ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
ikeGPS announces that it is listed as one of the 10 Hot Emerging Companies list from the TIN100 Report, which benchmarks the performance and revenue growth of New Zealand’s 100 largest globally focused technology companies.
“In no previous year since the launch of the TIN100 Report 12 years ago has change been so dramatic or widespread,” says Greg Shanahan, TIN managing director. “This year’s data signals that an inflexion point has been passed as the industry hits critical momentum, reflecting longer-term acceleration of technology growth.”
Produced by Technology Investment Network and sponsored by NZTE, Callaghan Innovation, EY and AJ Park, the TIN100 Report featured ikeGPS in both the 2015 and 2016 list of the 10 Hot Emerging Companies, which represents companies that achieved the largest revenue growth. ikeGPS grew revenue growth 2.1 times in 2015 and increased that figure further to 2.3 times in 2016.
“We are very pleased to be included on this list again in 2016,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “Over the past year, we have focused further on developing our product proposition and sales processes for the distribution side of electric utilities as well as the signage and digital graphics market. This has allowed us to shorten sales cycles, expand distribution, and materially increase the price and margin of our products commensurate with delivering more value to these customers. This focus has gone a long way to driving our success.”
To view the full list of TIN100 Award winners, visit the TIN100’s press room.
About the TIN100 Report
The TIN100 Report is produced by Technology Investment Network with sponsorship from Callaghan Innovation, NZTE (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), EY, and AJ Park. The TIN100 Report is a critical reference for benchmarking the performance of New Zealand’s 200 largest globally focused technology companies. The size of the tech industry has grown significantly since 2005 and in recognition of this, TIN surveyed over 450 companies in 2016.
About Technology Investment Network
Technology Investment Network (TIN) is a private company established in 1999 to facilitate the growth of the technology export sector in New Zealand. The company’s goal is to contribute to the New Zealand economy by supporting the growth of, large, sustainable, New Zealand based, global technology businesses. For more information visit: www.tin100.com
At the 2016 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off, Window Film Magazine interviewed some of the industry's latest technology, including Spike, a laser measurement solution for estimating window space. Check out the Spike video feature below.
For more on how window film shops are using Spike, check out the following articles. Spike Stories: Columbine Window Tint Saves Time With Spike
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For more than 20 years, Columbine Window Tint, a Littleton, Colorado-based window film shop, has operated as a small family-owned business. Dave Swanson first started the business as a one-man shop for the commercial and residential markets, but over the last several years, Columbine Window Tint has focused on growth. Matt Swanson, co-owner and son of Dave Swanson, joined the team in 2007, and the father-son pair have since hired more employees and subcontractors as well as entered new window film markets, including anti-graffiti, safety and security, decorative and automotive.
With a growing team and customer base, Matt was on the lookout for better ways to run the business. Matt previously relied on the traditional tape measure for his site surveys, which isn’t always reliable when measuring a large space, he says. A tape measure can only measure so high before it breaks – often leaving Matt in an awkward position.
“It was really embarrassing when the tape measure would break and fall on your head,” Matt says. “You want to look professional, but it’s not that easy when you have a tape measure that is flailing all over the place.”
In other instances, a window would be too high to even use a tape measure, Matt says. Matt would have to measure an object on the ground and then scale the window; however, this method gave inaccurate dimensions.
To measure a window, Matt simply attaches the Spike device to his iPhone and takes a picture of the window. The photo and the window’s dimensions are then saved within the Spike app. Using the measurements, Matt finds that he can quickly determine which size roll to include in his estimate and reduce waste.
“I was actually skeptical of Spike when I first heard about it, but I got a demo, and Spike has made life so much easier,” Matt says. “By just taking a single photo, I can save all of my measurements in one place, and that’s a huge time saver.”
In fact, Matt estimates that Spike has cut his survey time in half, especially on jobs with multiple windows of varying sizes. Constantly switching between manually measuring the windows and handwriting notes bogged down the surveying process, but a quick photo gives Matt all of the measurements he needs. Now Matt can spend more time with the client, which helps him build rapport and ensure all of the client’s needs and questions are addressed.
Not only does Spike give Matt faster measurements but it also boosts his professional image, he says. When Matt walks into a survey site, he’s armed with the industry’s latest technology, which makes him look ahead of the curve. Matt can also use Spike photos and measurements to create estimates for clients. Unlike most window film shops, Matt’s quote includes pictures with dimensions, making for a clean and transparent estimate.
“Spike adds to the trust factor,” Matt says. “Imagine if you were competing against three other shops that take out a tape measure. Then, you come in this sophisticated device, quickly take your measurements and present the client with a clean, graphical estimate. It’s a much more professional presentation.”
As Columbine Window Tint continues to grow, Matt believes working more efficiently in the field and improving the shop’s professional image are key to its success. Although Columbine Window Tint has only used Spike for a few months, it’s already helped set the shop apart from its competition, and Matt believes it will be a valuable asset in driving future growth.
“Spike is now my preferred tool for capturing measurements,” Matt says. “With the ability to work more efficiently, I can go after bigger jobs that will help us grow and contribute to our long-term success.”