EE has unveiled new 4G services for business users aimed at offering mobile connectivity from any location. Police and NHS Trusts are already using the services.
The first new offering is Connected Vehicle. This is based on a business-grade 4G router than converts signals to WiFi so that staff who work on-the-go, often in remote locations, can remain online at all times.
One notable organisation testing the service is Staffordshire Police. Matthew Ellis, police and crime commissioner for the force, touted the benefits this can offer by helping officers stay on the street for longer.
“The ongoing roll-out of mobile technology to officers is helping to free up an extra 250,000 hours of police time to be out on the beat, the equivalent of over an extra 100 officers on duty,” he said.
“By providing high-speed connectivity in vehicles as well, we'll be able to turn police vehicles into hotspots, giving officers, support teams and, in the future, partners vital access to information on the move.”
Health trusts are also testing the service, such as Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which has fitted the devices to ambulances to provide high-speed connectivity when on patrol.
The image below shows the antenna fitted to the top of the ambulance which then connects to a router inside the vehicle.
A second tool announced by EE is Rapid Site. This is primarily aimed at those in the construction sector who often work in locations that, by their nature, lack infrastructure.
Rapid Site works in the same way as Connected Vehicle by turning 4G signals into WiFi, so that workers on the ground can get internet access set up within days, rather than weeks when a fixed line infrastructure is used.
Social housing organisation Green Square is also testing this, and the firm's CEO, Howard Topliss, explained that the ability to get online on site quickly and easily will have numerous benefits.
“If we can get working on a site without waiting for a fixed broadband connection we can save money and build more houses. It’s that simple," he said.
"And being connected reduces contractor rates, reduces travel costs, improves carbon footprint and gives an overall improved productivity.”
EE said that adding more business-oriented services to its portfolio is in response to growing commercial demand for 4G services. Around 75 percent of the company's 500,00-strong business customers now use 4G.
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