As the Internet of Things continues to affect our daily lives, the construction industry is getting more and more interested in embracing what the future holds. As a matter of fact, a smart home is no longer a concept.
IoT technologies are comprised of motion sensors capable of detecting the movement of residents to determine when to turn on and off a fixture, machinery, or device. Then, there are artificial intelligent speakers capable of activating a washing machine, and curtains that open and close depending on the time of day and temperature.
Since the early 2000s, the construction industry has utilized technology to increase convenience. One great example would the installation of high-speed networks. Indeed, we’re slowly shifting to a more advanced future.
Here’s how construction companies are slowly entering the IoT territory.
The Use of Remote Operation
By being able to hook up machines to the Internet through a physical or wireless connection, you’ll be able to give instructions remotely. Likewise, this can be very useful as it could operate alone in areas that aren’t safe for humans. Similarly, wearable technologies, such as safety vests would send alerts whenever something unusual is going on, and Google Glass could help workers access on-site instruction manuals to see what is happening.
Equipment Tracking and Construction Tools
More and more companies are starting to utilize equipment embedded with technology. For instance, with the help of GPS data, they’ll be able to monitor vehicle fleet locations with ease. This allows excavating and landscaping of equipment to be done accurately.
In a construction site, it’s essential to label the units of supply with RFID tags as this makes it easier for the system to do an inventory. In situations where the count drops below the recommended level, then the system would send alerts for the company to order more.
This result in lesser idle time and the projects have better chances of being completed promptly. Furthermore, because the costs are contained, the company wouldn’t have to buy more than what’s necessary.
Remote Usage Monitoring
It doesn’t matter what the equipment is– be it power drills or articulated mowers, IoT makes it possible to monitor everything, and prevent potential accidents, as well as worker fatigue. There is also wearable computing, such as the ones found in wristbands, and this could monitor the alertness and driver health of the wearer.
If you’re familiar with Google Glass, you’re probably aware that they’re now offering AR. What does this indicate? Shortly, we can expect that AR will be integrated directly into machinery, vehicle windshields, equipment visors, and so on. Likewise, driving information would also be available in real time, which one can view in the real world.
Last, but definitely not least would be the use of BIM. These are computer models that have been used to direct real-life construction, and it can also send vital information that would allow project managers to determine if they have to perform some modifications or they can proceed and finish the project.
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