12 Mar ThinkPad to the rescue
Over a decade ago, Ivan Kristoff have utilized the IBM mobile computing in extreme heights. IBM Canada Ltd. noticed Ivan’s accomplishments in the rope access and high rise development industry and created case study for him in the Globe and Mail Newspaper. The article “Mobile Computing to the rescue” show cased some of the most comprehensive vertical access, aerial and high rise, and rope rescue services in Ontario, Canada. Since than, Ivan has been on the front line of using mobile technology and communications high in the air and on some of the tallest buildings in the world. Some of the world leading IT and Fortune 500 companies have partnered with Ivan on his initiatives for the world of rescue and extreme sports.
Mobile computing to the rescue
by the Globe and Mail Newspaper
“When you are dangling form a helicopter 37 storeys up a skyscraper, using a digital camera to take pictures of structural problems, an equipment failure is the last thing you need. That’s one of the reasons Ivan Kristoff made an IBM ThinkPad a basic tool in his business, Eiger Rope Access Work Inc, of Toronto…
“Usually, there are things you don’t really aly want to have to do twice, ” he says. My Thinkpad is not only my contact and database resource, is how I present reports to my clients and how I capture visuals of my assignments. I just download those digital images to my Thinkpad.”
Trained in his native in ropework techniques, mountain climbing and mechanical engineering, Mr. Kristoff has managed to combine all three in his business..
“To examine a difficult-to-access structural problem on the exterior of a high-rise usually means a team of seven men working maybe for a week to rig a moving platform, lower it into place and then examine the problem area,” he explains. “If a property manager or a consulting engineer calls me, I go with my ropes, digital camera and HP IPAQ and get the job done in a 20th of the time.”
During Toronto’s cold snap in early January, 1997, a pipe burst outside the 37th floor of a downtown high-rise. Huge icicles were forming, some more than a meter long. If there were to start breaking loose, there was a good chance a passerby might be hit by a frozen bolt from the blue. It was an emergency.
“My goodness, it was cold, and the winds were up to 75 kilometers an hour,” Mr. Kristoff recalls. “I lowered myself down by rope and chipped all the icicles away. It was a challenge to keep them from falling.”
It was Mr. Kristoff who got the call form the building’s consulting engineer, he says, because his innovative concepts save time, money and headaches. “Work smarter, not harder, is my motto.”
That approach means he works only 66 days a year. The rest of the time he sky dives, climbs mountains and trains national and international search-and-rescue organizations on a volunteer basic.
“I am a professional and assignments in the most professional way possible. That means using the technology business people expect. I got the HP smart-phone in 2009 and I am thinking about updating. It’s as much a basic now as my ropes and harness, and camera. I use it to present all my reports. It impresses the clients.
It’s invaluable for storing data bases of contracts you bight ever need in a rescue situation. It may give you that life saving advantage. “For me the ThinkPad is my wallet. I take it wherever I go.”
ThinkPad to the rescue | Леново в спасяването
По време на Дубай Хелищоу 2014, бе представена на ThinkPad нова визия за спасяване по супер високи сгради пред H.H. Shaikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Преди повече от десет години, Иван Кристоф е използвал мобилни компютри на ThinkPad в екстремни височини. Oт IBM Canada Ltd. забелязали постиженията на Иван в сферата на въжените операции на супер високи небостъргачи и височинното строителство. Затова те създават цяла публикация за него в Торонтовския вестник „Тhe Globe and Mail“. Статията “Мобилни компютри в спасяване” Шоуто показва някои от най-новаторските вертикални и въздушни строителни операции на труднодостъпни места, както дейността на височинно.въжените спасителните служби в Онтарио, Канада. Оттогава, Иван е бил на предната линия на използването на мобилните технологии и комуникации – високо във въздуха и на някои от най-високите сгради в света. Някои от водещите световни ИТК и Fortune 500 компании са партнирали с Иван на инициативите му в света на спасителните и екстремните спортове.