May 19, 2020

Facebook Phone Makes Its Debut

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Facebook Phone Makes Its Debut

Last week we cell-ebrated the 40th Anniversary of the world’s first cell phone call. The second half of the article speculated about the rumors surrounding the world first Facebook Phone. Hold on to your smartphones, because the rumors are no more. HTC announced the launch of the Facebook phone and consumers are having mixed reviews.

Starting today, users of select Android smartphones can download Facebook Home, an interface with a suite of apps that ties users more closely to Facebook. (As if they needed a reason) The interface features a Cover feed, transforming the home screen into a feed of friends updates and Chat Heads to interact through Facebook or text, even while using their other apps.

Reactions are varied. The Facebook phone and user interface has been referred to as the ‘Second Coming for Facebook.’ Recently the social network has been losing momentum with the younger demographic and it’s rumored that the Facebook phone will drive the ‘shiny new toy’ mentality in teens and young adults.  

The first generation of any new smartphone or user interface is notoriously unreliable, but the reports thus far have been fairly positive surrounding the Chat Heads. Chat Heads pop up over whatever app you’re using, so you can chat to your leisure.

Ricardo Bilton of VentureBeat reports, “I used the feature on a Nexus 7, and the whole experience seemed pretty zippy, and, surprisingly, not at all annoying. Somehow, Facebook has found a way to make persistent chat notifications — which I am instinctively wary of — a decent experience. “

Of course, not everything is perfect. He reported that Messenger does not handle situations in which you are having a conversation with someone across both SMS and Facebook chat, well. Facebook treats multi-source conversations like different threads even if they’re with the same person. Ricardo says, “That’s a bit disappointing, and sort of throws a wrench in the largely seamless Chat Heads/Messenger experience.”

While new, the Facebook phone is definitely a step forward for the social network, and we are excited to see the outcome. 

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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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