m2m builds its path in the construction business

Published by Telefónica IoT Team Smart Mobility, Industry

If you ever wondered what m2m can do in the Construction Business you might better think what it cannot do.

Construction managers can now use technology to avoid delays or interruptions at construction sites while positively impacting on productivity.

Multipurpose fleet management solutions prepared for Construction Sites like Telefónica Fleet Monitor are a first step to put order in the main concerns of construction managers with extremely expensive and specialized equipment offering tracking and tracing features, geofencing, access control, user identification and theft protection measures. This immediately increases the price over performance ratio of purchased machinery.

This current usage can be potentially extended to sites where trucks notify when a certain speed limit is surpassed, safety harnesses collect information about usage for inspection purposes and people onsite turn into moving sensors of everything happening at the construction site as Constructech envisioned a few months back.

The nature of construction sites (moving equipment, moving workforce, and a changing workplace) where network communications are normally not available and wifi or other short range wireless solutions are either expensive or unavailable, boosts the usefulness of communications through mobile networks.

With people and equipment on the move and suppliers having to deliver to various locations that may change throughout time instant communication and coordination become a must-have advantage to be efficient on-site.

Applying m2m solutions that can help construction sites move forward is another growth area. Deconstruction’s mBuilder m2m sensors are being applied to to help construction companies in several ways:

  • Detect excessive noise or vibration before they turn into complaints or police reports sending an alert to the construction manager so the sounds can be mitigated below an acceptable (legal) threshold.
  • Detect changes in temperature or humidity before materials are affected or before they can be harmful for worker safety.
  • 24 x 7 remote monitoring of site conditions.
  • Predict through alerts noise or vibration levels that may affect neighbouring areas.

Systech Corporation also points out some areas of future growth for the IoT in the construction industry:

  • Equipment Repair: AEC Big Data calculates that repairs of faulty construction material is already the third highest cost in the construction industry. With embedded sensors machinery can self-detect and self-diagnose problems at an initial stage.
  • Energy consumption: avoiding unnecessary lighting or monitoring temperature can drastically save unnecessary overrun.
  • Safety: if machines like drones can do some of the dangerous work carried out previously by people, potential costs of insurance, safety training, and safety measures will drop while overall safety will improve.
  • Supply and personnel control: having distributed stocks being controlled telemetrically and workers located through something as simple as their smartphone can empower site managers to prevent stock shortages or send workforce where it is most needed.
Telefónica IoT Team