Severn Trent Water selects Azzurri, iPass for field force connectivity

Jan. 6, 2010
ALDRIDGE, England, UK, Jan. 6, 2010 -- Severn Trent Water has signed a three-year agreement with Azzurri Communications for the provision, support and management of a mobility solution for its 1,500 field-based engineers...

• 1,500 Engineers seamlessly connected to new ERP system; Secure and reliable mobile connectivity with iPass

ALDRIDGE, England, UK, Jan. 6, 2010 -- Severn Trent Water, part of FTSE 100 listed Severn Trent Plc, has signed a three year agreement with managed service provider Azzurri Communications for the provision, support and management of a mobility solution, utilizing iPassConnect™ Mobility Manager from iPass® Inc. for its 1,500 field-based engineers.

Severn Trent is in the process of deploying a new corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that will help to drive efficiency and improved productivity throughout the business. Providing mobile access to this system for its field-based engineers is therefore critical. The solution, built on Azzurri's 'Azzurri Roam' service, provides the flexibility for Severn Trent to tailor a mobile solution to their specific needs, ensuring user acceptance is high from the outset.

The 'Azzurri Roam' service uses the award-winning iPassConnect Mobility Manager software to provide Severn Trent's engineers with secure access to business-critical applications over iPass' network. iPassConnect provides a simple, consistent connection experience across the world's largest virtual network of 3G mobile broadband, over 140,000 Wi-Fi and Ethernet locations and dial-up covering over 165 countries.

Other mobile users at Severn Trent Water will also be given access to the service, which will provide business continuity benefits and more predictable costs for those who travel extensively.

Myron Hrycyk, Chief Information Officer for Severn Trent Water, said: "Our key requirements were to ensure reliable 3G coverage across the large region we serve, to provide a consistent and intuitive experience for our users and to have the ability to monitor and manage connection performance. We chose Azzurri and iPass to help us do that because of their combined experience with other FTSE 100 companies and their record of delivering commercially viable, robust and user-friendly solutions."

Jason Standerwick, Sales and Marketing Director for Azzurri Communications, said: "Our 'Azzurri Roam' managed service is seeing increased market traction with 25% of the FTSE 100 choosing it as their preferred mobility solution. We believe this is because it has two major benefits for our customers: access to detailed analysis through our portal which ensures effective cost control, and no need for any capital expenditure on equipment."

"Mobility is a strategically important part of Severn Trent's operations, and we are very pleased that Severn Trent Water has acknowledged iPass as a leader in the enterprise mobility services space by choosing iPass," said Azadar Shah, sales director, UK & Ireland, at iPass. "This project highlights the ongoing strength of our partnership with Azzurri Communications and our commitment to provide enterprise mobility services that deliver a simple and smart connection experience for the user while ensuring a secure and cost-effective solution for IT management."

About Severn Trent Water
Severn Trent Water is a member of the Severn Trent Group of companies. Severn Trent Plc is an international utility services and environmental solutions company. Severn Trent Water provides high quality water and sewerage services to over 3.7 million households and businesses across the Midlands and mid-Wales.

About Azzurri Communications
Azzurri is a leading managed services company delivering flexible voice, data, mobile and contact centre solutions. We specialise in integrating all three disciplines of voice, data and mobile to provide managed connectivity from cloud to desktop, and deliver business services at every level from audit, analysis and design to implementation, support, ongoing management and cost saving. With increased agility our customers gain a competitive edge, and with dramatic savings and management information they have total control of their communications infrastructure. Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 and is headquartered in the UK, offering global access to sales, service and support to customers in 130 countries.

About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises and individuals unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity. With iPass software and services, enterprise customers can create easy-to-use wireless and broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with web-based management, security validation, and unified billing. Mobile Individuals get global business-class connectivity in a simple and affordable package. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, award-winning mobility manager software, and in-the-cloud platform. The iPass global virtual network unifies hundreds of wireless, broadband and dial-up providers in over 165 countries. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including Ford, Nokia, and Proctor and Gamble. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. iPassConnect™ is a trademark of iPass Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


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