Construction sites are full of activity: Equipment, machinery, tools, vehicles and crew members are always on the move, going from task to task (and oftentimes from site to site) to move projects towards completion. In the frenzy of the day, it’s hard to keep track of where each individual “thing” was left, how each piece of equipment and machinery was utilized during the day, if every tool was locked up for the night, and whether safety and compliance rules are being followed all day, every day. With contractors and employees coming and going, along with a constant flow of deliveries, keeping people and equipment safe and secure is an ongoing challenge. Many companies rely on haphazard manual processes that are time consuming and prone to errors.
Internet of Things (IoT) products and platforms have emerged to help construction companies better manage the logistics of all of the moving pieces of their business, and Longview is emerging as the go-to IoT solution for the construction industry. The two most common pain points we see are the need to track people and equipment (asset tracking), and the need to monitor sites for safety and security.
Asset tracking is a key use case across dozens of vertical markets, but it’s especially applicable in the construction industry because of the dynamic and mobile nature of the tools and equipment being used. It’s easy to misplace smaller tools or lose them to theft. Large equipment like trucks, trailers and machinery have wheels and are easy targets for thieves if not secured.
But IoT monitoring is more than just loss prevention—it’s also about improving productivity so that valuable time is not spent searching for a particular piece of equipment or tool day after day as it moves around and between worksites.
Sensors can easily be attached to hardhats, tools, equipment and vehicles so that their location is always trackable. Geofenced regions can be set up to notify management as workers and equipment leaves or enters a specific area. Authorized team members, whether in the field or in the office, know where to find critical assets at all times.
Longview helps construction managers easily track their equipment via an easy-to-use, comprehensive IoT solution that includes the Longview Gateway, Mobile/Web Applications, sensors and asset trackers. Real-time visibility, plus time and location reports on all tracked sensors and their associated assets or workers, are available via Longview’s simple-to-use application.
What happens at worksites when the boss isn’t there? Are employees making the same level of progress? Are safety protocols being followed? Are gates and doors being locked at night? Are contractors where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there? Longview lets companies track everything on their jobsite with one simple web application that works 24/7 to monitor sites and provide peace of mind. Reports can be generated that show total contractor hours per day which can be compared against billing statements.
Custom alerts can be set up to capture data and send an alert when doors are opened, when they are open past a certain time of day, when equipment is moved, and dozens of other use cases established specifically to meet the company’s needs.
Specific sensors and trackers that can be utilized for the construction industry include:
- Asset Trackers—attachable to hardhats, tools, equipment, vehicles
- Motion Sensors—monitor activity in and around sensitive areas
- Door and Gate Sensors—watch comings and goings, especially when you're not there
- Push Button—workers check-in for reporting or safety
- Level Sensor—to measure bin and tank fullness
- Motor Monitor—predictive failure analysis
Longview’s solutions are ideal for large, remote locations with valuable assets, and limited supervision and connectivity, such as construction sites. With a simple comprehensive solution and purpose-built sensors for asset tracking and monitoring, it’s easy to see why Longview is the best IoT solution for construction companies.