Indoor positioning in construction site
Together with Ramirent and SRV, Kaltiot is carrying out construction phase indoor positioning in REDI, which is currently one of the largest construction projects in Finland. Smart Tracker is used to monitor the location of scissor lifts on site.
REDI shopping center has a total area of approximately 60 000 m2, including five floors of retail premises and two floors of parking halls. In addition to the shopping center, REDI is comprised of eight residential towers. The first one, Majakka will be completed in spring 2019 being the highest residential building in Finland.
The construction site environment brings many challenges to the tracking solution, including constant progress in construction with evolving spaces, numerous subcontractors, and limited network connections for example in underground floors. Workplaces are often divided into indoor and outdoor spaces, so tracking solution has to work seamlessly throughout the entire area. When tracking movable assets, optimization of battery consumption of a tracker must be taken into account as no power supply is available.
Ramirent and SRV are constantly looking for new innovations on the construction site, and Smart Tracker is seen as a great potential for construction site operations. The partners will work together to develop solutions to improve the productivity of the site.
There are several reasons for poor performance of productivity on construction site. On-site execution is lacking for strict planning and integrated planning tools which results on unnecessary waiting. Miscommunication and lack of technical tools causes inefficiency for example in finding tools or materials. Smart Tracker provides information about the location of equipment, which makes it possible to significantly reduce the time spent on searching. The position of construction foreman or other personnel is primarily a safety factor, but it also helps to optimize work tasks and supports on coordination and task prioritization. To improve the overall on-site efficiency, cooperation and knowledge sharing between the parties is a prerequisite. By providing the location of equipment, tools, personnel and incoming material to all parties working on site with a mobile application and web view, the parties can contribute to both their own and other’s work efficiency.
To track movable equipment, transport vehicles or trolleys, containers, tools, staff, or even conditions, Smart Tracker is the solution. Smart Tracker provides real-time or last seen location, route, and occupancy of the item. Smart Tracker also monitors and stores sensor data for both materials and workplace conditions, such as temperature and humidity data related to drying concrete. The data provided by Smart Tracker can be tailored to various parties and data can be processed in the desired way, for example, in their own operational development. The data obtained may also be a value-added supplementary service for the end customer.