10 Trends in Robotics, AI, and Autonomous Systems to Watch in 2019

Robotics Business Review | January 03, 2019

We're now officially in 2019, and all signs indicate that it will be a bigger year than ever for robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. If you're in the automation business or are thinking of investing in robots, we'll have a lot to share.
But before we jump into the latest news, the editors of Robotics Business Review are putting on our own wizards' hats - scarily enough, we likely own some - to make some predictions about 2019.

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Building design and construction is one of the largest and most complex sectors of the world’s economy. The industry includes public and private building owners, planners, architects, engineers, design and technical experts in various fields, construction contractors and managers, craftspeople and thousands of building product and system manufacturers.

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OpenSpace Welcomes QBS Software to Partner Network, Widening Access to 360° Construction Site Capture Across Europe

OpenSpace | September 29, 2022

OpenSpace, the global leader in 360° jobsite capture and AI-powered analytics, shared that European software procurement platform QBS Software is joining its Partner Network. With more than 10,000 software publishers on its platform and expert customer service, QBS's reseller network will widen access to OpenSpace throughout the EMEA construction, banking, insurance, facilities management, and retail industries, improving onsite visibility and efficiency. With OpenSpace Capture, builders or site managers can fully document their jobsite while walking the site as they normally would with a mobile device or an off-the-shelf, consumer 360° camera that can be attached to their hardhat. Once the video is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins all the images to the floor plan, creating a trusted visual record of site status. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is typically ready to view in about 15 minutes after upload. In a survey of OpenSpace's community and customers, it was found that on average 67% of customers reported saving thousands of dollars on project costs, while 74% saved multiple hours per week. Through this partnership, QBS will be able to expand its portfolio and enable its enterprise customers to benefit from these cost and time savings. "Our focus is on providing innovative and top-of-the-line software that creates opportunities for our customers and partners. With OpenSpace we are able to bring an industry-leading solution in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) space, With OpenSpace, we're able to bring an industry-leading and easy-to-use solution that improves coordination and efficiency of builders, project managers, owners, contractors, and sub-contractors throughout a wide variety of industries." -Dave Stevinson,CEO QBS Technology Group. OpenSpace is used today on projects in 86 different countries around the world, and has seen growing momentum in the EMEA region recently, with a 300% year-over-year increase on-platform in 360° imagery capture. Regional customers include JLL, Skanska, VINCI, and Unispace, among others. With QBS joining the OpenSpace Partner Network, even more builders, owners, and property managers will have easy access to OpenSpace's site capture and analysis technology. "Having worked with QBS Software for 20 years, I've experienced firsthand the amazing support that they provide to technology resellers, We are thrilled to be partnering with QBS to bring OpenSpace to any project, regardless of the industry, and believe that with the breadth of the QBS partner base, we'll be able to bring this technology across all EMEA." -Andrea Brown Head of Channel and Partnerships OpenSpace. By having a historical visual record of the site, OpenSpace makes it easier for projects to stay on budget and on time, as well as enabling smoother remote collaboration among stakeholders. OpenSpace's technology can also mitigate risk, as the 360° image captures serve as a time machine that can be used to go back and view historical site status. In terms of project analysis, OpenSpace offers automated progress tracking technology, which measures the percent of work completed for key pathways like walls, mechanical, electrical, and more. Customers can also use the platform to create 3D scans of certain areas onsite, using LiDAR-powered iPhones and iPads. About OpenSpace: Founded in 2017, OpenSpace is an AI technology company on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to construction and real estate. With our platform, builders automatically capture a complete visual record of the construction site, providing a single source of truth that increases coordination, drives accountability, and simplifies dispute resolution. To date, our customers have used OpenSpace to capture more than ten billion square feet of imagery from active construction projects across thousands of sites in over eighty-six countries. About QBS Technology Group: Established in 1987, QBS Technology Group (including QBS Software) provides a platform for software companies and channel partners to increase efficiency and achieve growth. With a focus on innovative software – covering the enterprise, cloud, and consumer markets – QBS Technology Group combines experience, specialist skills, local presence and trusted relationships.

