×
×

When mobile data is crucial for business

by PerspectiveIn practice06/06/2018

When mobile data is crucial for business
Mobile data helps the potato! The potato producer Agristo has 170 mobile antennas to ensure optimal communications within their factory. The objective? Ensure employees are able to access the applications and data of the company when they need to so they can react in case of problems.

The 13 most frequently asked questions about mobile working

Download our guide

Do you have enough mobile data?

Do the test!

Faraday’s cage

Agristo processes fresh potatoes into frozen products such as French fries and croquettes. The company’s 760 staff works at, among other places, a new production site in Wielsbeke spread over 5.5 hectares. “The buildings are mainly built of steel and insulation panels,” says CIO Martijn Mennen. “This results in a well-known phenomenon: the Faraday cage, which severely limits the effectiveness of mobile phones.”

Made to measure

Once the new location was complete and the machines and conveyors had been installed, Agristo called on Proximus for assistance. “We had the mobile coverage mapped out in the offices and in the production halls,” Martijn says. “Based on this data, Proximus proposed an implementation plan to provide optimal GSM coverage throughout the company.” The project required 170 mobile antennas and five kilometres of coaxial cable.

quote

The mobile coverage will soon make it possible to collect data via IoT so we can carry out preventive and predictive maintenance

quote

Martijn Mennen, CIO at Agristo

Always reachable

With daily production in Wielsbeke reaching 2.4 million French fries, stopping a production line immediately has a big impact. “Employees and external service providers must be reachable at all times. It is crucial that we can consult each other quickly by telephone and that technicians have access to information via the Internet and mobile applications,” explains Martijn. Proximus' Mobile Indoor Coverage solution is therefore part of a strategy aimed at ensuring total business continuity.

Data collection

But that is not all. “We always opt for sustainable and future-oriented technology,” Martijn explains. “The mobile coverage will soon allow us to collect data from machines via IoT so we can carry out preventive and predictive maintenance. We are also looking into the possibility of implementing Push-to-Talk, a smartphone app that is an alternative to the conventional walkie-talkie,” says Martijn.

The 13 most frequently asked questions about mobile working

Download our guide

Do you have enough mobile data?

Do the test!

More news on:

  • Mobile data
  • enterprise
  • Co-worker
  • Business
  • Collaboration
  • advantages_mobile_data_related

News filtering by :

Other news

Contact us

Our employees are ready to help you!

Contact us