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Hot Trends in the Residential Construction Industry

By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly

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In the construction world, efficient homes are all the rage right now. Whether through solar energy, efficient insulation or other construction techniques, consumers are looking for homes that are cost effective as well as comfortable. As it turns out, efficiency and innovation are also in demand from construction companies. In a competitive housing market, growing SMBs face the challenge of attaining lean balance sheets while building quality homes at volume. This means that time has to be used effectively and without waste. Resources have to be managed strategically. Construction companies have to run smarter. If you own or manage a medium-sized construction company, chances are you're constantly looking for an edge that will help take your business to the next level. Fortunately, you're not alone. U.S. Cellular is an industry leader when it comes to helping construction companies reach their goals. Here are some of the areas in which U.S. Cellular can help your business excel.

Monitor and control

Remote monitoring solutions, provided by U.S. Cellular and its partners, allow you to observe and manage operations while taking advantage of a first-rate wireless network. For example, using Monnit wireless water detection sensors and U.S. Cellular's wireless services, contractors can receive alerts about the presence of water on construction sites, allowing them to respond immediately to potential problems. Leaks can be plugged or repaired before major water damage occurs. This is just one example of the ways technology can help you monitor your projects. Other tools, like remote cameras, can help you keep an eye on things from offsite.

Automation and operations

The less work you have to do, the better, right? By letting today's technology take over specific tasks, you leave yourself more time to focus on building great homes. Solutions from U.S. Cellular allow you to automate many traditional business processes. For instance, you can automate time-sheets, scheduling notifications and more. With smart time cards and smartphone apps, workers are automatically detected on site, allowing for pinpoint-accurate time keeping, which saves administrators valuable time that would otherwise be lost when managing traditional time cards and sheets. You can also use mobile devices to process payments, eliminating the need for time-consuming paperwork and speeding up the supply chain.

Asset management

Thanks to technology, it's easier to manage your assets than ever before. Using remote sensing technology and GPS data you can keep track of your construction equipment. Using SkyHawk AVL solutions in tandem with U.S. Cellular's cellular and satellite connectivity, you can track your machines on a Google Map interface that lets you know exactly where they are, ensuring security and peace of mind, and enabling efficient route scheduling from site to site.


Communications

Communication is key in any business, and even more so in construction. As a national leader in the communications industry, U.S. Cellular can help you turn your construction company into an efficient machine. From a wide array of smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, to world-class routers and wireless networks, to industry-leading plans, U.S. Cellular provides complete solutions. You can create a package that's tailored to your specific needs. Are you only looking to wire your company headquarters? Or are you also looking to outfit your team with cellphones and tablets? What kind of plan do you need? All of these problems can be solved by networking with U.S. Cellular's Concierge Team.

Other benefits of smart business

Times are changing, and with all the benefits provided by new technologies, there's no reason not to change with them. Thanks to internet connectivity, mobile devices and remote sensors are giving managers and workers the ability to stay connected at all times, both with each other and with their equipment.

In the old days, an onsite problem could create a delay for hours or even days while workers waited for upper management to arrive in person to provide their expertise. Nowadays, smartphone cameras can take videos and pictures which are then relayed to company headquarters via cellular and satellite communications systems. Managers can provide the appropriate solutions over the phone or through video instruction, eliminating the need for physical travel. Add to this the ability to monitor your projects after hours and the growing potential for automating tasks through apps, and adopting high-tech business solutions through U.S. Cellular is a no-brainer.



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