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Trimble and HP Collaborate to Explore the Use of Robotic Technology for Autonomous Indoor Construction Layout

Trimble | November 09, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects. The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including the shortage of skilled workers and productivity. HP and Trimble can address these challenges with an integration of HP SitePrint and the recently introduced Trimble® Ri total station. The integrated solution can deliver an autonomous layout workflow that empowers efficiency and productivity on the job, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods. Augmenting the contractors' work, SitePrint can avoid obstacles and print lines and complex objects with pinpoint accuracy and consistent repeatability. In addition, text printing capabilities bring additional data from the digital model to the construction site to prevent errors. Using optical technology, the precise positioning and navigation of HP SitePrint robot is driven by the Trimble Ri total station. Equipped with automatic level detection, self-calibration, and Trimble VISION™ technology for advanced tracking, the Trimble Ri enables the HP SitePrint robot to achieve autonomous, high-accuracy indoor layout work. "The integration of Trimble Ri and HP SitePrint can transform the layout process on complex construction sites with pinpoint accuracy, and in a fraction of the time, This is an opportunity for layout contractors to improve accuracy and productivity and handle more projects with the same size of team." -Aviad Almagor, vice president of Technology Innovation, Trimble. Technology adoption and increased digitization can help construction firms bridge this productivity gap, said Daniel Martínez, vice president and general manager, HP Large Format Printing. HP has played a key role in bridging digital and physical worlds with print solutions for architects and engineers over the last thirty years. With the integration between HP SitePrint and Trimble Ri, we can make it easier than ever for layout professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while also enabling increased digitization of the construction industry as a whole. About HP: HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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Bectran’s Suite of Construction Job Sheet API Solutions will Further Support and Streamline Information

Bectran | November 11, 2022

Bectran, Inc., an industry leader providing cutting-edge credit, collections and accounts receivable automation software, has released a suite of API solutions to streamline the data transfer process between sales and credit departments when initiating or documenting construction job sheets, allowing for clearer oversight of information all in one central system. With this API suite, we have eliminated the need for sales professionals to leave their CRM in order to create, initiate, link or store construction job sheets in Bectran for the credit department’s review. These APIs will not require your sales team to have to learn a new system to keep work flowing from department to department. The enhanced construction job sheet APIs are designed to facilitate a simplified data transmission process between the Bectran platform and your current CRM, streamlining interdepartmental communication while maintaining consistent and accurate data. In the past, the construction job sheet initiation and documentation process involved the constant interchange of information between different applications, software or systems within the credit and sales teams. Companies without technology to supplement the data collection had it even worse, often requiring the manual input of data into multiple systems, which significantly heightened the probability of error. It was also an extremely time-intensive process, resulting in delays and, subsequently, dissatisfied customers. This combination of unhappy customers and overworked, burned-out teams only leads to further friction between departments and lost sales. More importantly, growing your company becomes nearly impossible because this redundant, repetitive, time-intensive process is difficult to maintain accurately at scale. That is precisely where Bectran identified a need for improved efficiency and established APIs so that sales teams no longer need to abandon your current CRM to initiate or store construction job sheets. Bectran makes it simple to capture existing project information and combine it with new data, all while remaining within your own CRM. These APIs can be called from the system that your sales team presently lives within for secure and instantaneous transmission of job data to the Bectran platform. “We recognized the need to have complete oversight of construction job sheet information in one system and the ever-present need for those processes to continue operating smoothly at scale. These APIs will improve the efficiency of your own existing workflow without having to become proficient in the intricacies of a new application.” -Louis Ifeguni, CEO of Bectran. Overall, these APIs will help facilitate more seamless interdepartmental communication while saving your teams time and resources to focus on more strategic business initiatives. The construction job sheet API suite is now available to our customers. To start using these APIs, please contact your product services specialist. About Bectran, Inc: Since its inception in 2010, Bectran has pioneered affordable credit management and accounts receivable automation solutions for all sizes of organizations. Bectran’s SaaS solutions — credit, collections and accounts receivable — provide seamless user experiences across various industries and empower users with robust credit evaluation services, putting you in control of your financial health. Our dedication to improving the efficiency of the order-to-cash cycle has helped companies cut down the time to process and approve credit by over 90% while significantly lowering the risk of default.

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