[News Articles on Technology] IoT Startups Offering Disruptive Solutions for Quality Inspection and Construction Site Management

SparkAmpLab Editorial Team
May 24, 2019

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TiHive and BeeInventor are two startups offering IoT powered solutions to tackle issues faced in Quality Inspection and Construction Site Management respectively.

A recent study revealed that only 0.06% of all the devices that could leverage IoT are doing so. IoT’s been most commonly used in smart home solutions, but startups in other industries are finally realizing its power and potential. TiHive and BeeInventor are two IoT startups aiming to improve and disrupt quality inspection and construction site management. TiHive aims to leverage IoT to deploy distributed inspection and product authentication in each step of the supply chain. BeeInventor aims to make the construction industry ‘smart’ by building an IoT device that suit the people, machinery, and materials involved in construction.

Why Quality Inspection Can be Massively Improved and Made ‘Smarter’

Inspecting non-woven, plastic, composite, textile and other types of construction material at each stage of production is extremely difficult. Because of this, often times, quality inspection efforts are made at the end of a production phase. But correcting even minor mistakes when production is close to complete is extremely expensive.  

One of the biggest issues involved with large-scale production is process variability. External factors such as density, humidity levels, thickness and more can cause extreme variation in production. If production isn’t optimized and these variations are not controlled, variations can cause production costs to skyrocket.

Managing process variability and quality inspection effectively is what TiHive does. TiHive has leveraged IoT to formulate an instant inspection technology. Its use of an IoT device makes it easier to monitor defects or contaminations at each step of production without slowing the process down. TiHive utilizes machine learning and Terahertz electromagnetic waves, which are electromagnetic waves capable of penetrating and seeing through several materials, to provide their solution. Using Terahertz electromagnetic waves simplifies the inspection process, and unlike X-Rays, Terahertz waves are perceived by scientists as safe and side-effect free.  

The Need for ‘Smart’ Construction Site Management

Construction site management is often a demanding line of work that involves managing a wide range of factors such as people, machinery and materials. And it is a field that is not becoming more effective with time. A recent study revealed that between the years of 2012 and 2015, construction site fatalities have increased by 16%. While there is ever increasing revenue generated from construction projects, there hasn’t been a correlated increase in project quality, safety and efficiency.

BeeInventor is improving construction site management by building an IoT platform leveraging a cloud based management portal to coordinate with construction personnel and improve the logistical use of machinery and materials. With BeeInventor, a comprehensive outlook of the construction site is provided, which ensures higher safety and efficiency standards.

Dasloop is the IoT device that BeeInventor has developed to monitor construction sites. It is usable as both an extension to existing construction helmets as well as a standalone helmet, and comes with a myriad of features such as body temperature sensor, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, altimeter, gas detector, panic button and more. With Dasloop, BeeInventor can monitor worker safety, and can offer indoor positioning and communication solutions through Bluetooth and mesh networks. BeeInventor makes construction ‘smarter’ than ever.

IoT is the next big thing in tech, and has huge potential that has not yet been tapped. By applying IoT in new industries, companies such as BeeInventor and TiHive are unleashing the true potential of IoT devices and their underlying technology and are helping usher in a new era of smart-tech.

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