February 8, 2017
By Marla McIntyre, January 23, 2017
Original news item appeared in: www.enewsletters.constructionexec.com
Marla McIntyre is editor of Construction Executive Tech Trends and Construction Executive Risk Management enewsletters. Tech Trends was named a Silver Award winner of the Trade Association Business Publications International’s Tabbies for best enewsletter in 2016. Marla spent her career educating contractors, subcontractors, bankers, public and private owners, legislators, educators, insurers, and attorneys on construction and contract surety bonding issues. She’s the author of more than 100 articles, including an award-winning series for the Risk Management Association, and has written books, directories, informational brochures and reports. Her extensive construction and risk management background includes stints as executive director the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington and the Surety Information Office. She also worked for Associated General Contractors of America, National Conference of States on Building Codes & Standards, Association of Major City Building Officials, and National Concrete Masonry Association. She served on the boards of the Construction Writers Association and American Council for Construction Education and was active in the Construction Owners Association of America.
This week’s tech rundown features software to create 3-D digital maps, manage safety data, tame email and share project information in real time. Hot products include a telematics app for engaging and rewarding drivers, a waterproof phone and an equipment tracker that pairs with OneKey™.
The Azuga Fleet Mobile super-app lets businesses engage with their drivers, reward them for safe driving and improve their operations. It includes a rewards management capability and provides scores and leaderboards to drive competition among drivers. It also lets managers communicate with drivers using in-app messaging and pairs drivers with vehicles to improve safety and efficiency.
THE KYOCERA DURAFORCE PRO FEATURES VERIZON-EXCLUSIVE DURABLE SAPPHIRE SHIELD DISPLAY
The rugged Kyocera DuraForce PRO, a Verizon LTE Advanced smartphone with push-to-talk capabilities, has a durable 5” Sapphire Shield display for a virtually scratchproof surface. It’s waterproof and submersible in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The phone automatically switches to Underwater Mode when immersed in water. Other features include a full-HD wide-view action camera with a 135-degree field of view; full-device encryption, virtual private network access and built-in mobile device management to protect company data; a biometric fingerprint scanner on the power key; and is certified for Hazardous Locations for those who work where concentrations of flammable gas, vapors or mists are not normally present in explosive concentrations but may exist.
MILWAUKEE® TICK™ TOOL AND EQUIPMENT TRACKER TRACKS ANYTHING
Milwaukee Tool’s Bluetooth™ tool and equipment tracker, TICK™, attaches to anything with glue, screws, rivets or straps. Each TICK™ is laser engraved with a serial number so users can easily identify and assign multiple TICK™s. Products with a TICK™ attached are paired with the ONE-KEY™ app™. Users can manage all of their tools with the Simplified Tool and Equipment Management features to assign and store detailed information for all of their tools and equipment – whether it’s a tool equipped with a TICK™, a ONE-KEY™ enabled tool or any other tools and equipment. Milwaukee Tools ONE-KEYnow comes with Integrated Tool Security to provide ultimate theft protection so users can protect their investment with features like tool lock-out or hide tools from the nearby devices screen so only they can see that their tool is in range. If a tool is lost or stolen, users can also render it useless by sending a remote command to the tool to shut itself off the next time it comes within range of any open ONE-KEY™ app.
SOFTWARE & IN THE CLOUD
HoistCam Real-Time Data Analytics Platform
HoistCam™ SiteTrax.io™ enables raw video and photography to be automatically analyzed into near real-time, meaningful reports. By defining critical parameters, the analytics system overlays images to create 3-D Point Clouds and Digital Surface Maps to deliver as-built reports. SiteTrax.io builds on the features of HoistCam™ Director fleet monitoring software. By providing a centralized monitoring point, HoistCam Director allows construction owners and general contractors to view and manage hundreds of jobsites or equipment operations to improve productivity and safety.
PREDICTIVE SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW, SIMPLIFIED SAFETYNET
Predictive Solutions’ SafetyNet Basic is the introductory level of SafetyNet software, allowing users to easily view and manage their safety data. With SafetyNet, organizations can make sense of their data, take proactive measures to save lives and predict where future incidents may occur. With SafetyNet Basic, users will benefit from a simplified version of SafetyNet that focuses on vital data, allowing users to view data using industry-specific templates online and on mobile devices and capture inspection data in easy to understand, downloadable and shareable reports.
GENIEBELT PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OFFERS COMMUNICATION AND PROJECT OVERVIEW FEATURES
With Geniebelt’s project management software, users share project information via a real-time, interactive Gantt chart. Geniebelt automatically keeps daily logs and records activity on tasks, drawings and documents, which can be shared with external clients and third parties. An overview and reporting feature gives all decision makers an up-to-date view of their projects while construction apps keep everyone up to date with notifications and progress reports. Recent updates include Baseline, Drill Down, Project Overviews and Advanced Dependencies.
HARMON.IE HUMANIZES DOCUMENT AND EMAIL CAPTURE
harmon.ie gives organizations an easy way to manage important emails and documents as business records in SharePoint. harmon.ie’s Information Governance solution makes it a seamless part of employees’ current email regimen and allows organizations to keep the human at the center of the compliance initiative by giving the workers ultimate control, while eliminating human error and reducing employee resistance. By employing simple Outlook rules to give workers an intuitive way to dictate which emails need to be stored for compliance, the email capture procedure can be automated by the user.
VIDEO & COOL STUFF
FLEET MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY REPORT
GPS Insight’s 2016 Fleet Management Technology Report offers insights on who is using telematics, what is important to consider, how it’s helping commercial businesses and what fleets should expect from the investment. The report was conducted by Bobit Business Media. The fleet telematics provider, offering tailored GPS tracking solutions to commercial and government fleets, asked a series of questions pertaining to fleet management and telematics to examine the current state and experiences of the marketplace.
Original news item appeared in: www.enewsletters.constructionexec.com