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The ability to remotely maintain and control assets, buildings and
systems is transforming the way we do business.
Vodafone and Mic-O-Data help local councils to reduce costs and encourage sustainability with Smart Waste Management
Mic-O-Data is a Dutch technology company specialising in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) solutions. TarDif, one of its products, tracks and secures 6,000 refuse collection points in public housing estates for 25 Dutch local authorities. The local authorities needed a solution to secure the collection points and track residential refuse collections throughout the country. For this to work effectively they need a secure data connection with nationwide coverage. Mic-O-Data also want a partner that could help facilitate international expansion.
When customers call us and we can't help them, we filter it through to Vodafone. They understand our systems, they know when to fix remotely or when we'll need a replacement.
Tim Blomer, Director, Mic-O-Data
A Vodafone M2M SIM embedded in the TarDif transmits a regular status signal once a day. It sends an alert if the bin is getting full as well as other alerts such as the bin has not been closed properly. Not only can local authorities monitor who is using the facilities, and bill accordingly,they can also arrange for full bins to be emptied, or empty bins to be left. Embedded Vodafone M2M technology enables TarDif to operate nationwide and offers the scope to expand into Europe with one tariff. Vodafone provides additional helpdesk support to assist Mic-O-Data customers during the roll-out.
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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.