It’s a pity that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended on a rather muted note as a result of mounting concerns about the Covid-19 virus. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this awesome event and get a colorful snapshot of the latest construction industry trends.
The highlight for me was the live demonstration Caterpillar gave of their latest vehicles. I was particularly impressed with how they showed the increasingly important role technology is playing in improving operator productivity and safety by enabling the real-time capture and analysis of key telematics data. Continue reading Notes from the field: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 highlights→
I’ve been to more CES and Comdex shows than I care to remember, but none of those experiences prepared me for the sheer size and scale of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. With its massive machines and huge crowds filling the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, it more than lives up to its billing as the largest construction event in North America. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the largest of its type in the world.
The VIA booth was quite modest in comparison with those of the industry giants, but we still succeeded in attracting a lot of interest in our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle safety systems – most notably the Dynamic Moving Object Detection and Surround View System demos at the front of it. As one guy who works in the demolition industry explained to me, cameras are the future. Once you start using machinery with them pre-installed, you soon find yourself wanting to put them in all your equipment to better monitor safety and make sure that work is being carried out according to spec. Continue reading notes from the field: first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020→
Greetings from a grey but very friendly Indianapolis. The night receptionist at my hotel gave me such an irrepressible smile when I went down to the lobby at four o’clock this morning that I had no idea how to reciprocate it.
No big surprise that there was a subdued atmosphere at the opening of Embedded World 2020 given the number of cancellations by key vendors. Fortunately, the mood lightened during the day as more and more visitors arrived.
While the show wasn’t as busy as in previous years, we had a steady stream of customers come to the VIA booth. For all the benefits of online communication, it still doesn’t fully replace old-fashioned face-face interactions. There’s no better way of understanding customer needs and building long-term relationships. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA at Embedded World 2020→
One of the core elements of our system design philosophy is to make it as easy and convenient as possible to customize it to meet specific installation requirements. This is particularly important for the highly fragmented embedded market, in which customer needs widely vary across multiple segments and usage environments. It’s one reason why, for example, we still continue to integrate support for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 many years after they have disappeared from mainstream systems and devices.
We’re putting the final touches to our preparations for Embedded World 2020, which takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 25 – 27. Our booth is located in the same spot as in previous years in Hall 2, #2-551.
5:00am at the Days Inn in Fremont, California. I always get terrible jetlag flying this way over the Pacific no matter how late I stay up on the evening I arrive. At least I’ll only be here a couple of days before flying back to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday.
A couple of intense days, that is, as we finalize our plans for the US market this year. Transitioning to the vehicle safety market promises to be a huge (but fun) challenge. Having the right technologies and products in place is just the first step in a long process of learning about the needs and culture of this new market. Continue reading Notes from the field: transitioning to the vehicle safety market→
Earlier this month, VIA put the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam through its paces at the “Temple of Speed” at Monza in Italy together with the E20 Project Motorsport team – giving a group of local journalists the opportunity to experience the thrill of a test drive in a Fiat Abarth 124 sports car equipped with the device around this world-famous racing circuit.