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[BEIT NEWS] 18 Oct 2018 – Digital design, smart cities and smart transportation

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British Land names R/GA London as digital innovation and design partner

 

Julian Barker, head of smart places at British Land, added: “We see a great opportunity to use technology to unlock more value for our customers, and are pleased to be working with R/GA in delivering a new level of service across our London campuses.”

Keywords: British Land; R/GA London

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Picture: Broadgate, one of the developments by British Land, a leading UK commercial property company.


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City of Sydney funds Smart Cities Week

 

The conference will explore how technology and data can help solve the social, environmental, planning, transport and economic challenges facing global communities.

Event speakers include the City’s Sustainability Director, Chris Derksema, and Kate Deacon, the City’s Executive Manager of Strategy and Urban Analytics. In partnership with Austrade, the City will take a visiting international delegation on a tour of the new Green Square town centre and library.

Keywords: cyber security; digital infrastructure; resilient cities; innovation districts; public spaces; social equity; tech and data; smart and green buildings; digital transformation

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Picture: Smart Cities Week in Australia to be held on 29-31 Oct 2018.


 

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The country now applies radio frequency identification (RFID) in electronic toll collection (ETC) along several expressways.

At the moment, local companies are able to manufacture and assemble monitoring devices for cars, trains, and water vessels. They are also designing intelligent transport systems (ITS) for new expressways. FDI has been essential to bringing about this change in Vietnam and is vital to its continued momentum – both as a source of capital and as a source of critical knowledge.

Keywords: Smart transportation; radio frequency identification (RFID); electronic toll collection; seaport management; infrastructure management; maritime electronic map; automatic identification systems (AIS); Civil aviation safety oversight reporting and tracking database (CASORT); air traffic flow management (ATM); air traffic service message handling system (AMHS); computerised reservation systems; Galileo; Amadeus; SabreSonic

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Picture: Vietnam is working on several fronts to modernise its transport systems.

New development of smart carpet and its applications

A floor sensor system was set up to detect gait activities by recording the amount of pressure applied in different places when someone walks across it.  

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Fans of Tom Cruise may recall vividly in his movie Mission: Impossible (1996), Tom intruded to a room of cyber look through the ceiling. He was hovered just inches above the floor to gain access to a computer, being very careful not to touch the floor. 

Two decades later, we have smart carpet that would make Tom Cruise and his partners even more difficult to get their jobs done.

Smart carpet is generally referred to the floor finishes with embedded electronic devices that enable detection of movements that exert upon it. It is used for monitoring activities of elderly especially those who live alone.

Alongside the development of new behaviour biometric, smart carpet now becomes even more versatile. 

Research team at the University of Manchester

The prominent case here is the research team led by Prof. Krikor OZANYAN and Dr Patricia SCULLY at the University of Manchester. They adopted efficient machine learning methodology to classify gait data from raw tomography sensor data accurately without the need to reconstruct images.

A floor sensor system was set up to detect gait activities by recording the amount of pressure applied in different places when someone walks across it. The team did not use piezoelectric wires or pressure sensors / tiles as other researchers used to be. They used low cost standard polymer optical fibre that form grids to transmit and receive lights.

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Picture: Researchers demonstrate a piece of ‘smart carpet,’ which detects the footsteps of people who stand on it. (Photo: University of Manchester).

 

By using artificial intelligence, the changes in location and amount of lights as caused by human motions, e.g. walking or exercising, are recorded, plotted and analyzed. The complexity of the research lies not only on identifying the types of footstep patterns but also in the necessity to cope with the footstep spatial and temporal variances in the data captured from a real-world gait recording system.

The result was encouraging with high accuracy in identifying pre-defined variants of gait. 

Possible uses of smart carpet

The applications of magic carpet can be group into 2 categories: health and safety; and security. It can be installed to monitor old people’s movements in elderly home, as well as patients in clinics and hospitals, and thus becomes an integral part of the healthcare systems.

For security purpose, such a carpet can be placed to track and identify people who walked past on it at residential and office buildings. They can also be applied in areas where volume of people is high and constant surveillance is required to ensure public safety. These places include transport terminals (e.g. train stations and airports), museums, government premises, tourist attractions and places for entertainment and leisure.

