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Hygiene Firm Cuts CO2 Emissions With M2M Technology

Cleaning specialist Zenith Hygiene Group has cut its CO2 emissions by almost 600 tonnes a year, thanks to TomTom's fleet management technology.

Zenith carries out around 1,000 deliveries a day through its network of 119 vehicles. In a bid to promote efficiency and eco-friendly driver behaviour, the company decided to install TomTom's tracking, navigation and ecoPLUS devices across its vehicle fleet .

The technology, which is connected to the internet via Vodafone's machine-to-machine (M2M) services, allows Zenith to track vehicle usage and fuel consumption. As a result, Zenith has reportedly been able to minimise incidents of speeding and run a more efficient fleet operation.

According to a study by global sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Zenith has reduced its CO2 emissions by 28 percent across its 61-strong lorry fleet - equivalent to 597 tonnes of CO2 or 1,000 return lorry trips between London and Manchester.

"In financial terms, it is estimated that if Zenith Hygiene continues at the current level of fuel efficiency, it could save in the region of £218,000 per year on fuel costs, with a further potential £50,000 on reduced maintenance costs," ERM reported.

M2M is the technology behind the Internet of Things that could enable smart cities of the future. It allows electronic devices to communicate with one another for management and monitoring, and to provide services.

The number of worldwide M2M connections is growing exponentially, with some forecasts as high as 50 billion by 2020. These connections are expected to reside within virtually every major market category - from healthcare to transportation and energy to agriculture.

Logistics firms such as UPS already use M2M in their vehicle fleets to optimise driving routes and provide live package tracking information for customers, and several insurance companies now offer usage-based insurance packages which set rates based on actual driving habits.

"Mobile technology is enabling people to adopt lower carbon ways of operating, living and working," said Erik Brenneis, head of Vodafone Global M2M. "The efficiency gains and costs savings made by Zenith provide compelling evidence for business investment in advanced fleet management technology."

Last month, a consortium of ICT standards development bodies announced plans to set up a new global organisation to ensure the efficient deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications systems.

The specifications developed by oneM2M will provide a common M2M service layer that can be embedded within various hardware and software, and connect the myriad of devices in the field, according to the consortium.

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