UK-based construction collaboration technology vendor, Business Collaborator has just launched BC Mobile, “a new module for mobile devices that will enable users of its BC 5.3 project collaboration service to access files and information and to action tasks on the go”.
According to today’s news release: “BC Mobile allows users of internet enabled mobile devices – such as the Apple iPhone, Blackberry Curve, LG Arena, Nokia N97 – to access their BC 5.3 system from wherever they happen to be.”
Technical Director Stephen Crompton adds: “Whenever the user has internet access, he or she will be able to use BC Mobile to browse and search projects, download documents, participate in discussions and action their tasks – such as requests for information (RFIs) and Change Orders – on any mobile device”.
This announcement parallels similar steps I’ve seen taken by other vendors to embrace mobile working over the past 2-3 years (BIW was providing Bovis with a PDA-based defects management/snagging application in 2006; US-based Constructware – now an Autodesk product – was available via Blackberry devices in February 2007). The shift towards mobile support, though, has clearly accelerated in recent months. Incite, Woobius, Aconex and Asite have all either released mobile products or announced the imminent launch of them.
Update (17 December 2009): According to Morgan Stanley, the mobile web is set to outstrip the desktop web, becoming at least twice the size. Within five years, they predict more users will connect to the web via mobile devices than PCs. (source: ReadWriteWeb)