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Microsoft launches new tech to increase safety at construction sites

by Jumana Abdel-Razzaq on Oct 16, 2017


The workplace safety solution uses existing CCTV cameras to create a safety and security tool.
The workplace safety solution uses existing CCTV cameras to create a safety and security tool.

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During Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction Summit last month, industry leaders affirmed that though many firms and experts agree that digitisation will improve the quality of work, the cost of these tools are a reason for concern for many local firms in the region.

Ozyucel said, however, that the industry is becoming more accepting to tech adoption and demand has increased over the last few years.

He said: “Cloud is definitely a solution for off-site areas, especially when IT infrastructure is difficult to reach or install.

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“By only using an internet connection, users can reach almost infinite resources, so this system creates flexibility [for professionals working on-site].

Additionally, Ozyucel explains that through wireless connections and easy installation, worries of high costs are almost eliminated.

“There is no need for a capital expense as it is a paperless cloud. There is also no need to buy infrastructure, so it is easy to use.

“Therefore, it is a good solution for companies to lower their costs {when adopting technology],” he added.

Ozyucel explained that it has not been too difficult approaching the construction industry with the service platform, as Microsoft is providing a much needed necessity for workplace safety.

“It’s been easy because when you think about construction, they are usually in [remote locations] where it is difficult to have IT supervisors on site,” he said.

But challenges in the implementation of technology for construction remain, especially in the fast-paced segment of cloud services.

“I think not only for the construction industry, but we clearly see a cloud skills gap. One of the reasons is because it is moving very quickly and every month we are adding new features,” Ozyucel added.



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