What is IoT?
The internet of things(I.o.T) is the connection of devices through the internet, a giant network of connected things. Even people can connect to the IoT through wearables and smartphones. If IoT is the connection of devices (including people), then this is already happening in construction. Many construction sites have internet connectivity to enable a connected job site. Connected devices on job sites provide number benefits to the project, the companies, and most of all the employees.
Improved worker safety
Many site workers have smartphones. Frequently many job sites enforce strict rules on phone usage to maintain worker safety. However, many employees have downloaded safety apps, like a fall detector, that work in the background even when the phone is in use. There are several different wearables to can improve safety. Some are separate devices that a worker wears. While some are embedded in personal protective equipment such as vests, helmets, and boots. They all function in the same way to monitor a worker’s vitals to prevent accidents before they happen.
With the data captured on the job site, will allow real-time progress reporting. Some of the ways that stakeholders receive progress reports include electronic daily reports, data reported directly to the BIM, drone footage, or internet connected video cameras. The real-time reporting allows stakeholders to gauge where the project is at and make any adjustments to keep the project on track.
Sensors and RFID tags on materials and equipment can help in proactive ordering materials and servicing equipment. When an employee checks out or ships material to a job site, he scans the item. The system detects low inventory and notifies an employee to place an order for more material. Previously running out of materials or equipment maintenance would cause delays. However, IoT in construction delivers automated workflows to minimize delays and keep projects moving forward.
Improved Building Lifespan
Smart thermostats, circuit breakers, and digital power meters are some of the ways building operators can monitor energy usage. If any abnormalities are seen, notifications are delivered to address quickly. With the proactive monitoring of building facilities, IoT increases the entire lifespan of the building. Now facility managers can address any issues promptly before they become more devastating and more expensive issues.
Reduce Cost & Increase Profits
I.o.T is making significant advancements for contractors looking to improve processes, reducing waste, and make more money. With new IoT technology coming, available in the construction industry, there is even more room for improvement. Combining IoT with artificial intelligence and machine learning would capture the data, analyze, and process it automatically. For example, if an HVAC system is needing maintenance, the system will proactively schedule a maintenance technician. The technology is working together seamlessly without human intervention only human notification.