The event season kicks off for us next week (30-31 March) as we attend our first event of the year - the brand new Futureworx. Organised by Plantworx and the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) the event ‘seeks to identify, demonstrate and discuss the technology and innovation that will drive sustainability and productivity on the construction site of 2030 and beyond.’
What’s the event all about?
The conference will focus on three main themes exploring the challenges and opportunities for the construction industry in:
Decarbonisation - the Net Zero challenge
Data - driving change and productivity
The human interface - with automation, autonomy and AI
We were one of the first proximity warning system (PWS) suppliers to introduce data analysis via our Oversite telematics platform launched in 2016. And during this time we’ve helped customers use their data to make changes to site layout, job roles, and working practices to ensure lasting safety improvements onsite. Working with GKD Technologies we’ll be presenting a new data platform at Futureworx that enables you to delve even deeper into the analytics and see how people are behaving on your site when working around moving plant.
Combining the human interface with automation
The People part of the People Plant Interface is the most important. Our products have always been designed to work with people and existing safety practices to support driver and pedestrian awareness around plant machinery.
A new development we launched in 2020 works with the machine’s functions on excavators. The patent-pending SmartBubble advancement automates authorised approaches to plant vehicles when they are in a ‘safe state’ without triggering workers’ SiteZone PWS tags and system alarms. It reduces potential “nuisance alarms”, reduces downtime, and simplifies how the operator uses the SiteZone system. It also works in conjunction with existing safety protocols, like ‘thumbs up’ and helps reinforce positive safety behaviour around mobile plant.