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Wearable Time Reporting Technology

  • 1.  Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-17-2018 13:51
    ​​Hello and I thank you in advance for your response -

    I am interested in any information and or direction that I can receive that is specific to anyone using or thinking of using time-reporting-wearable clothing (or devices that can be carried to track employees time).  We currently use a hybrid of processes to report our weekly time to process payroll.  Our accounting system is running with VIEWPOINT's VISTA software (awesome product), we have also started to us KEYSTYLE data solutions as a way to report detailed job-work hours.  We are continuing to look for the absolute best solution.

    Any demo information or product information, preferably with hands on data/results, would be extremely appreciated.

    Thanks and have a Safe Day!



    Joseph Waninger
    County Group Companies
    New Castle DE
    (302) 322-8946

  • 2.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-18-2018 08:02
    Triax should be on your list to investigate.
    Welcome to Triax Technologies

    Alex Lee CPA/CITP, CCIFP
    Roy T. Goodwin Contractors, Inc.
    Nashville TN
    (615) 242-5448

  • 3.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-18-2018 11:11

    I would be interested in hearing about this as well. We're trying to solve for certain time reporting processes. Considering the low-cost of wearables combined with GPS seems like an excellent potential solution.

  • 4.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-18-2018 13:14
    Using GPs and geofencing is a common feature of mobile timekeeping solutions that will be exhibiting during the annual conference in Miami. GPS alone, however, does not provide an elevation for multi story buildings. Mesh networks can deliver that accuracy but increase costs and should be introduced with other data capture benefits.
    Other considerations with GPS, WiFi, etc  are leaving these features on can drain the battery on cell phones. Most avoid real time, always on as while it sounds ideal, it isn't always practical.
    Automating the check in/out can also be used to verify total hours on site per worker without attaching a task or cost code. I've seen project owners implement this to compare against T&M invoices.
    It's already possible to ID all phones and Internet of Things (iot) devices and set parameters for notifications (exceptions based upon parameters)​

    Carol Hagen
    Chandler AZ
    (480) 705-4241
    Bluebeam Gold Partner: CFMA members receive a 5% discount off Bluebeam direct pricing on licenses, upgrades and annual maintenance

  • 5.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-21-2018 19:55
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    There are a range of technology solutions that you might want to consider for this. We've played around with a few of them, and discounted many more. I'd be happy to explain which ones we think you should run with, but I'd want to get a bit more context around your use case. We are a software company but do not have an offering in this space, so it won't be a sell.

    A few things to consider.

    In most cases you are going to be using some form of RF-based technology for determining location. This will require anchors that are of a fixed known location, and beacons that interact with the anchors to derive and report position. There are different RF technologies (location engines) that determine this, including RFID, Bluetooth Low-Energy, Ultra-Wide Band, Zigbee, LoRA, GPS, and then combinations of the above depending on the manufacturer. There are other proprietary technologies out there too, some of which have been mentioned already

    Accuracy: The nature of the underlying RF technology or location engine will dictate the level of accuracy that you are able to locate. Some solutions are more accurate than others, but there are trade offs in terms of cost, hardware and network requirements, battery life and the physical form factor of the device. None of these are cheap solutions however, and they have to be maintained, and in some cases charged regularly.

    Frequency of Measurement: Some of these technologies are genuinely real-time sensing, in that they'll track the location of your assets on an ongoing basis, subject to network and connectivity. Some are infrequent, registering location only when you pass in proximity to a reader. This is typically the case for passive RFID and gate readers etc. It really depends on your business case as to what you'd want to use.

    Lacking Context: RTLS and motion data has the potential to generate a vast data set, that you may not be able to utilize easily within your existing construction management systems. Also, one failing of RTLS often cited in the literature is the lack of context of the motion data. if you only want to document timekeeping, then the context can be well defined - i.e. when does someone walk thru a gateway. If you want to expand the technology to zone-based measurement for things like work face planning, activity sampling etc, then you need to understand what the data represents, and this can be difficult if you aren't gathering complimentary data in a way that supports the RTLS data.

    You suggested that you were just looking for timekeeping. One company worth a look is Eyrus. They use BLE to determine attendance, and compare against schedule. Triax have good, construction-proven tech, but I am not sure of its application to timekeeping. I can intro you to the right people at both companies if you like.

    I've attached a deck on a study that we did with Skanska in 2016. It has video so its a big file (>100mb). We've done these with GPS, BLE and UWB, and can tell you a lot of what to avoid. I'm happy to share feedback over a call if needed.



    Guy Skillett
    VP Construction
    San Francisco CA
    (415) 867-3567

  • 6.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-22-2018 16:59
    Agreeing with Guy about the RFID being the better solution. Elevation issues are solved so that location of workers are not only indicated by floor, but by zone within each floor. I know that Triax is working on improving the Spot-r program to be able to locate within feet.  We are using the Spot-r system on a 220,000 sq ft building in Manhattan with control access zones which include security. Daily the project has between 125 and 250 workers and a simple scan in the morning of their ID card and scan to a Spot-r devise identifies each worker, what OSHA or NYCDOB certifications they have (and status of expiration), EEO information (if required by project), and of course from the time they scan in, indicates in live time exactly where they are on the job. Once they leave the identified work zone, the device identifies what time they left so, if they leave the site for lunch break the device can be used to verify time in case they failed to sign out. Time is the least of the reasons we use the devise however. Because the technology was originally designed for indicating potential head injuries in sports, it is 'impact' sensitive. If a worker falls while working, we know it in real time and an alert is sent to the Site Safety Manager (SSM). The devise the identifies the height of the fall and who the person is. Insurance companies are going crazy over this. We even demonstrated to four major carriers and they were shocked when we showed the a "dropped" devise vs. a test drop of a cement block from 12', which the devise registered the exact fall height and showed the location. Talk about muster control? From our I-pad we can send an alert both vibration and audible to everyone on site at the same time so if there is a major event such as fire or partial building collapse we can react faster in mustering the workers. Better, when FNDY arrives to respond to this type event, I know exactly how many workers have arrived at the muster and how many have not, and I know who they are. Now I can direct rescue efforts to the exact numbers of effected / trapped workers, without rescuers having to search for them. And I can tell if they are trapped and moving or trapped and not moving. Again, Insurance companies go crazy over this. We reduced our CCIP rate by a 1/2 point mostly because we are using Spot-r. We use it for tool inventory as well. I can go on and on. It is the wave of the future. You should check out this technology. See the links attached and better, go to their booth  at the June Annual Conference in Miami.


     Good Luck.

    Bernard Ruf
    Hudson River Construction Management, LLC
    Newburgh NY
    (917) 450-0146

  • 7.  RE: Wearable Time Reporting Technology

    Posted 05-22-2018 09:19
    ​We just rolled out T Sheets and are very pleased with this product.  Employees can clock in and out on their phone.  We also use Viewpoint and have been able to import timesheets from T-Sheets to Viewpoint.

    Alex Adarmes CPA
    Chief Financial Officer
    MSF Electric Inc.
    Stafford TX
    (281) 494-4700