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Today’s Top Tech to Support the Construction Jobsite

Blog Posts - Feb 24

Today’s Top Tech to Support the Construction Jobsite

Ara Eckel
Director, Product Management, Connected Solutions
JLG Industries

In the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry, technological advancements continue to revolutionize the way projects are planned, executed and managed.

From groundbreaking innovations to smart solutions, construction professionals are increasingly relying on cutting-edge technologies to enhance safety, efficiency and overall productivity on the jobsite.

JLG Industries stands at the forefront of this technological revolution, bringing to the table innovative solutions such as ClearSky Smart Fleet™ technology, transforming the construction experience.

Let’s review the top tech trends shaping the construction jobsite with a particular focus on JLG's groundbreaking technology and other innovations that are reshaping the industry.


ClearSky Technology: A Game-Changer for Aerial Equipment Management

JLG Industries took a giant leap forward in equipment management with the introduction of IoT technology, ClearSky Smart Fleet. This next-level solution allows construction professionals to digitize daily processes and remotely monitor and manage their lift and aerial fleets in real time. ClearSky provides valuable insights into equipment usage, maintenance needs, and overall performance, empowering project managers to optimize their fleet for maximum efficiency—all using IoT.

Key features of ClearSky Smart Fleet technology:

  • Accurate and efficient machine location: “Find my Machine” uses geolocation to activate a machine’s beacon for visual and audible cues providing effortless equipment identification in seconds.
  • Machine status indication: The color of a machine’s beacon delivers at-a-glance identification of a machine’s status such as active DTCs, battery or fuel level, ignition and more.
  • Streamlined logistics with Automated Site Networks: Site Networks are like automated geofences, only better. When two or more machines are within range of a local connection, they’ll automatically form a Site Network, helping you track and report equipment without lifting a finger.
  • Actionable, on-demand machine and fleet insights: Find out more about machine use, uptime, maintenance, history and more to help maximize productivity and ROI.
  • Digital analyzer: Perform wireless diagnostics with the built-in analyzer functionality saving time and money by replacing the need for a separate JLG handheld analyzer. 

ClearSky Smart Fleet is a robust, constantly evolving platform capable of delivering new functionalities, insights and ways to run more efficient operations.

Other industry-specific technologies also are making a difference in the shift of how construction companies manage people and fleets.


Smart Construction Wearables

Beyond equipment management, construction professionals are now leveraging smart wearables to enhance worker safety and productivity. Wearable devices equipped with sensors and communication capabilities are becoming invaluable tools on the jobsite.

For example:

  • Smart helmets: Equipped with augmented reality (AR) technology, smart helmets provide workers with real-time information, including project plans, safety alerts, and equipment data.
  • Wearable sensors: Wearables embedded with sensors can monitor workers' vital signs, detecting signs of fatigue or overexertion.


Remote Equipment Operation

Worldwide, mobile applications have made it easier and quicker to do business, and in the construction industry, it is no different. Remote access, via mobile devices, is a technology area that has grown in the past few years and doesn’t show signs of slowing.

  • Drone technology: Drones have become indispensable tools in construction, offering a new perspective on project management, surveying and inspections.
    • Aerial surveys: Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras and LiDAR technology can quickly and accurately survey construction sites, providing detailed maps and 3D models.
    • Inspections and maintenance: Drones facilitate efficient and safe inspections of structures, reducing the need for manual inspections in hazardous environments.


The Future of Construction Technology

As construction professionals navigate the challenges of the modern jobsite, JLG Industries remains a trusted partner, providing the tools and technologies needed to stay ahead in a rapidly changing industry. As technology continues to evolve, including game-changing innovations like artificial intelligence, the connectivity of IoT will be foundational for a larger digital ecosystem. With the integration, and continued evolution, of ClearSky Smart Fleet, and a commitment to sustainability, JLG is not just keeping up with the times but actively shaping the future of construction.

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