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  • Intelliwave was “born” out of the needs of the construction industry.Over-runs of schedule and cost plague the construction industry.The result is billions of dollars in waste … and excessive risk for project stake-holders. Reports from CII (the Construction Industry Institute) strongly correlate project overruns with lack of visibility of materials, personnel and equipment.Furthermore, research results just reported at the CII annual meeting validate a long debated point. Statistic data now confirms that projects which more organized and do not adopt best practices such as materials management and use of advanced technology show both improved productivity and improved safety performance.<Press return to trigger fade-in of CII pie chart>In 2008, a study done on craft productivity by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) estimated that up to 57% of construction spending is waste, translating to nearly $400B annually when plotted against the 2008 design and construction spending projections by ENR.On average only 27% of crew’s time is actually spent with hands on the tools performing direct construction work. Too much time is spent on waiting, often searching for materials and equipment that may be covered in dust or snow.Not only is this un-productive, but it also causes serious safety issues as crews spend excessive “travel time” hunting for materials, equipment and tools.
  • In 2008, CII also published results of a field trial study that demonstrated and documented the high potential benefits through the use of tracking technology such as RFID for construction projects.>>> This sparked the birth of Intelliwave.<Press return to bring text to the screen>Intelliwave – a Canadian company – was founded in 2007, in Edmonton Alberta. Intelliwave partnered with JV Driver, a CII member company and module fabricator serving the Canadian Oil Sands. The focus of the partnership was to take the use of RFID technology from the state of R&D concept / field trials to an industrial strength integrated product solution that could be reliably implemented on large scale construction projects.This was no simple task, but the result is a proven product, with demonstrable project successes. Intelliwave is the global leader in providing asset tracking solutions for large industrial construction projects using world-class Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other wireless sensor and network technologies. Our key differentiator is a turnkey construction product that works reliably in the field.A construction company can try to simply buy off-the-shelf RFID hardware components and leverage a systems integrator to cobble together a working solution. However, do not expect to obtain desirable results through such an approach. This is not scalable and has already been tried unsuccessfully by a number of construction companies. Working closely with JV Driver, with support from major Owner-Operators from the Oil & Gas and Mining industries, Intelliwave has investigated considerable time and effort to develop a integrated product solution, including proprietary and patented hardware and software product modules, exclusively focused to address the needs of construction projects.
  • Intelliwave’s strategic objective is eliminate schedule and cost overruns, decrease risk, and provide a safer work environment by delivering Total Project Visibility® for the construction industry. This objective is fulfilled through the Intelliwave Visibility Platform.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform integrates hardware devices and data from multiple construction applicationsto link the physical and digital worlds.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform incorporates advanced algorithms and information management support to track materials, equipment/tools and personnel at industrial job sites.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform provides a cloud hosted environment and empowers a suite of web-based and mobile field application modules.Building upon the Intelliwave Visibility Platform, specific web and mobile field application productsmodules are additionally offered for focused user needs such as asset search and locate, equipment preservation, materialpick-lists, progressing and automated muster calls, etc … Furthermore, pre-configured combinations of the web-based and field mobile application products are bundled with selected hardware products into major focus areas called product bundles.<Press return to bring the Safety Image and Text to the Screen>Safety is an increasingly strategic area of focus for Intelliwave. Intelliwave offers a Safety Product Bundle to enhance site safety through technology by tracking personnel and construction equipment.<Press return to bring the remaining image to the screen>Additional product bundles provided by Intelliwave focus on major categories of a facility life-cycle, including:FabricationTransport LogisticsConstructionMaintenance.
  • Intelliwave’s strategic objective is eliminate schedule and cost overruns, decrease risk, and provide a safer work environment by delivering Total Project Visibility® for the construction industry. This objective is fulfilled through the Intelliwave Visibility Platform.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform integrates hardware devices and data from multiple construction applicationsto link the physical and digital worlds.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform incorporates advanced algorithms and information management support to track materials, equipment/tools and personnel at industrial job sites.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform provides a cloud hosted environment and empowers a suite of web-based and mobile field application modules.Building upon the Intelliwave Visibility Platform, specific web and mobile field application productsmodules are additionally offered for focused user needs such as asset search and locate, equipment preservation, materialpick-lists, progressing and automated muster calls, etc … Furthermore, pre-configured combinations of the web-based and field mobile application products are bundled with selected hardware products into major focus areas called product bundles.<Press return to bring the Safety Image and Text to the Screen>Safety is an increasingly strategic area of focus for Intelliwave. Intelliwave offers a Safety Product Bundle to enhance site safety through technology by tracking personnel and construction equipment.<Press return to bring the remaining image to the screen>Additional product bundles provided by Intelliwave focus on major categories of a facility life-cycle, including:FabricationTransport LogisticsConstructionMaintenance.
