IoT 20(23): e3

Research Article

Can Be Applied for Bluetooth Low Energy to i-construction? : Characterization of BLE on Excavator

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.16-10-2020.166662,
        author={Ryo Hamamoto and Kazuomi Endo and Hiroki Tanaka and Koichi Yamashita and Masayuki Kagoshima and Hiroshi Togo and Kouta Mizukoshi and Hidenaga Kawaguchi and Yuta Kishino},
        title={Can Be Applied for Bluetooth Low Energy to i-construction? : Characterization of BLE on Excavator},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things},
        volume={6},
        number={23},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={IOT},
        year={2020},
        month={10},
        keywords={Excavator, i-construction, Bluetooth, Wireless communication, Internet of Things},
        doi={10.4108/eai.16-10-2020.166662}
    }
    
  • Ryo Hamamoto
    Kazuomi Endo
    Hiroki Tanaka
    Koichi Yamashita
    Masayuki Kagoshima
    Hiroshi Togo
    Kouta Mizukoshi
    Hidenaga Kawaguchi
    Yuta Kishino
    Year: 2020
    Can Be Applied for Bluetooth Low Energy to i-construction? : Characterization of BLE on Excavator
    IOT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.16-10-2020.166662
Ryo Hamamoto1,*, Kazuomi Endo1, Hiroki Tanaka1, Koichi Yamashita1, Masayuki Kagoshima1, Hiroshi Togo1, Kouta Mizukoshi2, Hidenaga Kawaguchi3, Yuta Kishino3
  • 1: Kobelco Construction Machinery Corporation Limited, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2: Fastics Corporation Limited, Tokyo, Japan
  • 3: Nishiyama Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
*Contact email: hamamoto.ryo@kobelco.com

Abstract

The Government of Japan has declared that construction sites must implement i-construction, in which information communication technology (ICT) is used to improve construction site productivity and throughput. Examples of i-construction include remote and automatic control systems for construction machinery, for which wireless communication is generally required; however, the wireless characteristics that must be considered in i-construction remain unclear. To clarify these characteristics, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon module is implemented for construction machines, and we investigate its communication characteristics. We focussed on two evaluations: characterisation of the BLE unit module and its feasibility in i-construction. Experimental results were used to characterise BLE communication in a residential area and construction site. In the latter, BLE beacon module communication was possible between a sender located in an excavator attachment and a receiver in its cabin.