Skylight Automation System Now Compatible With Google Assistant

Velux Active with Netatmo, the smartphone-controlled skylight automation system, is now compatible with Google Assistant. The system allows homeowners to easily and effortlessly achieve a healthier indoor climate in their homes by automating when their skylights open and close to create airflow and when skylight blinds extend for light control. Americans continue to have growing interest in smart home technology and home health. According to research from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing, nearly a quarter of homeowners have healthy home concerns, with worries about indoor air quality topping their list.

“Many people are unaware that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Having options like Velux Active to take the thinking out of indoor air quality is a welcomed addition for homeowners wanting to maintain healthy homes for themselves and their families.”

According to the manufacturer, Velux Active helps to refresh indoor air by automating when skylights open, combatting negative side effects of an indoor lifestyle, such as asthma and allergies.

The system connects to an online weather station to monitor outside conditions and uses indoor sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and CO2 levels inside the home. Based on homeowner settings, the system will open the skylights or extend the blinds if doing so improves the conditions inside the home. For example, if the humidity level inside rises above the homeowners’ decided preferences, and it is less humid outside, the system will open the skylights for a short period of time to refresh the air inside. Likewise, the system may also extend the skylight blinds to block light when the outside temperature is high.

With Google Assistant, homeowners can voice operate their skylights by simply saying “Hey Google, open my skylights,” or “Hey Google, close my skylight blinds.”

They can also set up a schedule for their skylights and blinds to open and close. A rain sensor ensures the skylights close at the first sign of rain. 

Velux Active is also compatible with Apple HomeKit. Homeowners can use the smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house. For more information, visit www.veluxusa.com.

Professional Construction Camera Designed for Jobsite Monitoring

The Brinno BCC200 is professional construction camera that provides all the components needed to shoot professional outdoor projects. The bundle is made up of the Brinno HDR TimeLapse Camera, a dustproof weather resistant housing unit, an industrial-grade aeronautical aluminum alloy clamp, and a bungee cord. The BCC200 is designed to take stunning videos both during the day and at night. With a battery life of 80 days, this is the perfect camera for jobsite monitoring, performance quality monitoring, and creating marketing content. The new industrial-grade aeronautical aluminum alloy clampod’s great load capacity increases its convenience for operation.

For more information, visit  https://www.brinno.com/construction-camera/BCC200.

New Visualizer Tool Assists Customers with Paving Projects

GAF has launched a visualizer tool to help sell its StreetBond Pavement coatings. Created by Chameleon Power, the leader in visualization technologies and GAF’s partner in roofing visualization tools, the StreetBond Visualizer assists customers with envisioning the outcome of their paving project prior to installation.

Users can select from a variety of different StreetBond coating colors and StreetPrint patterns, and apply to their own project photos or drawings. The tool also features a “Need Ideas?” button that gives the user some starting patterns and colors to help them in making design decisions. “GAF has utilized Chameleon technologies for nearly two decades, and continues to embrace our next generation tools and concepts,” said Dan Dempsey, President of Chameleon Power. “Visualization is a standard in the construction industry, and we are proud to partner with GAF to provide this experience to GAF customers.”

Chameleon Power visualizers shorten the design cycle and enhance customer satisfaction. Websites that utilize Chameleon visualizers enjoy increased user time of more than 3X and sales closure rates of more than 75 percent.

To view the GAF StreetBond Visualizer, visit https://streetbond.chameleonpower.com.

EagleView App Update Expands Beyond Roof Measurement Reports

EagleView Technologies has released its newest update to the EagleView App, available for download on both the iOS App Store and on Google Play. The new EagleView App features include automated quoting for job estimates as well as an interactive 3D visualizer enabling a 360-degree view of the property.

The EagleView App is currently used to order, view order status, and access property measurement reports anytime, anywhere. With this new update, users can now take the guesswork out of estimating by setting customized job cost and pricing preferences, and generating an automated quote for every report order placed.

“With every update we make to our technology and offerings, we continue to revolutionize the roofing industry,” stated EagleView CEO Rishi Daga. “The addition of automated quoting gives our customers the ability to take time-consuming manual processes out of the bidding stage so that they can focus on customer experience instead.”

