Improving productivity is an ongoing priority for companies around the world. In the construction industry, productivity is not only a priority but an urgent challenge due to increasing global urbanization.
Deploying IoT-enabled technologies is one way to address these challenges to improve productivity and manage projects more effectively while reducing operational costs.
Globally, the construction industry is on track to grow 4.2% by 2023, according to a January report from Research and Markets, further emphasizing the need to address productivity challenges to maintain this growth and this demand.
The IoT has already made dramatic improvements in the construction industry. IoT solutions coupled with advancements in 5G can give businesses the advantage of higher speeds and lower latency to create more bandwidth for the plethora of tools, resources, and technologies being used on both. site and off site. Further developments in construction from long-range, low-energy technologies make smart construction sites possible by deploying sensors that track key performance indicators, equipment turnover, utilization rates and stocks.
For example, Bouygues Construction Matériaux, a subsidiary of the global construction group Bouygues Construction, has implemented an asset monitoring product which guarantees that sites have compliant equipment. The company has deployed long-range, low-power connectivity with sensors on more than 20,000 devices on construction sites in France. Each site gets an overview of productivity by tracking geolocation to optimize equipment usage and monitor the status of site equipment.
IoT benefits construction in 3 ways
As demands become more stringent on construction sites and companies are forced to adapt to accommodate changing market demands, the implementation of IoT will bring benefits in three areas: productivity, safety and on-site operations.
Productivity. Productivity is the most important challenge facing the construction industry today. The growing need to avoid project delays is triggering the growth of IoT in construction. In an industry dominated by deadlines, companies must stay on target because delays also increase the budget. IoT-enabled sensors can keep businesses on track and optimize day-to-day tasks, such as planning and inspections, tracking equipment and deliveries. Digital management platforms monitor both equipment and employees. Managers can view and navigate a virtual map in real time to access the location and configuration of equipment as well as links to quality control sheets.
Safety and security. Safety is a top priority on every construction site. Without healthy employees and a safe working environment, productivity will always fail. Fortunately, IoT beacons equipped with a sensor can track equipment on a site dashboard to detect potential risks, such as air quality, or receive notifications when an employee gets too close to it. ‘a machine. Access to real-time data allows workers to take preventative action and stop a potentially dangerous situation.
IoT-enabled beacons are also used to reduce theft on sites. These beacons make it easy to track and monitor equipment, eliminating the need for constant monitoring. Plus, they can save construction companies up to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year as construction equipment theft and material costs skyrocket.
Site operation. There are many expenses associated with a construction site, and two of the main costs are electricity and fuel consumption. IoT devices, including fuel sensors or load sensors, can help businesses actively manage their spending through real-time monitoring and management of assets. Managers can then schedule, turn on and off, and idle equipment day and night to improve efficiency and reduce costs, as well as assess the condition of equipment to avoid problems and identify when to stock or the condition is malfunctioning or damaged.
About the Author
Marc Pégulu has been Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IoT and LoRa Products in the Wireless and Sensing Group at Semtech since June 2015. He served as Vice President of Wireless and Sensing Products at from June 2014. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Director of Marketing and Applications. Pégulu joined the company in March 2006 and has been involved in several key technology initiatives, including LoRa and software-defined wireless modem technologies. Prior to joining Semtech, he held chip and system development positions at Thomson-CSF, Thales Group, Atmel and DiBcom in France and China. Pégulu holds a Master of Science in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Technological Institute of Grenoble, and is a graduate of the Executive MBA program from ESCP Business School.