Stopping the Spread While Building the Future
How the construction business is moving forward and saving lives during the COVID crisis through the power of AI contact tracing
The world as we knew it has changed.
Within the span of a few short months, the COVID-19 crisis has upended and rewritten daily life across the globe. New terminology such as social distancing, flattening the curve, and shelter-in-place has become ubiquitous as communities around the world struggle to grasp the daily challenges at hand, while seeking to understand the mysterious new “normal” the future holds post-pandemic. While the sudden shift in societal behavior, interaction, and economics has left millions with an uneasy sense of direction, the tech world has been quietly developing the software, equipment, and solutions that have helped navigate the current novel coronavirus pandemic in a way that has kept businesses functioning, families connecting, and ultimately, saved countless lives.
Reimaging the Technology
The construction industry was one of the first to feel the burn of the COVID-19 halt. As the virus spread and shutdowns were enforced, millions of construction projects were stopped in their tracks, stymieing the growth of numerous communities. With each day of shutdown came millions of dollars in lost revenue and elevated potential for financial disaster for property investors, construction workers, and municipalities. The question became, “How can the construction industry get back to building our future while protecting their workers and the community at large?”
The answer, it seems, had been waiting in the tech sector all along.
Contact tracing, a digital process that instantly monitors the physical location of individuals and basic statistics of each worker, had been in development for years – and had been effectively tested and implemented for other uses. Previously utilized by the construction industry to monitor accidents or other safety incidents, the potential crossover impact of contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic was substantial.
Contact tracing is able to collect data surrounding proximity of workers, number of individuals in any given space, and other statistics that help inform basic decisions made to maintain the safety and health of workers as well as the wider community.
The Construction Industry Leads the Way
As other industries struggle to find their way through the current pandemic, construction and project managers have forged a pathway towards future success and safety for the general public and their workers. Through the repurposing of the contact tracing technology, the construction industry has been able to navigate the current crisis in an innovative and efficient way that is able to ensure the daily work is able to move forward while maintaining proper the social distancing and capacity limiting critical to staying healthy and saving lives.
COVID-19 has changed the world and the scope of its work, but by utilizing the ever evolving and developing technological advances, industries such as construction are clearing a pathway towards healthy practices and sustainable growth. Contact tracing is a low-cost, high-impact digital solution that the construction industry has embraced to keep the business of growth and expansion moving forward into the future.