Digitization is currently sweeping across every facet of our lives as technology continues to lean towards automation and the collation of data. For an industry like the construction industry, which is very much considered a conservative sector, the current technology trends are ideal for a drastic revamp of its productivity and efficiency. And of all the current trends, IoT promises a clearer path to achieving the much needed innovative implementations that will drive the future of the construction industry.
IoT basically involves the networking of devices with sensors in order to remotely collect data as well as enter commands that will control them. Already, the tech community is dishing out various IoT-enabled systems that will transform our homes into smart homes. However, the possibilities of IoT encompass more than just smart devices: we can IoT-enable just about any machine, equipment or system and this bodes well for the construction industry.
How Is Iot Disrupting The Construction Industry?
It should not surprise you that IoT is already playing a major role in the construction industry and the following points are some of the ways it is currently changing the face of the industry.
The Optimization of On-Site Safety
Workers’ safety is a sore topic in the construction industry, nevertheless, IoT is presently enabling a more practical and cheap solution that will reduce work-related accidents. With IoT, it is possible to embed sensors into wearables like vests that will transmit the wearer’s vitals to a remote server. Also, there are fall detectors that will notify the appropriate personnel in the event of a fall.
For a large construction project, it is important that the management is aware of the progress as well as the setbacks on the construction site. At the moment, companies rely on drones and other surveillance systems connected to the internet as a means of getting a progress report on the situation on-site. Apparently, this helps them make faster and smarter decisions in the event of setbacks or delays. However, we expect that in the near future, IoT will power a more comprehensive real-time reporting system, which will include the safety information mentioned above, equipment maintenance status and other vital information.
Automated Replacement and Maintenance Of Equipment
Automation is necessary when it comes to replacing materials that are almost out of stock. As expected, IoT plays a vital role in this process that involves tagging building materials with sensors that will instantaneously indicate their current volume or quantity for swift restock at the appropriate time. This is also true for equipment and machines that are due for maintenance or replacements. Data collected from their performance or engine will indicate impending malfunctions, thereby, saving money and time.
The Real-Time Monitoring Of Buildings
It is becoming evident that IoT is particularly useful in improving the lifespan of constructions. This simply involves the monitoring and collation of data from the construction facilities that will, in turn, reveal failing parts or abnormalities. Hence, this makes maintenance and replacements a lot easier and cheaper before they become agonizingly complex issues.
Technologies often improve productivity while reducing operation time. The same is true for IoT and the above-listed points reiterate just how important the technology is to the future of the construction industry.