Why investing in reliable internet is critical for construction programmes

 

Why investing in reliable internet is critical for construction programmes

Investing in reliable internet is critical for construction programmes. The construction sector’s appetite for reliable internet services has increased dramatically in recent years due to the growing number of devices and cloud-based applications in use on construction sites. In our world of rapidly advancing technology, construction sites need minimum bandwidths to use new apps and software for contract and supplier management, surveys, geolocation and workflow. Without reliable internet access, communication is hindered and sites can’t operate as well as they need to.

The challenge may arise in provisioning the internet resources in the first place: From industry experience, there is 30% chance that any ethernet installation will be disrupted due to wayleave or lack of fibre infrastructure. If any of your sites have suffered from a delay in the install of a fixed line, you’ll be familiar with the financial cost that this disruption causes.

As construction companies often work in locations where fixed connectivity is limited, expensive or impossible, IT managers and programme leads are investing in reliable and secure cost-effective bonded internet solutions.

Reliable internet connections are needed by construction managers to communicate with architects, contractors and clients to keep sites running efficiently. Web access is needed for site workers as well as guest contractors, architect and visitors who need immediate access to plans, surveys and orders as well as technical and health and safety information. This means that unreliable or delayed connections can have impacts on client relationships, contract management and on-site safety as well as the bottom line. The benefits of having reliable connectivity outweigh the costs.

 

What’s the best solution?

Bonded internet access is the technology that many leaders in the construction industry are opting for. This works by combining multiple lines and networks into a single connection. This means stable connections and reliable speeds. The service allows business to mix and match connections from 3G, 4G, ADSL, fibre, ethernet and leased lines. This technology bonds multiple 4G connections in stand-alone units on sites where there is no fixed internet line or, can be put in place immediately, ahead of fixed line installation dates. With bonded internet access there’s no need to delay the start of large projects due to connectivity issues.

Comms365 is a market leader in this technology, providing bonded internet access to Europe’s largest construction companies including Morrison Utility Services, whose Business Systems Director said:

“Not only did we need a solution that would work effectively in different environments, but a team who fully understood our requirements. Comms365 ticked all the boxes.”

Comms365’s award-winning bonded internet solution, Continuum, is a fully portable internet resource. What makes Continuum special is that it doesn’t need to be tuned on-site, so there’s no need for an on-site technician to keep re-configuring and tuning devices to make them work properly. This significantly reduces pressure on company IT staff. Continuum’s equipment is monitored and tuned remotely by Comms365 engineers, making it a simple plug and play solution.

Continuum brings all the site’s different types of connectivity into one, reliable and stable connection. Its durable casing makes it perfectly suited to construction sites. Comms365 has connectivity solutions for all sizes of site office, with Continuum typically supporting site offices of 20-50 users.

Comms365 provides construction sites with a full turn-key service from delivery of the unique Continuum equipment to on-site and remote management when the service is being used.

Continuum has won industry awards and commendations, including Best Innovative Technology at the Bright Sparc Awards and best innovation and technology at the MK Business Achievement Awards.  Continuum features on UK Construction Online.

 

As well as the unique Continuum product, Comms365 also specialises in 4G services, SD-WAN, Internet of Things, ISP services and rental solutions. If you’d like to discuss how Comms365’s solutions can help your construction business to thrive, call us on 01234 865880 or email sales@comms365.com.  Visit our website again for future Blogs on this subject.