In addition to the automated quoting feature, the EagleView App now offers users an interactive 3D visualizer. This visualizer allows roofers to see the property and its measurements in a three-dimensional model. Users can pinch, expand and rotate the property image for a complete view.

The EagleView App is available for update on the iOS App Store and for download on Google Play. EagleView will continue to release additional updates to the EagleView App for both iOS and Android users.

For more information regarding the EagleView app update, please contact Melissa Mazurek at (585) 444-2504 or melissa.mazurek@eagleview.com.

For more information, visit www.eagleview.com.

New Comprehensive Suite of Reporting Tools Added to Business Management Software

AccuLynxAccuLynx, a provider of business management software for roofing contractors, announced the release of its newest product offering: ReportsPlus, a suite of simple reporting tools that let users access, visualize and share the data they store in AccuLynx. The product is designed to help roofing companies easily understand performance, improve decision-making and drive business growth.

“Our customers depend on the information they store in AccuLynx to manage every aspect of their business,” said Mark Rattin, Vice President of Product & Design. “They wanted a way to easily access their data and interpret it in meaningful ways, so we developed ReportsPlus to bring KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to the forefront. We designed it to be extremely easy to use so that anyone could create powerful reports and dashboards in minutes.”

ReportsPlus introduces a collection of new features available in AccuLynx, including:

  • Reports Library: A new set of pre-built reports, which unlock critical data pertaining to sales and production, job costs and marketing leads
  • Custom Reports & Dashboards: Provides the ability to customize any pre-built report and dashboard with options to add and remove data, apply filters, groupings and logic, and choose how data is displayed
  • Dashboard Library: A library of pre-built dashboards designed by role, which provide a view into sales pipelines, marketing leads, job profitability, A/R, and production
  • Report and Dashboard Sharing: Provides the ability to share customized reports or dashboards with individual AccuLynx users or everyone in the company
  • Automatic Report Delivery: Provides the option to schedule a report for automatic delivery via email, allowing users to designate recipients, file format, delivery time and frequency
  • Report and Dashboard Bookmarking: Provides the option to mark any report or dashboard as a “favorite” and refresh in one click for quick access to data from the main navigation
  • “AccuLynx customers already experience over 35 percent increase in their roofing jobs,” said Mike Stein, CEO of AccuLynx. “ReportsPlus will help them maximize their growth potential by leveraging the data they already store in AccuLynx. It has the ability to revolutionize how roofing companies manage their business. By providing insight into untapped metrics and KPIs, contractors can make better decisions that result in improved profitability and higher revenues. We’re confident that, with this release, AccuLynx has the best reporting tools tailored to roofers.”

    ReportsPlus is available within the AccuLynx web application. For more information, visit http://go.acculynx.com/get_demo and www.AccuLynx.com.

    New EagleView Mobile App Provides Streamlined Access to Reports Anywhere

    New EagleView Mobile App EagleView Technologies offers a new mobile app for roofing contractors. According to the company, the new app enables contractors to see key measurements quickly, introduces a new dashboard for report access and status updates, and provides the ability to upload user-generated images. Users can download the EagleView app from the iOS App Store.

    The app utilizes EagleView’s library of more than 350 million aerial images to provide contractors with accurate measurements at-a-glance, and instant access to their data and reports anytime, anywhere.

    EagleView’s own high-resolution images of the property are used to produce a detailed report which is rapidly delivered to the app. Contractors preparing bids can now upload user-generated images from their phone to track their jobs and include in the EagleView report. With all this critical information at their fingertips on the measurements at-a-glance screen, contractors have everything they need to prepare a bid before even visiting the property. The EagleView app also allows contractors to share files on any device and access them at any time in one place.

    “We are constantly exploring how to use our technology to improve the way contractors do business, and are extremely excited to share this new app,” said Rishi Daga, CEO of EagleView. “From the clean, easy-to-use interface to the ability to quickly access reports on the go, the EagleView app is going to dramatically improve workflows and make the bidding process a faster, smoother experience for all involved.”

    A release on Android platforms is planned for later this spring.

    For more information, visit www.eagleview.com.

    3-D Modeling Tool Aids in Solar Design Projects

    SmartRoofAurora Solar Inc., a solar design software company, offers SmartRoof, a tool that allows anyone to accurately and easily model residential and commercial sites for solar projects. According to the company, SmartRoof intelligently infers the internal structure of a roof after a few clicks, reducing solar design time and difficulty.

