor the number of machines at different sites. This would reduce the cost often associated with misplaced hardware. Aside from that, tags also allow the users to have a specific margin on the supplies important to them. The tag would automatically register when the supplies run low than the usual figure, triggering a restock.
Aside from that, the self-detecting sensors installed in mechanical tools would lead to better productivity as it will automatically send maintenance alerts whenever a repair must be done, which also eliminates wasting money. As for the energy and related costs, this would also dramatically reduce with devices capable of monitoring the temperature of a building, because workers will be notified regarding the amount of electricity they are using, and when the machine is left idling for long periods of time.
IoT construction also increases the safety of on-site construction employees. In fact, according to surveys back in 2009, there were around 57,000 injuries reported, mostly are due to collisions with heavy objects, falls, and even electrocutions. This means that approximately 156 construction workers are getting injured each day. However, last 2016, when IoT construction has already been implemented, the rate of accident and injuries with the construction site dramatically went down.
This is one of the primary purposes of IoT technology– people behind keep on striving to keep everyone safe. Remote operation is protecting the workers from hazardous tasks and dangerous machinery. Indeed, this has been very effective, especially in work areas where there are environmental and health hazards to construction workers.
Project managers are also in search of ways on how they can improve the safety at construction sites. Ensuring the safety of contractors, road users, and traffic controllers are very important in a construction project, and it’s the responsibility of project managers to take care of their employees at all cost.
However, most of the time, there will be instances where the project manager has to face dangerous conditions, such as poor weather conditions, speed limits, and the like. Fortunately, with traffic and safety management at construction sites, combined with IoT, project managers will be able to ensure that the workplace, workers, and even the public will remain free from any danger.
The good thing about smart traffic safety cones is that you can put them anywhere you need. Each cone comes with all the critical sensors, cameras, middleware, alarming devices, data analytics, and storage. Wherein, each smart cone has a power-efficient multi-core computing platform that runs through software. This helps project managers analyze the current condition of the construction and if there is anything that should be done.
Overall, innovations in IoT construction are doing their best to keep everyone safe, and we can expect that this would continue to develop over the years.
Chris is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant in Orlando, FL who provides national brands with freelance copywriting, PPC Management Services, and SEO strategies. Chris is also passionate emerging technologies and traffic safety issues.