Live From World of Concrete: How Rugged Devices Can Help Enterprise and Construction Workers

Greetings – and déjà vu – from Las Vegas. Feels like yesterday I was here for the enormous Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few weeks ago. This week I am back in Sin City attending the World of Concrete trade show, which runs February 2-5. It’s a perfect fit for us, as Kyocera is committed to building durable and rugged devices that survive and thrive in the extreme conditions that many field workers face. One of the sectors on which Kyocera is laser-focused is the construction industry.

You don’t see many Porsches parked at construction jobsites. For obvious reasons, they’re not the right equipment for the job. Similarly, today’s most popular mobile phones simply aren’t equipped to survive in that environment. Dust, dirt, water and mud are the enemies of most phones and electronics. Construction workers – and especially concrete workers – are faced with some of the toughest working environments around. That’s why Kyocera’s portfolio of ruggedized mobile devices – which provide a unique blend of durability, performance and affordability – can be such an indispensable tool.

World of Concrete (WOC) has been around for more than 40 years and will draw more than 55,000 construction-industry professionals to see nearly 1,500 companies exhibiting in 675,000 square feet of exhibit space. It’s a big and important audience. And this audience needs the toughest of the tough when it comes to mobile devices and connectivity. This year, Kyocera will have a booth at the show—Booth C7406—and will be working closely with partners like busybusy, ActSoft and Klein Electronics.

Kyocera and busybusy (Booth C7307) have back-to-back spaces on the show floor and will be demonstrating busybusy’s time-management software running on Kyocera devices. busybusy has been an excellent partner to Kyocera in helping us to better understand the mobility needs of the construction industry. Isaac Barlow, who set out to find tools that would help him increase competitiveness and profitability for his excavation company, founded the company. Dissatisfied with the options available, he was determined to solve his own problem and launched busybusy. With contractors in mind, the product has evolved to become an important productivity solution for the construction industry and companies with mobile workforces.

ActSoft is another partner with whom Kyocera is closely collaborating at this year’s WOC to bring new mobile functionality to the construction industry. ActSoft is a leading developer of GPS-based mobile applications for businesses with workers and vehicles on the go. Its products include Comet EZ, Comet Tracker, Comet Mobile Worker, Comet Fleet, Comet Asset, and Advanced Wireless Forms. ActSoft provides enterprise solutions through all major wireless carriers to thousands of companies in the United States, Canada, and many locations throughout the world, and will be demonstrating software running on Kyocera’s rugged devices.

Klein Electronics will be with us using our rugged phones to showcase its line of mobile accessories for the industry. Its solutions range from earpieces and headsets to remote speaker microphones (RSMs), charging accessories and more. We’re always happy to work with Klein because, just like our phones, Klein’s devices are designed to excel and enable in the most challenging environments.

Kyocera is excited to be a part WOC this week and to spend time with this hardworking community. Our goal is to help improve efficiencies and provide rugged and durable devices that will keep all workers productive and connected on the job site, with the reliability and lower cost of ownership that construction demands. We don’t want our customers to ever have to deal with fixing a damaged or broken phone, but instead to have all of the applications they need at their fingertips, be it Push-To-Talk, time-management tracking systems or GPS apps. With more than 75 durable smartphones and feature phones launched worldwide since 2008, Kyocera is the industry leader in waterproof, shock-proof and Military Standard 810G-certified devices. I look forward to seeing all of you at WOC this week—please stop by the Kyocera booth (C7406) to say hello and learn more about our leading product lineup for the concrete and construction industries.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.