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Agristo is right up to date

Published on 23/11/2018 in Customer Stories

Agristo is right up to date

Potatoes on a bed of mobile data? Sure thing. Potato specialist Agristo had 170 mobile antennas installed. The ambitious objective: optimise communication.

From accessibility to budget management: 13 surprising insights into mobile working.

How much mobile data do you and your employees actually need?

Coverage is crucial

Agristo processes fresh potatoes into frozen products. The company’s 760 staff work at, among other places, a new production site in Wielsbeke, spread over 5.5 hectares. Every day, 2.4 million packets of French fries roll off the production line. When the line grinds to a halt, it immediately has a huge impact on the business. “Employees and external service providers must be reachable at all times by telephone, Internet and mobile apps.”

Bad cell phone reception is bad for business

“The buildings are mainly built of steel and insulation panels,” says CIO Martijn Mennen. “This results in the phenomenon known as the Faraday cage, which severely limits the effectiveness of mobile phones. Proximus mapped out our mobile coverage, both in our offices and at the production facilities. Based on this data, Proximus proposed an implementation plan to provide optimal GSM coverage throughout the company.” This mobile indoor coverage solution resulted in better business continuity for Agristo.

This perfect mobile coverage will make it possible to collect data via IoT, so we can carry out preventive and predictive maintenance.

Martijn Mennen, CIO at Agristo

The future? Data collection!

Agristo is already looking beyond that point. “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.

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.

From accessibility to budget management: 13 surprising insights into mobile working.

How much mobile data do you and your employees actually need?

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