Construction companies need to find a balance between the cost of lost or stolen tools and equipment and the cost associated with tracking them. The objective of this research was to develop a tool and/or equipment management system using a construction gangbox modified with a radio frequency identification reader, antennas, and custom communication hardware and software. The system allows users to automatically check in or out tagged tools and/or equipment. It was laboratory tested for functionality using 50 tools over varying read times and found to be both accurate and reliable. The prototype costs are discussed along with potential cost reductions and improvements. The system can be extended to include materials and has the potential for use in industries other than construction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Construction Education and Research|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2009|
- Theft loss prevention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Building and Construction