What is IoT?
IoT (Internet Of Things) envisages a future where almost all objects are equipped with sensors and processors that share data with each other through the Internet. From home appliances to heavy construction equipment, IoT suggests a world of interconnected devices. While the conventional Internet connected humans across the globe, IoT aims to connect all objects across the globe.
The fact of the matter is that IoT revolution has already started. From smart homes operated by digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to Driverless Cars with countless sensors, IoT is certainly shaping up the future. The high speed internet, cloud networking, and 4G internet protocols have made IoT a solid possibility.
While IoT transformation is still in its early stage, we can see the below examples where IoT can disrupt the construction industry.
Below are some of the ways IoT will change the industry.
IoT in Construction Safety
Wearable technology is profuse in the commercial space. On an industrial level, it can provide the management teams with real-time data about their worker’s vital signs. Current wrist wearable Activity Trackers can keep track of the user’s heart rate, distance walked and calories burned.Construction is a labor intensive field and worker’s health is a constant concern. With the activity trackers, the workers’ vital signs can be monitored remotely by the supervisors.
Besides the wrist wearable activity trackers, smart vests are also a pragmatic IoT application.
Smart Vests can serve many functions as seen on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) gold medallist innovation at the International Inventions Exhibition. This vest can keep the wearer cool, measures vital signs, and translate between languages.
Besides that, heavy equipment, floors, and sensitive areas can be equipped with sensors to deter anyone approaching dangerously close. It is unfortunate that many accidents on site occur due to worker’s negligence. IoT can help prevent such accidents.
The more you monitor, the less you would be prone to safety disasters on the worksite and IoT with its vast array of sensors will allow you to do just that.
IoT in Construction Productivity with Augmented Reality
IoT and augmented reality can work wonders together. A few vendors have already innovated on this idea with the invention of smart glasses. Enabling workers to work with overlays on their field-of-view in real time. In addition to that, it allows the management team to also see the vision of the wearer remotely through a computer and also tag objects in the remote video feed.
Thus opening up many new possibilities. Supervisors can monitor, instruct, train, and manage the workforce directly via the worker’s field of vision. If an problem arises on site, the supervisor can directly link to someone’s field-of-view instead of deciphering it via a phone call.
IoT in Construction Management
IoT can open up a whole new window for the management. Remote RFID sensors and facial recognition cameras can automatically log check in times of the works and also record the absentees of the day.
IoT could spell the death knell for the archaic paperwork based administration. Almost every aspect of the management could move to smart devices and computers.
In addition IoT can provide a vast resource of People Analytics to HR managers. Statistics about their health, their talents with equipment and their work habits. More data means that you can strategize your HR decisions more efficiently.
IoT can also accelerate communication between the teams. With a lot of IoT devices recording data that can be shared instantly via the internet, the teams would be able to exchange ideas, fix problems and make decision like never before.