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This week’s rundown has lots of tech for fleets, including an app for Amazon’s Alexa and ELD compliance. There is software for error-free estimating and employee safety and training along with a website on cyber risk.


ARI Alexa App Pilot, Drivers Request and Receive Fleet Data with Voice Commands 
Voice recognition and AI technologies can create efficiencies in fleet management. With ARI’s pilot app for Amazon’s Alexa, users get data points from the ARI insights® system using voice commands. Alexa provides data on fuel usage, accidents, maintenance, downtime and purchase orders for a group of vehicles. ARI will track queries to see what other data points might be added as it develops the technology.



Genie® Tech Pro™ Link handheld diagnostics tool allows users to monitor a machine’s sensors, including engine temperature, oil pressure, fuel levels and battery voltage, calibrate the machine, make speed adjustments during pre-operation inspection, receive fault code information and more — all from the palm of a technician’s hand. The Genie Tech Pro Link works independently of a laptop, giving a service technician immediate access to maintenance, faults, settings and sensors from the home screen.

PORTER-CABLE® Expands 20V MAX* System with Charging Storage Bag and Radio

PORTER-CABLE® 20V MAX* Charging Storage Bag (PCCB122C2) has charging capabilities in a stand-alone storage product. It holds up to 10 batteries and features a simultaneous dual port charger and USB charger for mobile devices. The 20V MAX* Charging Radio charges PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX* batteries at a 1A charge rate and can be powered by a 20V MAX* battery (sold separately) or a power cord.

 Microsoft mixed reality headset accessory to debut next year
Microsoft is planning to release a hardhat accessory to the HoloLens mixed reality headset according to GeekWire.

Mobile Awareness Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Compliance Solution

Mobile Awareness’ MobileTRAQ® ELD turnkey electronic logging solution enables fleets to meet the FMCSA ELD mandate for Hours of Service (HOS) while relaying data to management via the MobileTRAQ® web platform. With ready access to online logs and real-time remote monitoring, potential violations can be resolved; data can be used to educate and train drivers who are at risk for hours of service violations or unsafe driver behavior; and pre-trip and post-trip DVIR simplifies the process of error-free inspection and documentation for well-timed vehicle repairs.

Software & In the Cloud

B2W Software Solution for Heavy Civil Construction Estimating Now Offers Error-check Wizard

B2W Software, provider of heavy civil construction management software, offers an enhanced Error-check Wizard feature within B2W Estimate solution for estimating and bidding. The tool checks automatically for red flags and guides users through a step-by-step proofreading process. Users can customize the scan to skim a proposal for abnormalities that might indicate an error, such as a zero or negative cost, undistributed values or RFQ groups with no assigned subcontractor.

Actimo for Onboarding, Training and Communicating with Employees
Actimo’s internal communication software helps with employee onboarding and training, acting as a content delivery system for management. Contractors can use the platform to send content to employees to measure their engagement, such as whether new hires have reviewed documents, if sales team members have watched training videos, or if employees are up to date on major news and announcements.


Corvex IoT Solution Puts the Power of Connected Safety in the Hands of Workers

Corvex’s IoT solution, Corvex Connected Safety platform, empowers workers to play a role in ensuring a safe work environment -- focusing on proactive behavior that doesn’t interfere with their work, and giving every employee a voice and the tools they need to make critical decisions at a moments’ notice. The platform collects data from sensors in the work environment and embedded within personal protection equipment (PPE), alerts employees and shares information in real time.

Vectorworks 2018 Now Available in Spanish
Vectorworks, Inc. 2018 line is available in Spanish and includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals as well as Braceworks™, a structural load analysis add-on module targeted to designers and riggers working on temporary structures. Vectorworks 2018 includes multiple drawing views, direct section and elevation editing, easier title block customization and direct site model contour editing.

Nearmap Releases Panorama and Oblique Aerial Imagery Inside MapBrowser Interface
Nearmap Panorama and Nearmap Oblique, available through a new MapBrowser™ interface, extends location content to include new aerial geospatial data services. With Nearmap Panorama, users view perspective maps in all cardinal directions for small or large areas without having to jump from one image to another. They can navigate, pan and zoom across any size geography and analyze perspective. Nearmap Oblique enables users to interactively inspect and measure the height of features, such as buildings and terrain, from all cardinal directions. Users working within MapBrowser can switch from Nearmap Vertical to Nearmap Panorama or Nearmap Oblique location content.

Video & Cool Stuff

Website Helps Navigate a New Cyber Risk Landscape
In response to growing cyber risks, JLT and Business Insurance have launched a website dedicated to exploring the strategic elements of managing cyber risk. Among the expert insights presented on the site are findings of a survey of corporate executives by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, sponsored by JLT.

DOZR Changes Equipment Buying, Selling and Rental
DOZR is an online heavy equipment marketplace that facilitates short- and long-term machinery rental or purchase. Equipment owners benefit by earning revenue from their idle machinery. Borrowers get access to the machines when they need them. DOZR screens renters to make sure the machinery is appropriate for the job and provides insurance to protect both parties. DOZR also coordinates delivery of the machine no matter the distance.

Autodesk University Highlights
The 2017 AEC Excellence Awards recognized global projects that embrace connected BIM technologies and sustainable design in the AEC industry. Winners were announced at Autodesk University 2017.

Autodesk Previewed Next Generation BIM 360 Platform Connecting the Entire Construction Process, and launched the “Connect and Construct Exchange,” a BIM 360 integration partner program designed to bring third-party software applications and data into the BIM 360 construction workflow.

Autodesk and Esri Announce Collaboration to Advance Infrastructure Planning and Design to build a bridge between BIM and GIS mapping technologies. The partnership enables BIM and GIS mapping software to more seamlessly work together to optimize planning, designing, building and operating infrastructure assets.

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