May 19, 2020

Is the BlackBerry Leap an item that all executives should carry?

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Is the BlackBerry Leap an item that all executives should carry?

You have a smartphone, right? Let’s face facts: everyone has a smartphone. Well, maybe not everyone, but I think we can all agree on the fact that most people today not only have a cell phone, but a cell phone that is categorized as a “smartphone.”

It doesn’t matter if you currently carry an iPhone or a Droid—a company with a new phone has recently thrown their product into the mix: BlackBerry. Now that the BlackBerry Leap has officially been launched in Canada, a couple of questions come to mind, such as what are the features? And should executives run out and snatch themselves one?

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The important facts first: the BlackBerry Leaps’ new features. According to the company, the device has a five-inch screen and says that the battery will last all day—even if the phone is under heavy use. But past BlackBerry users may find another feature (already) mentioned to be most significant: the touch screen.

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That’s right, in an effort to compete with the latest and greatest smartphone models, BlackBerry has ditched their famous physical keyboard and produced the BlackBerry Leap. Based out of Waterloo, Ontario, the company has also priced their phone much cheaper that similar models. But does a cheaper price mean cheaper features?

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Maybe not. BlackBerry has stated that there is a 25-hour battery life, as well as an eight-megapixel camera. Furthermore, the company has stated that the phone will be offered for free for those who sign a two-year contract. Without the contract, the device is available for $349.

While the price of the new BlackBerry may be appealing, it doesn’t mean you need to run out and purchase it. For starters, if you already have a smartphone and you’re happy with it, then why not stick to what you know? However, if you’re one of the select few who doesn’t currently have a smartphone and you’re looking to save a little bit of money, then perhaps the new BlackBerry Leap is the best option for you!

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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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