It’s actually quite surprising to realise but there are a significant number of people who spend a large part of their day working alone. In fact, according to lone worker safety experts, People Safe, there are around 8 million people in the UK who are classed as lone workers – that’s 22% of the 31.2m UK working population.
You may not have really considered it but lone workers come in many guises…from sales people to estate agents…from nurses to lorry drivers…builders, gas & electricity meter readers, cleaners and many, many more. They may not be out on their own all of the time, but when they are, their employers have a legal obligation to carefully consider health and safety risks and ensure their well-being.
There are many ways that risks can be reduced such as risk assessing, training and implementing best practice policies, but one of the most important factors in ensuring lone worker safety is enabling workers to keep in touch and report back to base.
In this age of advanced mobile technology and the constant evolution of Smartphones, keeping in touch should (in theory) be easy to do. But unfortunately, due to the infrastructure of the mobile phone networks, there are often occasions where lone workers may be out of reach. Despite their good intentions, there are areas of the country where some mobile networks have better coverage than others, so committing to one particular network won’t guarantee you the coverage that your lone workers may need.
But there is a now a solution to poor and intermittent mobile coverage – the Anywhere SIM.
Recently added to our product portfolio here at Zest4 and now available for resellers to offer to end-customers, Anywhere SIM is an innovative virtual mobile network that provides users with seamless roaming across three mobile networks. This ability to connect with any available network from a single SIM is the ideal solution for lone workers as they can be assured of continuous connectivity and be able to make and receive calls with no interruption in service. With continuous connectivity to the internet-of-things, employers can also monitor the location of their workers and be alerted of any potential difficulties that they may be having, and provide the assistance that they need.
Communications resellers wishing to find out more about Anywhere SIM should contact Zest4 on 0161 956 3355 or visit http://www.zest4.com/mobile.php
If you work with customers that own or lease yellow plant and other heavy-use construction equipment, you’ll know that they have daily challenges that cause them real issues. I’ve been working with a few construction customers of late and have noticed that there are some common issues…
1. Ensuring the security of assets
You don’t have to drive very far along a major road or motorway in the UK before you spot a piece of equipment on the side of the road. Millions of pounds worth of equipment is left unattended at the end of every working day so it’s inevitable that things occasionally go missing. So being able to track assets, receive alerts on any movements and know where they are (should they go walkabouts) is crucial for machinery-operating customers.
2. Engine running hours and maintenance
Unlike cars that are serviced at periodic intervals based on their mileage, plant and construction machinery is different – it’s serviced based on engine running hours. This can be difficult to monitor, however, but knowing what use a piece of equipment has had is critical to the maintenance schedule.
Then there’s the issue of unplanned maintenance. It’s often difficult to know when something is going wrong before it causes a significant problem, so a hefty repair bill can sometimes appear when you least expect it to.
If you’re a company that hires out equipment, monitoring engine hours can be a real challenge as you rely on third parties abiding by the contracts terms and telling you what use the equipment has had. And then there’s issue of knowing what fuel is being used and the consumption levels. If you’re a company hiring equipment on a daily or hourly rate, monitoring all of this can be a real headache.
But all these problems could be eradicated with the ability to have real-time, 24/7 visibility of equipment. And now your customers can have 24/7 visibility with the Go Rugged telematics device from Zest4.
A new addition to our range of M2M and IoT solution, our Go Rugged device enables users to keep their projects on-time and on-budget.
Construction operations are known to be dynamic, with multiple sites in operation, diverse assets in use and crew on-the-go all the time. The Go Rugged solution helps companies to track and maintain construction and heavy equipment vehicle assets, as well as providing key data insights and real-time information to help streamline operations and maximise profitability.
The Go Rugged telematics device has also been designed for operating in harsh, external conditions. The IP67 rated device is the ideal solution for tracking and monitoring heavy equipment, yellow plant, powered trailers and other heavy-duty assets.
The Zest4 Go Rugged solution gives operators real-time information and data including..
Uses and recommended deployments include…
If you’d like to find out more about providing this type of solution to your customer and generate long term revenue for your company, give me a call or speak to one of the sales team at Zest4. Call 0161 956 3355 or visit http://www.zest4.com/mobile.php
The team at Zest4 are still ‘on cloud nine’ after their recent win at the Comms National Awards 2017. And to show their partners how they could be ‘flying high’ together, the Cheshire-based wholesale UC providers recently hosted an exclusive conference which involved a climb to the top of the O2.
The day, which was attended by a select group of partners, involved a number of sessions and workshops. The Zest4 team shared their latest insights into the mobile, M2M and IoT marketplaces as well as launching a brand-new leasing proposition.
Following the initial presentation, partners were able to attend individual workshops hosted by different members of the Zest4 team. Each workshop focused on a specific solution area and gave partners the chance to find out how Zest4 can support them in adding new products to their own portfolios.
M2M and IoT were very much a focus enabling resellers to find out more about Zest4’s expanding range of end-to-end solutions which offer them an easy-to-understand and easy-to-sell bundled package. In addition, Zest4’s M2M & IoT Partner Programme provides resellers with a complete support package that’s not available anywhere else on the market. Partners benefit from expert M2M and IoT knowledge, technical support, training through the Zest4 Partner Academy, marketing support, optimised tariffs and competitive commercials.
After a productive afternoon of discussions and workshops, the guests were all treated to a climb to the top of O2. Despite the slightly chilly weather, the view was fantastic, and it was a fitting way to illustrate how partnerships can lead to great new heights.
But that wasn’t the end of the day. The Zest4 team and partners were invited to an evening performance by John Bishop inside the O2 and were privileged to meet the comedian in person after the show.
For more information on Zest4, visit www.zest4.com or call 0161 956 3300.