Interactive Tablet App Provides Information to Strengthen Structures Against Natural Disasters

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Munich Re, US launches an interactive tablet app to help builders, contractors, architects and homeowners design and build structures in the face of increasing severe weather events.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app is available for free download from the iTunes Store.  It walks homeowners, contractors and architects through the steps for strengthening homes. The information includes videos, animations and technical specifications for retrofitting or building single family homes.

Information in the app is taken from IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, which provides a set of building standards for homes in high-risk areas, such as in the plains and coastal states.

Use Your Smartphone to Control Bluetooth-Enabled Heating Products

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth.

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth.

ThermaCELL Heated Products’ ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty and ThermaCELL Heat Packs Bluetooth Pocket Warmers offer temperature control via Bluetooth smartphone connectivity on both iOS and Android devices, as well as the ability to check the battery life through the free application.

ThermaCELL offers solutions to those seeking warmth in cold environments. Outdoor workers and enthusiasts can work and play in harsh elements.

The first of these products, ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty, operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth. The heated insoles have a 30% higher capacity battery, providing up to 8.5 hours of foot-warming comfort on a single charge. They’re rugged, and also recharge quickly, acquiring a full charge in about 2 hours. The insoles have been tested to over 1 million footsteps. The ProFLEX Heavy Duty Insoles provide up to 27 degrees of protection beyond a footwear’s insulation rating.

A ProFLEX Extended Life Battery Pack is available for those trying to extend their time in the outdoors. This new battery pack will power either the standard or Heavy Duty ProFLEX insoles for up to 8.5 hours per charge.

The second generation of ThermaCELL Heat Packs-Pocket Warmer is Bluetooth-enabled and can be operated with a smartphone while remaining in the pocket. Features of this heated product include a 50% faster battery recharge and an embedded eyelet in the corner to allow for hanging from a lanyard. An adjustable lanyard is included with each ThermaCELL Heat Packs–Bluetooth Pocket Warmer retail package.

For those who want to do double warming duty this winter season, the ThermaCELL Heat Packs–Bluetooth Pocket Warmers and ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty function through an interface on the same application.

Mobile App Provides Roofing Contractors With Hail Storm Data at Exact Locations

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile, a mobile app from CertainTeed Roofing partner HailStrike, will help credentialed roofing contractors in storm-affected areas with mobile access to hail storm data. With site-specific reporting the app helps roofing contractors locate storm-torn roofs without needing to piece together information from several sources.

Available at a discount for CertainTeed Roofing credentialed contractors, OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device. The only input needed is a property address, which can be either automatically geolocated or entered manually. The app then finds hail storm activity for that address since January 2011, including size, duration, storm speed, storm direction and probability of hail activity, and creates a report in minutes.

Since 2011, HailStrike has offered hail reports. The company uses interactive maps to help roofing contractors track hailstorm paths throughout the continental U.S. HailStrike offers CertainTeed ShingleMasters, SELECT ShingleMasters, Silver Star Contractors and Gold Star Contractors access to this information in the field.

Roofing contractors with HailStrike tracking have access to storm tracking software that trails the storm and includes the size of hail. Those with AniSwath have access to a colorized and animated hail swath map. It is a tool that provides the footprint of a hailstorm for contractors, including probability of severe hail and duration of a storm. The OneSite tool provides information for hail activity at exact locations. With OneSiteMobile, roofing contractors can see the storm’s strength, speed, direction, probability and duration, plus the app allows access to the hail reports at the specified location.

Dumpster Rental Mobile Application Releases

City Disposal Services, Inc. releases dumpster rental app, available for both Android and Apple devices.

City Disposal Services, Inc. releases dumpster rental app, available for both Android and Apple devices.

City Disposal Services, Inc. announces the release of their dumpster rental mobile application, available for both Android and Apple devices. This new app makes it simple and convenient for contractors, businesses, and homeowners to view available dumpster sizes, obtain quotes, and schedule waste container drop offs or pickups. The app also contains information regarding other services, such as portable storage containers and waste disposal/recycling services.

Clients can submit an inquiry to rent a dumpster or request waste management services with one click from within the app. This automatically triggers simultaneous email and text message notifications to City Disposal, who will then begin processing the request.

Visit the Google Play Store/iOS App Store to download the free City Disposal Services, Inc. mobile app. Registration within the app is not required until you’re ready to submit a request.

Pinpoint Work with Weather-forecasting Technology

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm.

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm.

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm. MetLoop receives real-time, raw data from every NEXRAD station across the country, as well as thousands of smaller weather-monitoring devices. Military-trained, operational forecasters interpret the data and produce alerts and forecasts, which are 95 percent accurate, down to the individual building level, 24/7, so contractors can be on scene before their competitors.

Mobile App Allows Access to Site- and Date-specific Hail Reporting Data

HailStrike's OneSite Mobile app allows users to access extensive, detailed and time-sensitive hail reporting data from the field, from virtually any mobile device.

HailStrike’s OneSite Mobile app allows users to access extensive, detailed and time-sensitive hail reporting data from the field, from virtually any mobile device.

HailStrike introduces OneSite Mobile, an innovative service poised to bring a solution to mobile access for hail storm dates.

