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CES 2019: Exploring the Future of Construction with Technology Part 2

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In part one of this two-part series, the Sarasota construction attorneys from Cotney Construction Law discussed the technologies presented at CES 2019 that aim to change the way we do construction. So far, we have taken a look at the impressive statistics regarding attendance and coverage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 and discussed how new operator-assist systems can improve safety on the project site. Now, we will continue to explore the impressive technologies presented at CES 2019 that will change the construction industry.

Amazon “Drop Sites”

Amazon introduced a new service that allows customers to designate their homes and vehicles as “drop sites” for deliveries. For low-cost tool and part replacements on a strict time constraint, this service would allow contractors to allocate work to maximize time and efficiency. For example, if a worker needed a new drill, their supervisor could order one, then, while waiting for the item to be delivered, the supervisor could reassign the worker to a new task to ensure uninterrupted productivity.

Wearables

Although industry-grade wearables like exoskeletons have no place in a consumer electronics expo, there were several items at CES 2019 that will find use on the construction site. As we move away from traditional protective wear and embrace wearables outfitted with electronics, and therefore increased functionality, our ability to perform work productively will continue to increase. Some inventions include an earpiece for a mobile phone that can be worn as a ring, lifting assist belts, and wearable goggles for drone pilots.

5G Technology

5G technology is going to have significant ramifications on the construction industry as a whole. Wireless bandwidth speeds are hitting their stride to reduce costs while simultaneously boosting performance. 5G will be the foundation for technologies like autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and increasingly advanced applications. This technology will change the way we communicate with each other and the technology we employ to complete jobs.

Drones

Drones have made waves in the construction industry. They’re relatively inexpensive, licensing is simple, and they help perform some of the most dangerous jobs on the project site (or help make those types of jobs less dangerous by eliminating any potential surprises). Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the drones introduced at CES 2019 include those equipped with infrared and conventional-lens cameras as well as a variety of other drones boasting small but important improvements to make piloting more intuitive. If you haven’t invested in a drone, consult a Sarasota construction attorney to learn about the necessary licensing and safety regulations governing drone use on the project site.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.