Orange’s enterprise arm has won a deal to provide IoT connectivity services across seven European countries to car rental company Hertz.
The three-year deal will see Orange Business Services help to speed up the deployment of Hertz 24/7, an hourly rental service, in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
For businesses, Hertz deploys “technology-enabled” fleets in one or multiple countries that can be booked by employees on the phone, online or using an app.
For the retail market, users can pick up vehicles from car parks at retailers such as B&Q, Costco, IKEA and Leroy Merlin to take home their purchases.
OBS said its IoT platform meant Hertz could centralise the management of SIM cards and services with one provider.
On the services side, the France-based operator will provide a voice offering that gives customers a direct line to the Hertz contact centre.
Fabrice Genty, Senior Director, Car Sharing Operations at Hertz, said: “Our partnership with Orange Business Services is an ideal step for us as we embrace the future and take on new digital technologies that improve customer service.”
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
OBS’s IoT connectivity services are part of its Datavenue offering, which Orange launched outside of France for the first time last October in a bid to help enterprises develop IoT products.