Published On: Wed, May 31st, 2017

ATF Launches IoT Security Device to Address Issues of Theft on Construction Sites

In order to address the issue of theft on  construction sites and remote locations, ATF Services, a site safety company in Australia has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) wireless monitoring device.

ATF said that the cost of replacing tools or materials is only one part of the equation; without the gear to get the job done, customers’ projects have got delayed and builders risk fines for delayed completion.

According to ATF, 39 percent of residential builders in Australia have been affected by theft or vandalism at their building sites, and 61 perfect of those affected, experienced the theft of raw materials, while 46 percent experienced the theft of small hand-held tools.

ATF partnered with Microsoft, Two Bulls, and Thinxtra to develop a multi-sensor wireless alarm system. The “tamper-proof” device was designed on top of Microsoft’s Service Fabric and is backed by the Secure Track Sense Cloud platform hosted on Azure.The alarm will be connected to a wireless network dedicated to IoT that Sydney-based Thinxtra is rolling out across Australia and New Zealand using Sigfox technology.

The alarm system provides 24/7 monitoring for up to 12 months on just four AA batteries.At a rental fee starting at $0.50/day, the wireless alarm can be controlled via a mobile application called ATF Vision, which allows the device to be configured to the requirements of the environment.

Automatic alerts are sent via app notification or email if any unexpected movement, light, sound, or vibration is detected within a 15 metre radius. When triggered, the alarm also activates a flashing red warning light and loud buzzer to deter thieves.

Two Bulls, a software development firm with offices in Melbourne, New York, and Berlin, said it used Microsoft’s IoT Gateway to create a field gateway to connect the alarm’s sensors to Azure.

Nick Darvey, technical lead at Two Bulls said that Microsoft’s Service Fabric, its programming models, and high-availability made it a natural fit for ATF’s requirements as we don’t have the 20 years of research and PhDs necessary to build our own distributed system.

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