May 16, 2020

The Alandale Group Intelligent Fingerprint testing in construction

Technology
Biometrics
UK
Europe
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Alandale Group to use biometrics for drug testing
The Alandale Group, the support services firm for the construction industry, has announced the incorporation of the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Test...

The Alandale Group, the support services firm for the construction industry, has announced the incorporation of the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Test into its operations.

The biometric solution works by collecting and analysing tiny traces of sweat from a fingerprint to detect drugs.

The test will be used in the firm’s operations across the UK and Europe, including the Alandale Plant & Scaffolding, Alandale Logistics, Alandale Northern and Alandale Security businesses.

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“We’ve selected the Intelligent Fingerprinting system to replace a urine test approach. We randomly test our workforce annually across all sites to encourage adherence to our drug usage policy and promote a safer workplace for all,” stated Sylvia Opara, Head of HR for The Alandale Group.

“We started using the Intelligent Fingerprinting System some months ago and, in contrast to the urine cup method we used before, our workers are much happier to provide a fingerprint sample as it is more dignified, and the testers find it easier to use.”

“All of this, in addition to having results within minutes, helps reduce the amount of time (and paperwork) needed to manage each random test. We are very impressed with the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test and would be happy to recommend the fingerprint testing method to other businesses.”

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Jun 11, 2021

How could drones be used in the construction industry?

Drones
construction
Technology
AI
2 min
As artificial Intelligence (AI) and drone technology develop, how could might drones be used in other industries such as construction?

The use of drones and drone technology including artificial intelligence in several industries has become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether it’s for security purposes or even a bit of fun, drones are a convenient way of monitoring situations from above. So, could this be beneficial to the construction industry? In short, yes, and here are some of the ways the industry can use them. 

Promotional photography

Whenever a construction project is complete, it’s always important to take images of it looking its best so that the project itself or even a business can be promoted. With drones, the ability to record aerial footage and take photos from the sky adds a new dimension to displaying a construction project. A drone, provided it specced correctly, can capture video and photos in 4K HD from unique angles and provide an interesting perspective on a building project. A drone could be particularly useful to estate agents who are looking to show properties that they are trying to sell. 

Laser Scanning

Occasionally surveyors need to laser scan parts of a building for planning and design reasons. This can be particularly challenging when trying to scan higher parts of a building due to not having a laser scanning tool that can reach. However, laser scanning capabilities in drones mean that they are able to capture things like the exact detail of topography and buildings while also having the ability to point cloud scan, which was previously difficult due to the restricted access of high points on buildings. 

Virtual “walk-around”

In construction, there are often times when a high level of risk is involved. This usually means have to complete certain tasks virtually. Drones can help workers do this through the use of their First Person View (FPV) technology. With this, a drone can stream HD footage to the project team and provide them with a live view of what it is seeing. This can be enhanced further with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses. 

Site logistics   

Activities on-site don’t always go as planned and if it’s a large site, it can especially difficult for managers and other interested personnel to determine the location of their workers, tools, and vehicles. Thanks to a drone’s ability to be operated remotely, they can provide managers with a birds-eye view of the whole site, as it flies around to each individual area. That way, they can gain a better understanding and awareness of exactly where everything is. 

Drones, therefore, have many uses for the construction industry from security to locating specific tools or vehicles, to laser-scanning features, all in 4K HD video. Maybe drones will become the future of not just the construction industry but many others, too.

 

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