Published on 06/06/2018 in Customer Stories
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.”
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.
The mobile coverage will soon make it possible to collect data via IoT so we can carry out preventive and predictive maintenance
Martijn Mennen, CIO at Agristo
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.
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.