Sony Ericsson Releases Unlocked Xperia Phones in US
Sony Ericsson’s unlocked Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V are now available for purchase in the United States, for $549.99 and $349.99, respectively.
The Xperia arc S features a 1.4-gigahertz processor, a crisp and bright 4.2-inch screen and an 8.1-megapixel camera that delivers panoramic, high-definition photos with a 3D sweep.
On the slightly less expensive end, the Xperia neo V comes with a 1-gigahertz processor, a 3.7-inch display and a 5-megapixel rear camera that is also capable of shooting 3D panorama photos. It’s a praiseworthy lower-end smartphone that comes loaded with Google Talk with Video Chat to make the most of its front-facing camera and even allows users to shoot HD videos and view them on Reality Display or an HD TV.
Both Xperia phones come with Mobile BRAVIA engines and Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, but Sony Ericsson promises that all of its 2011 smartphones will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at a later date.
Although it has built a strong presence in the United Kingdom, Sony Ericsson has struggled with the smartphone market in the US. The US release of the Xperia line, made possible through an agreement with tech distributor and supply-chain service provider Ingram Micro, is an effort to expand the brand’s retail distribution and customer reach.
“Sony Ericsson’s Xperia smartphone portfolio represents a diverse line-up that not only capitalizes on the growing Android platform, but also fits the market’s need for greater manufacturer selection,” said Ingram Micro Director of Mobility Robert Garry, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring Sony Ericsson devices to our channel partners at a time when consumer demand for innovative smartphones is growing fast and converging with the business world.”
Fair warning—although they have been released on our shores, both Xperia phones are currently only available through the Sony Style online store. Sony Ericsson says that they will be available through other online retailers starting in early December.
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.