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Introduction to Newmetrix (formerly Smartvid.io) and Interdrone reflections

Thank you for visiting our new website and blog.  We're on an exciting journey with our customers to build a platform for industrial media—the content coming from project sites and other locations where work is being executed.  We’ve seen a huge increase in the use of devices like mobile phones, GoPro® cameras and even drones for construction projects, inspections, and other field activities so we’re building the industry’s first platform for managing that data. 

Our team has worked together for many years and across companies, like Vela Systems, which I co-founded and that was acquired by Autodesk in 2012. Like with Vela, I see one factor as critical to our success—being closely linked to our customers so that we can build the best possible product. With that, we have launched an alpha program currently underway as well as an upcoming private beta program that you can register to participate in from our home page. We want to get you involved.  
If you are using your mobile phone to capture photos from the jobsite, we want to hear from you.  
If you are a drone pilot and trying to work out how to professionally share content with your customers, we want to hear from you.  
These devices are unlocking tremendous value from remote sites as we recently saw at Interdrone 2015 in Las Vegas.

Interdrone 2015 3DR CEO Chris Anderson Keynote

A packed house at 3DR CEO Chris Anderson's keynote presentation.

Reflections on Interdrone. 90% time savings for industrial inspection
Our head of products, Andrew Hiser and I attended this year’s conference along with 3,000 or so other commercial drone enthusiasts. There was plenty to learn and discuss there, which I’ll reflect on in future posts.  One major takeaway was that unmanned aerial vehicles are creating incredible value in industrial segments, despite being highly regulated at present.  
Examples were shown of drones in construction, drones for inspection of bridges, facades, and other aspects of the built environment. One case study described saving 35 days when an oil and gas inspection firm moved from a manual process (think rigging and scaffolding) to flying a drone to capture information.  At the same daily rate, that translated into a 90% savings of time and money.  
One key question that came up repeatedly was “where does the drone data go?”  How can these new sources of information have a home alongside traditional enterprise content management systems?  We believe this is the new model for industrial media, and we’re about to change the way they use this information forever. It’s time.


Written by Josh Kanner

Josh Kanner has been involved in enterprise-focused software startups since 2000 with a focus in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry since 2005.

Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. There he led the company’s product, marketing, and business development functions. Vela Systems grew from bootstrapped beginnings to include over 50% of the ENR Top Contractors as customers and deployments all over the globe. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM 360 Field.

Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company with customers including Motorola, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, and American Express.

Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He still gets excited to put on a hard hat and walk a job.

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