IoT in Construction: Applications and Fields of Interest
Industry 4.0 has already emerged in several industries as a response to the new challenges. In this strong competitive environment, companies must be more productive and flexible and use real-time information but, is it necessary to incorporate it in every sector? First applications or ideas for industry 4.0 were designed for manufacturing industries to produce cheaper and faster by connecting machines and systems in an intelligent network. This has been a success so far but, could these revolutionary innovations be implemented in other sectors with technical equipment such as construction or mining? Let’s see how some companies are implementing IoT in construction! An essential industry 4.0 pillar is IoT, whose goal is to connect every device to the network. How can this be useful in the construction sector?
IoT in ConstructionThese 3 fields appear to be the most important for IoT in construction:
- Productivity: The construction sector is conditioned by deadlines. It is mandatory to avoid backlogs because they may result in a budget increase. IoT can provide more readiness and efficiency and improve productivity in civil works around 5% and 10%.
- Maintenance: With real-time information, it is possible to know the status of every machine, to schedule maintenance stops or refueling. This organized system also increases productivity between 3% and 5%.
- Security: It is possible to track the position of every machine, as well as the workers' position. With IoT, we can create a digital real-time map with the updated risks associated with the works and notify every worker when getting closer to any risk or entering a dangerous zone. Moreover, workers can be notified about the special security equipment they need for every activity and location.