Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 63 | Page 10


EfficiencyIT and 8x8 to deliver transformative unified communications project

It will provide Motus with an integrated technology suite that delivers a seamless employee experience , helping to drive workforce collaboration and optimisation and future-proofing the businesses for the hybrid working environment .

EfficiencyIT , a specialist in data centres , IT and critical communications environments , has secured a new contract to deliver a Digital Transformation project for Motus Commercials , the UK ’ s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group , and Motus Vehicle Solutions , the group ’ s specialist body shop , tail lift and vehicle parts supply business .

The project will see EfficiencyIT deploy 8x8 ’ s award-winning Unified Communications platform to transform the customer experience , improve customer service and retention rates and drive operational and cost efficiencies across both businesses .
Motus Commercials and Motus Vehicle Solutions ( MVS ) are part of South African-owned Motus Group which holds several subsidiaries in the UK automotive industry . Motus Commercials sells and maintains commercial vehicles for some of the world ’ s leading brands , including DAF Trucks , Fiat Professional , Ford Commercials , Isuzu Trucks , Isuzu Pick-Ups , Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Maxus . It also has its own dedicated used van business called Motus Select . Motus Commercials forms the country ’ s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group , with more than 1,200 employees and 30 offices across England , Scotland and Wales .
8x8 ’ s cloud communications solution will provide Motus with a highly automated , simplified and collaborative communications solution that offers a seamless customer engagement and service journey . This is underpinned by the industry ’ s only financially backed 99.999 % uptime service-level-agreement ( SLA ) across its integrated cloud Unified Communications-as-a-Service ( UCaaS ) and Contact Centreas-a-Service ( CCaaS ) platforms .

Thales and Schiebel to deliver eyes in the sky for Royal Navy

Thales , a global technology leader , and Schiebel , an aviation and aerospace component manufacturer , have been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver a game-changing rotary wing Uncrewed Air System ( UAS ) to provide a protective ‘ eye in the sky ’ capability for Royal Navy warships .

The contract for the Peregrine system will see a rotary-powered UAS , fitted with powerful naval surveillance sensors suite , deployed to help protect a Type 23 frigate on operational tasking .
International navies now find themselves increasingly threatened by a range of hostile platforms , often in congested maritime environments . The ability for an uncrewed rotary aircraft that can launch quickly and then provide long-range mission endurance and the ability to find , fix , track and identify targets will bring additional protection for the ship and its crew , gaining them invaluable time to prepare and respond .
Thales will act as the lead systems integrator for the programme that brings together an unrivalled combination of proven UAS capability from Schiebel and a range of high precision intelligence , surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and systems from Thales .
Schiebel will provide its operationally proven CAMCOPTER S-100 , a highly-effective uncrewed air system which already has more than 100,000 operating hours , including demanding deck-launched operations in challenging winds and sea states .
The S-100 ’ s sensors , supported by an Automatic Identification System and fused together with the CarteNav AIMS Mission System provides the operator the ability to detect and identify unknown targets quickly .
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