Aside from attracting a flurry of consumer interest, the Internet of Things also has less-obvious implications for the jobsite.
Recently Cisco took a look at the evolving role of IoT in construction.
Enhancing Jobsite Safety
Safety is one of the main benefits of smartening the jobsite.
Machinery is increasingly sensor-based, primed to avoid crashes. Data shared among machines “leads to decisions being made real-time on the movement of cranes, to ensure they don’t collide with each other,” says Dima Tokar, co-founder and chief technology officer at MachNation.
These systems can also reduce theft. Big-name construction firms such as CASE and Caterpillar hard-wire technology that allows owners to track the location of each machine.
Machine makers have started to embed augmented reality, virtual reality, and remote-controlled parts into their machines. These tools are designed to bring performance to a new height.
Like cars, machines often need to be serviced. With the new generation of smart machines, they’ll let you know. An IoT-era digger will send you an alert when engine fluid is low. Other devices employ thermal imaging to check older machines.
Building from a Distance
The jobsite of the future may look very different from the jobsite today. It might not even be a jobsite. AutoDesk is among those leading the charge to a fully-automated, remote-controlled jobsite that can be managed from afar.
As these changes hit the industry, expect the trend lines to point to a safer, more productive future.