Sendia Corporation, a leading wireless business application platform company, today announced that its wireless technology was used by Pardee Homes, the featured homebuilder for an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, to assist in the successful completion of a home for the Leomiti/Higgins family in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Pardee Homes used Sendia's platform and wireless pplication, which runs on a Research In Motion BlackBerry wireless handheld, to build a completely new, energy efficient home within a 7-day timeframe. Sendia proudly donated
significant development time and resources to adapt its existing wireless software for this important project.
Pardee Homes partnered with Sendia and other trusted subcontractors and suppliers to create the Leomiti/Higgins home. Pardee's longstanding ties with its trade partners were a key component of the company's successful build, according to Pardee President and CEO Mike McGee.
"The teamwork that went into this energy-efficient home was extraordinary, and unrelentingly bad weather during our build really dramatized what we knew already, that Sendia was outstanding," said McGee. "We commend Sendia
for generous contributions of time and materials, and for true dedication and perseverance during very challenging circumstances; Pardee's entire "Extreme" team was just amazing."
"Many of our employees are huge fans of the show, and when Pardee Homes, a longtime Sendia customer, asked us to participate, we jumped at the chance to help," said Alex Klyce, executive vice president of Sendia. "We gladly
donated engineering time to ensure the product would meet Pardee's needs for the project and are truly happy knowing that our efforts played a role in giving this deserving family their dream home."
For the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project, Sendia modified its existing wireless application to accommodate the rapid construction pace required by Pardee's project managers. The modified application allowed project
managers to wirelessly access and enter up-to-the-minute data and complex scheduling calculations on the BlackBerry through every phase of the construction project. This data was then fed back to a server where a construction management software application returned updates to project
managers, keeping their teams on schedule.
"Wireless connectivity can significantly improve roductivity and workflow in the field and Sendia's Hardhat application is further expanding the value of BlackBerry in the construction market by allowing supervisors to interact
with back-end systems and stay on top of projects without leaving the construction site," said Mark Guibert, vice president of Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.
Wireless Technology at Work
In addition to hammers and nail guns, the toolbox of today's homebuilders has expanded to include wireless devices such as the RIM BlackBerry, which are equipped with specialized applications from companies like Sendia. Sendia's wireless technology connects field workers with server-based data
via wireless enabled handheld devices, allowing them to be more productive while working outside of the office. For homebuilders such as Pardee Homes, wireless access has allowed their field supervisors to advance beyond paper-based and disconnected laptop solutions by extending functionality to the BlackBerry so project managers can roam freely around construction sites and remain connected to scheduling data and back-end management systems. Sendia's wireless application is currently used by 150 of Pardee Homes' field supervisors to streamline onsite project management for the construction of new homes.