From Fortune 500 companies to food trucks, technology is constantly transforming the way we do business. Two local companies are leading that charge with new innovations that have advanced their businesses and the quality of services they offer. TransCare Medical Transportation and Caldeco Mechanical Services, along with three other finalists, were recently recognized during Verizon’s Wireless Technology Innovation Awards<http://www.vzwinnovationawards.com/>. TransCare was named the overall winner, receiving a $10,000 prize, while Caldeco was named runner-up and awarded a $5,000 prize.
In its second year, the competition was open to any small to mid-size business located in Tampa Bay with up to 500 employees. Contest entrants were required to submit written summaries explaining business challenges and demonstrating how they creatively implemented Verizon Wireless solutions to solve problems. Verizon received more than 120 award entries from a variety of local businesses.
“The Wireless Technology Innovation Award was created to showcase our powerful answers to business challenges,” said Karen Knapp, business sales director for Verizon’s Florida region. “When our customers use Verizon technology to make an impact, we couldn’t be more pleased.”
TransCare, a provider of both 911 ambulance and transportation services, was able to reduce average response times from 15 minutes to 10 and increase monthly patient traffic by 40 percent since 2009 with the use of mobile technology. TransCare leveraged Verizon’s mobile Wi-Fi solution to equip each ambulance with internet capability, feeding GPS coordinates of each ambulance back to a dispatch center.
Caldeco, a heating and air conditioning service provider for homes and businesses in the Tampa Bay Area, leveraged Verizon’s 4G LTE network to enable GPS to track technicians’ locations and schedule appointments more efficiently. The company also equipped technicians with 4G LTE tablets, allowing them to access customer and product information as well as process payments at the swipe of a finger.
Other finalists included Creative Sign Designs, which used Verizon Wireless tablets to record time and materials, access directions, capture photos of jobs post-installation, and input data into a new end-to-end system. Freedom Boat Club was another finalist that implemented tablets in dock operations to have real-time access to member reservations and billings for fuel usage and damages.
Verizon is continuously working to build powerful answers and innovative solutions to address the world’s biggest challenges. Through its Innovation Centers<http://innovation.verizon.com/>, Verizon is helping companies develop these solutions that tap the power of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network—the fastest, most advanced 4G network in America.
For more information on the Wireless Technology Innovation Awards contest, visit www.vzwinnovationawards.com<http://www.vzwinnovationawards.com>.