May 19, 2020

Apple unveils latest handsets and devices

erptre fusion
2 min
Apple unveils latest handsets and devices
At its annual iPhone conference on 12 September, Apple unveiled its latest iPhones and a new Apple Watch model
 
The new iPhone range, split between the iPhone Xs, the larger iPhone Xs Max, as well as the lower spec and more affordable iPhone XR, each feature edge-to-edge displays and the new A12 Bionic chip.
 
Apple said on its website that the A12 is “the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone”.
 
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max both feature a new “breakthrough 12MP dual camera” which offers dual optical image stabilisation and 2x optical zoom.
 
Battery life has also been prioritised for an upgrade over Apple’s previous iPhones: “iPhone XR lasts up to an hour and a half longer than iPhone 8 Plus” whilst under a similar level of usage.
 
The iPhone XR also marks a return to color options, offering six finishes in a move not seen for Apple’s handsets since the 2013 iPhone 5C.
 
Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch has been redesigned for easier use, with a larger display that features a less cluttered user interface.
 
The new Apple Watch also features enhanced fitness features, including ECG reading capabilities, recognition and notification of irregular heart rhythms, and an upgrade gyroscope and accelerometer which can detect hard falls.
 
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Huawei, one of Apple’s major rivals, tweeted: “Thank you for keeping things the same” in a message supposedly targeted at Apple.
 
Further tweets from the Chinese firm said, “Thank you for letting us be the real hero of the year”, and, “Thank you for supporting us as innovators”.
 
Industry commentators, such as Forbes, have noted that Apple’s ranges over recent years have focused on incremental upgrades as opposed to the conveyor belt of innovation for which it was once renowned.
 
With the latest range, Apple continues to push the premium design and build quality of its devices as well as more intelligent internal components while Samsung and Huawei are both reportedly exploring foldable variants of their handsets.

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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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