May 19, 2020

CES Innovation Awards: Sustainability and Eco-Design

CES 2019
LARQ Bottle
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CES Innovation Awards: Sustainability and Eco-Design

The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual event, first held in 1967, that showcases next-generation developments in the field of consumer electronic products. Manufacturers, developers and suppliers from over 4,500 different companies attended the 2019 event, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with more than 180,000 attendees.

Each year, the CES Innovation awards honor companies and products that have demonstrated outstanding feats of design and engineering. Event categories range from 3D Printing to Wearable Technologies to Cybersecurity to FItness, Sports and Biotech. Business Chief takes a look at five of the eight honorees in the Sustainability and Eco-Design category.


LARQ Bottle

Using proprietary Ultraviolet LED technology, the LARQ bottle provides instant water purification in a self-cleaning unit. By providing clean, odorless water to users on the go, LARQ is aiming to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles - of which only 7% are recycled into new bottles - in landfills around the world.


Designed and built by BeeLife, the CoCoon is an IoT enabled smart bee hive that uses an active thermal regulation system and an embedded treatment for the varroa destructor, the most dangerous threat to the health of bees. The CoCoon smart hive is self-powering and has a full suite of monitoring software via GSM and LoRa.


A smart cover for water meters that protects and insulates them against freezing to -11.2°F and uses IoT monitoring technology. The product is remotely controlled via a mobile application allowing for real-time monitoring and leak-detection.

Azultec Cube 300

A mid range cryptocurrency mining PC, the Azultec Cube 300 costs $6,999 and is reportedly the most energy efficient, eco-friendly crypto-miner on the market. It is equipped with 8 GTX 1070 graphic cards, 2 TB HDD memory and 4 GB DDR4-RAM, with each graphics card being water cooled for maximum efficiency.


French bio pool manufacturer BIOPOOLTECH has unveiled the BIOPOOLSAFE, the world’s first smart pool solution. The unit converts bodies of water into an ecologically balanced pool without use of chemical agents. Artificial Intelligence and IoT software allows pools to become ecologically sustainable.


For more information and the full list of honorees, click here.

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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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