How to Track Your Tool's Location Using Sensors

Equipping tools with smart Internet of Things (IoT) sensors will change the productivity of the construction jobsite. There are several areas where adding technology to tools will help the jobsite run smoothly.

But how can your construction company get started? Here are a few tips to help your business implement sensor technology on your tools.

Consider your options: Some options include: global positioning system (GPS) or radio-frequency identification (RFID). Most of the time there is accompanying software or an app to monitor and manage the new smart tool.

Consider the benefits: A huge advantage to tracking the tools on the construction jobsite is being able to locate them faster. If the tool is geo-fenced, an alert is sent to a central monitoring station if it leaves its authorized area, and can be tracked until retrieved. If the tool is listed as missing, the tracker can find it instantly, regardless of location.

Consider all the features: Geo-tracking to find lost tools is just one way that IoT sensors improve the jobsite. When a workday begins, contractors can find the tools they need for their job that day much more easily with the geo-tracking feature.

In addition, some tools can monitor everything from overuse to wear to being exposed to an inappropriate environment. Monitoring offers construction companies insight into equipment lifecycles and maintenance, allowing more efficient planning and reductions in downtime.

Consider what’s coming: Tools can monitor whether they are being used properly or not, enabling management to better train construction workers on optimized operation for enhanced productivity.

Having more connected, smart tools on the jobsite will boost the project’s production—and it might be time to consider how to guide your business toward tech adoption in this area.

Posted: 11/3/2017 7:00:48 PM



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