Low-power local area mobile phone network supplier, Private Mobile Networks (PMN), has joined a construction industry grouping aimed at promoting the use of mobile technology.
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The Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT (COMIT) grouping was set up in 2002 with start-up funding from the UK Department of Trade and Industry to research and trial mobile IT technologies for use in the construction industry.
Neil Pawsey, COMIT chairman said, "PMN will bring knowledge, experience and expertise in mobile voice technology to address the challenges COMIT faces in driving innovative technologies into the construction sector."
PMN is licensed to use mobile wireless spectrum not used by the major mobile network operators to set up small private mobile networks.
Dean Parsons, managing director of PMN, said, "We see some excellent opportunities for effective use of private mobile networks for temporary deployments on construction sites."
Earlier this year COMIT joined forces with the Construction Industry Computing Association (CICA) to encourage the adoption of mobile IT in the architecture, engineering and construction sector.
COMIT and CICA will jointly engage with suppliers as well as develop best practice and share cross-community experience.