Smart cities need smart technology along with smart ways to adopt that technology. With the increasing number of vehicles needed for everyday work and transportation, with personal transportation such as motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and their electric equivalents, and the normal walking crowds in downtown areas, traffic monitoring and analysis is a major component of smart cities.

We know construction is a dangerous business. No one wants to see employees injured on the job. Companies stress safety and make many safety-related decisions on every jobsite. Government agencies get involved, both by setting standards for safety equipment and regulating their use. But even with these factors, mistakes happen, and people get hurt. Worse, people get killed.

Collaboration means more than meeting people. Digital collaboration means more than emailing them. A major connecting element in today’s digital collaboration is the ubiquitous cloud, computing’s collection place.

Although construction firms have been accused of being the slowest segment to computerize, that is rapidly changing as factors, such as the cloud, make going digital easier. As COVID-19 unleashed a great acceleration in digital transformation across all sectors, with so much to gain and so much at stake, the speed of transformation among construction companies during the past few months has been impressive.

When unrest and protests populate the evening news, thoughts quickly focus on security for the home. Builders and architects are taking notice and adding security measures to their plans and offering a variety of options that can increase the homeowner’s comfort level. Among the options being offered are cameras and sensors that allow monitoring of access points as well as the interior.

Leica Geosystems recently introduced its BLK247 security product that addresses the need for 3D sensors in today’s surveillance industry. It provides an entry to true 3D surveillance technology and makes accurate decisions on when to trigger an alarm. It also creates new opportunities for security systems integrators to offer one of the industry’s most innovative surveillance products.

The landfills of the country are going to be lacking in some building materials in the future if programs such as that of Chicago-based AZEK Co. take hold. AZEK, a manufacturer of low-maintenance and sustainable residential and commercial building products, initiated a new project, the AZEK FULL-CIRCLE PVC Recycling Program, a professional-focused, on-the-ground program that works directly with dealers, contractors, and mill shops to collect, return, and recycle scrap PVC from fabrication, construction, and remodeling projects.

The program makes AZEK one of the largest PVC recyclers in the country and is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to building a more sustainable future. An approach that is focused on industry professionals, the program diverts recycle material that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills, while reducing contractors’ overhead disposal costs. The program is made possible by AZEK’s vertically integrated recycling center, Return Polymers, combined with the company’s product technology and strong network of distributors, dealers, and direct customer mill shops similarly aligned on achieving sustainability goals. The program complements AZEK’s existing polyethylene (PE) recycling initiative used in the TimberTech PRO and TimberTech EDGE decking lines.

We are all tired of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lives and businesses have been changed, rarely for the better. Individuals are concerned for their health and companies are concerned for their employees, their clients, and their management. Taking that concern to a new level can have a positive result across the board.

Wellness Workdays, a provider of corporate wellness programs, has been selected by Turner Construction Co., to reimagine safety and well-being initiatives for the workers and employees on a large multi-year project in Boston, Massachusetts. Turner is a New York-based, international construction services company with a staff of 10,000 that completes 1,500 construction projects each year.

We’ve written about the hyperloop “trains” of the future and how they will impact construction technology but the elephant in the room, the undiscussed issue, might very well be the impact on the humans who are onboard the hyperloop trains.

In recap, hyperloop is a proposed method of transportation that involves using pods, a variation on a space capsule, to send both people and cargo through a depressurized environment at speeds above 600 mph. Hyperloop technology uses magnetic levitation to lift a pod off the track, guiding it through a tunnel or tube that creates a friction-free environment.

Personal, customer, and company information, stored on office computers, field laptops and tablets, and in the cloud is extremely valuable. But all too often, it isn’t treated that way by the holder, just by those who want to steal it.

When a company suffers a computer breach—a cyber-attack due to unauthorized access—not only can it cause brand damage and loss of customer trust, but it can also incur unexpected costs to investigate the damage and, in some cases, compensate the customer for damages. To prevent such events from occurring, it is important to review your company’s cybersecurity policies and take countermeasures.

The stay-at-home, remote working era has made the computer more important than ever. Everybody does everything online and a company that minimizes their online presence is avoiding the obvious—the present and the future are digital. Today’s homebuyer expects prompt responses to questions as well as easy access to information and they search online for their answers. One-half to three-quarters of customers shop online outside of what were “standard business hours,” and many prefer to gather data and details as well as explore options early in their homebuying quest without the assistance of a live person.

In 1937, the German Zeppelin LZ 129, the Hindenburg, crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. At the time, it was the most publicized aerial event after the landing of Charles Lindbergh in Paris in 1927. Although everything from the original design and construction to the testimony of the crew is known, there are still engineering discussions about the cause for the fire and explosion that doomed the giant “gas bag.” What isn’t in doubt is that the flammable nature of the lifting gas, hydrogen, was the major fuel of its demise.

Fast forward to today and we find that hydrogen is an up and coming, environmentally friendly choice for powering a variety of industrial and commercial engines, including for cars and trucks. Under strict safety designs, FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) are powered by hydrogen and, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engines while producing no tailpipe emissions—they only emit water vapor and warm air.

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