With the help of RFID (radio-frequency identification) and other connected technologies, more often, tools, equipment, and materials on the jobsite are becoming connected—providing construction teams with valuable data about the asset.
Software and hardware providers for the construction industry continue to come to market with new solutions designed to provide field managers with data about assets.
As one example, ToolWatch, www.toolwatch.com, Englewood, Colo., has updated its field application, with an RFID interface. The cloud-based solution gives users access to data about the status of tools and equipment. The application is compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices and is targeted to jobsite supervisors and field managers who need to access critical data in realtime.
Being cloud-based means the technology is available anytime, anywhere. In fact, ToolWatch says applications that don’t require access to a corporate network are well suited for the cloud, as these applications allow contractors throughout the organization to easily access realtime data from anywhere.
This latest release is not the company’s first foray into the cloud. ToolWatch first launched its on-demand feature of ToolWatch Enterprise in 2007.
While this is one example, construction-technology providers continue to come to market with new solutions designed to make it easier for builders and contractors to access data at the jobsite.
With RFID, for instance, construction companies are able to track and manage tools, equipment, and materials, so everyone involved in the project can easily see details about the item that was scanned. And this is just one case—connected technologies are more frequently being used in equipment and other areas of the jobsite. Stay tuned.