Innovative products in UK Construction Week – Part 3 of 3

The third part of the innovative products that are exhibited in the UK Construction Week is given here. Readers can refer to Part 1 of 3 and Part 2 of 3 for more companies.

 

SALTO devises a world-class access control system that was simple to use and extremely efficient, giving users the ability to control all their access needs and secure all their doors without complex and expensive wiring. Such solution, e.g. its SVN platform, the first stand-alone, battery-powered electronic locks for access control, are also simple to install and set up, cost-effective, reliable, complete and future-proof. 

With its online and real-time technology, its XS4 platform enhances the usability of virtually every building environment by securing nearly every door and enabling the monitoring and control of every user. SALTO hardware and software can be networked without wires to provide real-time intelligence and instant control, while enabling integration with existing systems to improve manageability and enhance end-user experience.

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Picture: SALTO’s current products.

 


 

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simPRO

simPRO offers IoT solutions incorporating the use of machine learning, proactive action triggering and automation of field service activities. It help businesses doing service, maintenance and projects to streamline everyday processes and help them to work smarter, deliver exceptional service and maximise profitability.

Its services cover field service management, stock management, invoicing, project management, estimating, payment processing, asset management, scheduling and accounting integration.

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Picture (above): simPro helps customers to pay quickly and easily.

 

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Picture: The complete inventory management and tracking solution.


 

The company uses Microsoft Dynamics to help customers achieve their business goals. Its business process improvement delivered through Microsoft Dynamics helps to bring together all the parts of an organisation – so clients can spend their time on the thing that matters most, i.e. growing their business.

Its Dynamics Building Materials gives clients the confidence and information to meet customer and supplier needs quickly and efficiently, to keep tight control on costs, margins and customer service and ultimately help drive fast business decisions from Request for Quotation (RFQ) to product end-of-life.

Picture (above): The benefits of integrated EDI in the Building Materials industry.

 

Picture (above): The benefits of Integrated eCommerce in the Dynamics Building Materials Industry.


 

TLJ designs, manufactures and installs electronic locks and access control for the UK construction industry. The whole process of design and certification, quote and installation, commissioning, handover and aftersales, is designed to make customers lives easier and take away the pain and risk of installing access control.

The company will be launching a new electronic multipoint door lock aimed at the mid- to high-end residential market and previewing our next generation Mobile Key – allowing users to operate door locks using their smartphone.

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Picture (above): TLJ’s keycards locks.

 

Picture: TLJ’s mobile key.


 

vertemax offers products designed to protect people. It puts people first, whether the general public, on-site workers or any of the project team. It is partnering with eviFile who specializes in providing a Digital Evidence Platform that businesses of all sizes and across sectors can use to capture, manage and share unquestionable digital data using every day mobile devices. eviFile is a proven hosted or cloud-based solution that not only provides clients with confidence in their suppliers but also protect the clients from any future claims or disputes.

Picture: eviFile.


 

WorkPal offers software solution for mobile workflow management, reporting, tracking and invoicing. It streamlines entire workflow processes from initial job assignment right through to client invoicing, for a paperless working environment. It also tracks and manages jobs more accurately with detailed reporting. Send completed jobs to head office via the app and invoice faster.

 

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Picture (above): WorkPal’s live job list.

 

 

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Picture: WorkPal allows monitoring and tracking service history and movement of assets


 

Yourkeys is a property platform to offer a full, end to end service, from offer to completion with all stakeholders feeding into the central ecosystem with “live” notifications, timelines and complete oversight. It gives complete control of the sales process to house developers, with live oversight from offer to completion.

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Picture: Tablet screenshot of Yourkeys.

 

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RICS – Smart City Consortium PropTech Conference 2018

RICS, in collaboration with Smart City Consortium (SCC), will host the RICS-SCC PropTech Conference on Friday 23 November 2018 in the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

It comprises 4 sessions:

Session 1: The changing landscape of our world

Topic: Gazing through the crystal ball: An overview of emerging technologies and their impacts to life (by Mr Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google)

Panel discussion: Technology as the catalyst for change

  • Challenges and opportunities for urban life
  • City development
  • Ethical issues of technology

Session 2: Take-up technology in Hong Kong

Topic: Smart-city development in Hong Kong. What should we expect down the road? (By Dr Albert Wong, Urbanisation Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong Limited)

Topic: Smart cities, technology and urbanisation — a global perspective (By Mr James Kavanagh, Global Land Standards Director, RICS)

Panel discussion: What is Hong Kong doing in technology? Tech owners in Hong Kong share their experience in driving technology.

