May 19, 2020

ePawn Arena takes board games to the next level at E3

gaming devices
Bizclik Editor
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ePawn Arena takes board games to the next level at E3


It seems as if smartphones just keep getting smarter. ePawn has worked with studios and developers to create real-world objects integrated into video games to create a new gaming experience. Imagine using real playing pieces (think chess pieces, army men, and air hockey pieces) to become part of a virtual gameboard. The French developers are showing off ePawn at E3 today to bring the touch of real playing pieces into video games.

With virtually no limit on the size of the detection surface, ePawn’s innovation allows up to six players to gather around the “arena” on its large screen, along with up to 100 objects that can be tracked simultaneously. And this game board is seriously smart. When you’re playing chess, ePawn can identify pawns and figures. For instance, the black queen is recognized from a white castle when playing with real chess pieces. To make the Arena even more exciting – an object’s height can also be displayed on the board, as well as its orientation. Genius.

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The ePawn Arena can be connected to any computing device, like a smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop, to play new and existing games in a new way. The arena is slated to arrive on the market by early 2012. The ePawn Arena is reinventing board games and video games. And we just can’t wait to get our hands on it after E3.

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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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