May 19, 2020

Verizon: investing in public safety

Smart city
Digital Transformation
Brittany Hill
2 min
Verizon: investing in public safety

When it comes to public safety communication, strategic coordination, situational awareness and intelligent deployment of resources is essential.

With nationwide rollout of 5G firmly underway, Verizon sets its ambitious to harness next-generation connectivity to help decision makers at the local, state and federal levels to make communities not only safer, but smarter too.

Vital ways Verizon technology can improve public safety:

By utilising Verizon’s 5G ultra wideband and Verizon’s  IoT sensors, first responders can harness its low latency ability and near real time data gathering and sharing to act and respond to critical information more efficiently. “An ambulance could provide diagnostics to a waiting team of ER doctors before the patient reaches the hospital” or, “a squad car could send video to headquarters, signaling the need for backup more quickly than describing the scene over a radio call,” comments Verizon. In addition, 5G-powered drones can provide high quality imagery from disaster areas, streamlining search and  rescue mission, aerial aid drops and mass evacuation efforts.


When it comes to preparing communities for the worst, public safety communication is key. Verizon’s 5G ultra wideband can provide connectivity during times of crisis. 5G can help make computer vision and augmented reality training tools available to first responders to simulate emergency events. In addition, 5G can help to increase environmental awareness via intelligent video and AI-assisted analysis. The ability to deploy more cameras in tighter spaces with near real time information public safety can besignificalty altered.

Verizon’s 5G First Responder Lab uses 5G to develop, test and refine first responder applications, to innovate next generation life-saving public safety technology including AI-powered autonomous security solutions and  wall-penetrating radar for rescue operations. Verizon has also partnered with Tom Tom HD Maps, to reduce estimated accidents of  6,500 involving ambulances and 300 involving police cruisers each year. Tom Tom and Verizon aim to utilise 5G’s low latency as well as near real time 3D visualisation and corral communication to provide reliability and accuracy.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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