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4 of the best moments from 4 years of Zest4

February 15th, 2017 by Mandy Fazelynia

This month, Zest4 turns 4! To celebrate, we thought it would fun to ask our team what some of their best memories are from the last 4 years’ in business So here are the results…

  • Launch of M2M solutions including partner launch day:

 

Since Zest4 was formed back in 2013, we’ve been busy developing and launching new solutions for our partners. But the one most loved by our team so far has been the recent launch of M2M solutions. Not only has this given us a greater presence in the marketplace but it has also enabled us to get involved in some really interesting and exciting projects.

As well as Zest4 becoming a provider of M2M solutions, our team also have very fond memories of our partner launch day back in May 2016. Our partners joined us for a day at Chester Races during which we presented our new M2M offering. The reaction and feedback was tremendous and we are thrilled to now be working with many of our partners to deliver M2M to their customers.

  • Office move to new office space in Wilmslow:

 

Another best memory which many of our team share is our recent relocation to new offices in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The move represents a very successful few years in business and will give Zest4 the space to realise our ambition to continue to develop and grow.

As well as enjoying larger and nicer offices, we are also enjoying be part of a local business community and, for many of us, we are now located much closer to home!

  • Hitting targets and growing our partner base:

 

At Zest4, we are incredibly lucky to have a hard-working team who share our company ambitions and are constantly striving to achieve our goals. Many of our team have fond memories of hitting and exceeding specific targets over the past few years in areas such as billing, mobile subscribers and services. But the one thing that really stands out for many of us is the huge increase in our partner base that we achieved in 2016. The 50% increase was largely attributable to the launch of M2M solutions, but not only did it attract partners wishing to offer M2M to their customers, it helped raise awareness of Zest4 as a whole and attracted new partners wishing to benefit from other areas of our product portfolio.

  • Receiving nominations for industry awards:

 

The final area of best moments that our team have highlighted from the last 4 years, is for industry award nominations. We are delighted to have been shortlisted a number of times for the Comms Dealer Awards, the Comms National Awards and the Comms Business Awards, but our greatest achievement to date has been receiving a Commendation in the Comms National Awards 2016 in the Best Wholesale Service Provider category.

Despite our success so far, we are still determined to win the top prize during our next 4 years’ in business…so watch this space!

To find out more about Zest4 and our partner programme, visit www.zest4.com or call 0161 956 3355.

How vehicle telematics solutions can help businesses to save money

February 14th, 2017 by Mandy Fazelynia

Digital technology continues to become an increasing factor in our everyday lives. Not only are we fixated with the latest devices and apps that help us to go about our daily affairs, but businesses are increasingly embracing the benefits that digitalization offers too.

Running a fleet of vehicles can be expensive, but it’s an essential part of everyday operations for a large proportion of businesses across the globe – particularly with the growth of online shopping and the additional demand for delivery services. But digital vehicle tracking systems offer fleet operators a host of benefits that can help to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Systems such as O2’s Smart Tracking solution enable businesses to collect real-time data on a wide range of elements. Operated by M2M (machine-to-machine) technology, systems can feedback data on vehicle location, mileage, fuel and oil levels, tyre condition, engine diagnostics, driver behavior, seat belt engagement, and more.

With such comprehensive data at their fingertips, Fleet Managers are well-equipped to clearly analyse vehicle costs and performance and identify areas where savings can be made. Typically, savings can be made in areas such as fuel usage, route management and maintenance schedules with users of O2’s Smart Tracking solution experiencing, on average, a 5% reduction in fuel costs, a 7% increase in productivity and a 10% reduction in idle time.

But, despite the cost savings and efficiency benefits that vehicle telematics solutions offer, many organisations are still nervous to adopt vehicle tracking as systems can sometimes be costly and time-consuming to install. This is not the case however with O2 Smart Tracking which operates via a plug and device. Devices can be quickly and easily installed and can be simply transferred to other vehicles with no intervention the provider.

Helping communications resellers to provide vehicle tracking systems to end-user customers, Unified Communications specialist Zest4 have recently added Vehicle Telematics solutions to their portfolio of products. This new addition is an extension to the range of M2M services launched earlier in 2016 and provides reseller partners with an end-to-end solution to help them maximize their opportunity in the M2M arena.

