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Home News Blog Construction Firms Are Building On AWID’s RFID Experience
Construction Firms Are Building On AWID’s RFID Experience
Friday, 30 October 2015 13:37

There is an interesting change of thinking going on in the construction industry. For years, construction professionals had little awareness and less interest in RFID; it was up to RFID companies to introduce the technology and its business benefits to the industry. Today construction companies see the value RFID can create and are coming to AWID with technical questions about how they can get the technology to work in their environment.

There is a clear and strong case for RFID in the construction industry. Here’s why:

  • Tools, equipment and materials are expensive and millions of dollars worth are stolen from construction sites every year.
  • Construction delays cost companies even more because they drive up labor costs, equipment rental costs and threaten project financing provisions.
  • Construction firms typically have a lot of capital tied up in excess inventory that is kept to ensure workers will have enough tools and materials on hand.
  • Labor and materials must be scheduled and managed carefully to keep projects on schedule.
  • Bar code tracking is inefficient because it is very manual and unreliable because bar codes often become unreadable due to material storage and usage conditions.
  • RFID can make sure the right materials are in the right place at the right time to prevent losses and delays.

RFID-based asset management systems that track tools and materials, update inventory levels and provide utilization data make a lot of sense for construction companies. However, creating systems that can automatically track items in all kinds of conditions isn’t easy, especially with so many RFID readers on the market designed for retail and other friendly environments.

That’s where AWID comes in. We’ve helped companies specify and implement RFID readers to track materials in and out of tool storage units, control vehicle access to sites, provide employee access control and time & attendance tracking and more. We have weatherproof, long-range readers that are sensitive enough to accurately read RFID tags that are applied to metal tools and equipment. That’s the kind of performance and experience you can build on – contact us to learn more.

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