ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
For Ryan Cain, YESCO branch manager of the St. George, Utah office, conducting site surveys for signage work was traditionally an expensive process, he says. Ryan would have to pull his team from other jobs to take a pricey boom truck to a client’s site to take a few measurements for a job Ryan hadn’t even won yet. Looking for a more cost-effective solution, Ryan began researching new measuring devices on the market.
“I was familiar with the laser measuring tools that you can buy at a hardware store, but I was looking for one that had more in-depth capabilities,” Ryan says. “With the growth of mobile and apps, I was specifically looking for a tool that integrates that technology.”
Ryan found just what he needed after discovering Spike, a smart laser measuring solution for site surveys and estimates. To use Spike, Ryan simply attaches the device to his iPhone and takes a photo of the signage space using the Spike app. The measurements are all saved within the Spike photo. Ryan can then either take real-time measurements in the field or send the files to the Spike Cloud. From the Spike Cloud, Ryan can measure on his office desktop, which makes the process even easier and quicker, he says.
“With the Spike Cloud, I take my picture, get back in the car and head back to the office,” Ryan says. “Once I’m back at my desk, I send the photo to the Spike Cloud. I have multiple large screens to work with, making it easier to take measurements, and it reduces the amount of time I spend in the field. Plus, everything is filed in one place.”
While Ryan typically measures using the Spike Cloud, he also finds real-time measurements can be helpful when working with clients in the field, he says. Sometimes clients aren’t clear on what they want in a sign. To help clients define their vision, Ryan will take a photo of a nearby existing sign or the blank installation space. Ryan will then draw the dimensions on the sign or space to give the client a real-world view of how the sign will look.
Delivering on-demand measurements has also allowed Ryan’s YESCO branch to beat competitors in the field. In one case, Ryan recalls meeting with a prospect facing a tight deadline. The prospect already talked to another sign shop that said it would have to schedule another time to bring a boom truck by the site. However, Ryan told the prospect that wasn’t necessary. Ryan pulled out his Spike and gave the prospect the measurements right on the spot.
After purchasing his first Spike, Ryan has had such success with the device that he bought three more for his sales team, he says. Spike has helped YESCO St. George cut time in the field, limit the need for expensive boom trucks and improve surveying capabilities. With the large volume of signage projects in the YESCO pipeline, Ryan says Spike would be a valuable addition to every branch.
“Since using Spike, we’ve increased our speed in the field and can turn over surveys much faster,” Ryan says. “We don’t have to wait for a boom truck or take our guys off profitable jobs to conduct a site survey. I would say in the past six months that Spike has saved us hundreds of hours and paid for itself many times over.”
Collaboration brings state-of-the-art resource to architectural window film entrepreneurs across North America
The below release has been made by SolarGard:
Solar Gard is pleased to announce a new partnership with ikeGPS, developer of the innovative product Spike. Spike is a smart laser measurement solution that allows professionals to quickly capture the width, height and area of windows, simply by taking a photo from any mobile device. The Spike solution comprises the Spike device, Spike mobile app, Spike Cloud and a user’s smartphone or tablet. These measurements allow for more accurate materials estimates, as well as help determine if a particular installation requires a boom lift, scaffolding or ladder.
“What the ikeGPS team has pioneered with the Spike system is more than just a tool for our partners – it’s really a must-have for any architectural window film business,” said Gary Clark, industry veteran and Solar Gard’s Architectural Business Manager for the Americas. “We’re really excited to introduce this technology to our network of dealers working in the residential and commercial markets, especially as cutting-edge resources like Spike continue to elevate our industry as a whole.”
“This collaboration with Solar Gard marks a signficant milestone for our organization, as we work with such an established leader to enter the dynamic window film industry,” shared Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “Engaging a field of professionals looking at windows on a daily basis, will infinitely benefit us in pursuing even more impressive product advances.”
For more information on exclusive Solar Gard partner pricing on the Spike system, or to join the Solar Gard network, please contact us at 877 273 4364 or email@example.com. To learn more about the Spike solution and ikeGPS, please contact Chris Lasonde at 303 222 3218 (ext 719) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Solar Gard is a global leader in patent-protected film technologies for sun and surface protection across the automotive, residential and commercial industries. As the Specialty Films Division of the global glass and building technology icon Saint-Gobain – a company whose 350-year legacy originated with the Hall of Mirrors in Paris’ Palace of Versailles – Solar Gard builds upon decades of research and development to offer proprietary solar control and safety film solutions. The company’s product portfolio delivers unmatched results in enhancing and protecting vehicles, homes and buildings, and most importantly, the passengers, residents and tenants inside. Follow Solar Gard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #SolarGard
ikeGPS announces a new multiterritory distribution relationship with sign and digital graphics distributor Spandex. This agreement expands the availability of IKE’s Spike product throughout Europe. Today, Spandex operates sales offices throughout Europe with 23 warehouse facilities and dedicated sales teams in each country, selling to more than 33,000 customers.
“With Spandex’s impressive 40-year history and established customer base of 33,000 companies, we are in a great position to leverage Spandex’s industry experience and grow Spike’s presence in the European sign and graphics market," says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. "This is on the back of Spike being awarded the 2016 International Sign Association’s Most Innovative Product of the Year Award and having now sold into thousands of U.S. sign shops. Spandex has an unmatched presence in Europe, and we’re proud to partner with such a significant and respected industry player. Spandex has already placed orders to support launch activities, and our expectation is that through calendar 2017 we will see 300 to 400 Spike’s sold into each of the larger markets, such as Germany, and 100 to 200 Spikes sold into each of the smaller regions such as Benelux.”
“I was excited when Spike came across my desk because we are always looking for new technology that helps our customers work more efficiently and better manage their costs,” says Rob Karpenko, executive director, category management and e-business of Spandex. “When I brought Spike to our internal product counsel, they quickly approved it, and the sales staff throughout our European branches are looking forward to offering Spike to their customers.”
Spandex is one of the world’s leading suppliers of materials, sign systems, displays and equipment to the sign making and graphics industries. Since 1976, it’s been our business to provide complete solutions for businesses that produce signs and displays, digital prints, speciality graphics, vehicle wraps and many other forms of visual communication. With offices in 15 countries and a broad product portfolio from industry leading brands, we offer our customers an outstanding service, delivered by a team of experts.