May 19, 2020

Amazon Android device becoming new iPad killer

Apple
Steve Jobs
iPad 2
Amazon Android devices
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Amazon Android device becoming new iPad killer

 

Amazon is testing the waters in the tablet market and its latest Android device is betting on becoming the latest and greatest Apple iPad killer. The device doesn’t have a name or announcement date as of yet, but researchers and techies in the know are already salivating over its unveiling. The Apple iPad 2 was launched this March by Steve Jobs and there have been talks about the iPad 3, or what some are calling the iPad HD. However, analysts are looking forward to a new face for the tablet market and expect to see upward of five million units of the new Android tablet sold in Q4 alone.

Apple’s product strategy and announcements have been pretty predictable within the last few years. However, due to Verizon’s adoption of the iPhone and Jobs’ medical issues and recent departure as the company’s CEO, product unveilings have been a bit up in the air as of late. A new Amazon Android tablet could stir up the industry, especially during this year’s holiday shopping season.

According to reports, the rumored launch for the Android device is expected this October and app developers are hoping to jump on the wagon to develop enough programs, games, apps, etc. to match up with those available in the Apple app market for the iPad. Currently, less than 500 apps are optimized for Android tablets, while the iPad offers more than 100,000 apps.

Price forecasts for the Amazon 9-inch LCD touchscreen tablet are at about $299, less than half of the price of the iPad. And with a price tag like that, we can imagine the Amazon tablet will be topping several holiday wish lists of individuals all over the country. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
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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