With new expectations for the companies being set, Inrego found the way to turn the new complex legislative paradigm into an opportunity. By using technology they have managed to give their customers a peace of mind they deserve.
Minifinder powered by Tele2 IoT – adding an extra security dimension
That end-to-end solution is where the partnership between Tele2 IoT and cutting-edge IoT company Minifinder comes into play. Through their positioning technology Minifinder helps companies optimize and streamline their fleet. For Inrego Minifinder provides GPS trackers that are placed in every transport cabinet, allowing Inrego to track the movement of devices from the moment they leave a company until the moment they arrive at the secure Inrego facilities. And without Tele2 IoT’s connectivity none of it would work.
“Tele2 IoT’s connectivity allows us to ensure that our devices work anywhere in the world and at all times,” says Dean Maros, Founder of Minifinder. “This is a great benefit for Inrego, because they can easily track the devices they’re transporting at any location, as well as draw geographical areas and paths for the transport trucks – and if those areas are deviated from Inrego is immediately alerted. This ensures the entire process is secure and gives peace of mind to everyone.”
Experiencing the first benefits from starting their IoT journey
It was only in 2017 that Inrego began its IoT journey but already it’s been transformative for the business.
“The solution provided by Mindfinder and Tele2 IoT has been a game changer,” says Ulf Berglund. “It is imperative that sensitive information is kept secure during the transport, but with the GPS trackers and the connectivity we’ve added that extra layer of security that we were missing – and it’s changed everything.”
While many companies understand the importance of wiping data from computers they don’t always see phones the same way, despite these being full of emails and other data that they want to keep secure.
“We work with all IT devices,” says Ulf Berglund. “And we’re trying to encourage our customers to treat all of them the same. At Inrego our secure processes wipe all data from any device, so companies can be sure that their information is kept safe.”
The IoT solution brought to Inrego by Mindfinder and Tele2 IoT also increases efficiency and profitability
“We can now see exactly where things are located,” says Ulf Berglund. “For example, if our cabinets filled with devices have been standing too long we can contact the client and find out what is wrong. Because of this we get better rotation of products by getting the devices into our facilities more quickly, and can turn around more products in a shorter amount of time.”
It’s the combination of security, sustainability, innovation, and an eye on the bottom line that has driven Inrego to 20% year-on-year growth for nearly a decade, and it’s that magical combo that will help them continue on their trajectory.
A business caring about the future generations
“From a budget perspective a school or company can buy around twice times as many computers from us as they would if they were buying new,” says Erik Pettersson, Sustainability Manager at Inrego. “And from a sustainable point of view they are doing something that is beneficial for the planet and for everyone’s future, so it’s win-win for everyone.”
Inrego always sends a settlement report to clients. The report includes data wiping certification, a financial report with the value of the products, and an environmental report with carbon dioxide savings.
“To put it in real terms, CO2 savings for one reused desktop is 109 kilos,” says Erik Pettersson . “For a laptop it’s 69 kilos, and for a smartphone 27 kilos. So what we’re doing is having a real impact that everyone can be a part of.”
A group of independent schools in Sweden buy both re-used computers from Inrego and then sell them back to the company when they need to be replaced.
“We used to lease equipment but that only worked if we handed computers back that were in top shape,” says Ole Lidegran, CTO at Lärande i Sverige. “With 4500 students in 17 school across Sweden, you can imagine that that didn’t always work. It’s important that we not only have computers that work but that we can keep them up-to-date.
“With Inrego, the money we save is reinvested into the schools and we’re ensured of up-to-date IT devices. And equally important, we’ve been able to reduce our climate impact by 67 tonnes of carbon dioxide – enough energy to power 270 apartments in a year.”
Inrego is always preparing for new advances in technology and knows that within three years of new tech being introduced it will end up at their facility.
“Ten years ago we didn’t have smartphones and five years ago we didn’t have Chromebooks, but we’re always ready for what’s coming down the pipeline,” says Ulf Berglund. “We also know that the need to securely wipe data from IT devices will continue to grow, and that more and more companies are keen to lower their environmental footprint. Those two factors, combined with providing organizations, companies, schools and consumers with well-priced and reliable products will continue to drive our business.
“And with our new IoT solution from Minifinder and Tele2 IoT we are confident that we can offer the most secure solution around.”