Have you heard the terms M2M, IoT (Internet of Things), or IoE (Internet of Everything)? Whether you have heard the terms or not, the technology is impacting most jobsites around the globe and you might want to consider the role it will play on your next construction project.
In recent months, there have been a number of new technology companies in this space that are now targeting the construction market specifically. For example, today, Sensera Systems, www.senserasystems.com, Golden, Colo., announced the public launch of the company and the availability of its MC-30 MultiSense Camera product.
How does this camera make use of M2M? The device has remote sensing and imaging capabilities specifically impacting construction, security, industrial automation, agriculture, and law enforcement. By integrating imaging and IO into a single platform, the camera is taking advantage of cellular infrastructure to deliver advanced remote-sensing applications, according to David Gaw, president, Sensera Systems. He says this means it can bring the camera to market at a fraction of the cost.
For construction companies, the device has IP connectivity, cellular and Wi-Fi, still and video imaging, data logging and control, wireless sensor interface, and an integrated solar power system. Contractors can access all the data from a Web application on any desktop or mobile platform.
With the WebApp, construction companies can manage multiple cameras/sites from one interface and automatically display the camera locations on a built-in map. What’s more, users can see the status of solar power and battery system and automatically receive an alert if the devices are out of range.
With the camera, contractors can see time-lapse, still and video imaging, video streaming, and site security features.
This is just one recent example of how M2M is impacting the construction industry. As another example, earlier this year, Deconstruction, www.deconstruction.co, Ellicott City, Md., announced mBuilder—its wireless sensor analytics solution designed to help construction teams reduce noise and vibration pollution. With this system, sensors identify temperature, humidity, noise, and vibration on construction sites and send alerts to workers about potential noise levels for neighbors.
As the construction jobsite continues to become more connected, jobsite security systems, smart tools, and more will continue to be used more frequently. Understanding how the technology works and the value add will be key to ensuring a jobsite is operating as efficiently as possible.