The benefits of wearable technology in construction

Miniaturised wireless electronics and the advent of the Internet of Things have both made wearable technology in construction a more common feature of industry workplaces.

What are the benefits of wearable technology in construction workplaces? What has helped to increase adoption of these devices at all levels?

Convenience

Convenience is crucial for widespread adoption. Construction workers need to be able to move around the work site easily without losing any dexterity to bulky smart clothing.

Over time this has improved, and present-day wearable technology is almost indistinguishable from ordinary clothes, especially when it is built into protective equipment.

Wearable techology can be integrated into normal clothing, protective outwear like hard hats and fluorescent vests, clip-on sensors and fobs, and a range of other formats suitable for different construction sites, without being intrusive for the wearer.

Continuous

A big benefit of wearable technology in construction sites is its ability to provide continuous monitoring of variables like worker location or health and safety data.

This means you get complete data, without employees needing to manually check in, and with little to no admin time required.

In addition to the benefits of this per individual user, you also get organisation-wide visibility of data, all reported to the same standard, allowing you to make broad plans and changes in an informed manner.

Responsive

When wearable technology is connected to a wireless network connection, it can provide real-time monitoring and issue an alert if a certain condition is detected.

This allows rapid response to various situations, for example if an employee working alone in a remote location stops transmitting, or if an individual’s wearable sensor detects unsafe environmental conditions.

By combining data from multiple users, you can identify hazardous areas – for example, specific zones where hazardous gases tend to accumulate – using each individual as a data point complete with GPS coordinates.

Versatile

Wearable technology takes many forms, with different applications on construction sites and in other industries.

Examples include:

  • Heart rate monitors and other personal safety devices.
  • Environmental sensors e.g. temperature, oxygen, carbon monoxide.
  • Smart glasses that can transmit exactly what the wearer sees.
  • GPS/location tracking and accelerometers for fall detection.
  • Security fobs that allow contactless entry to restricted areas.

The list of possibilities goes on and on – and if you need to achieve something specific, unusual, or even unique, there may be a form of wearable tech that can be adapted to suit the purpose.

At hebs Group, we cover the full range of contracting sectors and construction project types, delivering the right result for each client and ensuring all key requirements are met. Contact us today on 0151 236 0707 for more information.

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