Intelligent Sustainability for homes and businesses thanks to JT’s acquisition of technology automation company Zero1

JT has recently expanded its intelligent engineering and home automation service offering by acquiring Jersey-based company, Zero1. Founded in 2010, Zero1 made its name as a leading designer and supplier of environment and entertainment automation systems for homes and business in the Channel Islands.

Partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and using Jersey’s world-class full-fibre network, Zero1 designs and installs intelligent lighting and shading, security, heating and entertainment systems which fit seamlessly into homes and businesses. As more homes become workplaces and home schools, they need to be capable of running the smart applications and connected devices needed to keep our lives and economy going. Zero1’s tailor-made solutions combined with JT’s world-class fibre network and resources, will support making those places more efficient, comfortable, economic and sustainable.

Daragh McDermott, Managing Director of JT Channel Islands, said: “JT’s purpose is to connect our customers and enable their sustainable future. We have a proven track record in bringing products and services to market before our competitors, and Zero1 provides us with an opportunity to move into the exciting and growing world of ‘Smart’, automated and sustainable living. Having one of the fastest broadband networks in the world, JT and Zero1 can now bring our solutions past the router into homes and businesses, improving sustainability, efficiency, comfort and productivity. Services like this rely on the superior connectivity our fibre network provides and this is just another way of maximizing the potential of our islands network.

“Amongst many benefits of this joining together, will be combining the knowledge and design expertise of Zero1 with the engineering resources and capabilities of JT. For example we can now use green technology to create sustainable buildings that keep track of our energy and water consumption and then decrease it through automation and connectivity. This will reduce environmental impact, contributing to the island’s target to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2030.”

For more information on Zero 1 visit www.zero1.je



JT provides Macmillan Jersey with lifeline digital equipment to continue supporting vulnerable islanders

Research from Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK shows an estimate of around 2,000 people a week are going undiagnosed and nearly half of cancer patients have had their treatment changed, cancelled or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Macmillan Jersey wants to remind islanders that health services are still open for other concerns and conditions too. With JT’s help, the local charity has made various operational changes and by using the powers of technology has continued helping islanders and their families at home and away throughout.

To be able to support Jersey patients and their families from a safe distance, JT has helped Macmillan Jersey by providing the charity with Cloud PBX technology, a phone system accessed through the internet, which enables the Macmillan Team to work remotely and continue emotional support and wellbeing services for patients and their families.

To make sure families stay connected to their loved ones while they undergo treatment and care away from home, JT will be loaning a number of basic mobile phone which will have incoming and outgoing calls and texts included free of charge. JT will also be loaning some portable mobile Wi-Fi devices which connect to the patient’s loan mobile phone to enable the use of free Wi-Fi.

Lauren Perchard-Rees, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey, said: “We are so thankful to JT for providing this lifeline equipment for our teams and patients to remain connected. It will make a tangible difference to their lives and improve the overall wellbeing of patients separated from loved ones due to self-isolating or ongoing treatment. Cancer affects the lives of so many of us, in so many challenging ways and we’re grateful at Macmillan Jersey that we can continue to operate. Charities have been hit hard due to Covid-19 and we need the support of our local community to enable us to continue helping islanders and their families living with and beyond cancer.”

Tamara O Brien, Group Head of Customer Experience for JT, said: “Part of our purpose at JT is keeping our customers connected and doing the very best we can for our people and our communities. We are all proud to support Macmillan Jersey, helping them to maintain their services in supporting islanders living with cancer and keeping patients in touch with their families. We know now more than ever how vital digital technology is, which, for many has been the only way of communicating with family and friends during lockdown. During such challenging times, it’s important we help those most vulnerable and raise awareness of the excellent work Macmillan Jersey does in caring for our loved ones within our community.”



Five interesting facts about Wi-Fi on World Wi-Fi Day

Today is World Wi-Fi Day. This year we’re feeling more grateful than ever for Wi-Fi, as it’s played a huge part in helping us live and work through ‘lockdown’ these past few months.

By connecting the devices from our homes to the internet, we’ve been able to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues and customers and adjust to a new virtual world. It’s safe to say that 2020 is the year of Wi-Fi.

But how much do we really know about this industry-defining technology? Here are our five favorite (and fun) facts about Wi-Fi.

 

1. Wi-Fi originates from Hawaii
While the UK can stake some claim to the birth of the internet — thanks to English computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee — the use of Wi-Fi dates back to 1971, and the tropics of Hawaii. The pioneering ALOHAnet, which connected the Hawaiian islands, was the world's first wireless packet data network. From this small corner of the world, ALOHAnet and the ALOHA protocol went on to inspire the creation of Ethernet and Wi-Fi technology.

 

2. “Wi-Fi” doesn't mean what you think it means
Wi-Fi is short for "Wireless Fidelity", right? Think again. This is actually a widely circulated, false piece of information. Wi-Fi was simply designed as a name and logo by Wi-Fi Alliance back in 1999 and the term has no real meaning.

 

3. Over 432 Million Wi-Fi hotspots
According to Cisco Visual Networking Index – globally, total public Wi-Fi hotspots will grow sevenfold from 2015 to 2020, from 64.2 million in 2015 to 432.5 million by the end of 2020.

 

4. Your home is a Wi-Fi blocker
Weak Wi-Fi signal at home? Blocker materials in your home are the most likely cause of obstructions to your Wi-Fi signal; including metal, brick and wood – basically your home itself! Often the ‘problem’ isn’t your internet connection to the home, but the signal within your home because of this. So, the best thing you can do is to contact your service provider to find out what solutions they can offer to improve the distribution of your Wi-Fi signal into those hard to reach places the signal from your router doesn't quite hit.

 

5. Over 7 billion devices are connected to Wi-Fi
Take a minute to count the different smart devices you have in your home. The use of Wi-Fi in the UK is staggering, with 94% of adults stating they have a wireless internet connection. Across the world, this totals close to 7 billion internet-connected devices and by World Wi-Fi Day 2021, that number will be a lot higher.