The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the 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 provider in IoT Solutions and Licensed IoT Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO) with and Actility, a global provider in IoT connectivity solutions, and smart wearable technology and wireless tagging solutions from Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialised 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 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 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 (€4.87 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 centres. The number of visitors will be capped at one million people every year in line with environmental commitments.
TRSDC aims to become a world leader in environmental sustainability across planning, construction and operations. The project is planned in a way that considers the natural ecosystem of the area and several policies have been developed in this regard including; no waste-to-landfill, no discharges to the sea, no use of single use plastic, achieving a 100% carbon neutrality. In fact, the project master plan predicts a 30% net conservation benefit by 2040, which will be achieved by enhancing key habitats such as corals, mangroves, seagrasses and land vegetation.
LoRaWAN is particularly interesting in line with the projects sustainability goals as it can serve a multitude of IoT use cases, not only during construction, but also once the project is finished. The same network infrastructure can be utilised to monitor and optimise waste management, parking, lighting, power and water utilities, remote asset monitoring, to monitor the environment and much more.
The IoT solution and the innovation behind
Abeeway smart badges and tracking devices allow TRSDC to identify workers and vehicles and secure the construction area against unauthorised individual and vehicle access. Individual access rights will be granted based on role, responsibility, category and group of workers. In addition, the possibility of identifying vehicles remotely, geo-fencing perimetres and setting up alerts based on worker and vehicle access breaches will further enhance security.
A panic button will enable workers in distress to send an SOS signal back to TRSDC’s security and emergency response centre, allowing response teams to be sent directly to the location of the worker without losing potentially life-saving time. In fact, TRSDC recently opened their Central Medical Facility which will provide the highest medical care quality and assistance for those living and working on site during the construction phase.
From a process efficiency perspective, all tagged vehicles will have an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to ensure that there are no delays between required tasks. In addition, alerts will be triggered for idle workers or vehicles to enable improved worker supervision.
The technology will apply to all TRSDC’s contractors, who will be able to register their workers and vehicles and receive accreditation for them as required. Real-time and map-based remote tracking of workers and vehicles with heatmaps and counts will allow for more effective resource allocation across locations within TRSDC’s construction area.