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Construction Site Solution Pairs RFID and Video

Triax is teaming up with EarthCam to employ the latter's video-capture technology at construction site entrance points, thereby creating an automated link between a worker's ID number and video of that individual, with the goal of boosting safety and security.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 19, 2019

Construction camera technology company EarthCam and worker safety technology firm Triax have partnered to offer a solution that combines RFID-based data regarding workers and camera-based video to provide builders and building owners with an automated view into what happens at a work site entrance. The solution combines Spot-r worker safety technology to identify individuals accessing a site, integrated with locking turnstiles, along with EarthCam's video-verification system.

The combined solution is now in use at a New York City construction site managed by Lettire Construction. With the technology in place, Letttire can manage its entrance gates based on RFID data, says Mike Fraser, Triax's VP of business development, and monitor what is taking place by viewing camera footage based on a specific RFID tag read. Lettire has already been employing Triax's Spot-R worker safety system for several years (see New York Builder Brings Safety With Visibility via RFID), and it recently had been seeking a way to include visual data at an entry turnstile.

Triax's Mike Fraser
The Spot-r Worker Safety system includes active RFID sensors and readers, as well as cloud-based software that enables construction companies to identify employees wearing Spot-r IoT sensors, and to locate and connect with workers and management onsite in the event of an emergency. EarthCam, a provider of construction camera technology, offers live streaming video, gigapixel panoramas, 360-degree virtual-reality site tours and AI-generated, time-lapse videos to its customers so they can monitor, document and promote their construction projects in real time. It offers what it calls "360 Reality" capture of hundreds of photos in 360 degrees.

The firm's customers include builders around the world, for such projects as civil, commercial, government and residential construction, according to Brian Cury, EarthCam's CEO and founder. "Our company is focused on better lives through visual information," he explains, "so we are always looking for other data that can subsidize or support that effort." Triax and EarthCam recently identified an opportunity to combine their technologies to allow a clear view into who enters and leaves a construction site, linked to automated RFID data.

"Managing the movement of contractors on a complex job site is a difficult task," Fraser states. Automated turnstiles offer one way to limit who comes onsite. With RFID linked to those turnstiles, builders can better control which individuals enter automatically. Sometimes, however, construction managers need more than an ID. In some cases, they require a picture. "Our clients have increasingly asked for better access control," Fraser says. "They need to make sure everyone who is onsite is permitted to be there."

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