Construction company trials 5G for site tech applications

Taylor Construction has completed trials and is now using a 5G for its business networking in partnership with Cradlepoint.

The Australian-based firm is already experiencing wide area network (WAN) speeds of up to 20 times the performance of its 4G connection, to support a range of bandwidth and latency-sensitive connected devices and applications on its construction sites.

Following the February release of Cradlepoint’s 5G wireless edge solutions in Australia, and its coinciding rollout with Telstra’s 5G network, the company identified a construction site where it could trial Telstra’s Enterprise Wireless solution and Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Service for Branch.

Taylor is experimenting with holographic building visualisation via Microsoft's HoloLens, to render a virtual model of a building or elements of the construction process, such as holographic structural steel, framing, or electrical schematics.

It is also testing Internet of Things-enabled sensors affixed to rebar and embedded in concrete aggregate, which send data to the Cradlepoint router, then onto the cloud. This can help Taylor determine if concrete is poured correctly and track any shifting of the concrete for years to come.

“To some people, this is science fiction; to me, this is the next generation of business,” said Christian Neyle, IT manager for Taylor Construction. “We could have used fibre, but mobility was also important, which is why 5G is the only solution that works.”

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