Session 3: Technology in action

Presentations:

  • Data security: The ultimate maker-and-breaker of a technology-driven world
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • New technology being applied in property

Session 4: From now to future

Panel discussion: What does the future hold for our next generation?

Topic: Getting the real estate industry ready for technological revolution. What RICS is doing to transform the surveying profession (By Mr Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS)

 

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The Speakers:

 

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Picture (above): Mr CHAN Chung-ching, JP,Director of Lands.

 

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Picture (above): Dr Albert WONG, Urbanisation Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong Limited.

 

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Picture (above): Mr Ed PARSONS, Geospatial Technologist, Google.

 

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Picture (above): Mr Sean TOMPKINS, CEO, RICS.

 

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Picture (above): Dr Winnie TANG, JP, Founder and Honorary President, Smart City Consortium.

 

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Picture (above): Mr James KAVANAGH, Global Land Standards Director, RICS.

Innovative products in UK Construction Week – Part 2 of 3

The list of companies providing innovative IT products for built environment continues below (the first part, i.e. Part 1 of 3, has been published earlier). These companies will participate in the UK Construction Week.

 

The company provides cost effective and realistic solution to gain access to high level and awkward sections of buildings in order to investigate defects and repairs. It has the state of the art equipment to ensure clients get the best results from its services, including aerial surveys, aerial inspections and promotional imagery. It provides 100% HD video and images of the highest quality.

Source: http://www.kingfisheraps.co.uk/

 

Picture: Project example Tanners Wharf (Photos & Video).


 

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KORE

KORE delivers transformative business performance through the Internet of Things (IoT). It is the largest independent provider of secure managed IoT networks, application enablement, and location based services, and focuses on combining our capabilities and expertise into business-centric IoT solutions.

Its provides the most useful and logical solution for the most complex IoT deployment challenge in the construction and real estate industry.

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Source: https://eu.korewireless.com/industries/iot-construction-and-real-estate-solutions


 

Kubla focuses on creating applications for engineering, surveying and construction professionals. It provides easy to use software solutions for volumetric analysis and coastal engineering. 

Its Kubla Cubed is the easy-to-use earthworks cut-and-fill software.

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Picture: Kubla Cubed.



 

myConsole is a cloud based work winning collaboration platform. It uses a cognitive approach to integrate all work winning data, insights and systems into one place, and hence improve pre-construction and work winning capability by delivering profound savings, win rates and profitability.

myConsole collaboration software replicates the work winning process with easy to use templates. Its operations team are on hand to explain this easy to use software, and to support each user with the necessary training programme from the outset. 

Picture: myConsole digital collaboration platform.


 

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Okappy

The company is an B2B communications platform that manage companies’ day-to-day work, e.g. invoicing and general job management. It combines social and market network technology to communicate and collaborate with employees, subcontractors, across different sites and with different B2B clients.

Using the Okappy to streamline processes can make a significant contribution to bottom line profits by reducing paperwork and increasing efficiency.

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Picture (above): Raise invoices.

 

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Picture (above): View schedule.


 

As a construction productivity tool, PlanGrid helps project teams deliver projects on time, every day. They can access all project information (from plans and specifications, through documents, to project photos) from wherever they are.  

Plans and documents that are automatically hyperlinked, versioned in order, and easily searchable with full sheet search can be instantly distributed.

It is also easy to turn over a digital as-built with its accurate data collection for facilities management and operations.

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Source: https://www.plangrid.com/

 

Picture: Project documents – The entire record set linked directly from plans.


 

Procore’s cloud-based platform connects the project team, applications, and devices in one centralized real time hub. It helps construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects safely, on time, and within budget.

It streamlines workflow and is easy to use. The platform support clients so they can see a return on their investment immediately.

Picture: Demonstration of using Procore.


 

iAuditor is an inspection app. Its customisable, easy-to-use smart checklists empower workers to conduct onsite inspections, identify hazards and share reports in real time.

iAuditor provides visibility and insights to help raise safety and quality standards across an organization. The project team can collect consistent data, standardise operations, send reports, identify failed areas and get problems resolved.

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Picture: iAuditor empowers workers to ensure safety

 


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