DEWALT to introduce Wi-Fi-connected tools
The company will also offer an IoT platform to facilitate data sharing
Over the coming months, DEWALT will launch a fully connected system — including a Wi-Fi mesh network and, later, an Internet of Things platform — to enhance productivity, profitability and safety on the job site.
After extensive research, DEWALT identified that, due to the increase in digital dependency in the construction field, there is a need for reliable connectivity and asset management across the job site. Sharing data has become more necessary for contractors, yet limited connectivity options exist.
DEWALT’s patented Wi-Fi mesh technology provides a key solution with its ruggedized access points built to withstand the harsh and variable conditions of a construction job site. DEWALT Wi-Fi enables general and trade contractors to collaborate in real-time across large-scale job sites and to easily access critical site information such as prints, schedules, budgets and RFIs.
“DEWALT understands how vital the building and construction industries are to local and global economies,” DEWALT Vice President of Marketing for Connected Systems Tony Nicolaidis said. “Leveraging technology, our goal is to provide solutions for gathering in-depth job site data for better decision-making by general contractors and trade contractors, thus enhancing productivity and safety.”
The Wi-Fi solution is the beginning and foundation of an entire end-to-end solution. DEWALT will also offer an IoT platform, enabling contractors to understand the location and utilization of assets and data on site. As an initial offering, the DEWALT Tool Connect inventory-management system is one component of total asset management. This will become part of the larger digital platform providing critical data to inform decision-making.
“Entering the connectivity space is a great move for DEWALT and a promising opportunity for the industry," Mortenson Construction Technologist Taylor Cupp said. "In tackling connectivity, we see huge potential and opportunity for DEWALT and the wider construction community."
Together, these solutions from DEWALT will connect the job site and allow contractors to improve efficiency, profitability and safety through connectivity, insights and asset optimization.
For more information, visit www.dewalt.com/jobsitewifi.