Businesses are under increasing pressure to cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. To take Vodafone's situation as an example, electricity consumption is a major issue for us worldwide. In the UK, the company has 12,000 base stations, with an annual electricity bill of around £20 million. Most are unmanned with restricted access, making manual meter reading difficult and estimated bills often an inevitability.
We see Vodafone as a partner not just a supplier. The reliability and resilience of the GPRS backbone network has been excellent.
We installed remote Automated Meter Reading (AMR) equipment in our base stations to monitor electricity consumption. The equipment takes a reading every 30 minutes, which is transmitted over Vodafone's network to the collection point at Bglobal's headquarters. As well as now receiving accurate invoices, we've been able to make more informed energy management decisions and put in place measures to reduce consumption.