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Vodafone is the largest mobile communications provider in Germany with almost 48 million switched mobile communications cards (as of the 1st quarter of 2019). According to the Statista Report, an average of more than 13,400 employees work in Germany.
IOX developed a smart scale for Vodafone that detects the fill level of CO2 cartridges and automatically sends a notification to the facility management via a narrowband module in time. The cartridge can then be replaced in a predictive, demand-oriented manner. As an innovative company, Vodafone is setting standards in the field of digitisation.
Final development of the (CO2 )-scales
Installation of an automated notification system
Production of (CO2 )-balances
Validation and testing
The company's facility management is faced with the challenge of constantly optimising processes and ensuring, among other things, a smooth supply of employees. To this end, it is important that bubble cartridges are available throughout the entire building complex at all times to supply employees with drinking water. IOX developed a smart scale for Vodafone that detects the fill level of CO2 cartridges and automatically sends a notification to the facility management via a narrowband module. The cartridge can then be replaced in a predictive and demand-oriented manner. As an innovative company, Vodafone is setting standards in the field of digitisation.
Initially, scales were developed as prototypes and tested for market readiness. First, a suitable design was created and produced in a 3D printer. In coordination with the design, IOX's electrical engineers developed a circuit and connection for load cells. These are pressure sensors that are responsible for measuring the filling quantity of the CO2 cartridges. In order to automatically indicate almost empty CO2 bottles, a mail-based threshold value notification at >5% fill level was developed, which is based on a narrowband module. As soon as a CO2 cartridge approaches the empty level, an alarm is triggered and visually displayed on a dashboard. This significantly minimizes waiting times during replacement and every cartridge change is carried out just in time and on demand. The time saved by facility management can be used for other tasks so that productivity gains can be achieved in any case.
The Vodafone project showed the main advantages of the IoT solution. By digitizing the processes, it was possible to save costs and increase productivity. The solution can be rolled out campus-wide and internationally and can be supplemented with further components at any time so that an integrated logistics process can be mapped.
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