The internet is a fully integrated aspect of society. In fact, most businesses find they cannot be successful without a web presence. But the role of the internet has advanced beyond marketing and providing information to potential clients. In many industries, the internet is being used in managing operations of organizations and projects to make processes more efficient and improve performance. In the construction industry, one way that is happening is through the application of the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connectivity of everyday objects and physical devices to the internet. An example of IoT is a safety system in the home. Another example of IoT is in medical devices that transmit health data to care facilities automatically. These types of devices are designed to streamline processes and improve user experiences through connectivity. As the internet has become a more important part of society, IoT applications have spread to a wide range of fields, including construction.
Applications in Construction
The most common application of IoT in construction is through an area referred to as telematics. Thanks to the ability to install sensors on machines and devices used in construction, companies have the ability to monitor operations from anywhere in the world. The data they receive, often in real-time, can be used in making decisions, developing strategies, and continuing operations to complete projects. From identifying worksite safety to predicting machine maintenance to optimization, the ability to track data is valuable for the construction field.
The Impact of IoT on Construction
As technology develops and IoT has greater applications in the construction industry, there have been notable impacts that have emerged and will continue to do so. The impact of IoT on construction can be found in the various applications in the field.
Overall, IoT is improving safety in construction due to the ability to track worksite safety, predict maintenance, and manage operations and processes. The data allows managers and project leaders to stay on top of projects to prevent potential problems that would lead to safety concerns. Even in the event that a safety problem occurs, the real-time data allows leaders to address it right away instead of remaining unaware until it becomes a major safety problem or there is an injury on a worksite.
In addition, IoT in construction is making processes more efficient. The data is used to identify problem areas and gaps in processes so they can be addressed. This efficiency makes organizations more profitable and can lower costs to clients, as well. Minimizing downtime, tracking efficiency and performance, and using the data to develop strategies and solve problems has made construction more efficient from small projects to big operations.
From tracking worksite safety to streamlining processes, there are clear benefits to the application of IoT in construction. As technology continues to advance, it is likely that applications of IoT in construction will also expand, which will continue to transform the way construction operates in today’s society.