Samsung Steps Into Wearables With Smartwatch
The world of wearable tech took a big leap on Wednesday as Sumsung announced the release of the smartwatch. The company hopes it will solidify its place at the helm of the consumer electronics market.
JK shin, a Samsung exec, showed off a tangerine-ish Galaxy Gear at the launch event in Berlin. It will come in six colors and have a camera.
The launch of Galaxy Gear comes at a pivotal time for Samsung. The incredible growth of the mobile communications unit of the company over the past few years has solidfied a 30 percent share of the smartphone market, compared to the 13 percent share by Samsungs biggest rival, Apple.
Even with leading the industry, the company still faces the same problems plagued by all smartphone makers as the market shifts. Samsung showed slower-than-expected profit growth in July which analysts assume is likely because marketing like the U.S. are becoming saturated making to harder to sell the most expensive, and profitable smartphones because the “cool factor” may not be enough to win over customers.
The tech giant has weathered this obstacle by using its manufacturing expertise to make a range of smartphones and tablets to appeal to multiple price points. This also helped Samsung to focus on developing the next big thing, a phrase the company had adopted as its promotional tagline.
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Samsung has started placing its bet on the new product category of wearable technology. Nike caught this wave and produced the Nike FuelBand, and analysts have predicted that wearable technology could sell as many as 9.6 million units worldwide by the end of 2016.
This intro into wearable technology gives Samsung the change to appear on the cutting edge and helps it create a brand that could help it gain a loyal following similar to Apple.
The smartwatch works in unison with the user’s smartphone. A horizontal swipe takes users between features like notifications from you social networks or email alerts.
“Galaxy Gear users also will be able to accept phone calls on the watch, answering calls by putting their wrist next to their heads. There are speakers and a microphone in the clasp area of the watch. Gear also responds to voice commands, so users don’t always have to physically fiddle with the watch while placing calls,” according to the Washington Post.
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.