ITcon Vol. 14, pg. 526-539, http://www.itcon.org/2009/34

Futuristic construction communication infrastructures: secure and safe with no wires

published:August 2009
editor(s):Kazi A S, Aouad G, Baldwin A
authors:Rebecca Strachan, Associate Dean - Learning and Teaching
Northumbria University, Pandon Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
rebecca.strachan@northumbria.ac.uk

Paul Stephenson, Director - Postgraduate Programme in Construction
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, United Kingdom
p.stephenson@shu.ac.uk
summary:Wireless technology is already available and used in several industrial sectors. In the next few years it is envisaged that the technology will mature and converge with other technologies providing the ability to communicate and exchange data and information easily and effectively anytime, anywhere, and in any place. Alongside this, security technology will grow and mature providing a safe information technology (IT) networked environment. Where these two technologies combine, they will provide major benefits for the construction industry, particularly in the design, construction and operational stages of new build projects. This paper will explore the positive impacts that can be achieved from a secure and wireless IT infrastructure. This will be carried out through an in-depth analysis and investigation of current and future wireless and security technologies. The paper will also explore their impact on the construction industry through a series of scenarios with practicing professionals. This will provide the opportunity to demonstrate practical problems in day-to-day communications and how the technology can provide appropriate solutions. The foreseen industrial impact will be to promote wireless communications as a safe and secure medium for construction organisations. This will also provide the opportunity for enhanced collaborative working and information sharing throughout the supply chain and the various construction processes. Additionally, this will also help promote confidence in the use of the technology so that wireless communication systems become an integral part of work operations in the future.
keywords:Wireless networks, IT Security, Communication
full text: (PDF file, 0.613 MB)
citation:Strachan R, Stephenson P (2009). Futuristic construction communication infrastructures: secure and safe with no wires, ITcon Vol. 14, Special issue Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning, pg. 526-539, http://www.itcon.org/2009/34