The new tourist destination being built in Saudi Arabia is acting as a showcase for enhanced site safety, with wearable tech plus vehicle tracking all playing a part. More here;
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, is implementing an extensive IoT safety solution for its construction workforce and fleet of vehicles at its site on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The solution is a consortium formed by MachinesTalk, a regional leader in IoT Solutions and Licensed IoT – Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO) with and Actility, a global leader in IoT connectivity solutions, and smart wearable technology and wireless tagging solutions from Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialized in low-power geolocation.
The new technology aims to address four key considerations for TRSDC’s core construction site area: site security, worker safety, access control, and process efficiency. The IoT solution provided by Actility & Abeeway will be deployed by the leading national IoT service provider, MachinesTalk, an Actility Partner. MachinesTalk will deploy and operate a LoRaWAN network to cover more than 3,500 sq.km., and using the nationally developed and hosted IoT Platform “ThingsTalk” to unify and provide location-based insights based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT platform and Abeeway Smart Badges for up to 36,000 construction workers, and Abeeway Compact Trackers for up to 3,000 vehicles, to ensure safety and security.
A challenging project
The Red Sea Project is a land and property development on the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast announced by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in July 2017. The project is focused on tourism and hopes to contribute to the Kingdoms Vision 2030 strategy by attracting tourists to visit and explore the Saudi western coast.
The giga project is expected to contribute $5.86 billion per year to the Saudi GDP upon completion, at which point it will cover 28,000 km2 (11,000 sq mi) of pristine islands, sweeping desert dunes, mountain ranges and volcanoes. The first phase will complete by 2023 when 3,000 hotel rooms will be constructed along with an international airport, marina and recreation centers. The number of visitors will be capped at one million people every year in line with environmental commitments.
“We asked ourselves how we could enhance security on our site and enable an efficient construction process at the same time, while considering upwards of 36,000 workers across 3,500 km2, How could we ensure worker safety in case of health emergencies or prevent workers getting lost in remote locations in the desert or on islands? How could we control access and track the 3,000 vehicles of multiple contractors across the construction site, delivering materials, tools and transporting employees?”
said Ian Williamson, TRSDC’s Chief Projects Delivery Officer.