Photo by Tom Sawyer Smart Pick: Sonim's XP3340 is durable and will call if you fall. Photo courtesy of URS Corp. Instant Message: Just speaking into a NoteVault-equipped phone routes time-stamped observations and attached photos into a report e-mailed for approval. Jobsite communication tools are appearing as fast as device makers and app builders can churn them out—just keeping up could be a full-time job.But contractors don't need another full-time job. They just need to share critical project information quickly in the simplest, most reliable way.For years, Nextel's push-to-talk phones were the standard in construction, with PTT's instant voice contact
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.