Savari joins the 5G Automotive Association to bring 5G to cars
Software company Savari are at the forefront of automotive V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) safety communication technology. Their recent move to join the 5G Automorive Association (5GAA) , highlights their commitment to enabling cars to communicate efficiently and improve road safety and standards worldwide.
For seven years, Savari has also been working with the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership and Car-2-Car Communication Consortium to increase passenger safety, in alignment to the development of self-driving cars. “Cellular-V2X technology enables cars to communicate 10 times a second with other cellular-V2X enabled cars and roadside infrastructure,” according to a press release. This V2X data is analyzed in real-time, enabling users to gain a detailed view of their surroundings, any impending traffic or accidents, and improve traffic management.
Utilising 5G will also enable accumulated data from devices and applications to be uploaded onto the cloud automatically and be circulated to other cars and make commuting safer and more efficient.
Automotive giants Ford, Audi, Daimler, Audi and Bosch are all part of the 5GAA, in addition to technology companies Verizon, Samsung and LG. The company has also partnered with a number of companies, such as Qualcomm, Security Innovation, Texas Transportation Institute and CH2M to deliver on their objective.
Additionally, with an $8 million in a single round of funding originating from manufacturers in the US and China, Savari has partnered with several automotive companies to bring forth new technologies. The company has also been working on researching how smartphones can also become equally connected and provide real-time information for cyclists in heavily congested zones and blind spots through a Vehicle-to-Phone application, with the launch of the Smart Cross app, providing increased safety for pedestrians.
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.