Vonage | August 20, 2022
Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, is enabling Japan-based construction tech company Log Build to seamlessly engage with its customers via high-quality live video calls that encourage collaboration on operations and services to enhance the customer experience.
Log Build was founded with the aim of bringing to the world a service that enables truly necessary remote construction management. By integrating the Vonage Video API directly into the Log Build software, the company is able to connect with carpenters and other tradespeople via highly reliable, interactive live video calls, enabling them to reduce the time and expense associated with physical travel to the site.
Log Build has established new forms of remote site visualization apps, such as video communication apps, that enable remote on-site inspections of construction sites (Log Meet); construction site progress and safety management apps using VR (virtual reality) software (Log Walk); and 24-hour site patrols by avatar robots (Log Kun).
"I founded Log Build because even though technology has evolved, I saw from my own experience as a site manager and my position as the owner of a construction company that site management is stuck in analogue. I wanted to bring a service to the world that would realize truly necessary remote construction management."
-Kenichi Nakabori, CEO of Log Build.
When COVID-19 caused restrictions not only to the way the construction industry works, but also to the way people travel and communicate, we turned to Vonage to embed its Video API within our software to make it easy to connect with craftspeople and clients and enable high-quality remote site management of construction sites with innovative video solutions. Powered by the Vonage Video API, Log Build apps allow contractors and other customers to inspect construction sites remotely, from any location, on their preferred device, more smoothly, quickly and safely.
The rise of remote working during and post pandemic has accelerated the adoption of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and VR solutions. In 2021, the global VR market size was valued at USD 21.83 billion and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% from 2022 to 2030. Asia Pacific accounted for the largest revenue share of over 40% in 2021, which can be attributed to the growing improvements in VR technology.1
"The pandemic drove businesses to accelerate their digital transformation and rethink how they engaged with their customers. Post-COVID, businesses are not reverting to their old ways of offering services but increasing the use of digitalization and adoption of tools like artificial intelligence and video solutions to offer unique customer experiences, With the Vonage Communications Platform, we are happy to support innovative businesses like Log Build as they build the future of immersive engagement."
-Amitha Pulijala, VP of Product, Platform Services, AI and Video, Vonage.
The Vonage Communications Platform (VCP) has more than one million registered developers and offers a full suite of programmable voice, video, messaging, and email services to forward-thinking businesses throughout the Asia-Pacific market and worldwide. Through its partners, Vonage's platform is at the center of many notable transformational projects in the region, and a de facto for startups.
Vonage, a global cloud communications leader, helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Vonage's Communications Platform is fully programmable and allows for the integration of Video, Voice, Chat, Messaging, AI and Verification into existing products, workflows and systems. The Vonage conversational commerce application enables businesses to create AI-powered omnichannel experiences that boost sales and increase customer satisfaction. Vonage's fully programmable unified communications, contact center and conversational commerce applications are built from the Vonage platform and enable companies to transform how they communicate and operate from the office or remotely - providing the flexibility required to create meaningful engagements.
ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION,ENGINEERING TECH,CONSTRUCTION
KUKA | September 23, 2022
Pioneers in modular construction and car factory automation have teamed up to advance the construction industry. U.S. modular housing pioneer, Waypaver International and German automation leader KUKA are today unveiling a predesigned automation solution to produce modular housing. The solution, System P4, provides everything a factory owner needs for an automated modular housing operation, off the shelf.
System P4 is designed by Waypaver, powered by KUKA automation technology, and backed by the P4 Housing Collective. The P4 Housing Collective includes four separate companies: Waypaver, Prefab Logic, Modular Maven, and Effektiv House. The team collectively offers a construction ecosystem of plant design, people development, preconstruction design/engineering, and products ready to be built—designed together to work together with System P4.
System P4 began with a collaboration between Rick Murdock, CEO and Founder of Waypaver, and Timo Heil, one of the CEO's of the KUKA System Group. Murdock and his business partner Curtis Fletcher pioneered the use of automation in construction in what is now the highest volume automated modular factory in the western U.S. Following this success, Murdock and Fletcher were sought out by developers, factory owners, and municipalities seeking new solutions to the global housing crisis.
"Developing the world's first automated plant of its kind forced us to make big advancements in construction engineering and manufacturing, "The goal has always been to learn and share better ways to build, advance modular construction, and make housing more attainable worldwide. Collaborating with KUKA on System P4 is a major next step because it gives future factory owners a turnkey solution based on real-world lessons learned by pioneers in both construction and automation."
-Rick Murdock, CEO and Founder of Waypaver.
