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In the first part of this blog series, we examined how technology can help construction firms to be more productive and safe. By using smartphones, cloud-software, and Artificial Intelligence, construction firms can do a lot to improve their business processes.
In this follow up blog, we’ll examine further ways to improve your firm with strategic applications of new technologies…
Technology That Works For You
Automation is a rapidly growing application of technology in the construction industry, and those similar to it, such as manufacturing and mining. Removing the worker from the equation can help to limit safety risks and maximize productivity around the clock:
Automated trucks and other heavy machinery can work around the clock to move materials place to another and execute other tasks – something you couldn’t achieve with the same investment in a human counterpart.
Technology That Keeps You Safe
Another application of automation and AI is in cybersecurity. These advanced types of cybersecurity software (firewalls, antivirus, antimalware) use artificial intelligence to better predict, identify and eliminate harmful malware.
Security based on advanced algorithms that can adapt and learn creates a system that can become familiar with the normal patterns associated with each user and device, detecting anomalies in those patterns quickly.
Essentially, something known as a neural net can be used in cybersecurity efforts. Based on a robust algorithm, the neural net can “learn” to spot patterns of data associated with previously identified and classified spear-phishing emails.
By incorporating this technology into an email client’s spam filter, the filter will be able to spot fraudulent incoming emails and eliminate them before they reach the recipient.
One of the best parts about neural nets is that they continue to learn and improve the more that they are used. With increasingly more data to draw from, this AI will become more and more accurate in doing its job.
Technology That Helps You Collaborate
One of the most significant pain points in the construction industry is how segmented a firm can be. Communication between workers, engineers, equipment vendors and other parts of the extended network of teams can slow every process down if they’re not handled right.
As explored in the first part of this series, it’s important to note that while you are not obligated to apply any of these technologies to the work you’d do, you’re leaving money on the table if you don’t.
If by using a new technology you’re able to improve a process, increase efficiency, or gain another advantage that lowers the amount of time or effort you invest in a process, that means you’ve saved money. If you’re unsure about how to invest in and deploy one of these technologies, then reach out to your New Orleans and Baton Rouge IT company. Give us a call at 1-800-560-2910!