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How to Choose the Right IoT Solution to Kick Start Your Digital Transformation

By: Omri Sorek
05 May 2024
6 min

The construction world’s been pretty slow on the uptake with digital tech. This has seen it fall behind other industries. There are a bunch of reasons for this. For starters, construction projects can get really complex. The coordination of the numerous people and resources involved requires intense collaboration and communication. Trying to juggle all these moving parts makes it tough to bring in new tech. Plus, the industry’s usually running on tight budgets, so dropping big money on the latest digital tools can feel pretty risky. There’s also a bit of a ‘stick to what we know’ vibe, with folks sticking to old-school methods over diving into new tech. 

This kind of hesitancy has been key in the slow uptake of technologies, but, as the perks of going digital — like better project tracking, smoother communication, saving money, enhanced safety and improved decision-making — become clearer, more and more construction firms are starting to see that getting tech-savvy by deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technology isn’t just smart, it’s necessary to stay in the game.

 

Your IoT checklist to gauge its suitability for on-site life 

IoT in construction means deploying on-site sensors and beacons, and issuing smart tags to workers and attaching them to equipment. This enables solutions to collect and analyze data. As construction projects get more complex and bigger, this tech is becoming super important. Here’s a rundown of what you should check out in IoT solutions before bringing them into the construction game:

 

Tailor-made to tackle daily construction challenges

When it comes to IoT solutions for construction, it’s all about making them tough enough for the job. Construction sites are no walk in the park — they’re full of dust, moisture, and crazy temperature swings. So, you need gear that can handle that kind of roughhousing. We’re talking about sturdy IoT devices that won’t keel over when the going gets tough, ensuring everything keeps running smoothly when regular hardware would bite the dust. It is also important that IoT solutions understand how construction sites operate, the information that is important, how this information powers project planning and the oversight construction bosses demand. 

 

Smooth setup and easy integration

IoT devices should be super quick to deploy across different parts of your construction operations. This speedy implementation means you can get things running smoother, faster, and more efficiently right off the bat. It’s all about snagging those quick wins that show everyone the value of going digital and encourage more tech use down the line.

Plus, making sure these devices play nice with the specific tools and systems you already use in construction is a game-changer. It means all your data flows smoothly between project management, design, and logistics, which helps everyone stay on the same page, reduces mix-ups, and makes coordinating a whole lot easier. 

 

Improved on-site data collection and analysis

IoT needs to let you grab data from your construction site in real-time, serving up insights that used to be a pain — or straight-up impossible — to collect by hand. This goldmine of flowing, real-time info is super handy for everything from getting your resources in the right places to spotting potential project snags before they blow up. It all boils down to making smarter decisions that keep your projects smooth and on track.

 

Boosting safety right where it counts

Construction sites can be pretty risky places, but thanks to IoT, keeping workers safe should be a whole lot easier. Wearable sensors can keep an eye on your crew’s whereabouts and the conditions around them, buzzing in with alerts whenever there’s trouble like when a worker takes a tumble. This heads-up approach means fewer accidents and makes it far easier to stick to safety rules.

 

Smarter handling of crews, tools and gear

Construction firms should get a real boost from IoT’s knack for keeping tabs on project progress in real time. Solutions should be super user-friendly, lightning-fast, and give you a full scoop on what’s happening on-site. This means you can ditch the guesswork since you’ve got a crystal-clear picture of everything that’s going down. With this kind of insight, you can smartly shuffle your crew and resources around to keep everything humming along on schedule.

 

Keeping costs in check

Your IoT solution should make it super easy to keep a precise tab on how long each employee works and how the equipment is being used. This can seriously sharpen up your billing and inventory management. Plus, by tracking the exact work hours, IoT can smooth out any payment disagreements with employees or contractors by spotting any mismatches. This way, companies can keep a tighter rein on costs and cut down on waste.

 

Smart Supervision for the bosses

Executives running construction companies should get a real leg up with IoT by gaining a crystal-clear snapshot of what’s happening across all their sites. A solid IoT setup bridges the gap between the nitty-gritty of on-site happenings and the big-picture data execs need to make smart, timely decisions. This means execs can zoom in on progress by specific milestones, professions, and time frames, and get deep into the details whenever they need to. Plus, sharing this info with other managers, subcontractors, stakeholders, and developers needs to be a breeze, making sure everyone’s in the loop without any fuss.

 

The best IoT solution — built by builders, for builders

Trusstor’s got this super slick set of non-intrusive IoT wearables, built by builders for builders, that’s changing the game in the construction industry. It’s a breeze to set up, which means anyone can get the hang of it fast. 

This system is all about making things easier on-site. It slides right into your daily operations without getting in the way, letting you keep an eye on workers and gear across your entire site without breaking a sweat. You get total visibility—crystal clear and all out in the open. Plus, it’s plug-and-play, so you don’t have to mess with existing wires or power setups. Trusstor plays nice with your existing IT systems too, beefing up safety, equipping your team better, and keeping everyone in the know so you can nip any problems in the bud.

With Trusstor, you’re making smarter choices, handling crises on the fly, and solving day-to-day issues before they turn into big headaches. It’s a surefire way to cut costs, crank up efficiency, and boost safety. Jumping on this tech is a smart move toward digital transformation that starts paying off right away.

Discover how Trusstor can transform your site management by enabling a single source of truth for site performance. Schedule a demo today.

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