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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 2

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Roger Lindley

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Editorial

Comment

Are You ready

For Tomorrow’s

World?

T

his editorial comment is personally written by a real per-

son but for how long? Technology is racing ahead at an

alarming speed and, with each new innovation, only

seems to add to is momentum.

The issue of

Contractors World International

features a section

on

‘Connected Technology’

that looks at how contractors are

using technology today and some possibilities for tomorrow.

This is in support of a special conference being organised by

the German Association of Engineers - the VDI. The conference,

taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2016 is titled:

“Connected Off-Highway Machines 2016” **

with presentations

from world leading companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, CNH,

Volvo, John Deere, Ammann, and others.

Ever since Contractors World magazines were launched in

September 2010, I have been promoting technology - and using

it to redefine publishing for the digital age. I have often argued

that, as good as technology is, until systems evolve enabling

‘cross-system’ communication, it will not be able to deliver its full

potential.

History is scattered with the remnants of such conflicts going

back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. Rail tracks used

to have different gauges until common sense prevailed and an

international standard was agreed opening up the world to rail

traffic.

More recently there was the battle of video format - Betomax

or VHS. Although Betomax delivered better quality and was the

preferred format of professionals, the strength of the companies

behind the VHS format eventually overcame all other systems.

Until two years ago, every portable device had its own dedi-

cated charger. Today, one size fits all and, as the feature illustrates,

this is now beginning to happen within the construction

industry.

It is not yet perfect, but tomorrow it will be.

** Use this email link to request more information and get

special discount -

offhighway@vdi.de

Publisher/Editor

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