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23 January 2020

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Why a strong connection is at the heart of construction

A successful and efficiently run construction site is the result of many parts working in sync with each other. Amongst these parts, a robust and reliable internet connection is as vital as a dependable water and steady electricity supply. It has changed the way we work, collaborate and share with each other in both our personal and work lives.

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Here are five reasons why a strong, secure and fast internet connection is at the heart of effective construction.

1) It’s a construction site’s lifeline

A secure connection from site to corporate headquarters is essential in the running of a productive team. Being able to receive and send plans, amend CAD diagrams, and run video conference calls is imperative in being able to keep on schedule and deliver as promised. On-site offices rely on a good connection to be able to communicate with multiple people across the site, connect with printers and office equipment and run essential online programs.

2) How we use the internet is changing

The modern construction site is evolving at an incredibly fast rate, and data collection and the use of microchip technology is becoming more and more commonplace. As digital systems become even more complex and advanced, we will see an increase in equipment tracking, remote operation, and data analysis. All of this relies on consistent and fast internet.

3) Dongle solutions are good but not perfect

If you are looking for fast upload and download speeds, then dongles (small portable modems that attach to USB ports for easy, immediate, internet) just aren’t going to crack it. Although ideal for a household’s temporary internet, dongle solutions alone can’t handle the traffic that a construction site demands. They can also have weak signal strength, and when there’s downtime there’s no internet provider to turn to to provide a solution and get you back online. They are also limited by restrictive data limits.

4) The need for security

As sad as it is to admit, building sites are hotspots for theft and vandalism. 92% of sites will be affected by the theft of equipment or materials* and 8.9% will lose more than £100,000 to crime every year. Modern CCTV systems require reliable internet to operate efficiently and tagged machinery can also be tracked and monitored through online programmes. Going offline can leave your site in the dark.

5) The need continues after the scaffolding is down

Once everything is wrapped up, and the construction teams have left, there’s still a continual need for internet if a successful sale is to be made. Online forms and databases can’t be accessed, nor can digital floor plans or other selling tools. Your marketing efforts can end up sabotaged if performance and insights data cannot be tracked.

And, when a customer moves into their new home, you want them to be happy. 87% of adults use the internet daily** so making sure that they’re connected from day one is an essential part of the consumer journey and results in a satisfied client.

 

Overall, without a decent and reliable internet connection, the modern construction site would come grinding to a standstill. It is so important in today’s world, for the construction workers, for the head office and for the sales & marketing team, that a strong connection is maintained at all times.

 

By working with UK Connect, you can ensure that your construction site has a secure, dependable internet lifeline. We offer unlimited fibre-speed broadband connectivity, set up within ten days so that your site runs as efficiently as possible. We also provide 24/7 support and offer full UK coverage. Get in touch today to see what we can do for you.

 

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