Find My Friends - Creepy or Convenient?
There’s no doubt that smart devices and their many apps have made our lives significantly easier, often leaving us wondering how we lived without them in the first place. With these apps we’re never lost, can always find the best restaurant around and are never bored … ehem dirty birds.
But what about an app that allows you to track down your friends and see where they’re located? This is the idea behind Find My Friends – a free app that Apple came out with which allows consensual users of iOS gadgets – mainly iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners – to find one another on a map.
Find My Friends taps into the device’s GPS signal to identify its geographical location or it could use Wi-Fi if, for example, you’re on an iPod touch or non-3G model, according to USA Today. But the app does require the new iOS 5 upgrade, as well as an iCloud account to work, but luckily both are free.
Once the app is set up all you have to do is simply invite your friends and, once they’ve accepted the initiation, you’ll be able to follow them – they will be seen as a colored orb on Google Maps. When you see your friends on Google Maps you can read the address of where they’re at, send a text message, video call them via FaceTime or get visual directions to where they are. Also, you can choose to share your location with a group of friends, see your own location on the map or disable the feature altogether, says USA Today.
This app raises some concerns over the issue of privacy though. Being able to be tracked down at all times can be seen as infringing on a person’s privacy. But, at the same time this app can be a handy and fun tool to see where friends and family are at any given time.
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.