Disney World to Utilize Wireless Wristband for Entrance and More at Parks
Walt Disney World Resort recently announced the introduction of their new collection of tools called MyMagic+. Pairing a wristband with the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, guests will be able to better plan their trip to the park if they want to.
The mobile app shares attraction wait times, allowing guests to even reserve times for their favorite attractions. Other tools allow guests to make reservations for dining and shows, such as the enhanced FastPass system called FastPass+.
Everything is linked together through Disney’s Magic Band, a RFID wristband that will serve as a room key, theme park ticket, FastPass+ access, PhotoPass card and can link to a guest’s credit card to make purchasing easier. MyMagic+ has already been tested in Walt Disney World and Disney stated in their official Disney blog that feedback has been “fantastic.”
With this announcement, many speculate that Disney will be tracking a guest’s every move at their stay at the park, including which attraction they choose, how much money they spend, what exact products they purchase and more which has led some to visualize the technology as “big-brother”-esque.
With the introduction of ways to reserve for attractions more than 60 days in advance, many guests may be able to take advantage of the new technology and skip out on long and tedious lines. Only time will tell if the opt-in wristbands will be adopted by Disney guest masses, but it will be interesting to see how the MyMagic+ system develops.
“This collection of tools is another step forward in the ongoing evolution of our guest experience, giving us even more ways to help friends and family create the unforgettable Disney memories that they want most. We’ll be testing, adjusting and adding features to MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience over time and will continue to make improvements based on our guests’ feedback. We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead,” said Disney in its official Disney Parks Blog.
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.