Is Your Construction Business Sustainable?

Sept. 26, 2023
Sponsored by AT&T Business

If it’s good for the environment, it’s good for business. That’s not just some empty slogan.

Case in point: The Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) “encourages recipients to consider climate change and sustainability throughout the planning and project development process,” the agency said in an April 2022 memo. “Recipients should fund projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. FHWA encourages recipients to fund projects that support fiscally responsible land use and transportation efficient design, or incorporate electrification or zero emission vehicle infrastructure.1” A growing number of states, enterprises and even investors have similar requirements. 

“A lot of construction companies have told us, ‘We lost the bid because we didn’t have a way to report our sustainability,’” says Gail Peter Wong, AT&T Connected Solutions head of marketing for IoT asset management.  

IoT solutions improve efficiency and sustainability

This trend is the latest reason why savvy contractors and their equipment partners — including OEMs, dealers and rental companies — are investing in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that provide granular information about their cranes, excavators, trucks, skid steers and other mobile assets. Long before governments and clients began requiring environmental impact reports, these IoT solutions enabled construction companies to track the location, status and condition of each piece of equipment. These insights provide a wide variety of business benefits, such as:

  • Identifying underutilized and idle assets so they can be retasked, maximizing their productivity.
  • Spotting emerging maintenance issues so they can be addressed before they damage equipment and impact project schedules.
  • Uncovering inefficient practices such as excessive idling.

Now those IoT solutions are doing double duty to meet sustainability requirements. For example, the ability to track and compare engine hours and mileage for each mobile asset enables companies to minimize fuel waste and thus their emissions. Another example is identifying engines and drivetrains that have begun operating out of spec, which also can waste fuel and increase emissions.

Construction companies and their equipment partners can’t address these and other business and environmental problems if they don’t know about them. IoT uncovers those problems — not only in real time but also historically. For example, contractors can analyze the data to see which brands and models met their business and sustainability goals. This enables them to make more informed decisions when it’s time to purchase or lease new equipment.

How to choose a contractor-grade IoT solution

When developing an IoT strategy that supports both business and environmental requirements, look for a solution that makes it easy to collect, analyze and act on all that data. That’s a tall order, which is why AT&T’s Equipment and Machinery Solutions offers a contractor-grade IoT solution with an asset management journey approach that enables ease of adoption.

  • The AT&T Equipment and Machinery Solutions web portal and mobile application help customers track, monitor, maintain and inspect their assets before, during and after projects are completed.  AT&T’s vast catalog of IoT devices and newer telematics enabled heavy equipment data via API integration to ensure that every asset can provide all the necessary operational data.
  • AT&T’s 5G and 4G mobile networks, as well as those of its 600 global roaming partners, ensure that those telematics units can upload their data even from remote areas.  
  • AT&T's covers more roads2 and highways3 than any other carrier,
  • In July 2023, AT&T, Deloitte and Salesforce made things even easier by integrating IoT telematics data into Deloitte Digital's Sustainability 360 sustainability management solution powered by Salesforce Net Zero Cloud. 

This frees construction companies from the time and expense of selecting and then integrating all the necessary IoT hardware, software and cloud services. Instead, they can focus on acting on the business insights that the joint solution provides — including alerts that flag areas for improvement.

One example is a job site where trucks spend an excessive amount of time idling. This could indicate that additional excavators or wheel loaders are needed to speed up loading and unloading. That insight saves fuel, minimizes emissions and increases the productivity of drivers and their trucks. It also enables that contractor to document exactly how it’s meeting environmental benchmarks. That’s a truly sustainable business.

Equipment management is likely to continue going greener, cleaner, and more data driven. With AT&T’s Equipment and Machinery Solution, you’re ready to track, monitor, inspect and now report emissions data and track carbon footprint of assets.

For more information, visit AT&T Equipment and Machinery Solutions.

1  Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) Implementation Guidance

2AT&T covers more roads than any other carrier (Based on nationwide GWS drive test data. GWS conducts paid drive tests for AT&T and uses the data in its analysis)

3 AT&T covers more highways than any other carrier (Based on independent third-party data)