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Contractor picks winning start-up for site tech trials

23 Nov 18 Contractor Colmore Tang has chosen the winner from more than 200 responses it received in a hunt for start-up technology that it could work with to help improve the construction industry.

It is now set to trial the winning technology on its own live sites where there are 500 operatives at work.

Colmore Tang Construction (CTC) partnered with Virgin StartUp earlier in the year to launch its ConstrucTech initiative, an accelerator programme for innovations in the industry.

It has now chosen to work with a business called Wearable Link, which has developed technology aimed at improving health and safety on construction sites.  

Wearable Link’s product deals with health and safety in the industry, monitoring the location, activity and status of users on site. It examines employee vitals, detects hazardous conditions in the construction environment and automatically notifies workers of unsafe working zones whilst providing clear evacuation instructions.

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Andy Robinson, CEO of Colmore Tang Group, said that he was excited to work with the firm and see how they could solve problems that are endemic within the construction sector. “Working with this innovative start-up business is the next stage of the ConstrucTech process and we’re really looking forward to seeing how their technology can help to resolve health and safety issues that are addressed every day by construction companies all over the world,” he said.

“The purpose of ConstrucTech was to positively disrupt the sector and pave the way for a technology-driven future in construction,” he added. “ We will be working very closely our chosen finalist to test, re-test and refine the product to make it the very best it can be.”

ConstrucTech attracted 210 applicants - some of which were from as far as Australia and the USA - and included concepts involving artificial intelligence, 3D-print robotic solutions and cloud-based software.

The company said that the competition was born out of frustration within the sector, which is slow to embrace innovation and adopt new technology. CTC has identified a number of key areas within its business - and the industry as a whole - which it believes could benefit from the contribution of enterprising start-ups and their technologies; productivity, materials and skills.

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