It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close. 2018 was a watershed year for the construction industry, Triax Technologies, and our Spot-r system, and across jobsites, conference rooms, and industry events, we saw technology move from a few early adopters to a growing majority.

In 2018, IoT technology, including wearables, sensors and drones, found its legs at the jobsite. In the New Year, real-time data and analytics will further embed itself into construction processes and help drive daily decision-making. From worker safety and site control to resource (equipment, tools) utilization and real-time location, IoT technology will provide critical visibility into site operations and safety.

For Triax’s part, we’re proud of our efforts over the last year to make construction projects safer and smarter, and we’ll continue to work every day to empower various project stakeholders to improve worker safety, recover man hours, and keep projects moving forward.

Below we round-up some of our highlights from the past twelve months. We will continue to share the latest news, recommended reads, and stories from the field via our blog and newsletters, so subscribe to stay in the know.

In January, we officially launched our Spot-r EvacTags, which upgrade existing evacuation procedures with high-decibel, flashing alarms placed around the jobsite. In a situation that requires evacuation, supervisors can “Enable Evacuation” in the Spot-r dashboard to rigger real-time worker- and site-level evacuation alarms and can use the Project Zones Building view to monitor real-time worker headcounts by floor. Compared to manually blowing an air horn, Spot-r EvacTags reduce evacuation times by 72% and eliminate the need to send supervisors back into the building.

In April, our Spot-r solution was named “Health and Safety Solution of the Year” by the New York City Construction Awards, the first in a series of industry recognition, including Occupational Health & Safety Magazine’s New Product of the Year. Everything we do is for our customers in the field, and we rely on end user feedback and support to develop and deliver intelligent, innovative products that address the complexities of an active construction site. To that point, we invested significant resources in expanding the functionality and reporting tools of our Spot-r Cloud-based dashboard, among other exciting improvements. You can check out our 2018 Spot-r dashboard recap here.

In May, we recognized Safety Week with Gilbane Building Company and others. Everyone has the power to contribute to a safe jobsite, and our team shared best practices for communicating effectively and utilizing the right tools and technologies to mitigate risks. We’re gearing up for Safety Week 2019, so stay tuned.

Triax is committed to growing the construction technology ecosystem and partnering with industry-leading solutions providers to extend and expand the value of Spot-r’s proprietary communication protocol, sensor hardware, and Cloud-based dashboard. In May, we announced an integration with Bosch Power Tools, which uses the Spot-r network to collect and transmit floor- and zone-based location information from tools and assets tagged with the Bluehound system. In August, we helped unveil Oracle Construction and Engineering’s Innovation Lab, a simulated connected worksite that enables visitors to interact with leading-edge solutions, including connected devices, autonomous vehicles, drones, augmented reality, and more.

In October, ahead of the IRMI Construction Risk Conference, Travelers announced a partnership with Gilbane and Triax to review data collected from a variety of Triax’s Spot-r IoT devices, including those being used at a Gilbane site in New York City over 20 months. With Spot-r, Gilbane and Travelers have the ability to measure and modify behaviors, better identify hazards, improve loss control practices and mitigate overall risks. As we look ahead to 2019, we predict more insurance professionals will turn to technology and data to improve worker safety and deliver value to their clients.

We look forward to sharing more resources, insights and strategies on our blog and Content Library in the New Year and beyond.

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