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On a construction site, everything hums along fine as long as the teams of carpenters, welders and electricians have all the tools and materials they need to get their work done. Delays come when the teams fail to coordinate their efforts. Carpenters need electricians to reroute lengths of conduit. Electricians need engineers to explain discrepancies in the blueprints.
The more complex the site, the greater the likelihood that somebody at the front gate needs to talk to somebody four levels below ground, and it has to happen right now or the entire schedule gets thrown off. It doesn’t necessarily matter how the message gets through — by email, text message or voice call — it just has to get there, soon.
Modern wireless technology makes it possible to beam Internet connectivity to every place on a construction site that needs it. That allows the site manager in the trailer at street level to use a laptop to communicate with a construction crane operator using a two-way radio 57 stories above.
Everyone needs to use the communication tool best suited to their individual jobs. To keep construction site productivity at its peak, managers need technology that acts as bridge between all these varied communication tools.
That’s a key benefit of the MOTOTRBO line of digital radios, repeaters and software from Motorola Solutions. It keeps everybody talking to each other on their preferred devices.
MOTOTRBO has several components:
Combining sturdy, industrial strength radios with the latest wireless communication technology gives MOTOTRBO radios a distinct edge in the construction industry.
MOTOTRBO in action: Brisbane, Australia
In 2015, a new tunnel connecting sections of Brisbane, Australia, will open. The 2.9-mile Legacy Way project depends up on immense circular boring machines to dig the tunnel. Workers in the drilling machine need to be able to converse with people elsewhere in the tunnel site to coordinate efforts and ensure rapid emergency response.
The challenges were imposing: The radio communications network needed to be operational around the clock, able to deal with any kind of emergency — evacuation, flood, fire, tunnel collapse or power failure. It also had to be able to remain operational if its main transmission system was cut.
Motorola Solutions helped developed a hybrid network that includes:
“The radio communication system has had a huge impact on production,” said Filipe Pinheiro, an electrical engineer responsible for the project’s communications network. “The clarity of voice in either digital or analog mode means we are not losing any time to miscommunications. We have had a high standard of productivity that is hard to measure but that we know is there.”
The value of keeping everyone connected
Construction sites can scatter staff across a vast expanse of land and materials — the faster they resolve the inevitable issues that crop on projects, the better things go.
Every day a construction firm subtracts from a project is a day it can add to another one, increasing revenues and profitability while improving their chances to earn lucrative completion bonuses. Inevitably the work of construction has to be done; the best communications tools help get it done sooner.