Saint-Denis, 27 November 2020 – The Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, in partnership with IoT Valley and Boks, has put in place a system of networked boxes, in response to issues raised by deliveries to construction sites.
Delivering to a construction site - a risky business
The Industrie division has assisted in the development of Declique, a solution involving networked boxes, which allows for the key reasons for work interruptions on the construction site to be identified and quantified. Use of this tool has highlighted a major problem when it comes to running a construction site smoothly: deliveries to the site. Aside from interrupting the teams from doing their jobs, receiving packages gives rise to a significant loss of time which may constitute up to 10% of production hours. On top of this, there's the risk of additional accidents connected to moving around to collect the multitude of packages delivered throughout the day.
“Our electrical engineering jobs require a lot of equipment and logistics, so our employees are constantly interrupted by various deliveries of material. The problem is so recurrent that it's now become part of the job”, explains Matthieu Boutonnet, Head of department in the Tertiary division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire.
Meeting challenges by adapting to the construction site's environment
So as to reduce the various risks identified, SPIE and Boks have adapted and rolled out a solution of networked boxes, typically used in shared accommodation, to construction sites.
“We have adapted the existing solution to the various constraints of the construction site, particularly with regard to the size and endurance, but it also has to be easily movable and energy-independent”, Adrien Oskman, Chairman and Co-Founder of Boks explains.
Currently being tested at three construction sites in Toulouse, these networked boxes enable couriers to use a code generated by the recipient at the time of delivery to deposit parcels in a secure environment. The teams can then collect their parcel at any time, without having to interrupt what they're working on. After a few weeks’ use, installing these boxes has enabled us to quantify a significant improvement in productivity. We're already reviewing alternative box styles to enable a wider roll-out and to adapt to various construction site types.
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