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An easy tablet for builders to swallow - Fujitsu PC and Companion Systems

  • 30 November, 2005 20:54

<p>A revolution for the building industry is at hand with OnSite Companion and Fujitsu PC, dramatically and cost-effectively increasing the efficiency of today’s construction projects using technology that requires no previous PC experience.</p>
<p>Sydney, 30th November 2005 – Companion Systems has launched the latest version of OnSite Companion, the leading, indispensable and revolutionary Site Progress Management tool that allows building companies to schedule and track construction projects as well as generate and share important documentation and reports – without any previous PC knowledge.</p>
<p>Designed with the help of Australian builders for the Australian building industry, OnSite Companion is already in wide use and is ideal for companies that handle building projects of any size and shape including building project homes, contract and luxury homes, duplexes, townhouses, units and even renovations.</p>
<p>OnSite Companion is known as Site Progress Management (SPM) software. SPM is the most important facet of today’s building companies, and is a challenge to manage for many. Working directly with construction supervisors, managers and directors across Australia, Companion Systems’ SPM software is designed for builders – even if they’ve never used a computer before. Companion Systems’ focus means that their software is clear, easy to use and delivers immediate benefits.</p>
<p>Unlike most computer programs, OnSite Companion is not just meant to be used at your building company’s headquarters on your office PCs. It is designed to be used in the field by your building staff and contractors, on a ruggedised, yet extremely lightweight portable computer known as a Fujitsu ‘Stylistic’ Tablet PC. These PCs look like they are the screens from laptop computers, as they come with no built-in keyboard. While this might sound different to the portable laptop computer you are familiar with, the Tablet PC is designed to be used with a special pen known as a stylus, letting you write directly onto the screen using your existing handwriting style. It has a long battery life ideal for on-the-road and on-site use and can be used and read clearly in all lighting conditions, even in direct sunlight. As long as you can read and write, you are ready to use OnSite Companion to boost the productivity and efficiency of your building business - even if you’ve never used a computer before or only have limited experience.</p>
<p>Matthew Camenzuli, Director of Companion Systems says “OnSite Companion has made life much easier for our building customers. They have more control over their projects than ever before, with real time information through a system that builders want to use, even if they have little or no previous experience. As you read through this press release, please remember that there’s nothing like seeing this solution in action. Once you see it, you’ll instantly understand how your building business can immediately benefit. Bring your business into the 21st Century, and gain extra efficiency, productivity and profit that you might not have even known was there. Call us for a demonstration today!”</p>
<p>Adrian Mead, Manager Australasia Operations says “We’re really pleased to see the OnSite Companion software package. It embraces and enhances the traditional building process, helping to automatically keep track of work progress, ensure important tasks are kept at top of mind, giving headquarters a live view into how all projects are proceeding and making all of this available to users who may have little or no computing experience through the simple and compelling Tablet PC experience. It’s a powerful example of modern technology seamlessly integrating with business and bringing immediate, real and tangible benefits. With well over a decade of experience in building Tablet style PCs for vertical markets and now the general consumer, we know how to make technology that can stand up to the rigours of the business environment, be it in the office or in the field, with solid backup and support to ensure your business stays in business. With Fujitsu PC’s legacy for high quality and ultra reliable PC products, our entire range is the embodiment of corporate and consumer friendly features and the right balance of computing power, offering our quality-conscious customers the power the need to perform anywhere they desire, at their professional and productive peak.”</p>
<p>How Onsite Companion works</p>
<p>As OnSite Companion is designed for builders, and not computer geeks, the interface features large buttons, clear simple screens and intelligent design, making it useful to all staff members, be they the builders, executives, administrative, HR and accounts managers in your building company.</p>
<p>Because the software has been designed with the help of Australian builders, the software is easy to use by design. OnSite Companion is based around the construction management process that you already understand, whether you use computers or not.</p>