HailStrike’s OneSite Mobile app allows users to access extensive, detailed and time-sensitive hail reporting data from the field, from virtually any mobile device. The app gives the flexibility of requesting hail data and potential dates of loss with the touch of a finger. The only input needed is a property address, which can be automatically attained using a powerful Geo-Locating algorithm, or by manually entering a property address. The powerful tool takes the address and reports all hail activity over the past five years, including size, duration, storm speed, storm direction and more.

The OneSite Mobile app can deliver two types of reports: a comprehensive, detailed OneSite report with historical activity along with support documentation, or a OneSite Lite that individually lists the dates of activity. Both of these reports are generated from the field in less than three minutes.

Insurance adjusters, CAT teams, independent claims adjusters, public adjusters, roofing contractors, and roofing engineers will find OneSite Mobile an indispensable tool in immediate remote hail verification for a specific address.

OneSite Reports utilize Dual Polarization, NEXRAD radars’ newest technology, which creates a digital, High Definition look into the heart of a storm. Only HailStrike captures, stores and analyzes this data every five minutes from NOAA’s NEXRAD (Next-Generation Radar) station across the country and then processes it with HailStrike’s patent-pending algorithms.

Reduce Cost of Managing Subcontractor Reports While Increasing Transparency

NoteVault's program, One Team. One Report., enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

NoteVault’s program, One Team. One Report., enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

NoteVault, a provider of mobile reporting solutions, launched a program designed to increase transparency, while reducing administration costs of managing subcontractor reports on large, complicated building or engineering projects. The program One Team. One Report. enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

The One Team. One Report. program enables subcontractors to post notes, photos and labor to any project at no cost, no matter how many subcontractor companies are working on the project. Each subcontractor is allocated an individual NoteVault account. NoteVault links the subcontractor project to the construction company project report. This results in a professional daily report, including all subcontractor notes collated for easy reference, delivered every day or on demand. Plus, subcontractors receive their own reports for their work.

A NoteVault Account includes:

  • NoteVault Daily Reporting Platform.
  • Notes! app for Android or iOS.
  • Activities Labor, Materials and Equipment app for Android or iOS.
  • Immediate notification of incidents/accidents through keyword notification.
  • Collaboration with colleagues using the comment feature.
  • Professional­­ human transcription (available for an additional charge).

Mobile App Determines Amount of Roofing Ventilation Products Needed

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application.

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application.

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application. The free digital tool gives building professionals a fast and accurate way to determine the amount of ventilation products needed to outfit an attic space with balanced ventilation. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app includes the complete line of CertainTeed Roofing ventilation products—ridge vents, rolled ridge vents, intake vents and static exhaust vents. Find the app on iTunes and Google Play.

Rugged Tablet Features Built-in Accelerometer, Gyroscope, e-Compass and More

Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, introduces its Android tablet, the ALGIZ RT7.

Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, introduces its Android tablet, the ALGIZ RT7.

Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, introduces its Android tablet, the ALGIZ RT7. The ALGIZ RT7 is a powerful, lightweight and ergonomic 7-inch tablet designed for reliable performance in demanding environments.

The Algiz RT7, which runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), provides a wide range of features and exceptional value to mobile workforces. It’s fully rugged, meeting stringent MIL-STD-810G U.S. military standards for protection against drops, vibrations and extreme temperatures, and its IP65 rating means that it’s waterproof, as well as fully sealed against sand and dust. Weighing just 650 grams, the Algiz RT7 is designed for mobility.

Technology from Qualcomm—an MSM8916 (Snapdragon) chipset and 1.2 GHz quad-core processor—powers the Algiz RT7 for impressive processing speed, ultra-fast connectivity and long battery life. The Algiz RT7 comes standard with LTE data and voice capabilities, as well as 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, BT Class 1 and Class 2, and NFC functionality. It also boasts dual cameras (8-megapixel rear-facing and 2-megapixel front-facing), as well as dual SIM card slots. The unit comes with a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and e-compass and a stand-alone u-blox GPS receiver for navigation.

Designed for the mobile worker, the Algiz RT7 sports a high-brightness 7-inch outdoor-viewable capacitive display that can handle true outdoor challenges. Battery performance is key for any mobile application and the Algiz RT7 comes with a long-life 3.7V 6000mAh lithium-ion battery. Four programmable buttons allow users to launch and use applications in the field. To enhance data capture, users can choose an optional 2-D imager or RFID plus 2-D imager.

The Algiz RT7 can be ordered immediately. Shipping will start in December with volume deliveries starting January 2016.

App Increases Ability to Apply Metal Panel Systems

Fabral, a supplier of metal roofing and wall panels, has launched a mobile app to meet the demands of architects and contractors on the go.

Fabral, a supplier of metal roofing and wall panels, has launched a mobile app to meet the demands of architects and contractors on the go.

Fabral, a supplier of metal roofing and wall panels, has launched a mobile app to meet the demands of architects and contractors on the go. Inspiring project images, product information, metal panel and CSI specs, color charts, and more are now available for mobile access through Apple and Android devices. This enhancement increases customer ability to visualize, demonstrate, specify and apply Fabral metal panel systems. The app can be downloaded at no charge through the appropriate Play Store. Positively received at MetalCon 2015, Fabral customers can also save a thumbnail on their own websites to make the app more widely available.