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Wireless sensor networks for resources tracking at building construction sites

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3 Author(s)
Shen, Xuesong ; Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China ; Cheng, Wu ; Lu, Ming

We evaluate the technical feasibility of applying emerging wireless network technologies for resources tracking at building construction sites. We first identify practical constraints in solving resourcetracking problems in an enclosed or partially covered environment. We then compare pros and cons of available localization principles and examine the latest wireless communication technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and ZigBee. We find that the ZigBee-based wireless sensor network and the received signal strength indicator (RSSI) localization method are most promising to tackle on-site tracking of construction resources. Finally, we anticipate some application challenges associated with deploying wireless sensor networks for resources tracking in the practical context.

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Tsinghua Science and Technology  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: S1 )

Date of Publication:

Oct. 2008

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