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Technology and Software Rundown Week of March 20, 2017

With ConExpo wrapped up, this week’s Rundown is chock full of new releases, including apps for reporting, IoT telematics and communication; time-lapse cameras and rugged computers; live video platforms; and software for field time tracking, workflow automations and project management.

Apps

Raken reporting app Aids compliance, project visibility

Raken construction site reporting software is a reporting, compliance and project visibility SaaS application. Project managers can access an executive dashboard to view updates from the job site in real-time, including safety and delay notifications via text message and email. Mobile apps are targeted toward superintendents and job foremen; web apps provide overall project visibility to project managers and project engineers.

CalAmp AssetOutlook Enables IoT for Construction Asset Management

CalAmp’s AssetOutlook™ next-generation telematics application integrates IoT solutions so construction equipment owners can tap into a new layer of actionable insights that unlock real-time information about remote vehicles and assets to improve decision making and streamline operations. Features include equipment optimization for improved visibility into preventative maintenance, fleet activity and asset utilization; full stack, single source solution asset management application; and streamlined operations that adapt to unique attribute profiles and key performance indicators for mixed fleets.

Trimble TrimFleet Communicator App Has Enterprise Recording Feature

Trimble now offers an enterprise recording feature as an add-on to its TrimFleet™ Communicator, a communications solution for the construction materials market. The Enterprise Recording feature allows an organization to access one year of recorded communication by date range, time of day, driver and specific channel. TrimFleet Communicator is a Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) solution that replaces traditional radio communication. The push-to-talk (PTT) application gives fleets the ability to enable communication between drivers, dispatch or through point-to-point calls with specific individuals.

Products

Truelook Robotic Time Lapse Camera Captures 360° Images

TrueLook PTZMounted Camera

With TrueLook’s Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras, contractors can view a live jobsite anytime, anywhere and on any device. Users can create custom time-lapse, multiple simultaneous time-lapse and panoramic time-lapse images. TrueLook PTZ cameras are robotic and can be moved remotely via a web interface to create 360° time-lapse images up to 70 megapixels in size. These panoramic time-lapse images are customizable and provide an HD time-lapse video of the panorama.

Trimble Rugged Computer Designed for Aggregate and Materials Industry

Trimble® ConnectedTablet, a ruggedized mobile computer for fleets in the ready mix and aggregate materials industry, connects wirelessly to the Trimble Vehicle Gateway (TVG) and provides a rich in-cab experience for the operator, including features such as in-cab navigation with CoPilot® Truck™ from ALK Technologies, Hours of Service (HOS), daily vehicle inspection reports and text and push-to-talk voice communications.

Terralux Expands DRV Product Line

Terralux has expanded its DRV product line to make it easier for buildings to upgrade lighting to energy-efficient LED. The new DRVL is designed for use in low output, while the DRVH covers high output applications. The DRVL features a rapid installation process without requiring connection to an external ballast or driver and provides up to 800 lumens. The DRVH models are high-output LED downlight retrofit kits, designed to replace up to a 100 watt HID inside existing commercial downlights.

Hemisphere GNSS IronOne Rugged Computer and Smart Antenna for Machine Control Applications

Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. IronOne Rugged Display & Computer with Intel Atom dual-core processor is built for harsh machine control environments and meets IP67-standard certification. Connectivity features include Ethernet, CANbus, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with optional cellular modem. The 8” TFT-LCD capacitive touchscreen display is ideal while inside heavy machinery where different viewing angles are required. Hemisphere’s Vector VR500 Rugged All-in-One Smart Antenna, also for harsh machine control environments, offers precise heading, RTK positioning and easy installation. The VR500 tracks GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS, and is Atlas L-band and SBAS capable. Its webUI allows the user to control, manage and upgrade firmware and activations using Wi-Fi.

Software & In the Cloud

Scope AR and Caterpillar® Launch CAT® LIVESHARE AR for Training and Equipment Maintenance

ScopeAR Caterpillar

Scope AR and Caterpillar Inc. CAT® LIVESHARE software delivers an augmented reality-based live video calling platform for members of the Cat dealer network to conduct real-time remote support, training and equipment maintenance. CAT LIVESHARE is based upon Scope AR’s Remote AR technology – an augmented reality-based remote assistance application. The platform combines augmented reality with live video streaming, voice, 3-D animation, annotation, screen sharing and white-boarding. Developed by Scope AR in partnership with Caterpillar, the solution was built specifically for the heavy machinery and construction industries.

Digital Estimating Software Named Residential Top Product

McCormick OESP

Constructech magazine named McCormick Systems’ On-Screen Estimating Pro one of its Residential Top Products for 2017. The productivity-enhancing digital takeoff and estimating software product for contractors enables users to obtain accurate, automated counts of specific items from PDF drawings. The software eliminates tedious hand-counting of each installable item – pipe lengths, wire runs and more – on a project PDF. Contractors can add items to a given drawing using the “Symbol Designer” function.

Austin Lane Technologies Redefining the Time Entry Market

Construction worker, supervisor inspects work at building site. Digital tablet.

Austin Lane Technologies, Inc. released ALMobile™ Grid Time Entry field time tracking software. ALMobile’s Grid Time Entry combines newly designed grid style data capture and at-a-glance reporting with state-of-the-art ALMobile features, simplifying daily time entry. This new addition works on all devices with seamless integration with the primary ERP. This feature is now available with the purchase of ALMobile, which collects and delivers real-time job site data and turns it into actionable information. ALMobile integrates with major accounting systems.

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Maximizes Workflow Efficiency Across the Construction Project Lifecycle

Bluebeam, Inc.’s Revu 2017 delivers new and enhanced workflow automation tools that span the entire project lifecycle and maximize workflow efficiency. Features include new takeoff tools to empower estimators to create PDF-based bids with accuracy and speed; expanded batch processing tools so architects and engineers can apply digital signatures and professional seals across a batch of multiple files; Automatic Form Creation for RFIs, submittals, contracts and permits; streamlined Measurement and Count Tool to eliminate redundancies, utilize takeoff data downstream and manage project documents; and 3-D navigation and functionality to visually convey complex concepts to project partners with the ability to embed 360 photos.

Take Control of the Project with Projectmate Software

Projectmates construction program management software helps project owners and contractors take control of the construction process—from site selection through construction and closeout. With more than 40 out-of-the-box workflow tools that collectively address every facet of the construction lifecycle, Projectmates includes the ability to share documents and drawings, automate cost and budget management and generate high-level executive reports. Collaborative by design, Projectmates is 100 percent web-based and is accessible from any device with an internet browser.

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