  • Intelliwave’s strategic objective is eliminate schedule and cost overruns, decrease risk, and provide a safer work environment by delivering Total Project Visibility® for the construction industry. This objective is fulfilled through the Intelliwave Visibility Platform.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform integrates hardware devices and data from multiple construction applicationsto link the physical and digital worlds.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform incorporates advanced algorithms and information management support to track materials, equipment/tools and personnel at industrial job sites.The Intelliwave Visibility Platform provides a cloud hosted environment and empowers a suite of web-based and mobile field application modules.Building upon the Intelliwave Visibility Platform, specific web and mobile field application productsmodules are additionally offered for focused user needs such as asset search and locate, equipment preservation, materialpick-lists, progressing and automated muster calls, etc … Furthermore, pre-configured combinations of the web-based and field mobile application products are bundled with selected hardware products into major focus areas called product bundles.<Press return to bring the Safety Image and Text to the Screen>Safety is an increasingly strategic area of focus for Intelliwave. Intelliwave offers a Safety Product Bundle to enhance site safety through technology by tracking personnel and construction equipment.<Press return to bring the remaining image to the screen>Additional product bundles provided by Intelliwave focus on major categories of a facility life-cycle, including:FabricationTransport LogisticsConstructionMaintenance.
  • Let’s now review some of the individual hardware product modules operating on the Intelliwave Visibility Platform. Intelliwave partners with various hardware manufactures to package, distribute and support a number of hardware product modules as part of the integrated product solution. In addition, Intelliwave itself designs, assembles and delivers patented RFID reader assemblies that combine multiple component technologies into a working product module.<Press return to bring up the image with the Sensor Tags>Sensor Tags - The Intelliwave Visibility Platform supports a broad array of sensor tags for tracking project resources, ranging from barcode, to passive RFID, active RFID and GPS tracking devices. The Intelliwave Visibility Platform is independent of the sensor tag and allows multiple tag types to be used simultaneously and in combination on a construction project, depending upon the specific project needs. Moreover, Intelliwave has partnered closely with leading RFID tag manufacturers to specify and validate the performance of RFID tags that are highly suited to meet the demanding environmental and ruggedness needs of the construction industry. <Press return to bring up the image of the Fixed Station Readers>Fixed Station Readers - One of the key hardware product lines designed and patented by Intelliwave are fixed station RFID readers. The Fixed Station Readers combine multiple sub-components into an integrated assembly to automate the detection and localization of RFID tags at a gate (or other strategic location such as a muster area, laydown grid, etc …). The Fixed Station Readers can function with AC line powered or operate independently with a solar powered option. The Fixed Station Readers can additionally be configured to leverage the wireless Internet connectivity at a job site or come pre-packaged with its own cellular data connectivity to the Intelliwave cloud hosted server.<Press return to bring up the image of the fixed Autonomous Vehicle Readers>Autonomous Vehicle Readers - Another one of the key hardware product lines designed and patented by Intelliwave, and a major advancement for the industry, is the Autonomous Vehicle Readers.<Add more here><Press return to bring up the image of the Ruggedized Handhelds & Mobile Readers>Ruggedized Handhelds & Mobile Readers - Intelliwave also distributes ruggedized handhelds and mobile reader combinations for supporting sensor tag attachment, tag search and locate, along with various other field-based user functional requirements. Working with best-of-breed hardware manufacturers, Intelliwave tests and maintains the compatibility between the hardware displays, mobile RFID readers and requisite software applications. <Press return to bring up the image of Site Camera>Site Cameras - Moving beyond just sensor tag data, the Intelliwave Visibility Platform also incorporates image data captured from site based camera systems. The ruggedized site camera products are optionally bundled and sold as part of the total solution. Furthermore, the image data is correlated with the asset locations and integrated into the overall visual map-based software solution.
