Tele2 Netherlands to provide remote-monitoring service to Feenstra

Dutch telecoms operator Tele2 Netherlands says it has signed an agreement with energy services provider Feenstra that includes the provision of remote-monitoring services for security and alarm systems.

Among other things, Feenstra (Lelystad, Netherlands) installs gas-powered boilers in customer homes and the Tele2 service will ensure these systems can be read remotely by Feenstra employees.

Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) is to install SIM cards in appliances, and Feenstra says the operator’s roaming agreements with competitors will ensure that the strongest signal is used to convey data at each location.

Feenstra’s statement indicates that it saw Tele2’s roaming capability as a distinct advantage over other solutions it was considering.

The company also suggested that remote monitoring services might have other applications.

“Together with Tele2 , we have been looking at how we can continuously improve our operations,” said Henjo Groenewegen, the chief executive of Feenstra. “If we can always see where our mechanics are, we can optimize our logistics planning at any time.”

“We are not only faster to our customers, but also can more accurately predict when we will be there,” he added.

Nevertheless, the deal also includes the provision of telecoms services other than remote monitoring.

According to Tele2’s statement, the operator will provide fixed lines in Feenstra offices and mobile services for more than 1,500 technicians moving about the country on a daily basis.

Headquartered in Sweden, Tele2 has made expansion into M2M services a strategic priority, having launched a dedicated global M2M business as recently as November last year.

In launching the business, Tele2 said it would aim to compete on price – among other things – and target opportunities in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in the first instance.

The operator subsequently signed a deal to use an M2M platform developed by Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), which supplies its products to a number of leading global operators.

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