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NEXT Coalition chooses five pilot projects to fight COVID-19 on jobsites

Mobile platforms, wearable sensors, AI video systems among the trial solutions.

October 19, 2020 |

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The NEXT Coalition, a group of four major contractors, has chosen five pilot projects to fight COVID-19 challenges on jobsites.

The coalition, composed of Black & Veatch, DPR Construction, Haskell, and McCarthy, selected GoContractor,,, Opal, and Versatile to develop the first projects. NEXT is evaluating 58 other projects and still welcoming new submissions.

The projects will explore:

· An online contractor orientation platform designed to facilitate COVID-19 protocols

· Wearables with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to capture data on worker location, notify workers of potential threats, and help facilitate worker scheduling

· An artificial intelligence system that studies images and makes alerts for potential health hazards

· An IoT wearable real time location system (RTLS) solution that addresses safety, security, and operational challenges

· A multisensor unit on cranes that measures points of data including load, weight, motion, rigging, unrigging, material location, tasks, and idle times

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