As the construction industry continues to evolve, companies must learn to adapt to the times and embrace existing and emerging technology trends. Our director, Bradley, believes that mobile technology plays a key role in construction operations and shares why companies should adopt it to enhance their site safety and improve productivity and workflow.
There is no doubt that the use of mobile technology has benefited every one of us in our daily lives in one way or another, but when it comes to mobile technology in the workplace, the construction industry has been relatively slow to embrace the change or fully understand the true benefits it could have.
The construction industry is constantly facing pressure to decrease costs and improve productivity, all whilst providing quality client service and most importantly, looking after the health and safety of its workers. And though this does bring about many unique day-to-day challenges, taking advantage of mobile technology will have many positive impacts on a construction company’s operations.
Integration with wireless technology
Over the past five years, technology has pushed the construction industry to become a safer working environment. In particular, the development of wireless technology such as alarm systems are making sites safer. Today, emergency fire, first aid, and intruder alarm systems have become an integral part of the construction sector due to their flexibility, reliability, ease of installation, and usability.
When existing technology and devices become wireless, the functionality increases leaps and bounds. Wireless technology is the ideal solution for construction sites and building complexes that have more than a single building. In the case of temporary installations, for instance, construction sites where the work is in progress, wireless fire alarms can be installed and then removed once the work on the site is finished, or moved to another site, providing a cost-effective and flexible solution to companies.
One of the benefits of wireless technology is that it can be seamlessly integrated with mobile devices. In the case of a wireless fire alarm system for example, this means that managers can monitor, analyse and even programme systems at any time of the day – whether they are on-site or off-site.
Swift team communication
Construction sites are high-risk environments and mistakes and accidents do sometimes happen. Therefore, when errors do occur, having mobile devices on hand is key in allowing site managers or health and safety supervisors to communicate swiftly and effectively with the relevant people, meaning any errors or mistakes can be resolved straight away.
Construction sites are also complex in nature – often with multiple teams operating across several areas – and many projects require constant communication between parties. Mobile technology allows a less fragmented and more collaborative approach by encouraging open communication between teams. In particular for health and safety managers, mobile technology provides the perfect platform to communicate and inform others on important safety issues.
The use of mobile technology plays an important role in any type of business but given the unique nature of the construction industry and its complex challenges, mobile technology should be seen as a vital element on any site or project. By providing managers with real-time information through a mobile phone or app, businesses can ensure hazards are spotted earlier and workers are alerted of the dangers quicker, as well as creating a more collaborative environment for teams across the business.
Developed to ensure the safety of construction workers and members of the public, as well as safeguard expensive construction equipment, the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is fully compliant, offers unrivalled connectivity and impressive signal range and can be configured to any requirement. To find out more, talk to one of our team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors on 01432 371170 / email@example.com