May 19, 2020

YouTube spending $100 million for original content channels

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YouTube spending $100 million for original content channels

Written By: Nadia Ibanez

Rumors are spreading today that YouTube is reportedly launching about 20 different “channels” that would feature hours of original content each week on sports, entertainment, arts and others. The channels would be web pages built around the content and Google’s YouTube will reportedly spend nearly $100 million to get this new project up and running. YouTube is in also in talks with Hollywood talent agencies to attract content makers to develop material for the channels.

While all of the details on the new “webisodes” are still unclear, YouTube hopes that their fans and users will start using the website in the same way they would watch regular television. Hulu is currently one of the big players who have effectively brought TV viewers to the web to watch their favorite shows and reruns. Hulu is independently run and owned by NBCUniversal, News Corp., The Walt Disney Co. and a private equity firm.

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YouTube may be following Netflix’s lead, who just signed a deal to bring the first four seasons of AMC’s Mad Men to Netflix this summer. Netflix has also tied up streaming rights to the show’s upcoming fifth and sixth seasons, with a potential to rights for the seventh season.

The original programming is slated to appear on YouTube this year. Let’s see if YouTube will become the latest and greatest outlet for people to watch TV on the Internet.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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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