Jun 1, 2020

Trending IoT technologies in construction

Dan Weatherley
3 min
Trending IoT technologies in construction
The various forms of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the construction industry are driving the industry forward. We take a closer look.

In the industry...

The various forms of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the construction industry are driving the industry forward. We take a closer look.

In the industry, technology has come a long way. The use and application of various types of technology have become the norm on both the construction site and behind the scenes. Both developed and developing countries are relying on the Internet of Things as it continues to drive operations forward for numerous firms. For many firms, IoT technologies are vital as they can help save time where it counts, save money and enable quicker completion of projects.


Drones are arguably the most important gadgets a construction firm can have. They have modernized many of the traditional methods of site inspections as well as land surveying.

Thanks for the adoption of drones, the possibility of human error can be completely eliminated in comparison to traditional processes that were used in previous years. One of the biggest benefits of drones is the far-flung locations they are able to travel to and collect data for with ease. Drones can also be very affordable. Whilst you can get very expensive solutions, even the cheaper solutions can provide great camera quality and a range of useful features to satisfy most construction companies’ requirements.


Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM is one of the latest and greatest advancements in the construction industry in recent years. For virtually all purposes blueprints were once used for, BIM completely replaces them enabling more accurate, detailed 3D models of structures and building sites. It has the power to bring together all the necessary information about a given project, all in one place. In addition to all of this, the technology has the ability to increase productivity, enable better collaboration, communication whilst reducing costs and enabling safer construction sites.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality, also known as AR, is a piece of specialist software enabling the ability for data and imagery to be overlaid onto the physical spaces. In complicated projects, the relevance and usability of AR has been proven thanks to the higher risk of these projects. AR has the power to prevent a project from being delayed due to numerous unforeseen complications. Furthermore, the use of the technology has made the life of architects, planners and associates so much easier thanks to AR’s ability to collaborate with clients and take corrective actions before any issues occur.

Mobile applications and devices

The Internet of Things has pushed the introduction of numerous user-friendly mobile apps for available to site engineers, for all areas of construction. These apps achieve efficiency and seamlessness whilst having the ability to slash costs. The apps can make documents and project information accessible with ease. 

In addition to this, there are also a number of mobile devices and products that have been designed specifically for the construction industry. These devices include rugged construction, better battery life than traditional devices (where applicable) and displays which are more suited for viewing in bright daylight which is ideal for construction sites.


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Jul 29, 2021

BT and Microsoft unveil strategic partnership

Dominic Ellis
3 min
BT and Microsoft launch strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services

BT and Microsoft have launched a strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health.

BT has already been named one of the first development partners for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams, with an approach that further enhances customer experience and creates new opportunities for growth. 

The strategic partnership will build on BT’s existing portfolio of cyber security services built on Microsoft technology. It will see the companies push forward with the design and launch of a new generation of managed security services to enable and protect the modern collaborative workplace. BT will work closely with Microsoft to develop distinct security propositions to defend customers’ operations across the cloud as well as its own IT estate.

Sustainability and collaboration on digital skills are integral to the partnership. BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.

“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global at BT and executive sponsor of BT’s partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.”

Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said: “BT can use Microsoft’s cutting-edge tools to develop new communications services that meet the needs and demands of today’s customers. By aligning our visions for communication, connectivity, security and digital technology, Microsoft and BT will support real growth for businesses across the world.”

Microsoft's vision is to transform construction and built environment businesses with design innovation, a supply chain you can control, and a connected, safer, more productive workforce.

Microsoft recently unveiled strong results for the quarter ending June 30:

  • Revenue totalled $46.2 billion, up 21%
  • Operating income was $19.1 billion, up 42%
  • Net income was $16.5 billion, up 47%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.17, up 49%

For the year, revenues totalled $168.1 billion (up 18%), operating income hit $69.9 billion (up 32%), net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively.

“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”

In a trading update last month, BT reported profit after tax £2m, down £446m, due to a "one-off tax charge in the quarter to reflect the remeasurement of deferred tax balances following the enactment of the new UK corporation tax rate of 25% from April 2023".

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