RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) is a tool that has been popping up lately as a potential solution for monitoring construction labor. RTLS offers many attractive benefits including construction productivity tracking and deep analytics on worker movement which could drive improved onsite processes. Many industry leaders are beginning to utilize or discuss more about RTLS, but what really is it? RTLS is a finely tuned and intricate combination of hardware (location sensors/readers, ID nodes/tags/badges) and software (location engine, middleware, business/data interpretation application). In construction, RTLS provides a crucial component of a worksite, enhancing location data for each worker within a 5-meter (16 ft.) radius. With the level of accuracy RTLS provides, construction leaders have the opportunity to automate and create simplified solutions for their worksite. With this information, is RTLS necessary for construction sites?
With RTLS being such a powerful tool for construction worksites, there are some challenges that come with it. The infrastructure to set up and maintain a RTLS can be costly and prone to downtimes due to the complexity of the network required. There is a need to get power and internet access for each of the readers onsite required to capture data. If a site does not have easy access to these resources, this may prove to be a big problem. It’s important to plan and make sure to have everything you need onsite, so that once it is time to get to work, you’re all set.
RTLS has had obstacles in the past when it comes to unions. Unions are not keen on RTLS due to enhanced tracking and monitoring. With accuracy, there also comes headaches when it comes to the workforce and their specific preferences, and it’s vital to always listen to your workforce’s needs.
With many pros and cons when it comes to RTLS, there is also another solution to acquiring accurate and impactful construction data without the need for overbearing tech/software and workforce opinion. Zone-based tracking, also known as Zone Management, can provide an easier and more manageable solution when it comes to construction worksites. Zone Management is more like the “friend” than the common “big brother” term in construction.
Zone Management is the control and monitoring of specific areas onsite without the hurdles of additional fencing, gates, and other tech/software setup. With Eyrus, construction teams can create specific zones for their worksite that provide visibility into the workforce. Construction data such as names, timesheets, and companies can be accessed when creating specific zones onsite, as well as access control and enhanced safety measures such as alerts and mass messaging. When Zone Management is combined with density alerts, dynamic workspaces can be managed simply and seamlessly in real-time to keep operations flowing and workers safe. With this enhanced construction data, managers have the tools necessary to understand what exactly is happening onsite, and make empowered decisions to drive project success.
It really depends! If teams have the resources, time, and workforce approval, it is a useful tool to have onsite. Overall, it may prove to be a bit expensive, time-consuming, and unpopular with the workforce. Industry leaders are looking to rely more on fast, simplified, and easier solutions to meet demands, stay on budget, as well as ensure their workforce is taken care of. That solution is Zone Management. Both solutions prove to be an effective source of insightful data, but do teams really need to have such a granular and specific view of their workforce? Managing the workforce is always going to be a top priority onsite. Rather than going granular, gain insight into site trends and zones to provide your workforce with the best resources and information possible to put them in the best position for success with Zone Management.
Wh Eyrus’ customizable construction workforce management software, easily acquire the necessary construction data pertaining to your specific worksite and workforce, without the hassle of tons of software, setups, and technology. With Eyrus’ variety of features, capturing construction data without harming the workforce is attainable and can put your team and project in the best position to succeed. Interested in learning more? Your time, your schedule, Eyrus’ Zone Management, and RTLS experts are here to provide a simple outlook on how to position you for the best success possible, book time with us now here!
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