May 19, 2020

Damon: inventing the motorcycles of the future

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Damon: inventing the motorcycles of the future

Vancouver-based startup Damon Motorcycles has started 2020 in style by winning the ‘Best in Innovation’ prize at the 2020 CES Innovation Awards.

Founded in 2017, the company has achieved the rapid development of its ‘Halo Hypersport’ model motorcycle, which is now available for reservation on Damon’s website.

Carrying a US$24,995 price tag, the Halo’s electric engine can generate 200 horsepower, 147ft-lbs of torque and go from 0-60mph in less than 2.5sec. The EV is able to be fully charged in under one hour and has a range of 190 miles.

A vehicle for the people

In a recent press release, Jay Giraud, Founder and CEO, said that the company’s aim was to deliver the ultimate EV to customers. “We built what every rider dreams of: a motorcycle that can adapt to the changing road conditions, perfectly suited for inner city commutes, winding back roads and everything in between.”

“Having a Damon motorcycle means having an upright commuter bike, a forgiving touring bike and an exhilarating sport bike, all-in-one.”

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However, the company’s vision expands far past providing an exciting EV for the dedicated motorcycle market. “We are focused on the forgotten category of 1.5 billion vulnerable road users, and to fulfill our vision, we put data-driven thinking at the epicentre of the company.” 

“We are building a radical riding experience where the joy and simplicity of riding is augmented by technology, and our goal is to usher in a world with no fatal accidents on Damonized vehicles by 2030,” said Giraud.

The Big Four take notice

The technology integrated into the Halo Hypersport features an industry first: AI-enhanced safety. Called CoPilot, the system uses 360-degree radar to detect threats and anticipate accidents. 

Utilising visual cues and specially designed vibrating handlebars, CoPilot then alerts the rider, who will have time to adequately respond. 

Having demonstrated the Halo’s capabilities to the Big Four motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki), Giraud remarked to Wind Burned Eyes that “They love it. They love the tech,” opening the possibility that Damon could licence its technology to them in the future.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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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