Zest4 are the first wholesale UC provider to offer vehicle telematics solutions to resellers and have launched two products from O2’s Smart Vehicle portfolio – O2 Smart Tracking and O2 Track and Go.

For more information on M2M and Vehicle Telematics solutions from Zest4, visit http://www.zest4.com/m2m/vehicle-telematics.php or call 0161 956 3355.

Why M2M is the perfect solution for tracking

February 9th, 2017 by Mandy Fazelynia

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is fast becoming the force behind an increasing number of business-critical applications. It has opened up a wealth of business opportunities that have never been available before and provides businesses with vast amounts of data that can help them to improve efficiency of their daily operations and ultimately reduce costs.

Just one of the ways that M2M solutions have proved invaluable is for tracking and not only in the world of business but also for the consumers in our everyday lives. Here are 10 ways that M2M technology is being used for tracking…

  • Parcel Tracking:

 

With the increasing popularity of online shopping, delivery drivers are a familiar sight at our doors. And so too are the handheld devices that they carry with them which we are often asked to sign. These electronic devices operate using M2M technology which enables couriers to keep head office systems up-to-date with the status of deliveries and log when a delivery has been completed. The information that’s collected also enables consumers to check the progress of their orders and see when their parcels are due to arrive.

  • Vehicle Tracking:

 

Another established M2M application is vehicle tracking. Fleet management solutions, which use M2M technology, enable logistics companies to closely track and monitor their vehicles 24/7, collecting a wealth of information including vehicle location, engine diagnostics and vehicle performance. This detailed information helps fleet operators to potentially reduce vehicle-related costs by optimising maintenance cycles, reducing fuel consumption and improving journey planning.

  • Driver Tracking:

 

As well as tracking vehicles, M2M solutions can also enable fleet operators to monitor their drivers. By monitoring driver performance, driving times, fatigue levels and other vital statistics, companies can improve efficiency and ensure the health and safety of their staff.

  • Connected Cars:

 

Not only is vehicle tracking a huge benefit for fleet operating companies, but private vehicle owners can benefit too. By installing a specially designed device in their vehicle, owners can benefit from continuous tracking and monitoring, which, should their vehicle be stolen, can help locate it and aid the recovery process.

  • Lone Worker Safety:

 

M2M technology can also be a useful tool to help track people. There are many jobs today where people are working alone, for example, care workers visiting patients, estate agents showing houses to potential buyers, and delivery drivers bringing parcels to our homes. Using M2M technology, wearable tracking devices can help ensure lone worker well-being and safety, by regularly reporting their location and status in case a problem or an emergency should occur.

  • Patients Wellbeing:

 

Similar wearable devices are also emerging in the healthcare industry for use by the elderly and patients who are able to remain at home. These devices can give patients their independence but also ensures that medical personnel can remotely monitor them and effectively manage their healthcare needs.

  • Buyer Behaviour Tracking:

 

Another use for wearable tracking devices is to track buyer behaviour to assist the retail industry. Product manufacturers are constantly looking to improve their product ranges so by collecting information via wearable devices, companies can see how consumers are buying and using their products which in turn helps them to refine their offering, improve their distribution processes and tailor their marketing campaigns.

  • Luggage Tracking:

 

The occurrence of lost luggage in the travel industry is incredibly frequent but M2M technology is beginning to emerge as a solution to reduce it. Small, in-baggage devices are now available which helps owners to monitor the whereabouts of their luggage and identify its location should a mishap occur.

  • Smart Homes:

 

M2M technology is also increasingly emerging in the home. Smart home appliances are becoming more widely available as well as smart heating and lighting systems, smart utility meters, and so on. Home owners can monitor and track many aspects of their properties via their mobile phones and tablets, and even turn on the heating whilst on their journey home.

  • Smart Offices:

 

Remote monitoring systems are also increasing in popularity for use in commercial buildings. Remote security monitoring has been popular for some time, but improvements in technology now mean that commercial buildings can be tracked and optimised from an energy saving and wider safety point of view.

These are just some of the ways that M2M technology can be used for tracking. For resellers interested in offering tracking systems to end-customers, Zest4 can help. Call us on 0161 956 3355 to find out more about M2M solutions from Zest4 or visit http://www.zest4.com/m2m-and-the-internet-of-things.php.

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