Google Will Replace AT&T Wi-Fi At Starbucks
Internet and coffee shops go together like peanut butter and jelly, Sonny and Cher or Gru and his minions. May coffee shops like Starbucks have offered free Wi-Fi at locations across America in hopes to increase business, and it worked. Every professional, college student, or writer has spent many days and nights feverishly tapping away at their keyboards to finish an important proposal, term paper, or last chapter of the next great American novel, and Starbucks has welcomed them with open arms and piping hot cup of Joe.
According to Google, it is about to replace the slower AT&T Wi-fi at Starbucks' 7,000 locations around the U.S. with a faster internet service. The process will take roughly 18 months to complete and will start next month. Once the process is complete, Starbucks customers will be rewarded with internet speeds that are up to 10 times faster than it is today. Think of all the cat videos and snarky gifs that will be able to load 10 times faster. It will be glorious.
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While Starbucks has provided free Wi-Fi for years, the service is notoriously shaky and often unreliable, and when the service initially launched AT&T required users to have an AT&T smartphone or tablet to access the Wi-Fi network, the company eventually opened it up to everyone.
According to InformationWeek Mobility, when reached for a comment AT&T said, "Starbucks continues to be an important customer for us and we continue to provide them with a variety of services over AT&T's advanced networks, including the nation's fastest, most reliable 4G LTE network."
AT&T is unclear why Starbucks chose Google over it.
"While you'd have to ask Starbucks for any reasoning behind their decision, in our proposal we also offered up to 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi speeds, so the decision must have been based on criteria other than speeds,"
Google did not comment on which locations would be the first to see the change, but noted that it will be obvious to users when the change is made.
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.