If you’re in the construction industry, you have probably noticed how IoT technology is starting to make quantifiable, real-world difference. It has made the industry a lot safer and more efficient than ever.
However, not all are ready to accept this change, and the industrial Internet is slowly turning into a multi-billion-pound market opportunity. To support that, construction managers all over the world are looking for ways on how to bring this digital transformation to a whole new level and enjoy massive profits.
Connected PPE devices like smart goggles, bright safety vests, and the like are products that can be quite helpful for workers to stay safe while being on duty. It allows them to save themselves from injuries, especially if the job site is full of risks.
Here’s how IoT, big data, and wearables could boost safety for construction workers.
Sensors continue to send data in real time to a safety control center, and this enables the system to determine the exact location of workers, and figure out if everything is safe, or there are potential hazards in the area.
It also has the ability to create audio and video contact with construction workers, especially during accidents, monitor the toxicity in the area and instantly send alerts to the main unit to notify everyone involved.
The use of wearables in the construction industry has been proven to reduce the risks and save lives effectively. Basically, it keeps the workers away from dangerous situations, areas, and equipment. They act as remote and distributed sensors with the purpose of monitoring the state of industrial plants and infrastructure facilities.
Just like what has been mentioned earlier, not only does it locate the exact location of the wearer, it’s also sensitive to its surroundings. It monitors vital signs, instantly detects impacts, and records the current situations in the area if necessary.
Wearables are also excellent training tools for complimenting modern e-learning systems.
The IoT technology has also been proven to improve overall efficiency and reduce wastage. In fact, if used correctly, it’s possible for the construction industry to be able to save as much as 930 billion dollars annually.
One unusual aspect of this would be preventative maintenance– self-detecting sensors would relay on alerts whenever the tools need to be repaired or undergo regular maintenance. Programs are also being developed, and some of which allow customers through technicians to experience comprehensive diagnostic audits through their mobile devices, and the embedded sensors could work on a health check for the equipment being used.
Real-Time Information and Analysis
With the help of IoT technology, project managers can easily obtain real-time information through wearable devices that are all connected to the cloud. This gives the user plenty of advantages to enjoy.
For example, with bright safety vests, it could easily assess biometric data, like heart rate, and body temperature to warn the workers about their health condition. Also, since wearables are capable of gathering data regarding repetitive movements, managers and supervisors would have a better idea of the tasks that cause strain on the workers.