A construction jobsite is an extremely dynamic environment and access to information in real time dictates whether the project will face cost overruns or be completed in time. This environment is a perfect example of where RFID & GPS technology can be used in countless applications. Jobsites are able to use a variety of RFID frequencies and GPS in applications to ensure security and to automate previously manual processes. An example would be to leverage active RFID to locate long range, or hard to find items, or opening secure doors or enabling machinery access or even opening vehicle access gates.
In order to get the most out of RFID & GPS, managers on a jobsite must understand all processes in the location. Security measures are extremely important in avoiding lawsuits, fraud, and lost or stolen equipment, while automating manual process can help to scale the operation and cut costs.
- Time Management
Employee badges have multiple uses on a jobsite. One application for these badges is using them to record employee hours. When an employee walks by the reader, the badge is scanned and his/her status can be updated in the system and recorded on an electronic time card. This time card can be either compared to an employee’s logged hours or be the sole record for employee time management. If each read is stored and used alone as an employee’s time sheet for the week, there would be no need for each employee to log time.
- Fuelling of Assets
Fuelling stations can be targeted areas for fraud on jobsites due to lack of security and visibility. The fuel onsite is typically supplied by and paid for by the construction company or project owner for authorized vehicles. Each month, these companies are seeing increased depletion of fuel that cannot be attributed to normal use. The disappearance of fuel on jobsites is mainly due to people (with or without access) filling up non-company cars with company fuel. In order to reduce this loss, GPS can be installed on vehicles or alternatively RFID readers on fuel pumps and RFID tags on vehicles can keep detailed records of how much fuel is pumped into each vehicle. These pumps can also be programmed with software to only pump fuel when an authorized tag is read. This will keep unauthorized vehicles from abusing company fuel.
- Restricted Access
On jobsites multiple levels of security clearance mandated in certain areas help decrease the probability of lost or stolen equipment and information. These clearance levels can be programmed on badges or within a GPS software platform so only authorized personnel are able to access high-security areas. Additional security measures can be put in place such as fingerprint scanners or coded PIN pads to enhance security and deter theft. In the event of an evacuation order, being able to collect the whereabouts of all personnel on site is critical.
These same measures can be put in place at a security gate for vehicle admittance. Vehicle access control and clearance levels can also be programmed on Windshield tags or Rear-view Mirror tags in order to create a secure vehicle lot.
- Machine Safety
Different types of machinery are found throughout jobsites and are often extremely high-cost assets. This machinery is a necessary evil in the field, it can also be a liability for the company. If ill-trained employees operate complex machinery and get hurt in the process, the company could expose to significant liability. Adding an RFID access control system to machinery can limit the ability to operate this equipment to only pre-cleared employees. These clearance levels can be programmed on employee RFID badges and read upon entry to each piece of machinery. Entry and exit logs can also be stored on a database for use if any problems arise.