Vodafone teams with Emergency One to create smart fire engines


Fleet will have computers installed that connect to operator’s 4G enabled IoT network to provide a range of information from each vehicle 

Vodafone have partnered up with special vehicles manufacturer Emergency One to roll out smart fire engines in time for Christmas.

In addition to the radio system currently installed in all search and rescue vehicles, the new ‘e1Fleet’ will have computers installed that connect to Vodafone’s 4G-enabled Internet of Things network providing Fleet Management and Emergency One information from each vehicle.

The new systems will also run diagnostics which allow Emergency One to check over the vehicle and therefore save a significant amount of time and money spent on maintenance.

Fleet management and Central Command will also be able to track the location of the vehicles, the speed they are travelling at and the amount of fuel they are consuming which can all be vital information when more than one vehicle is travelling to a location.

Efficiency and reliability

Vodafone director of IoT Ivo Rook said: “We are delighted to be working with Emergency One to improve the efficiency and reliability of Fire and Rescue vehicles up and down the country.”

Emergency One produces around 150 vehicles each year, which are used by 82 per cent of all UK fire and rescue services.

Project manager Elliot Boyce said: “Teaming up with Vodafone, we are proud of our innovative e1Fleet Telematics System which is used by a number of fire and rescue services around the UK.

“Our system has proved successful in allowing us to continually monitor the fire vehicles and provide a quick response to any issues that may arise.”