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The ability to remotely maintain and control assets, buildings and
systems is transforming the way we do business.
Case studies 1 January 2011
Bglobal is a UK company that helps businesses manage energy consumption through smart metering. It has worked with Vodafone to develop a machine to machine (M2M) solution which can help businesses to cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.
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.
Tony Stiff, Commercial Director, Bglobal
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.
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All employees and contractors have a duty to report any breaches of our Code of Conduct, which is known as our "Speak Up" policy. We have launched a global external reporting scheme which allows employees and contractors to report through a third party. This new process enables us to consolidate existing whistle blowing practice in local markets, increases visibility and ensures consistency of approach in responding to concerns raised from across the organisation. Concerns may be reported anonymously and the protection of innocent people is our priority at all times. People can identify themselves to our external partner using a PIN and receive feedback. Vodafone has a non-retaliation policy and will not take any action against anyone reporting a genuine concern, even if this is proven not to result in a breach of compliance.