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The Inspection Group Tests Google Glass for Housing Inspections and other Building-Related Data Collection Activities

The Inspection Group Tests Google Glass for Housing Inspections and other Building-Related Data Collection Activities

Matt LaVrar, VP-Inspection Services

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) April 21, 2014

The Inspection Group, Inc. (TIG), one of the nation’s leading field data collection, analysis, and reporting companies for the Public and Affordable Housing Industry, is field-testing Google Glass through the Google Glass Explorer Program as a reporting and analysis aid for conducting Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) inspections and Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections of residential properties receiving Federal subsidies in conjunction with its InspectUS™ software for inspections. TIG Glass™, a mini-computer that pairs with Android™ devices via Bluetooth™ technology, is currently beta-testing, with an anticipated national release date, early first quarter of 2015.

Housing programs receiving Federal subsidies include Public Housing properties, Housing Choice Voucher Programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and USDA-Rural Development programs.

Saul Himelstein, President/CEO of TIG, speaking about the Google Glass beta test, said: “The Inspection Group, for over 15 years, has focused on delivering to our clients the very best field data collection, analysis, and reporting services at the lowest possible cost consistent with our quality standards for inspections and reporting. We are mindful that, in many cases, we are evaluating properties supported by taxpayer dollars and that everything we do to ensure safe, decent, and sanitary homes at the lowest possible cost for publicly-assisted housing redounds to the benefit not only of the residents but of the entire community. The best way for us to do that is to promptly adopt new technologies that we believe, after careful evaluation and field testing, can improve our efficiency and productivity. TIG has always done this. TIG developed InspectUS™ inspection software, in partnership with Quick Solutions, Inc. (QSI) as a tablet-based tool. We are now testing Google Glass in cooperation with QSI and Ameresco. TIG views Google Glass as promising another great leap forward in our ability to provide the best, most accurate documentation of inspections in the least possible time when combined with our InspectUS™ Inspection Software for Housing and the Physical Needs Assessment data collection tool iAuditor™ from Ameresco.

Matt LaVrar, VP of Inspection Services for The Inspection Group, is seen here utilizing “The Glass” during an inspection.

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About The Inspection Group

The Inspection Group, Inc., (TIG) is one of the nation’s leading experts in field data collection, analysis, and reporting for owners and managers of residential real estate that receives Federal subsidies and is subject to Federal (HUD) standards (UPCS; HQS) designed to assure a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American.

The Inspection Group, Inc. (TIG), is an employee-owned company founded in 1998. TIG provides Uniform Physical Condition Standard (UPCS) Inspections, UPCS Inspection Protocol Training and Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection preparation for the Public and Affordable Housing Industries. Over the years, TIG has expanded to provide the full range of field data collection, analysis, and reporting services for the public housing, publicly-assisted housing and private multi-family housing industries. TIG has been recognized as an INC5000™ fastest-growing company in 2010 and 2011.

TIG is dedicated to helping Public Housing Agencies and Multi-family property developers, owners, and managers to improve program efficiency and save dollars by providing both concise reporting and detailed, high-quality physical building compliance inspections, physical needs assessments, energy audits and utility allowance surveys. For more information, visit

About Quick Solutions, Inc.

Quick Solutions, Inc. (QSI) is one of the largest privately held Information Technology Consulting Firms located in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, QSI provides expertise within the Education, Energy, Financial Services, Manufacturing/Distribution, Professional Services, Public Sector, and Retail Industries. QSI leverages all aspects of technology to help clients achieve business value. In addition to consulting resources, QSI has established strategic partnerships with companies such as The Inspection Group, Inc. By investing in people, QSI is able to deliver quality resources and value to clients across all industries. For more information, visit

About Ameresco and its Asset Sustainability Group

Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc, is a leading independent provider of comprehensive energy saving services, including energy efficiency, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s Asset Sustainability Group helps organizations with issues around aging infrastructure and funding challenges. The Asset Sustainability Group is a thought leader in developing data from needs analysis efforts and working with clients to quantify these needs, understand risk exposure, and craft a strategy to address unfunded liabilities. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco provides local expertise through its 70 offices in 33 states and the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


Contact: Robert Gardier, COO (614) 891-3606 x103 or rob(at)theinspectiongroup(dot)com


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