Sony's 'Welcome Back' Package details
It was 28 days before Sony’s PlayStation Network could finally recover from its privacy breach and now the company has some major damage control issues to resolve with its millions of affected customers. Starting off, Sony wants to redeem itself by giving away two PS3 or two PSP games and other freebies to each of its customers.
Really? Two games? Millions of people were affected by the security breach. Millions of people had their credit card information compromised. There were 28 days that people should have been able to play their online games – which they paid for – and Sony could only scrounge up two PS3 or two PSP games to give away and some other minor freebies to suffice its irritated customers. I have a feeling Sony is going to have to cough up more than a few $40 games.
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Sony is offering a “Welcome Back” package of free goods and services to all of its existing registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity users in the U.S. and Canada. The package is only available for 30 days after the PlayStation Store is restored and offers two games that users can keep. PS3 customers can choose from the following games: Dead Nation, infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD + Fury. PSP owners can choose to download the following games: LilttleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation.
Be warned, however, that users only have 30 days to take advantage of this offer so you better act now.
In addition to the free games, Sony is also offering some free movie rentals, a free 30-day PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers (or 60 days free for existing subscribers), and a free 30-day premium subscription to the Music Unlimited Premium Trial (or an additional 30 days plus time lost for existing Premium/Basic members). PlayStation Home is offering 100 free virtual items now with more free content planned for the future.
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.