Heil—who has extensive experience in the conceptual design, planning and implementation of complex systems—adds, KUKA has played a decisive and global role in shaping the automation of the automotive industry in its more than 100-year history. Together with the strong team around the P4 system, we will put all our know-how into a paradigm shift in the way we build homes. Because nothing less than that is needed to meet the global challenge of housing shortages. Automation closes the wide gap between construction capacity and demand, while also making construction more efficient—both in terms of cost and sustainability.
KUKA, a leader in automation for car-manufacturing, had a vision for how their technology and automation expertise could be used to build housing. Murdock, Heil, and Fletcher teamed up to envision a factory design that could combine KUKA technology and innovation with the proven best practices of automated modular construction to give modular factory startups a predesigned solution. The result, System P4, is a complete solution including Waypaver plant floor layout and logistics combined with KUKA robotics automation, hardware, and integration services.
System P4 is a response to the worldwide housing crisis due in part to labor shortages and inefficiencies in construction. According to McKinsey & Co, construction is the world's largest industry, yet it has been one of last and slowest to advance technologically. Between 1900 and today, car manufacturing has made staggering advancements. In the 1920s, it took Ford 12 hours to produce a car; today a car is produced in less than a minute. With System P4, Murdock, Heil, and Fletcher see similar opportunities to reduce the time it takes to build housing—while relieving workers in the construction trades of physical stress.
Our constant focus is making homes attainable, and making construction more precise, more productive, and easier, Fletcher said. The P4 Housing Collective is a team of separate companies united around this shared passion. We've made huge progress with data-driven methods for smarter construction and standard products plus automation to take the back-breaking work off of people. System P4 is powered by KUKA, and backed by data-driven preconstruction, off-the-shelf products, and people development programs—all designed to work together with System P4. This is great news for developers, municipalities, and modular builders looking to establish their own steady stream of quality housing.
KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.3 billion euro and roughly 14,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Ausburg, Germany. As one of the world's leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, metal and plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.
Waypaver International is a small and mighty team of modular manufacturing experts with proven expertise helping design numerous modular plants. The team's members average more than 30 years in modular construction each. Waypaver's founder led the development of the first automated modular plant of its kind, and acted as the factory's most senior manager as it became the highest-volume modular factory in the western U.S. in less than three years. Collectively, the team has led the design of more than a dozen modular plants. Waypaver is committed to helping potential plant owners and operators understand risks, avoid costly mistakes, and enjoy the adventure of paving the way for a smarter, faster, more efficient construction industry worldwide.
Kojo | August 17, 2022
the construction industry's leading procurement platform – today announced its new warehouse inventory management offering. Kojo Warehouse is the first and only solution for contractors to track and manage their warehouse material inventory in real-time. The offering provides visibility into both general and job-specific warehouse stock, at any time, from anywhere.
"Contractors have lacked true visibility into their warehouses for too long, We've heard from customers that they need a streamlined, efficient way to manage their warehouses and take control over the current instability in the industry. Kojo's Warehouse is the first solution that ensures contractors have immediate insight into their material inventory, and empowers them to reduce costs and cut waste."
-Maria Rioumine, CEO and founder of Kojo.
Increasing construction costs, material and labor shortages, and supply chain constraints are putting contractors at risk of going over budget or completing projects late. These challenges, paired with tedious and error-prone warehouse management practices, such as pen-and-paper notes or Excel sheets, result in contractors wasting money, time, and materials.
Kojo's Warehouse solution empowers contractors to streamline their inventory management system and procure the materials they need faster. By connecting the warehouse, office, field teams, and vendors on one platform, Kojo gives contractors real-time visibility into what they have in their warehouse, while making it easy to request quotes and make purchases with vendors for materials they need.
"With Kojo's Warehouse solution, our team now has transparency into what materials are available for our jobsites – whether we're in the field, office or the warehouse, a full-service electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing, and alarm contractor. "By not having to order material that has already been purchased, we are saving a significant amount of time and money, and staying on budget."
-Gary Philips, president at Premier Service Company Inc.
Utilizing Kojo Warehouse, contractors can better manage their warehouse materials to make smarter purchasing decisions and reduce the time it takes to deliver materials to the jobsite. This helps contractors become more resilient to challenges such as backorders and delivery delays, high prices for last-minute orders, and material waste. Kojo Warehouse also creates additional cost savings by empowering contractors to increase buyouts and bulk orders.
Kojo, the construction industry's leading procurement platform, enables trade and self-perform general contractors to take control of their margins by consolidating the procurement process onto one, all-inclusive digital platform. By connecting the field, office, warehouse, accounting teams, and vendors, contractors gain visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, streamline workflows, and increase labor productivity. Contractors have access to a network of thousands of vendors to source the best prices and availability, find cost savings and reduce material waste. Kojo is trusted by hundreds of contractors and utilized by thousands of construction professionals across the country every day.