Rogers to Introduce LTE Network
"The world is moving to LTE and we're thrilled to be leading the way by bringing this next generation technology to our consumer and business customers," said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., in a press release. "We're investing substantially to drive Canada's digital economy and we're excited to bring this platform for innovation to Canadians."
LTE will enable unparalleled connectivity as it is a next generation technology. Mobile broadband speeds will soon compare to what customers receive on their home and work computers. In comparison to current HSPA+ technology, customers will reach speeds up to three and four times faster allowing for peak download speeds to reach 150 Mbps and upload speeds up to 70 Mbps.
With LTE providing more usage capacity, customers will also be able to access the network at high speeds without affecting performance.
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Ericsson, the world’s leading provider of technological services to telecom operators, will supply LTE technology for Rogers commercial launch. To do this Ericsson will deploy all 4G/LTE radio sites with its new multi-standard radio base station. This will upgrade and expand Roger’s existing network to support LTE technology.
"Ericsson has been a strategic, valued partner of ours for more than 25 years and we look forward to working with them to bring this next generation technology to Canadians," said Bob Berner, Executive Vice President Network and Chief Technology Officer of Rogers Communications Inc.
Rogers, overall, is excited to bring this new technology to its loyal tech-savvy customers. "LTE is the critical foundation to deliver a world increasingly being defined by connected experiences," said Mohamed. "With LTE, our customers can use their smartphones, tablets and laptops in ways they never before thought possible - LTE is the fuel that will power Canadian innovation for years to come."
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.