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Utopia Technology Seminar Brings Smart Tech Advice for Business Everywhere and a Revelation from a World Leader

Utopia Technology joined forces with Huawei, the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, to look at how companies can gain a business advantage by deploying faster and smarter technology solutions.

Huawei and Utopia have a track record in working with customers who use smart technology to make real-time data-driven decisions across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, transport, health, retail, agriculture and education.

Deployed properly, advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence can lead to huge productivity and efficiency improvements.

Delegates at the seminar heard first-hand from a panel of experts and companies on the impact this leading-edge smart technology can have on their businesses.

The ‘Grow Your Business Through Smart Tech’ event, attracted over 70 attendees at the Manchester base of Business Cloud online magazine.

The keynote speaker was Chris Hill, director of Huawei UK, who explained how businesses can be better connected for increased efficiency and smoother operations.

Chris Grannell, Urban Zoo

Chris Grannell, Urban Zoo

400% Increase in Contact Monetisation

Delegates also heard from Chris Smedley, co-founder and CEO at Landways and Urban Zoo founder and managing director Chris Grannell. Together they explained how businesses can benefit from wide area Wi-Fi, and implement smart software to improve engagement and strengthen the link between contact and sales.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion featuring Utopia Technology’s commercial director Chris Sulej; Leanne Holmes, operations director, Crane Payment Innovations; and Damian Cross, head of technology and engineering development, Peel Ports.

Sulej said, “We were delighted at the numbers of influential businesses who joined us at our seminar.

“Huawei UK md Robert Yang was good enough to attend and make himself available to talk to interested parties. And there were plenty of those.”

Chris Hill used the seminar as an opportunity to announce that Huawei plans to move into new offices in Manchester in response to surging demand from local and regional clients. He said that the majority of the talent would be recruited locally.

The number of presenters called Chris continued as Chris Smedley and Chris Grannell talked about how their two companies are helping businesses and other organisations to deliver Wi-Fi in densely populated areas such as shopping malls and football stadia. Working with Urban Zoo has seen Everton increase their in-stadium monetisation of fans increase 4-fold in just three years.

In the panel discussions, Leanne Holmes explained how Crane Payment Innovations has embedded smart technology across its business including using sensors in their vending machines that generate real-time analytics that enable businesses to make better decisions.


Damian Cross said that Peel Ports Port of Liverpool has invested £20 million in new technology which uses state of the art identification technologies to manage gate operations, ensuring that all containers and trucks are automatically identified before entering or exiting the terminal, reducing time on site for lorries from 55 minutes to an average of just 30.

Chris Sulej added, “This seminar was staged by us as part of our mission to bring the benefits of smart technology to businesses in every business sector.

“Response to the event has been extremely complimentary and we will definitely repeat the format across the UK.

“We firmly believe that every business regardless of size, market sector or in-house facility must embrace digital transformation or flounder.

“At Utopia, we are perfectly placed to help with that transformation.”

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