Finnish engineering and services company KONE has selected compatriot DNA to provide WLAN services for “hundreds” of offices worldwide.

As part of the three year contract, DNA will take charge of the design, installation and maintenance of WLAN networking for KONE, which is best known for lifts and escalators.

Antti Koskelin, CIO at KONE, said: “We are constantly seeking ways to work smarter and do things better.

"Providing an easy-to-use, reliable and secure wireless network for our employees and people visiting our offices worldwide is a natural part of this goal.”

Hannu Rokka, Senior Vice President at DNA Corporate Business, added: “The role of WLAN in corporate network solutions is increasingly significant.

"A recent telecommunications industry review report states that up to 75 percent of fixed network connections are used through WLAN."

KONE owns more than one million elevators and escalators across 60 countries.

The company contracted Orange Business Services last year to provide contact centre solutions for a number of sites across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

It also has an M2M deal with Vodafone for remote monitoring and maintenance scheduling, with the UK operator supplying SIM cards for each KONE lift, enabling the Finnish outfit to gauge the usage of its lifts, and the wear of their components.

Earlier this month, DNA won a contract to provide “thousands” of M2M subscriptions to water company Econet to monitor water consumption, pressure and quality, as well as to detect leaks.

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