Google and Facebook to build the world's fastest internet cable
Technology giants Facebook and Google are always striving to innovate and provide ground breaking solutions, providing significant investment with their various products or services. The duo will be collaborating in the construction of an 8,000-mile cable, which will be built under the sea in order to provide the most efficient internet connection speeds, linking Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) is one of the many undersea cables which are in the pipeline to be built throughout the world.
Set to be built in collaboration with TE SubCom and Pacific Light Data Communication, the network sets the precedent for fellow companies to follow suit in the construction of undersea cables in order to cater for theincreased need to supply information and data for both every day and corporate users within lightning speed, providing effective security and increased reliability for impending projects. This, in effect, is a key need alongside an ever growing dependency for companies to provide world-class cloud computing and data systems to support growing infrastructures.
The 8,000-mile cable will have an approximate capacity of 120 terabits per second, catering for the level of increased traffic once the cable is fully operational.
Mr. Wei Jun Kang, the chairman of PLDC said, “PLCN will be among the lowest-latency fibre optic routes between Hong Kong and the U.S. and the first to connect directly using ultra-high-capacity transmission.”
“It is certainly gratifying that global technology companies like Google and Facebook have become co-investors in PLCN. It is a strong signal that PLCN will be trusted to address the capacity needs for internet and international communications services throughout the Pacific Rim. We envision this deployment as the initial step in PLDC's construction of a global network.”
Set to launch in 2018, Facebook is also working in collaboration with Microsoft to deliver an undersea cable across the Atlantic in a significant investment project. Named the Marea cable, the project further raises the bar in providing effective security, speed, efficiency and reliability for networks, with increased planned speeds of 160 terabits per second.
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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.