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Indoor Tracking in Construction and Tunnels

Activities in the construction industry are regarded as particularly risky jobs, due to the high frequency of accidents. Constant changes in the working environment, high physical stress, unpredictable weather conditions and time and deadline pressures mean that employees in the construction industry and in tunnels are exposed to a higher accident and health risk compared with other industries. In addition, there are dangers associated with heavy equipment, dust and noise, especially during tunnel construction.

Indoor tracking can be used on construction sites and during the construction, maintenance and cleaning of tunnels. infsoft's tracking solutions provide real-time information on the locations of people, equipment and vehicles. This increases safety at workplaces on construction sites and in tunnels. At the same time, the applied technology can make work processes in the construction industry more efficient.

Features for Construction and Tunnels


Increased safety in tunnels

The tracking of workers during construction, maintenance and cleaning of tunnels ensures increased personnel safety. In case of an accident, the person affected can be located via indoor tracking. Furthermore, mechanisms can be configured that inform the control center whenever a worker or a vehicle enters or exits a defined area.

In emergencies, such as fire, pipe burst or the presence of hazardous gases, it is critical to evacuate all people present in a timely manner. In this context, infsoft's tracking solutions enable fast and targeted search and rescue operations.

In addition to the positioning sensors, condition sensors for gas detection and air quality monitoring can be installed in the working areas. In this way, employees can be warned in a timely manner and the security system can be activated. If harmful gases are emitted in tunnels or the quality of the air is impaired in any other way, an immediate evacuation can be organized on the basis of real-time employee data.


Efficient coordination of work processes

Indoor tracking of personnel, equipment and vehicles facilitates an efficient coordination of work processes. The localization of employees enables targeted, effective personnel deployment. It can be ensured that the employees are only deployed in areas or take over tasks for which they have sufficient training and authorization. If desired, tasks can be automatically generated and sent to a worker's smartphone. Vehicles and machines can also be tracked and thus efficiently coordinated.

On large construction sites, site data increases the availability of machines and accelerates access. Savings on investments in machinery can also be achieved.

At the same time, tracking solutions can help reduce traffic problems. When maintenance and cleaning of tunnels is done efficiently, impact on traffic is being minimized and possible road closures can be removed in a timely manner.

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Technical Implementation

The existing technical infrastructure can directly be used in many cases. Depending on the requirement, the operator choses a client-based (app is necessary, positioning via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth beacons and sensor fusion, including a back channel) or a server-based solution (no app required; positioning via infsoft Locator Nodes; detection of Wi-Fi devices, Bluetooth beacons, Ultra-wideband or RFID modules; no back channel available). High-precision solutions with low latencies can be implemented on the basis of Ultra-wideband (UWB). The use of RFID is suitable for a point-specific object identification with high unit numbers.

Indoor navigation software by infsoft can be implemented in existing applications, websites and hospital information systems. The accuracy is – depending on the technical realization – up to ten centimeters or less.

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