Internet of Things made possible with Vodafone Digital Buildings
By Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK
The Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are becoming an increasingly essential tool for businesses looking to digitise.
At Vodafone, we want to make IoT a reality for organisations today. We are working on a range of IoT solutions, all designed to tackle specific business challenges and to provide the return that organisations look for when investing.
In fact, we’ve introduced two ‘digital building’ solutions. Both use Vodafone’s expertise in connectivity and technology to help businesses ensure space, resources and costs are optimised.
Driving efficiencies with IoT
A growing number of organisations are looking to IoT to create safer, greener spaces. Indeed, the number of IoT connections in digital buildings is forecast to increase from 0.1 million in 2016 to 2.1 million in 2024.[i] To meet this business need, we offer two packages.
With the Building Surveillance solution, customers can turn existing CCTV cameras into an intelligent cloud-based system that uses visual data to provide new business insights. As it works with existing CCTV equipment, applying IoT in this way is a great example of how the benefits of digitalisation can be made accessible without having to make huge investments or tear out old systems.
We also offer a Building Energy Management solution that integrates critical energy and environmental systems – such as lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and heating – into a single Cloud platform that can be managed from anywhere, and on multiple devices. This enables customers to optimise how systems are used to save energy, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. This is incredibly important, considering that buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. And, of course, energy efficiency buildings are less expensive to run.
There are many different approaches to building and site management. What makes Vodafone Digital Buildings different is that it keeps things simple, and works with the infrastructure customers already have.
Each of these solutions gives new visibility, understanding and control for organisations – helping to making places and processes smarter.
Notes to Editors
[i] Statistics in this paragraph are from Cambridge Consultants’s 2017 report, Review of Latest Developments in the Internet of Things.
About Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK is part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 25 countries, partners with mobile networks in 45 more, and has fixed broadband operations in 18 markets. As of 31 March 2018, Vodafone Group had 535.8 million mobile customers and 19.7 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk
Vodafone UK partners with businesses of all sizes - from start-ups and small businesses to the largest corporates and the public sector. The company has worked with UK businesses for over 30 years, starting out as a mobile provider and becoming one of the UK’s leading total communications partners. It provides a range of voice and data services, secure communications infrastructure, fixed and contact centre capability, and unified communications, and was the first mobile phone operator to offer a truly converged service for fixed and mobile.
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