Controlling work using RFID: monitoring and control system for safety equipment at construction sites

Abstract Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applied to the construction supply chain plays an important role, particularly when managing security equipment, whose conventional control practices have shown limited efficiency. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a monitoring and control system for the remote monitoring of security equipment using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology administered by software, which was also developed in this research called: Controlling work using RFID. The testing routine combined laboratory testing for hosting and system validation and testing at a construction site for system verification in a real building environment. The model proved to be efficient in terms of identifying and locating equipment by indicating its position in plant images. The model also provided graphical reports showing the characteristics of each piece of equipment presenting the following data: name, construction, location, brand, material, state of conservation, review forecast and person in charge. The introduction of ICT to develop tools, such as the system proposed in this study, helps advance the intelligent management of safety equipment at construction sites.