Video: Barcodes on Hard Hats Track Construction Labor

April 27, 2017

Telematics are an important part of tracking equipment, setting geo-fences, and monitoring security. Eyrus, a data collection and software company in Washington, D.C., has developed a new way to track who's who on construction jobsites.

FOX5 in Washington, D.C. posted this video explaining how construction companies in the D.C. area are using Eyrus data to stay on budget.

The Eyrus system combines RFID technologies with cell and tablet platforms to track workers, their companies, and the activities of each RFID tag.

Each tradesperson is assigned an RFID tag that is typically attached to their hardhat or identification badge. The Eyrus Data Collection Station (DCS) creates an electronic 'bubble' that collects the real-time data from each tag, then sends the data to the 'cloud' where it can be accessed by selected management via cell phone or tablet.

The company says the DCS dashboard provides a real-time overview of the projects, including detailed reports of hours planned and hours expended, broken down by CSI division, individual company, or tradesperson. The system's dashbord shows which projects and contractors are on schedule and which are falling behind. The software allows the user company to choose which workers and/or companies to track and set the parameters for each, such as a subcontractor's budgeted hours. Using this example, when the DCS sees the sub's hours are out of alignment, an alert is sent to designated devices.

The company says its reporting feature will create downloadable reports that will show who was on the jobsite, when, and for how long. If an emergency situation requires the site to be evacuated, the DCS will show which workers may still be on the site.

RFID technology has been part of telematics systems for equipment assets for some time now. Eyrus, who's company tagline is "Know It All," has found a way to keep track of human assets as well.