  • Let’s further review some of the major software product modules operating on the Intelliwave Visibility Platform.<Press return to bring up the image of the selected software modules (Tag-IT, GlobalSense, SiteSense, Find-IT and Safety Community)>Intelliwave provides a suite of web-based and mobile field application products modules focused on specific user needs. This image highlights a sample of the primary software modules built on-top of the Intelliwave Visibility Platform.SiteSense – the software module most widely utilized to-date – is a web-based application that allows a user to quickly and easily locate a physical asset through a “Google-map” like search.GlobalSense operates in a similar fashion to SiteSense, but displays the location of assets in transport from one site to another on a map display. The Find-IT module is a mobile field application that allows a user to quickly locate a asset in the field. Once a user locates a physical asset on the overhead map image in SiteSense, the Find-IT module works in conjunction with a RFID reader in real-time, and provides both a audible and visual “Geiger-counter” like feature to rapidly pin-point the location of a asset.The Tag-IT module is a mobile field application to easily assign a sensor tag to a physical asset, such as a material item or equipment item. Tag-IT may be readily deployed at a fabricator site to attach RFID tags being loaded for shipment for example.SafetySense is a web-based application that provides enhanced job site safety with individual product features priced for:Advanced Muster Call and Worker Evacuation SupportWorkforce Reports, including On/Off Site Reports and Early Departure Alerting Worker Certification Tracking (In progress)Safety Incident Reporting (Future) as well as Real-time Hazard Avoidance Alerting Between Personnel and Equipment / Machinery (Future)<Press return to bring up the image of the Intelliwave Server module>The web-based and field mobile applications take advantage of the latest server side technology and by default are provided as a cloud hosted solution. Optional deployments can provisioned by Intelliwave for site hosted, or company hosted solutions. <Press return to bring up the image of the Construction Automation Network>In addition to integration various hardware devices, the Intelliwave Visibility Platform alsointegrates various data sources from external software applications utilized across the life-cycle of a construction project. The Construction Automation Network is the server-side product module offered by Intelliwave that facilitates data integration with 3rd party applications as well as enterprise back-end systems.
  • Next-Generation Asset Tracking

    1. 1. Total Project Visibility™ “Next Generation Asset-Tracking” Track User Conference 2012
    2. 2. Total Project Visibility™ Source: CII Publication RT240-1, 2008
    3. 3. Total Project Visibility™
    4. 4. Safety (Future)Equipment/Tools Materials Intelliwave Visibility Platform Fabrication Logistics Construction MaintenanceTotal Project Visibility™
    5. 5. Web-Based Apps Field Mobile Apps Intelliwave Visibility Platform Sensor Tags Handhelds ReadersTotal Project Visibility™
    6. 6. Web-Based Apps Field Mobile Apps Intelliwave Visibility Platform Materials Mgmt Timecard Workface Planning FabTrack Track ConstructSim, SmartPlantTotal Project Visibility™
    7. 7. Tag progress status Materials location updated in updated the field automatically Materials received on-site Time & automatically via SiteSense Cost gate station Savings Field Project site installation lay down areas Project site Spools, Valves, receiving gate Steel, etc. tagged Fabricator sites / SiteSense Marshaling yardTotal Project Visibility™
    8. 8. Instant Report of Who is Not Alert Safety When at Muster Point Worker Enters with Last Restricted Zones Known Location Crew Induction Database w/ Safety Save & Training Records Management Lives Restricted Advanced Area Alerts Muster Stations Safety / Training Turnstiles Certification Integration Gate Access SafetySense On/OffsiteTotal Project Visibility™ (In Development)
    9. 9. Hardware Product Modules Fixed Autonomous Station Vehicle Readers Readers Ruggedized Handhelds & Mobile Readers Design Detail Procure Fab Transport Laydown Install Test & Turnover Ruggedized Site Tags CamerasTotal Project Visibility™
    10. 10. Software Product Modules Tag-IT GlobalSense SiteSense Module Find-IT Module SafetySense Design Detail Procure Fab Transport Laydown Install Test & Turnover Asset IDs Spools / PO Fab Expediting Receive Work Packs Construction w Engr Steel Details Status Information Issuance & Progress Automation Data Beams NetworkTotal Project Visibility™
    11. 11. Total Project Visibility™
    12. 12. Total Project Visibility™
    13. 13. Total Project Visibility™
    14. 14. Case Study – JV Drivers Fabricators Oil Sands Project -100+ Modules Constructed 10,000+ materials items tagged 300+ equipment items tagged 1,000+ workers with long range badges Materials Visibility 8 times faster to locate materials Reduced idle for waiting for materials Reduced lost materials Equipment Track & Locate Free-up of 30+ min. per day per foreman Reduced mechanic charges Personnel Tracking & Safety Faster site evacuation and musters Reduced late starts & early departures Cost Savings $45 M Labor Budget Over 18 months Materials Handling: +2.85% Productivity Equipment & Tools : +2.08% Productivity Additional Cost Savings: $1.88M The Bottom Line - $4.18 M Total Cost Savings
    15. 15. Dale BeardCo-Founder and Sr. Product Manager(587) 926-1036dbeard@intelliwavetechnologies.comTotal Project Visibility™

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