May 19, 2020

Samsung Releases New Galaxy S III Smartphone in London

Apple
Samsung
IDC
iPhone
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Samsung Releases New Galaxy S III Smartphone in London

After months of anticipation, Samsung finally released its latest smartphone, the Galaxy SIII today to great fanfare in London. The phone is the official smartphone of the 2012 Olympics and is competing in its own olympics of sorts against Apple’s iPhone 4 and Android’s HTC One X.

 Upon first appearance, the hyped up phone’s aesthetics are underwhelming.

"It is not an eye-catching device that will overwhelm consumers," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo to Reuters.

However, like most things in life, the capabilities of the smartphone more than make up for its blah appearance.

 

Specs

  • Dimensions:  136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133 g
  • Screen:  4.8”
  • Display:  16M-color HD (720 x 1280 pixels) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass
  • CPU: Quad Core 32nm ARM Cortex A9 1.4 GHz processor, Exynos 4212 Quad chipset
  • GPU: Mali-400MP
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Memory: 12GB/ 32GB/ 64GB with Micro SD Card Slot
  • Camera: 8MP Auto Focus Camera with Face Detection, touch focus, and Image Stabilization with burst shots. Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps, LED Flash and 1.9MP Front Camera 2100 mAh battery,
  • Battery: 2100 mAh

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‘Mind Reading’ Features

  • Facial Recognition uses front camera to unlock phone
  •  Smart Stay uses eye-tracking technology on the front-facing camera to register usage
  • Direct Call, automatically places a phone call based on whom you’re text messaging, i.e. Lifting the phone to ear in the middle of texting will cause phone to call that person
  • S Voice(similar to Siri) uses voice recognition to check the weather, place a phone call, search the web, and add appointments to the phone’s calendar app, launch camera
  • Pop Up Play multi-tasking feature that switches full-screen video to a smaller pop-up window in order to continue watching a movie while texting, browsing or using other apps.

Samsung will be selling the 3G version in Europe starting today and then expand to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In June Canadians will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy SIII while the U.S. has to wait until summer. The phone will run on 4G LTE networks in the U.S. No word yet on pricing or how/where the phones will be sold.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
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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