    According to the company, SmartRoof requires just an outline of the perimeter of the roof to automatically infer its internal structure. It allows solar designers to drag and drop dormers into the model, integrating them into their respective roof planes seamlessly. The remote site modeling tool enables designers to insert folds and intersect multiple roof structures, making modeling of complex roof structures significantly easier. The resulting 3-D model has clean edges, right-angled corners, and evenly tilted roof planes, giving designers and solar salespeople alike the ability to easily create permit-ready models.

    Christopher Hopper, CEO of Aurora Solar, said, “We started Aurora with the goal of developing technology that would enable anyone to design solar easily and quickly, without sacrificing quality. An accurate roof model is foundational to the residential solar design process, so we set out to rethink the modeling process from the ground up. After over a year of development, we’re proud to introduce SmartRoof: a novel way to model roofs that has the potential to revolutionize solar design.”

    For more information, visit www.aurorasolar.com.

    Tool Belt and Clip Offer Lockable, Hands-Free Tablet Carrying Solutions

    Runnur Mobile Tech Gear has launched a new line of hands-free, wearable tablet belt clips. The clips are hip-mounted to either a person’s belt or to a separate heavy-duty tool belt, providing users with immediate access to their tablet at all times. Mobile workers such as roofing technicians cannot perform many of their usual tasks and carry a tablet at the same time. The Tablet Belt Clip allows the user to lock and carry any standard tablet on the hip, and then access it within one second when needed. The Heavy Duty Tablet Belt is a combination of the Tablet Belt Clip with the addition of a heavy-duty belt. It is designed for heavy use, and can be worn for long periods of time. Comfort is the main feature with this product as it is made with a solid foam core, and fits snuggly around the waist distributing the weight of the device. A security cord (included) prevents dropping to avoid costly delays in repair. OtterBox recently partnered with Runnur to offer these devices.

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    New Mobile App Provides Aerial Roof Measurement Services

    CoreLogic SkyMeasure AppCoreLogic launched its mobile application for SkyMeasure, a residential and commercial aerial roof measurement service. According to the company, the mobile application uses the same advanced geocoding technology as the desktop version, while also increasing access for roofing and insurance professionals to ParcelPoint, the CoreLogic proprietary property parcel database.

    The mobile extension of SkyMeasure is designed to further enhance the ease and convenience of accessing roofing data on a real-time basis for those in the industry who spend a majority of their time in the field, especially since reports can be generated quickly and on-the-go, delivering results in as little as three hours. In addition to offering property measurement reports and status updates, the mobile application also provides historical property measurement data. The mobile application is free with in-app purchase options, and is available for both Apple and Android devices. 

    “Combining the vast CoreLogic parcel-level data with our precise geocoding technology in this new SkyMeasure mobile app will greatly improve efficiency and convenience for industry professionals who are rarely sitting at a desk,” says Andrew Zickell, senior director of strategic business intelligence for CoreLogic. “With fingertip access, roofing and property measurement data, powered by the largest parcel database in the country, professionals will be able to produce more accurate and timely assessments.” 

    According to the company, connecting parcel boundaries provided by ParcelPoint to aerial-based property measurements like SkyMeasure provides a more comprehensive view of all structures on a given parcel of land, resulting in more accurate assessments for roofing repair and replacement.CoreLogic Roof Report

    Contractors Are Paid With Electronic Payment Platform

    The lienwaivers.io payment platform allows lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners to automate their processes.

    The lienwaivers.io payment platform allows lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners to automate their processes.

    Lienwaivers.io, a construction payment platform, continues the quest to help contractors get paid faster with the release of four new features: Electronic Waiver Notarization, Same-Day ACH Payments, Automatic W9 Collection with 1099 Preparation, and a partner-ready API.

    Witnessed elsewhere in technology, when open platforms like lienwaivers.io enter the market, there’s a shift from buyers purchasing software suites to customers choosing technologies which communicate through APIs. In partnering with industry leaders such as Notarize.com and HelloSign, lienwaivers.io has empowered their customers to take control of their disbursement process.

    With lienwaivers.io, lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners can automate their disbursement process and build better relationships, all at a price point that competes with the cost of a check.