The great Uber debate - Do taxis have the right-of-way?
There’s something rotten in the city of Toronto: the Uber vs. taxi debacle that continues to heat up.
Originally reported by Business Insider, taxi drivers are still arguing that Uber-ride sharing services should have to be regulated—just like other, traditional cabs.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Uber, you’ve been living under a rock for the past handful of years. But it’s okay; we’ll get you up to speed.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Uber is an app that allows consumers to submit a trip request, which is then routed to a group of nearby drivers. A pretty convenient way to get around town, right?
However, taxi drivers believe that all Uber operators should be licensed. Furthermore, the cabbies want the entire company to obtain brokerage licenses to operate its service.
Akhbar Banijamaat, who has been driving taxis in Toronto for 17 years, had this to say on the matter: “I don’t mind Uber; I think it’s a beautiful idea. To whoever did it, very nice. But do it legally.”
But are Uber drivers and the company itself really doing anything illegal? Perhaps taxi drivers in general are just upset that there’s a new, cheaper and more convenient way to get from place-to-place.
In the past, Uber has argued that it provides a technology that allows drivers and passengers to find each other—making it different than the normal taxi ride (i.e. Uber shouldn’t have to comply with the rules and regulations that taxi drivers are ordered to do).
To support their point, a recent protest took place involving taxi drivers holding up signs and taping them to the back of windows as they slowly drove around major intersections throughout the city.
Regarding the protest, an Uber Canada spokeswoman said this: “Rather than blocking roads and preventing people from getting where they need to be, we’re focused on meeting the needs of Toronto’s riders and drivers, who are all too often left out of the debate.”
Uber is currently valued at $40 billion dollars—the company is doing something right and the people clearly appreciate it!
[SOURCE: Business Insider]
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.