Pay-per-use garden tool pilot with Telenor Connexion
Pilz Automation Ltd
Posted to News on 24th Apr 2017, 14:14

Pay-per-use garden tool pilot with Telenor Connexion

Husqvarna Battery Box - the world's first connected garden toolshed - enables home owners easy access to high-performing battery powered products for the garden. The Internet of Things and the sharing economy are changing the world at a rapid pace, creating new exciting opportunities for companies to explore new business models and new technology while contributing to a more sustainable society.

Pay-per-use garden tool pilot with Telenor Connexion

The Husqvarna Battery Box brings together the concepts of environmental awareness and the sharing economy, and is a part of Husqvarna's commitment to explore innovative and sustainable solutions for taking care of gardens and green spaces. Starting this May, homeowners in Stockholm can access pay-per-use power tools for the garden, eliminating the need to maintain and store hedge trimmers, chainsaws and other tools that are used less frequently.

Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna division says: "People are already sharing homes and cars. To share products that are only used occasionally, like a hedge-trimmer, makes a lot of sense for some users. Husqvarna Battery Box is proof of our commitment to explore new solutions that merge innovation and sustainability, benefitting the homeowner, the community and our distribution network,"

The Husqvarna Battery Box, is a "smart", 8×3m, unattended container with 30 electronic lockers that store battery powered garden care products. Via an iPhone app, homeowners can reserve tools, get instructions, pay, and open the locker to pick up their pre-booked power tool. The "box" will be placed at Bromma Blocks, a shopping centre 15 min west of Stockholm city. Renting a garden care product will cost 350 SEK a day (approx 35 Euros or 38 USD).

Partner ecosystem

Husqvarna Battery Box is the result of a partner ecosystem where Telenor Connexion provides the communication and cloud system bringing on board its partners Flex, Zuora and HiQ. Flex builds the connected box and reports its status on events handled through the cloud with Telenor Connexion. Zuora supplies the subscription payment system and HiQ builds the app and the system needed to bring everything together. The shopping centre Bromma Blocks provides the space for the test.

Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion says: "We are delighted to be part of this innovative and exciting project. For Telenor Connexion the Husqvarna Battery Box is a perfect project to apply our partner ecosystem catered for businesses that want to take on the digital transformation journey. This demonstrates our strength as an enabler of a true end-to-end solution including everything from security to hardware and direct payment from end customers."

This pilot project supports Husqvarna's sustainability agenda to drive the conversion from petrol-powered products to silent battery products with no direct emissions in urban areas. In addition, the purpose is also to test the real-world applications of this technical approach, as well as collect insights on market maturity, customer behaviour, and potential future revenue streams for Husqvarna's distribution network. The test period runs from May 1 to October 31, 2017.

For more information please visit www.telenorconnexion.com.


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