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.

Rugged Job-site Stereo Offers Auxiliary Port, USB Port and Bluetooth Connections

Bosch introduces the Bosch Power Box PB360C Jobsite Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo, which leverages signature 360-degree speakers with Bluetooth technology.

Bosch introduces the Bosch Power Box PB360C Jobsite Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo, which leverages signature 360-degree speakers with Bluetooth technology.

Bosch introduces the Bosch Power Box PB360C Jobsite Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo, which leverages signature 360-degree speakers with Bluetooth technology.

Now crews on the job site are able to stream internet radio, stored music and more from their smart devices. With a connection range of up to 150 feet, the Bluetooth technology allows users to move freely around the construction zone without being tethered to a cable, and without fear of losing sound quality. It can all be controlled on the free Bosch PowerBox smartphone app.

And while Bluetooth connectivity provides those with smart devices the freedom to move around, users without Bluetooth technology can still enjoy the crisp and powerful sounds. Entertainment via a personal electronic device plugged into the auxiliary port plays a big role, as well. The Power Box’s digital media bay offers a secure, weather-sealed storage area for electronic devices while delivering sound via an auxiliary input port.

As with previous versions of the Power Box, the PB360C still features a powerful AM/FM radio with advanced digital tuning, that easily locates 20 FM and 10 AM preset stations. There are four preset equalization mixes and the user can also customize the bass and treble as desired.

The unit can run on either a 120V AC outlet or a Bosch 18V Li-ion battery. When powered from a 120 V AC outlet, the Power Box can be used to charge Bosch cordless 18V Li-ion batteries. In addition, users can power other 120V AC devices by plugging them into one of the four-way power outlets on the unit.

The Bosch PB360C also offers a USB port to plug in and charge electronic devices like smartphones, whether the PB360C is powered through an outlet or by a Bosch Li-ion battery.

It all comes in the distinct and rugged aluminum and rubber roll-cage design that suspends the radio and its 360-degree speakers inside the cage. This weather-resistant (with an IP54 rating) and shock-resistant entertainment console can take on tough job site environments.

Construction Companies Can Manage Tools via Mobile App

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Construction companies spread across multiple job sites will no longer need to ask “where is it now?” Tool management startup WiiN Solutions LLC developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage their tools within seconds via mobile device.

Industrial grade QR labels and cloud-based inventory allow authorized user to search, locate, request and returns tools within the app. Administrators are able to regulate user access, respond to pending tool requests and manage tool inventory, whether in the field or the office.

Companies can eliminate waste by spending less time searching for tools and less money replacing lost ones. They’ll also be able to improve efficiency by quickly locating and accessing their tools from job sites.

Since the WiiN app is downloaded and accessed on smartphones, no bulky scanners or extra devices are needed to manage tool inventory. Currently, WiiN is available on iOS devices, with Android capability in the testing phase. Pricing is based on inventory size, with monthly and yearly subscription options.