ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
ikeGPS announces it has partnered with Innotech in a new reseller agreement that introduces Spike, a laser measurement solution, to the sign and digital graphics market in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland.
Spike first entered the sign and digital graphics market last year in the U.S. and quickly found success after signing preferred vendor relationships with the major sign franchises as well as reselling agreements with some of the industry’s largest regional distributors. While Spike is still new to the European market, this new partnership expands Spike’s availability on an international level.
“Our new partnership with Innotech will allow us to more quickly meet Spike’s growing demand within the U.K. and Ireland sign and graphics markets,” says Jeff Ross, chief marketing officer of ikeGPS. “Spike resonates with sign shops around the world, and we’re thrilled to replicate our U.S. success overseas.”
With more than seven decades of experience in the signage and digital graphics industry, Innotech is well-established in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. Innotech carries a wide selection of large-format printing products, including roller banners, pop-ups, banner materials, vinyls and much more.
Spike allows sign and digital graphics professionals to quickly capture accurate measurements of the width, height and area of signage locations from a smartphone or tablet picture and the Spike device. A ladder, bucket truck and tape measure are no longer required to create estimates, saving sign companies time and overhead costs on a traditionally lengthy process.
The measurements of the sign or graphic location are saved with the Spike photo and can be shared with customers, designers or production team to create job estimates and design proofs, assess installation and complete permit applications. If additional measurements are needed, users can refer to their saved Spike photos at any time to make modifications using the Spike mobile app or Spike Cloud. There’s no need to return to the site for further measurements or estimations.
“Innotech prides itself in offering customers the most innovative products in the sign and digital graphics market, and we’re proud to continue that commitment with Spike,” says Gavin Dallow, business development specialist of Innotech. “There’s nothing else on the market like Spike that can help sign shops turn around estimations and quotes faster.”
Innotech will launch Spike distribution at the Sign & Digital U.K. exhibition, which attracts more than 6,800 attendees. Sign & Digital U.K. attendees can see Innotech at booth H52 for a live Spike demo April 19-21. To learn more about Spike, visit www.innotech-spike.com.
Innotech is the U.K.’s leading one-stop shop for the large-format printing and signage trade, supplying everything from large-format printing materials to display systems and much more. Building on over 80 years of print industry knowledge and experience, Innotech has become a leading supplier with state-of-the-art facilities and ahead of the curve insight. All of which makes Innotech uniquely placed to be a print or signage professional’s one-stop shop, saving them time, money and unnecessary stress.
Just as you’re getting comfortable at your desk after a long day of taking measurements and meeting customers in the field, you realize you forgot an important measurement. And you know that the measurement is key for your report. Bummer.
Do you guess? You don't want to take the risk, so now you have to drive back to the site and remeasure for one pesky dimension. In some cases, you might have to call your customer and ask for permission to access the property again. That doesn't make you look very professional, does it?
Talk about a time waster. You could have wrapped up your report or quote and moved on to your next project, but instead, you have to retrace your steps for that single measurement.
Sometimes a tricky customer or boss is the problem. You know your trusty measurement skills are flawless, but a customer is calling you out and claims your measurements are wrong – that you overestimated the surface area and your costs are too high. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could offer these trouble-making doubters photographic proof that you took the right measurements?
Maybe you’re in the process of submitting permits for a sign or new addition to a house, and your county or city requires photographs with measurements. Sure, you could create those in Photoshop or draw a sketch, but who has time for that?
Drumroll, please …
With Spike, a laser measurement solution, you never have to worry about forgetting a measurement or lacking the photographic evidence you need to complete your reports and quotes on time. Attach Spike to your smartphone or tablet and take a photo of any object you need to measure. All dimensions are saved with the photo, so you can easily access the measurements for your reporting and quoting requirements.
When the inevitable forgotten measurement haunts you in the future, Spike has your back. Simply open the Spike photo using the Spike mobile app or Spike Cloud, and every measurement you need is available. Boom. Photographic evidence is at your fingertips. No one will have the audacity to argue with your measurements now. Smart move, champ.
Once you have the measurements you need, you can then export and share the photo and dimensions with your colleagues or customers from the Spike app or through Spike’s cloud-based software. Do you require a specific file format? No problem. The Spike app and Spike Cloud allow you to select the right export format for your report. Choose from a JPG, PDF, Spike file (XML) or KMZ. Now you’re on your way to creating faster, more thorough reports and quotes.
To learn more about how Spike can improve your measurement processes, including reporting, visit our Spike page. We're ready to help you expedite your reporting process.
ikeGPS introduces its fourth-generation IKE field data collection product, a comprehensive new solution that incorporates the latest mobile hardware and software technologies. IKE 4 was designed from the ground up to set the standard for measuring and locating utility poles for aerial fiber deployments, joint-use applications and construction of aerial outside plant.
“ikeGPS is dedicated to building both hardware and software specifically for the OSP design, pole and joint-use customers,” says ikeGPS CEO Glenn Milnes. “The IKE 4 hardware, Android app and cloud software service have been in development for nearly a year, and the global ikeGPS team is extremely proud to announce the product’s availability. This new solution has been completely redesigned with the goal of dramatically improving the current field data collection product, which has been widely adopted by electric utilities, communications and engineering services companies throughout North America.”
Today’s announcement was made at the DistribuTECH 2016 Conference & Exhibition, the world’s leading annual transmission and distribution event, attracting 12,000 attendees from around the world. DistribuTECH attendees can view a live demo of the IKE 4 solution by visiting ikeGPS at booth 728 in the exhibition hall.
The IKE 4 solution includes the following components:
- IKE Device: A new hardware design that utilizes the latest mobile technologies to produce a high-performance and low-power field device using Google’s Android mobile operating system.
- IKE Field: An Android app that contains specialized utility pole data collection and measurements tools for pole heights, wire spans, attachment, GPS location and other field data collection tools. Photos and data collected in the field are uploaded wirelessly to IKE Office.
- IKE Office: A cloud-based software service used to create and deploy custom data collection forms, measure heights of attachments from the photos captured by IKE Field, validate quality assurance and quality control processes, and store photos and corresponding data for long-term archiving and retrieval.
- IKE Integration: Enables users to create reports and directly integrate data into applications or enterprise databases. Report output formats include JSON, KMZ, PDF and more. Direct integration includes SPIDA Software’s SPIDACalc pole loading analysis solution and other third-party systems.
Key IKE 4 device features and benefits include:
- Google Android 5.1: easy to use, familiar smartphone user interface and experience.
- 13-megapixel digital camera: clear and accurate pole measurements from every photo.
- 4.8-inch capacitive multi-touch screen: beautiful outdoor screen readability.
- Wireless connectivity: always connected for uploading data from the field or in the office.
- Class 1M laser: optimized for wire detection.
- ARM 64-bit quad-core processor: High-performance computing, low-power optimization.
IKE 4 is designed to address a number of electric distribution uses cases, including:
- OSP design and new attachment permitting.
- Pole replacement, new construction and post construction as-built audits.
- Joint-use audits.
IKE 4 will begin shipping in March 2016 to pre-committed customers. Enterprise-based pricing will also be announced in March and will include multiple purchasing options that align with the business requirements of our customers. For additional IKE 4 product information, please contact ikeGPS via ikegps.com/contact/.