May 19, 2020

Technology introduces a new way to manage health

healthcare
Apple Watch
Health
Health Apps
Melissa Martinez
2 min
Technology introduces a new way to manage health

Since Apple announced its newest gadget, the Apple Watch—set to arrive in 2015—there is much speculation as to what its capabilities include as competitors rush to come up with the latest and greatest rival product. However, the technology capable of measuring some bodily functions is already among us, awaiting to be discovered.

Research shows that the interest in personal health is rapidly increasing. Since individual health is determined by, and reliant upon, numerous varying components, gadgets such as watches and phones that can identify a person's unique needs, such as sleep, hydration, rest, exercise, etc., can be revolutionary to the way one manages their health.

Though fitness-centered watches look like they are making a grand introduction in the next few years, smartphone apps are now equipped to measure vital health factors. For example, Apple offers the Up Coffee, a similar version of Android’s Caffeine Tracker, for individuals to monitor their daily caffeine intake—for free. Users simply update intake of coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, and let the system do its work. Gadgets like the Up fitness band even allow users to correlate caffeine intake with sleep history.

Sleep is becoming a increasingly prevalent health concern. Products like the Withing Aura, which sells for around $300 U.S., claim to have the capability to monitor the sleep cycles of users by detecting body movement, breathing cycle and heart rate analysis. It also claims to have the ability to help users fall asleep using what the company refers to as “scientifically-validated lighting technology” that emits certain shades and colors of light to allow for a calm awakening in the morning.

Other products, such as Mindwave Mobile biosensor (a less expensive EEG) allow users to watch their brainwaves. This specific device typically sells for $99.99 U.S.

Though many may still prefer traditional methods for monitoring their health, technologically advanced gadgets such as these offer a more proactive approach to healthcare, and show individuals another side of the puzzle. In fact, in August 2014, the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group, wrote in their monthly Health Letter that, “Many people overestimate their activity level. When they see their actual activity level, they often learn to increase habits."

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“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.

 

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