May 19, 2020

Acer Iconia Tab A500 available for Best Buy pre-order

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Acer
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Bizclik Editor
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Acer Iconia Tab A500 available for Best Buy pre-order

Written By: Nadia Ibanez

Even though Best Buy took some heat this week in dealing with the sales of Apple’s iPad 2, electronics manufacturer Acer has allowed the retailer exclusive rights to sell the Acer Iconia Tab A500, 10.1-inch tablet that will run on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. The tablet, which weighs only 1.7 lbs., retails for $499.99 and has two webcams, plays HD video, among other features; it can be pre-ordered starting April 14. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will be available in stores and online starting April 24. The Best Buy website is offering the tablet for pre-order at $449.99.

The first Honeycomb operated tablet is the Motorola XOOM with a retail price of $800 so this is quite the drastic price difference. Maybe this is why the XOOM has seen some lackluster profits. In any rate, the Acer Wi-Fi tablet features a high color contrast 1280 x 800 display that can send HD content to TVs and other devices with an HDMI port.

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"Staying connected and entertained are firmly embedded as a part of our everyday lives - and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 does this and so much more in a performance-minded, sleek and stylish design," said Acer America's vice president of product marketing Sumit Agnihotry in a statement.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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