Recap from the iPhone 4 event
We’ve been refreshing our favorite news writers’ websites and blogs for any standout updates during Apple’s press conference today regarding a new iPhone announcement. And we have to say, everything has been pretty blah. Here’s what we’ve learned so far from the event:
· Apple now has 357 stores in 11 countries
· The original iPod was unveiled in the same meeting space 10 years ago
· There will be a free iOS update on October 12
· New Cards program lets users create and mail cards from an iPhone and iPod touch. Apple will print, stamp and mail it starting at $2.99 if mailing in the U.S.; $4.99 if mailing internationally
· iCloud ships October 12
· iTunes Match allows an entire music library to be visible and streamed on an iPad for $24.99 a year
· Find My Friends new app allows users to see the location of friends and family if they agree to share their location with you. Parental restrictions allow parents to forbid kids from turning it off
· Two new updates for iPod nano
· Siri will be the newest Voice program to allow for more efficient use of the iPhone
And for what everyone has been waiting for, news about the new iPhone:
The new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 4GS will look just like the 4 with an A5 chip to speed up apps and games. Other features include 1080p HD video, a first for Apple. The 4GS camera will have an 8MP sensor as rumored, making for 60 percent more pixels and 73 percent more light per pixel than the iPhone 4. Other fancy features include face detection, white balance and faster photo taking capabilities – we’re talking 1.1 seconds to take a photo.
The iPhone 3GS will be free with a two-year contract; the iPhone 4 is down to $99 for the 8GB model. Prices for the iPhone 4GS will be $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB model. No iPhone 5 today. I guess we’ll have to wait until next year for something more grandiose.
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.