IoT as a digitalization booster for the construction industry

 Pioneering spirit, Super Bowl and digital twin: The Internet of Things as a digitalization booster for the construction industry

The global construction industry is classic "old economy." Rather ponderous, conservative and a bit sluggish in its development: So much for the common preconceptions. The reality is different: For some time now, companies in this industry have been demonstrating a pioneering spirit and implementing new, groundbreaking technologies. The Internet of Things has been playing an important role in the digitization of the construction industry for years. 

An ideal example of this successful symbiosis of "old economy" and "new technology" is SoFi Stadium in Inglewood/USA: The home stadium of the NFL teams Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, which will open in 2021 and offer space for up to 100,000 spectators, recently hosted the Super Bowl 2022. In addition to the sporting significance, one technological detail is extremely exciting: At around five billion US dollars, the most expensive stadium project in the world to date is the first sports venue in the USA to rely on "digital twin" technology.


Digital twin: Big Data in the stadium provides a better for a better experience for fans, guests and residents.

IoT technology in the stadium? How does that work? The explanation is actually quite simple: project managers collect a huge amount of data in every area of SoFi Stadium and the entire surrounding facility. From this "Big Data" complex, they develop a virtual copy of the stadium. This "digital twin" provides analytical insights that significantly improve the experience for fans, residents and guests.

A quick digression on the topic: digital twin technology transforms all quantifiable aspects of physical buildings into living, learning and constantly evolving virtual replicas. This makes it possible at any venue to store, organize and access the data generated by smart buildings at any time - from the construction phase to ongoing operation. Owners and facility managers are thus provided with real-time insights that enable them to optimize all areas of highly complex building operations. The goal: solve problems before they occur and manage risks transparently - not only for a whole new, comfortable fan and visitor experience. But also for the development of previously impossible sustainable operating strategies. All of this is a huge challenge for an object as large and complex as a stadium, and IoT technology makes it possible to solve it efficiently. 


IoT and the construction industry: other practical examples

In the meantime, it is not only "digital twins" that have found their way into the construction industry. In the course of the past decade, many other IoT solutions have been able to establish themselves and provide a real "digital boost".


  • Telematics modules are used for tracking in fleet management and for theft protection. They provide data on important parameters via corresponding apps: Operating hours, kilometers traveled, operating times and maintenance intervals. And potential thieves of expensive construction vehicles used to have it easier when all they had to do was remove the serial number and repaint the machine if necessary. Nowadays, the integrated telematics module constantly sends signals. This makes the vehicle easy to locate and clearly identifiable.

  • Telematics modules have now evolved from expensive and pure tracking modules to powerful data management devices. With their small size and more attractive pricing, these new devices open up entirely new possibilities: Together with intelligent apps, they ensure sustainably improved dispatching and cost calculation. For example, operating and working hours as well as routes driven are automatically recorded and assigned to the corresponding cost centers and projects. Incidentally, this applies not only to machines, but also to employees in the individual trades at the respective construction sites.


Conclusion: IoT technology secures competitiveness in the construction industry

The construction industry is a market with high competition and parallel cost pressure, especially for SME companies. IoT technology helps to systematically record and document all relevant parameters - the optimal basis for optimal offers and optimal implementation of the entire construction project.

However, the basic prerequisite for this is clear: hardware and software components should be carefully adapted to the requirements of each individual construction company and each individual construction project. The optimum solution for this is an individual modular system that can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. And which at the same time offers a very high degree of individualization, in that the necessary configurations can be adapted to the current project in as much detail as possible. 

Every construction company should therefore look for the right partner for the smooth implementation and support of the operation of the IoT solution. Ideally, this service provider has extensive experience and know-how in both the hardware and software areas and is able to adapt both components to the respective requirements quickly and cost-effectively. We as ROBIOTIC GmbH together with HK.SYSTEMS GmbH are this right contact for successful IoT solutions in the construction sector. Contact us!

veröffentlicht am : 2022-02-16 10:00