High-Tech Jobsites Are No Longer a Thing of the Future

Today, pros on the jobsite are inundated with new technological advancements poised to make their lives, and their work, easier than ever.

Between laser measures that talk with smartphone apps, Bluetooth connected tools that allow users to customize features, and even GPS-enabled breaker hammers, the Internet of Things is creeping into construction.

Technology has always been around in construction. At one point, hand tools were replaced by corded power tools, and now more prevalent and advanced cordless power tools. These all require adoption into an everyday process.

A normal first reaction is to bristle at the thought. Pros often ask, “Why would my drill need to be connected to my smartphone?” But technology should be seen as an enhancement to a process, not as a standalone solution. It’s not about one connected drill, but about an entire jobsite solution.

How Technology is Impacting the Construction Industry

When it comes to enterprise-level projects, there are four main areas where technology is starting to impact the construction industry:

  • safety
  • jobsite sensing
  • project tracking
  • jobsite networks

The key to all of the technology implementation is to address the common theme of communication on and off the jobsite. When dealing with multiple stakeholders, companies having a central place to communicate is key.

This is why we’re starting to see software solutions around data collection and storage. With network availability being more widespread on jobsites, this information is accessible to all in real time. This is a real game changer. Now photos, videos, notes, measurements, and status information can be easily captured and reported out to all involved. Hardware solutions allow for faster capture of this information whether it’s through 360-degree cameras, drones, 3D scanners, connected measurement devices, or data capture sensors.

So, for those willing to take the plunge, what does this all boil down to?

One, better productivity on the work being completed; two, seamless communication and record keeping. These two benefits alone will reduce downtime, budget, and schedule delays. If a technology is not providing these benefits, then it’s not a real solution.

New technology solutions have to have positive or neutral impact across the whole chain, from warehouse to project close, in order to be effective.

By Eli Share, IoT and Mobile Lead, Bosch Power Tools

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