The Internet of Things: What you Need to Know

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things, or IoT. What is IoT and what can it do for you? We have the answers. The internet of things is a network of remotely controlled devices. Anything from your fridge or your babycam to the HVAC in your office building. Any of these physical things can be connected, or networked, and controlled remotely. The applications could be endless for your home. You could control everything from your garage door to your coffee maker and beyond. If you forget to turn off the oven or want to change the temperature on the thermostat, you can do it from your smartphone. It gives users so much more visibility and control, which can lead to more safety. How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. It is a combination of processors with real work electronic sensors.


These sensors are wirelessly networked so you can view and control them. Now to look at it from a construction standpoint. With some imagination, the construction industry could apply this technology to almost anything. Data could be taken from the field using sensors and alerts could be created when something is amiss. The more data you have, the more accurate the decision-making process can go. This saves time and money in construction. The machinery and equipment used in construction can be connected to the Internet of Things to let owners and users know when machine hours, fuel consumption, GPS tracking, and idle time. Knowing these key factors can help with scheduling preventative maintenance, increasing productivity. Being able to remotely test other essential equipment through IoT will help decision makers fix problems only when truly necessary. When the machinery is able to self-monitor, it also saves a lot of time. Sensors on machinery can also help avoid collisions and keep employees safe. Monitoring inventory is another useful way to apply IoT to construction. With IoT, inventory can be accurately tracked and managed. No more pen and pencil log books that can outdated and easily falsified. Time Logging can be done through IoT more accurately than many traditional forms of time logging. This is important because when these logs are falsified, it can have serious consequences. These are also much harder to falsify than traditional log books. Wearables and drones are other high tech pieces to this puzzle that can be connected, as well. The wearables could be in the form of an activity band that will keep track of his vitals and sleep patterns.  Drones are able to collect all kinds of data and adding sensors so they are part of the IoT network will make that data easier to track and manage. Cost savings is one of the main benefits of IoT. Sensors allow you to manage all of the small details that can drain your budget. All devices must be networked together and communicate seamlessly for IoT to yield benefits. These integrations will ensure you are taking advantage of all of the data you collect from the many devices you connect.