UK property development company Robert Hughes Limited has begun implementing private mobile networks at its construction sites to improve communications and cut costs.
The company is using Rapid Deployment Units (RDUs) from GSM network technology provider Private Mobile Networks of the Teleware Group to eliminate construction site call costs and its reliance on public mobile networks.
There is no charge for calls between handsets on a single site and the RDUs can be connected to a standard phone line to allow users to make external calls at standard landline call rates.
The first deployment of the RDU by Robert Hughes is at a multi-storey building site to overcome difficulties in communicating with staff working below ground level.
"Construction is an industry in which we constantly need to ask questions, verify and quantify, and the RDU enabled us to be up and running within minutes of arriving on site," said Robert Hughes, company founder and managing director.
The RDU is located centrally at a site and handsets distributed to staff to provide complete communication coverage.
Robert Hughes said both the RDU and handsets were designed to withstand heavy use and the handsets were cheaper to replace than standard products.