Despite a 30 year record in other industries, RFID tags have not been widely adopted by the construction sector. It is estimated that in 2011, less than 10% of the construction industry utilized some sort of RFID asset management system. This may be because contractors are not aware of the potential benefits of RFID technology.
RFID tags have been used to track tools, equipment, and materials on-site, as well as to manage data such as inspections of safety equipment. Field studies have shown that foremen can spend as much as 20% of their time searching for tools and materials. RFID tags allow these to be located quickly, increasing productivity and decreasing the amount of time a crew is unsupervised.
Barriers to RFID adoption include the upfront costs, as well as the current lack of standardized RFID packages currently available.
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