The Sony Tablet S: Perfect for Business Travelers
Entering an already competitive tablet market place, Sony released its latest elite technology to Canada in late September, the Sony Tablet S. Offering Canadians a slim Android tablet, the Sony Tablet S has the specs, productivity tools and mobility to conduct important business while away from the office.
The Sony Tablet S is a much slimmer tablet than some of its competitors, such as the iPad. With dimensions of 9.5 inches in length, 6.8 inches in width and 0.3 inches in depth, the Sony Tablet S can easily fit in any briefcase, book bag or even a large purse. The tablet is designed in a wedge-like style for easy viewing, something that’s different from other tablet competitors. Available in either 16GB or 32GB, the tablet has ample amount of storage for your everyday needs. The Sony Tablet S has a 9.4 inch crystal clear display with TruBlack technology featuring a 1280 x 800 resolution. Backed by the NVIDIA Tegra2, the Sony Tablet S is fast and optimizes the Android Honeycomb operating system. Additional perks that come with the Sony Tablet S include Bluetooth capability, a Li-Ion battery that has up to eight hours of battery life and a camera located on both the front and back—0.3 megapixels and 5.0 megapixels respectively.
The availability of apps on the Android Market brings a load of opportunity to the Sony Tablet S. This paired with the automatic connection to your Google profile and its online services really make staying connected easy.
The Sony Tablet S is perfect for making and taking presentations on-the-go. Whether you use the tablet itself or utilize its network connectivity to display your presentation on a supported Sony TV, the Sony Tablet S and its TruBlack display will help you get your point across.
On a non-productivity note, the Sony Tablet S is the first tablet equipped with Sony PlayStation capabilities. Already preloaded with Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes, those that are gaming enthused will be able to pass the time when stuck on a long flight.
Why You Should Buy?
First and foremost, the only issue I found that hindered the Sony Tablet S was specifically associated with the camera: its lower quality photos and lack of flash. In the end, the camera is not much of a problem, when using the tablet as a business tool.
The biggest benefit I saw was that, as the Sony Tablet S is an Android device, Droid users will find the interface incredibly familiar. Overall, the interface is clean, simple and something that is easy to learn for any user. The slender frame of this tablet makes for easy transportation and the included portable case allows you to grab the tablet and go. The wi-fi and Google connectivity provides ease of use, alerting the user of new emails and providing easy access to Google’s calendar, online documents and more. In the end, when considering the multitude of tablets on the market, the Sony Tablet S is one of the best and I would definitely recommend purchasing this tablet.
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.