O2 Business Launches Suite of IoT Safeguarding Solutions for Businesses

O2 Business | August 19, 2020

O2 Business is rolling out a suite of innovative digital services for businesses to help the nation get back to work safely in a COVID-19 world. The services, which will enable fast, secure and safe access into and around the workplace, will also help give the UK public safer access to gyms, restaurants and other leisure activities by helping to manage the risk of contamination.

As lockdown eases, many businesses are understandably facing operational challenges and anxieties about the return to work, with The British Chambers of Commerce calling for companies to install “crystal-clear official guidance” on safety.

To help businesses adapt and ensure workplaces, and other customer-facing businesses, are safe to open up their doors – O2 has partnered with specialists at Bell Integration to launch a suite of IoT safeguarding solutions for businesses.

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For too long, IT has been thought of as a cost center, where the increased demands and shrinking budgets put it at odds with being responsive to new business requirements. The role of the CIO and IT as a whole has been in a state of flux – outsourcing, cloud computing (often in the form of stealth IT), and a heavy focus on reducing costs typically meant that infrastructure is aging and internal resources spend most of the time fighting fires and optimizing environments, at the cost of any new initiatives or enhancements. Now is the time for IT to take its place as a critical driver to business success by creating a modern data center. The authors of this book have real life experience as both IT practitioners and years of educating IT communities on transformational technologies.

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Zyter | December 14, 2021

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By 2026, there will be 23 Billion IoT Connections, Presenting New Threat Vectors and Generating US$16 Billion in IoT Security Revenue

ABI Research | April 21, 2021

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