Battle of the Smartphones
It’s becoming an age old question: Which smartphone should I choose? Many Canadians may feel loyal to locally based RIM’s BlackBerry. But the question is being raised of their loyalty switch? Although BlackBerry is still the most used phone in Canada, does the US based technology trump current Canadian offerings? This month, Business Review Canada finds out.
RIM has been under a lot of scrutiny recently. Originally thought of as a company that produces phones on the forefront of technology and was so popular the phone was nicknamed the “CrackBerry,” in recent years it has started to be viewed as a dying company. With un-spectacular launches, investor satisfaction decline and a more competitive market, BlackBerry may be on its way out.
BlackBerrys today still have exclusive access to the BlackBerry Messenger Service, a fast way to communicate with coworkers. Offering touch or keypad navigation, BlackBerry phones have a variety of user options. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is “all touch, refined” featuring a 3.7 inch touch screen, the BlackBerry 7 OS, a 1.2GHz processor and multitude of apps. BlackBerry’s Bold 9900 features a touch display with built in keyboard, the thinnest BlackBerry design to date, the BlackBerry 7 OS and 1.2GHz as well as app capabilities.
RIM offers a variety of business solutions for those enterprises looking to invest in smartphones. A great feature that BlackBerry provides to businesses is its BlackBerry Connect software, BlackBerry push technology that allows for connection to BlackBerry Internet Bundle, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and email/calendar synchronization. Boosting productivity and performance, BlackBerry Connect software provides employees with mobile access to business needs.
The Apple iPhone was a revelation to the smartphone industry. Offering something no one had ever seen before, it is one of the most coveted phones on the market. On the industry side of things, many see the iPhone at the head of the pack giving all competitors a run for their money, literally.
The iPhone 4 is popular the world over. Designed in a slim black or white, specs include Apple’s iOS 4, up to 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a VGA quality camera on the front, a 3.5 inch Multi-Touch display and more. The iPhone’s popularity provides users the largest app store to date with 425,000 downloadable apps awaiting a user’s perusal. Additionally, the smartphone world heavily anticipated the new iPhone 5 paired with the iOS 5 which was revealed to the world October 4th.
As a business solution, Apple boasts that the iPhone 4 is the “most powerful, flexible and intuitive phone ever.” The iPhone 4 offers enhanced features like multitasking, FaceTime video calling, email and enhanced security for employees on the go. Utilizing integration with Microsoft Exchange for secure push email, calendar and contacts, the iPhone 4 will keep businesses up to date. Finally, the multitude of apps available on the iPhone App Store, such as computer to mobile syncing, collaboration apps and productivity tools, your employees will be connected to the best.
Google’s Droid and its Android OS seem to be the smartphone system that’s fighting Apple for its market share. Offering Google simplicity paired with apps and a superior Google technology, the Droid is preferred by many when choosing a smartphone.
The Droid smartphone is offered by Motorola, Samsung. A smartphone that was eagerly anticipated since January of this year is the Droid Bionic. Releasing to a wave of critics heralding the phone as a winner, the Droid Bionic offers users a 1GHz processor, 4G LTE capabilities, a mobile hotspot, 4.3 qHD display, and a front and rear facing camera. The Android Market holds over 200,000 apps and provides solutions for users everywhere.
Droid’s backing by Google guarantees a great piece of technology for employees away from their office. With an automatic connection to Gmail for syncing email, calendar, docs and more, there’s no hard connection needed to be up to date. Google’s Android Market is just as popular as Apple’s app store, offering solutions for multitasking, conference calling, remote computer connection and more.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“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.