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How M2M Solutions are Connecting Construction

December 16th, 2015 by Mandy Fazelynia

Over the years, the internet has become a fundamental part of our daily lives. Like electricity and running water, the internet is one of our essential requirements when moving to a new home.

Thinking of moving house and even building new homes, the processes involved in both of these can be very long and complex. But emerging technologies such as mobile broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions can actually aid new-builds from the first day of construction to the day the buyer’s move in.

Connectivity is a basic requirement of a building-site office, enabling personnel to access plans, track and manage budgets as well as the timing plan. Fixed line connectivity is often hard to come by for both urban and rural sites, but with mobile broadband, sites can benefit from an out-of-the-box WiFi solution to provide a secure and reliable internet connection. The mobile backhaul enables rapid deployment at 2-3 days’ notice, and mobile channel bonding enables higher bandwidth and more resilient connectivity by ensuring connection to one or more available networks.

Construction software solutions, such as those available from Causeway, are also available to help manage budgets on-site. Plus the use of telematics can help to track deliveries of materials as well as the critical task of scheduling jobs.

Security is another problem area that building sites face, but this could be a thing of the past with vehicle and asset tracking from TRAAKIT. This solution enables users to keep a virtual eye on equipment from anywhere in the world, as well as giving users the ability to set an “invisible fence” around machinery which will alert you should it move outside of this area.

For high profile construction jobs, or projects with impatient investors, site monitoring from Lobster Pictures provides a high-definition view of exactly what is happening on site. Their rugged Lobster Pot solution helps businesses cut down on site visits, saving precious time and money. Time-lapse photography can even be live-streamed to a website to allow the public to track progress – the ongoing extension to the Tate Modern in London is a great example of this.

On-site internet is also a valuable tool when it comes to marketing new-build properties. Web-based systems provide the ability to sign purchase agreements and track sales, as well as enabling buyers to request finishing touches such as décor and track progress of their property.

Mobile broadband can even make the moving-in process easier by offering buyers pre-arranged internet access. Whilst they wait for their permanent fixed-line internet connection to be installed, the new residents can have access to the mobile broadband solution enabling them to set up remaining utilities and update their address with local authorities, banks, and GPs with ease.

As we move towards Smart Homes and Smart Cities of the future, full interconnectivity will help to streamline the construction process, as well as taking some of the headache out of moving house, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait. Cellular connectivity gives us the ability to connect right now, no matter where we are.

Communications resellers wishing to make M2M and Internet of Things solutions accessible to organisations across the UK should contact Zest4 on 0161 956 3355 to find out how.

Zest4 have recently formed a partnership with M2M experts, Arkessa. This partnerships enables Zest4 to offer reseller partners complete M2M solutions including expert knowledge, optimised tariffs and competitive commercials. In addition, resellers can benefit from Zest4’s unrivalled service levels and dedicated commercial and technical support.

For more information on M2M solutions from Zest4, visit http://www.zest4.com/machine-to-machine.php.

How M2M could improve safety for lone workers

December 7th, 2015 by Mandy Fazelynia

As we’ve mentioned previously, for many workers today, the standard 9 to 5 office hours are essentially a thing of the past. Whether it’s the pressures of hitting deadlines or a desire for an improved work-life balance, many workers are entering and exiting the office at increasingly varied times.

But for those working outside of standard office hours, safety is a key consideration. How can employers ensure the safety of early-risers and late-workers?

The Internet of Things and M2M technology can offer solution!

An interconnected office structure could give building managers an oversight of occupied building space from sensors such as heat or carbon dioxide. This could then be automatically linked to heating and light to optimise resources, as well as implementing an emergency procedure should someone fall ill whilst lone working.

But what about workers outside of a typical office environment? For standard-practice lone workers such as carers, estate agents and tree surgeons, employers still have a legal obligation to reduce risks.

For colleagues who regularly make home-visits, such as carers, social workers and delivery personnel, the connection becomes increasingly difficult – but it’s not impossible. Wearable technology is continually improving and is regularly linked to a smart phone. This could be taken further by linking a colleagues vital signs to a back-end system, again with emergency procedures in place should a problem occur. Live video streaming, such as those used by police forces, would also ensure that office-based colleagues can keep a virtual eye on the lone worker.

Even workers who are part of a team often go-it-alone. Firefighters, for example, often become dispersed during an emergency call-out whilst attending to civilians or combating flames. In instances like this, it would be faster to notify a nearby team member of an issue, rather than waiting for assistance to arrive from back-end colleagues. One solution would be to have a team-linked system in which anyone facing a difficult situation could be found in relation to the position of their colleagues, with a warning system linked from vital signs in wearable technology.

Whatever the sector and whatever the role, it’s clear to see that the Internet of Things could help to significantly reduce the risks for lone workers today.

Communications resellers wishing to make these solutions accessible to organisations across the UK should contact Zest4 on 0161 956 3355 to find out how.

Zest4 have recently formed a partnership with M2M experts, Arkessa. This partnerships enables Zest4 to offer reseller partners complete M2M solutions including expert knowledge, optimised tariffs and competitive commercials. In addition, resellers can benefit from Zest4’s unrivalled service levels and dedicated commercial and technical support.

For more information on M2M solutions from Zest4, visit http://www.zest4.com/machine-to-machine.php.