Google Wallet Rumoured to be Launched Soon
Google Wallet is expected to be launched fairly soon. Announced last May, the somewhat delayed release is being quietly implemented with rumours of the app being in use in San Francisco and in a few American Eagle locations throughout the US.
But what exactly is Google Wallet? Google is implementing NFC technology to turn your phone into your wallet. In collaboration with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, Google Wallet is a smartphone app that will allow users to tap, pay and purchase on-the-go.
Back in May, Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Commerce and Payments at Google said about the technology, "Today, we’ve joined with leaders in the industry to build the next generation of mobile commerce. With Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint we’re building an open commerce ecosystem that for the first time will make it possible for you to pay with an NFC wallet and redeem consumer promotions all in one tap, while shopping offline.”
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With more field test locations quietly popping up and the recent YouTube video teaser release, many are speculating Google Wallet’s official release to be coming soon. Originally slotted to be launched in the US this summer, this new Google app has been heavily anticipated.
Either way Google is doing a great job at ramping up the new technology. Either on purpose or not, rumours are flying, and many are wondering when they’ll be able to get their own hands on the technology. No matter what, it seems, early adopters are craving this pay as you go technology which could lead to a spectacular Google app launch.
Will you leave your wallet and purses behind? It is hard to imagine no longer needing your wallet, but the recent BMO ‘Tap and Go’ payment app as well as Google’s soon to be released rival application will make it easier for those who prefer to carry the minimal.
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.