Electronic tagging in construction has moved a step closer. The Construction Products Association has secured government funding to investigate the potential benefits of using tagging to trace construction products throughout the supply chain.
The CPA is participating in a team led by the Building Research Establishment which will assess the likely impact of its use, the feasibility of links with wireless communication (such as WAP), and security issues.
'The potential advantages of tagging are legion, ' said CPA industry affairs director John Tebbit.
'Operators on site can track the movement of components, record delivery, update information stored on tags, and transmit receipts to an Internet database.
'Communications and e-tagging technologies can be integrated with information technology systems such as asset management, finance management, information systems, security systems, fault diagnostics and alarm systems.'
Tebbit said the first task would be to review the flow of information within the supply chain and assess the potential for improvements in clarity and accuracy.
An interim report will be published on the most appropriate ICT technologies, together with an impact assessment.
INFOPLUS rsingh@constprod. org. uk