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Can IoT Make Our Construction Equipment Smarter and More Productive?

All industries want to improve their construction machineries. Luckily, with the advent of modern technology, it is now possible to improve construction equipment in many different ways. For example, the operator experience can be enhanced significantly by using an advanced user interface.  Today, technological innovations have made it possible for vehicles to generate fewer emissions, use less fuel, and operate more safely and reliably.

Technology can certainly bring a new lease of life to any construction equipment. However, at the same time, it also poses some serious challenges for the vehicle designers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications using wireless devices and the cloud may pave the way for a better future. At the same time, it is also important for the engineers to weigh the impact of these design changes against the overall operational improvement of the equipment and the value addition to the business.

Heavy Equipment and Connectivity:

Use of wireless technology is one of the potential development areas that are likely to make a serious impact on the construction industry by providing connectivity like never before. Nowadays, all of us enjoy a high degree of connectivity in our everyday lives, thanks to our tablets and smartphones.  In combination with cloud computing, these devices can make connected construction machines enjoy benefits such as data storage and sharing, widespread access to services and information, and more.

The industry has already seen the emergence of telematic solutions for the monitoring of machinery from remote locations. To provide Internet access, these machines typically make use of an installed cell modem.  A more cost-effective approach, however, would be to tether an internet connection so that no separate cell plan is required.

The IoT and M2M Communications:

The field of construction machinery can explore several attractive options by combining IoT with wireless technologies. Some of the application areas of this technology include data logging, M2M interfaces, remote monitoring, theft tracking, and more. By integrating standard smartphone features such as weather and maps, and GPS, it is possible to develop customized apps for any platform.

Wireless technology has brought several exciting opportunities for different industrial sectors and its features can significantly enhance and improve the vehicle control system. Networks of sensors, controllers, displays, and actuators can be used in tandem to improve the performance of construction equipment or provide them the desired functionality.

The Role of Software:

Software running on each electronic component is one of most important aspects tying together all the vehicle technologies. Designers can utilise different software solutions to customise equipment behaviour so that its performance can be improved by incorporating useful features.

As each application uses customised software, this often turns out to be the differentiating factor over other machines. Development of software for construction machinery can sometimes be a challenging proposition, but its benefits comfortably outweigh the implementation efforts.

It is true that it is not possible to create a one-size-fits-all solution for construction machineries. However, there are new technology trends that can make any heavy equipment more efficient, safe, and productive.

If you really want to gain more out of your heavy equipment, please visit us at K and G Machinery.