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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

In a scenario in which the same staff member's sensor repeatedly passed through a gate, a manager could view images to identify whether or not the person wearing that sensor was the party authorized to do so, or if perhaps multiple workers were sharing a sensor, which would indicate a problem. Managers can use the Spot-r dashboard to locate where a particular sensor is on a worksite, then approach that worker and discuss the problem. A QR code on the Spot-r clip enables management to scan the front of the sensor and access details about any given employee, as well as view his or her picture, thereby confirming that person's identity

Other scenarios at the gate could include a jammed turnstile or a worker arriving without proper OSHA certification. Being able to capture video content to confirm an employee's identity provides a security feature that was difficult to come by without such technology, Fraser says. "From a security standpoint," he states, "if you ever have to go back to view details about a worker or incident, you can do so at the click of a button on the Spot-r dashboard."

For EarthCam, Cury says, the partnership provides risk mitigation and ultimately saves money for builders by making sure they offer a safer and more secure job site. "That's what excited us about this partnership," he recalls. The solution can also help builders secure contracts with their customers, Cury adds, by promising enhanced security and safety. Lettire is the first builder to deploy the combined solution, though Triax and EarthCam are currently in discussions with other companies for future installations.

In addition to its partnership with EarthCam, Triax has been adding new products to its platform since it was launched in 2017, to improve construction site management. One such feature is its EquipTag, which monitors equipment usage and location with an active RFID sensor tag attached to a tool or vehicle. Triax is also providing more granular data about the movements of individuals and tools on a work site.

To accomplish this goal, the company offers what it calls Point of Interest beacons. These devices transmit a signal to worker or equipment sensors located within the immediate vicinity. The sensor receives that beacon signal and forwards its ID, along with the sensor's own information, to the cloud-based server through nodes mounted around the site. In this way, the system can identify not only the general vicinity in which a particular worker is located, but also a more specific zone based on that beacon's readings.

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