Text Messaging Turns 20
Text messaging technology has officially seen two decades. The first text message, sent by engineer Nial Papworth, shared well wishes for the holidays, a short “Merry Christmas.” Today, text messaging is an important part of daily communication.
Even further, in some demographics, a text message holds equal importance to a phone call. According to a Simmons National Consumer Study, 48 percent of Americans aged 18-24 believe a conversation via text message is as meaningful as over the phone. While Americans aged 25-34 agree, with 47 percent seeing text conversations as holding weight.
The text message isn’t just for the young anymore, but also the young at heart. In an average week, 95 percent of American adults with cell phones talk on the phone with text messaging weekly reaching 59 percent. In the 18-24 demographic 89 percent talk on their phone while 89 percent text.
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In the end, texting is still more popular with younger demographics with interesting figures for text messages by hour. Text messages are sent around the clock from the early morning to late evening. One astounding figure proves just how much texting is being utilized. Whether awake or asleep, 37 percent of 18-24 year old Americans receive text messages at 4 am.
The creator of the text message probably did not realize just how much text messages would become a part of the population’s daily life. While texting is popular now, it still is second to mobile calls. For 18-24 year olds, texting is more popular in the late hours from 11 pm to 6 am, utilized as a means of communication when recipients are probably asleep.
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.