<p>OnSite Companion drives productivity and efficiency to a new level, allowing tracking of all work across all staff in small medium and large businesses. It is possible to track trades on jobs, as well making revising the schedule according to workload and availability a breeze. Exciting features in the new version make it easier than ever to forecast, control progress, communicate and search, and make the software even easier to use on the Fujitsu Tablet PC and putting you in control of the construction process.</p>
<p>The ‘To do’ list within Onsite Companion list elevates important and urgent tasks to the top of mind ensuring workflow is followed and the tasks are completed before moving on to the next stage of the project. Given that timeframes change and not all tasks are completed on time, OnSite Companion will automatically reforecast tasks and jobs based on the actual performance of your company and staff. A simple, yet powerful search tool allows users to easily access information across all jobs, trades, dates, users and suppliers, making tracking, communicating and decision making easier than ever.</p>
<p>OnSite Companion can be applied in both the residential and commercial space, putting powerful tools in the hands of supervisors, project managers and even foremen, allowing OnSite Companion to generate efficiencies that were not possible before, including the ability to effortlessly track changes to the schedule in real time, attach alert messages to yourself or your employees as well as contracts and general notes to tasks.</p>
<p>If you’re wondering how your on-location staff can keep you fully up-to-date on progress in real time, it is also possible to use wireless broadband Internet technology from any major phone company or Internet Service Provider. This is a ‘credit card’-sized card that plugs into your Fujitsu Tablet PC and instantly allows you to be connected to the Internet from almost anywhere in Australia at affordable pricing, and instantly enables live server access from on-site, allowing for the sending of faxes and emails, more accurate data sharing and easy file sharing between the office and site/supervisor.</p>
<p>OnSite Companion is in use at a number of builders in Australia, these include project builders like Lily Homes and McDonald Jones, and luxury home builders such as Carty Property Group; even members of the Hotondo Group and more.</p>
<p>Why Companion Systems?</p>
<p>Companion Systems is an award winning, ever evolving, construction software company; working exclusively with the building industry and providing software, hardware and services that make it infinitely easier to monitor and control site progress. Together with customers, as well as building industry and technology partners, Companion Systems designs and delivers real world, time-and-money saving, through innovative solutions to real construction related problems.</p>
<p>Companion Systems designs and engineers the applications in house and provides complete support, maintenance and upgrades. They have the power and knowledge to help with implementation, training and integration. Companion Systems is always working to enhance and extend their product offerings providing ever increasing returns to customers.</p>
<p>The team is made up of software engineers and licensed builders, with years of experience in software design, support and indeed construction, their SPM software and IT services are focused exclusively on the building and construction industry.</p>
<p>Companion Systems has grown to understand the needs of builders; they know that constant support, training and guidance is imperative to success. This is why service and support are core elements of their business.</p>
<p>Why Tablet PCs?</p>
<p>OnSite Companion has been optimised for use with tablet PCs, particularly the Fujitsu Stylistic ST5031, for mobile and site based personnel, offering the additional benefits of handwriting recognition, sketching, daylight visibility and extreme mobility. Because these computers are controlled by a pen, which you use to click on buttons on the screen, handwrite messages and more, it can be instantly used by anyone able to read and write, whether or not they’ve used a computer before. Companion Systems are now able to offer Fujitsu Tablet PCs to your company at very reasonable rates.</p>
<p>About Fujitsu PC Australia</p>
<p>Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific pledges “Built-in Confidence” for every product under its brand name to reassure users of product and service excellence. From high performance components to stringent quality control and professional after-sales service, Fujitsu stands for reliability and satisfaction. Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Fujitsu also makes every effort to ensure that our products are manufactured in a bid to promote environment conservation and protection. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. For more information, please visit www.fujitsu.com</p>
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<p>Media Contacts</p>
<p>Matthew Camenzuli
Director
Companion Systems Pty Ltd
Ph: (02) 9683 1600
Fax: (02) 9683 7600
www.companionsystems.com.au</p>
<p>Brooke Costello
Marketing Communications Manager
Fujitsu PC Australia
Tel: (02) 9004 7455
Fax: (02) 9004 7720
Email: marketing@fujitsu-pcap.com.au
www.lifebook.com.au</p>

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