EPIC IO Breaks boundaries with Dell
Epic IO, the newly-formed holding company that combines two technology innovators, namely Intellisite and Broadsky Networks, is at the cutting edge of AI innovations for smart communities through its collaborative partnership with Dell.
Currently, IntelliSite is a leader in the space of AI and IoT solutions, helping customers implement and manage solutions that provide business insights based on real-time data.
Meanwhile, Broad Sky Networks provides next-gen, business-class wireless internet service specializing in emerging 5G wireless and global wireless connectivity. Together, EPIC IO is focused on delivering a smarter, safer, and more connected world.
Epic IO attributes much of its success to its partnership with Dell. Ken Mills, the technology company’s CEO and founder, explains, "Dell are committed to creating a better world through technology. Even though we are much, much smaller than them, I think that we have a responsibility and an opportunity to do that with our technology too.”
He continues, “We are very interested in building solutions and software hardware technologies that are used to drive a better, safer, smarter, more connected world."
One of Broad Sky's specialities is machine to machine (M2M) solutions. The service gathers data, analyses it and then performs actions based on the information it processes. It’s use case applications extend across multiple industries, especially since data-driven information has undergone a shift since the pandemic.
Intellisite smart communities
Epic IO's unique combination of services isn't just about facilitating the needs of businesses. It is also about the potential to improve living conditions, the environment and even education, through the power of connectivity. This is one of the company's major projects for 2021.
"I don't like the term 'smart cities' because it's not accurate," Mills says, adding. "Smart technology can be applied to all sorts of communities - from villages in India and to university campuses - anywhere in the world where people are gathering. The term city implies that only metropolitan areas would benefit from such connectivity."
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.