Real Time Location Sensing (RTLS) in Construction Projects: Challenges and Costs
November 1, 2018
RTLS on the Construction Site
The emergence of Real Time Location Sensing (RTLS) technology has created an intriguing data acquisition tool for the construction industry. Potentially allowing project leaders to monitor site productivity, manage materials/assets and supervise labor and safety through the accurate collection and analysis of location based data.
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).
On a construction site, RTLS technology can provide location data for each worker within a 5 meter (16 ft) radius. To provide this level of locational accuracy the site will need to have location sensors/readers at frequent intervals throughout each floor and as your site evolves towards completion the location sensors will need to be constantly monitored and shifted by your team to ensure that accurate data continues to be collected.
If you require even finer locational data (i.e. closing the 5 meter range down to 1.5m) the hardware requirements will increase drastically, as will the frequency of location sensor ‘shifting’ to accommodate a site’s expanding progress. The increased hardware needs add to the project costs and can impede the productivity of your site.
Before committing to the use of RTLS and specifically, the level of locational detail needed, on your construction site we recommended that you research and understand the benefits and costs. Investigate further here and here.