Cognito, the managed mobile data provider that two years ago migrated its entire customer base to an advanced GPRS based solution, has announced that it has rolled out its 10,000th active subscriber. This figure represents a doubling of the Cognito subscriber base since January 2003, reflecting the growing market trend in uptake of mobile data services. Gartner predicts that by 2010, 80 per cent of key business processes will involve the exchange of real-time information involving mobile workers.
The 10,000 subscriber mark was exceeded during the recent roll out of 1000 mobile units for courier company, CitySprint. This contract is representative of a number of recent large orders to be secured by Cognito, and is one of its first major contracts in the courier sector, with mobile units deployed across CitySprint's couriers, including van drivers and motorcyclists.
Founded in 1992 Cognito was the first company in the UK to be awarded a licence to run a radio network for data transmission. Today, the company carries over 500,000 individual messages per day across all four of the major GPRS networks. Delivering all messages through a controlled real-time environment, Cognito's network processes close to 50,000 messages per hour during peak periods.
Commenting on the achievement, Managing Director, Steve Alderson said: "Our belief is that implementing effective mobile workflow solutions offers enormous potential for organisations, not just to maintain their position, but to accelerate growth and take their business to another level."
This view is supported by Gartner research which indicates that enterprises already basing key processes on a rich IT infrastructure can reap the highest ROI though mobile extensions of these applications.
Alderson continues: "Furthermore, traditional markets for mobile data services, such as facilities and service management, are now being joined by other market sectors which recognise the real business opportunities that effectively deployed and managed solutions can deliver. As the provider of choice for mobile solutions we are also enabling a growing partner base to enhance the benefits delivered through their business management applications."
In the past 6 months Cognito has secured contracts within many new sectors including Highways contractor Siemens Traffic Controls, Blick, the Stanley Security Solutions company, local government organisations such as Peterborough City Council as well as courier companies such as CitySprint.