May 19, 2020

Magna’s MAX4 marks Canadian inroads into self-driving car market

Magna International Inc
autonomous vehicles
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Magna’s MAX4 marks Canadian inroads into self-driving car market

Magna International Inc., a Canadian leading global automotive supplier, has announced its latest entry into the market of autonomous car technology with the release of its MAX4 self-driving platform.

MAX4 uses camera, radar, lidar and ultrasonic sensors within its computing platform, designed to be flexibly integrated into existing and future autonomous vehicles including electric and hybrid automobiles.

The key difference in the MAX4 engine compared to other platforms is its ability to tailor to the vehicle, rather than the vehicle tailoring to MAX4, as Magna’s Chief Technology Officer Swamy Kotagiri explains:

“At the heart of this development is a desire to show the market Magna's breadth of capabilities and an autonomous driving enabling platform with subsystems that do not compromise the interior and exterior of a vehicle.”

“Our focus is on developing production-ready solutions that offer flexibility to integrate and the framework to enable Level four technology for when the market is ready.”

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The release of Toronto-based Magna’s MAX4 has been touted as ground breaking for the Canadian autonomous vehicles industry. Whilst the sector is primarily being driven by traditional tech countries such as the Japan and the US, Magna’s entrant has placed Canada on the map in a market that is gaining traction from the likes of Google, Apple, Intel and other technology giants.

“The more we do now, the more government supports the development of technology companies, [and] the bigger our slice of the pie will be,” said Paul Godsmark, Chief Technology Officer for the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence.

“We are clearly supporting companies that are near the forefront of what's going on.”

With a greater national focus, Canada could be in a strong position to become a global leader in the autonomous vehicle market, with participants including Magna, Blackberry and General Motors.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“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.


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