Health & Safety and Security 

Health & Safety and Security are key at Ferrovial. In complex large-scale building sites it is critical to set up secure access control and operational monitoring systems with real-time response to minimise H&S risks. Ferrovial is looking for innovators to leverage the capabilities of 5G for the following use cases.

  1. Flexible perimeter control and access monitoring systems for workers and vehicles
  2. Real-time operational tracking and warning systems to ensure worker safety

Currently different solutions are used including CCTV, sensors, wearables, as well as manual certification, but the turnaround is not in real-time and the system cannot be moved easily from one site to another. Ferrovial would be looking for devices and solutions that provides wireless and touchless verification and control, potentially leveraging mobile edge computer and computer vision, and real-time monitoring and response enabled by 5G to:

  • Check workers have the correct authorisation and PPE to enter the site, including entrance to high-risk areas and designated walkways, as well as to operate specific machinery.
  • Check vehicles or delivery trucks have the correct authorisation before entering the site, and following designated routes.
  • Ensure worker’s safe distance to machinery and real-time near-miss detection.

Logistics and site operations 

Ferrovial is looking for innovative solutions that can leverage 5G connectivity to coordinate logistics and operations around the construction sites to optimise efficiency and accuracy through the following use cases:

  1. Wayfinding: optimisation of tracking, management and distribution of construction materials arriving at sites.
  2. Worker assistance: AR for remote site simulation and daily briefing.
  3. Mobility: automated and autonomous vehicles for operations.

The proposed solutions could leverage augmented reality, computer vision, IoT, AI and robotics to:

  • Allow for a seamless journey from booking to delivery of construction materials to the appropriate location, with real-time monitoring and adaptability.
  • Allow for visual simulation and verification during different phases facilitating project planning and progress reviews, for example during the initial construction phase to check the positioning of different infrastructure elements, such as roads or tunnels.
  • Provide wayfinding and enable enhanced proximity-based content.
  • Enable immersive point of work briefings to workers and increase workers engagement.
  • Improve environmental performance and monitoring of carbon footprint, air quality, noise contamination, etc.
  • Automation of certain workflows and operations.

Other use cases 

Ferrovial is interested in transformative use cases and innovative solutions in construction and mobility, and welcomes applications from startups and SMEs with innovations in additional areas. These could include leveraging 5G to enable accurate, regular surveys of the construction sites and predictive maintenance of machinery, amongst others.

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