[INFOGRAPHIC] How we consume the Internet on a global scale
In 2013 the world reached a significant milestone; there became more mobile Internet devices on earth than humans. Faced with that statistic, International Business Guide began investigating how we consume the Internet on a global scale.
According to the study 40 percent of the world still accesses the Internet via fixed broadband and 25 percent via mobile broadband. However perhaps the most impressive trend to emerge from this study is that fact that a huge 92 percent of global data is consumed on a smartphone, even though they make up just 18 percent of handsets.
The average smartphone user checks their phone four times a day and predominantly used their handset for messaging and voice calling. However, gaming, listening to music and checking social media is also gaining in popularity.
Today, video streaming equates to half of the data transmitted worldwide and analysts predict this will have risen to two thirds as soon as 2017. And less than three years since the introduction of tablet computers, they have already surpassed PC and notebook shipments – a nod to the shift in how people consume information.
What we consume online
Firstly, its important to note that there is nine times the amount of content online compared with five years ago, according to the study. As you can see in the infographic below, the most popular past times online include gaming, online banking and watching videos.
Finally, the study takes a look at the search engines and social media sites global consumers are using, and not surprisingly Google, Facebook and Yahoo dominate the playing field.
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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.