Sep 25, 2020

Amazon announces new flying home security drone

home security
smart devices
Drone Technology
Andrew Stubbings
2 min
Always home docking station
The 'Always Home Cam' is a pioneering new smart security device...

Amazon's smart home security division, Ring has announced a new flying camera device dubbed the Always Home Cam. 

The device looks unassuming at first, much like a docking station, but if a break in is detected it's top section, containing a small internet camera, will launch and begin streaming video footage to the owner's mobile phone. The main idea of the autonomous drone is to provide a multi angle viewpoint of the home without the need for several cameras.

When setting up the device upon purchase, the owner can build a map of their home for it to follow which allows them to specify which viewpoint they would like to see. Alongside the option to programme the drone to launch if a disturbance is detected, it can also be commanded to fly on demand, useful for checking if doors are secured and appliances turned off. It also features avoidance technology which allows it to dodge obstacles in its path and it's rotor blades are neatly tucked away to reduce the risk of damage.

The news of the drone has not been welcomed by all however, SIlkie Carlo from the campaign 'Big Brother Watch' was critical; "It's difficult to imagine why Amazon thinks anyone wants flying internet cameras linked up to a data-gathering company in the privacy of their own home" she said."It's important to acknowledge the influence that Amazon's product development is having on communities and the growing surveillance market." 

Addressing privacy concerns, Ring have pointed to design features such as the charging block obscuring the camera's view when not in flight and the audible noise of the rotor blades to make it obvious when the drone is deployed and recording.

The Always Home Cam is due to be launched next year with the initial price tag of $249.99USD

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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