Nokia Introduces its First Windows Smartphones
Nokia has had some trouble keeping up with its smartphone market competition lately, but its unveiling of a new line of Windows devices may turn the tide.
CEO Stephen Elop announced Wednesday that Nokia’s newest offerings to the market would be the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710.
“Lumia is light,” Elop told the crowd at Nokia World, the company’s developer’s conference in London. “We believe Lumia is the first real Windows phone.”
The Lumia 800 and 710 will set users back $580 and $375, respectively and both feature 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreens and 1.4GHz processers. The 800 has a metal frame that blends seamlessly with a curved glass face and comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
There’s no word yet as to when the Lumia will be available in the US. Nokia will roll out the phones this November in select European countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Britain and Italy. By the year’s end, Lumia will be sold in Hong Kong, Russia, India, Taiwan and Singapore.
During the Nokia World conference, the Finnish brand also took the opportunity to unveil four reasonably priced smartphones, ranging from about $84 to $160. The Asha handsets, named after the Hindi word for “hope,” are equipped with cameras, navigation applications, fast download capability, QWERTY keyboards and SIM cards and will be available in early 2012.
It’s tough to say what role these developments will play in Nokia’s quest to gain footing in the market. The iPhone pretty much defines the smartphone standard and remains a stealthy competitor. Nokia has lost more than $87 billion dollars in market value since 2007, when Apple released the iPhone.
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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.
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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.
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