Dewalt Calls Jobsite Connectivity the Future of Connectivity

By Ken Briodagh June 01, 2017

In a recent release, Dewalt has heralded what it’s calling the new age of jobsite connectivity thanks to the company’s strategy to make construction more efficient through digital solutions. Over the coming months, Dewalt said it will launch a connected system, including a Wi-Fi mesh network and an Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed to enhance productivity, profitability, and safety on jobsites.

The company has performed research that is says indicates that, due to the increase in digital dependency in the construction field, there is an unmet need for reliable connectivity and asset management. Sharing data has become more necessary for contractors, yet limited connectivity options exist.

This patented Wi-Fi mesh technology is designed to provide a solution with its ruggedized access points built to withstand the harsh and variable conditions of a construction jobsite and help general and trade contractors to collaborate in real-time across large-scale jobsites and access critical site information such as prints, schedules, budgets and RFIs.

“Dewalt understands how vital the building and construction industries are to local and global economies,” said Tony Nicolaidis, VP, Marketing for Connected Systems, Dewalt. “Leveraging technology, our goal is to provide solutions for gathering in-depth jobsite data for better decision-making by general contractors and trade contractors, thus enhancing productivity and safety.”

The company also plans to offer an IoT platform for enabling contractors to understand the location and current usage of assets and data on site. As an initial offering, the Dewalt Tool Connect inventory management system is one component of total asset management and will be one part of the IoT platform.

“Entering the connectivity space is a great move for Dewalt and a promising opportunity for the industry,” said Taylor Cupp, Technologist, Mortenson Construction. “They bring a wealth of expertise to the industry as the first company to truly focus on creating a platform to support the Internet of Things. In tackling connectivity, we see huge potential and opportunity for DEWALT and the wider construction community.”

Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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