Tablets turning heads in construction industry
In addition to hammers and screwdrivers, many construction workers are adding tablet computers to their toolboxes, as those in the industry look to leverage the technology to improve communication and boost efficiency, according to a report from Canadian construction newspaper Journal of Commerce.
The news provider notes that superintendents and project managers -- those often in charge of running a construction site -- are finding the technology especially beneficial. Tablets enable these employees to organize various tasks that need to be completed and keep in contact with the central office around the clock.
What's more, the tablet allows these activities to be accomplished without tethering the employee to his or her desk. Because of the tablet's size and light weight, it can be easily carried around the construction site without feeling like a burden.
"Tablets allow you to do everything while you’re walking around," Brian Palmquist, director of quality management at Vancouver-based Ledcor Construction, says, according to the news provider.
Construction is not nearly the only industry adopting tablet technology. According to a 2011 Gartner report, the mobile devices are also being used among healthcare personnel, salespeople and executives across nearly all industries to improve business intelligence and drive new revenue.