Econet Connected Car scoops top award

HARARE - Econet Connected Car scooped the ‘‘Most Innovative Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring Company of the Year Award” at the  Zimbabwe Private Security Awards dinner held at the Rainbow Towers hotel in Harare on Friday night.

Econet Connected Car is a business unit of the Econet Connected Lifestyle property and vehicle security services division, a strategic business unit of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe.

It uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to provide security services for private and public clients.

At the awards dinner, the company was picked from a strong field of private security firms, some of which have been in the security business much longer than Econet Connected Car, to clinch the coveted prize in the Most Innovative Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring Company category.

Speaking soon after receiving the award, Econet Connected Car general manager Shepherd Hondoyemoto said he was humbled and delighted by the recognition of his organisation’s work and its impact on the market.

“We are truly humbled to have been nominated for the awards, and to come first in the Most Innovative Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring Company category,” he said.

“We believe we have an exceptional product that offers great convenience, helps to manage costs, prolongs the lifespan of transport assets and offers great value for our clients,” said Hondoyemoto, whose product lines include Prestige Vehicle Management (PVM) and standard Fleet Management.

“We therefore would like to dedicate this award to all our valued clients, who believe in us and have embraced our product. To them we owe a tonne of gratitude for choosing us,” he added.

“I also want to dedicate this recognition to our team of relentless and hard-working staff members, without whose drive and customer-focus we would not have won this award.”

Econet Connected Care has taken the market by storm since its inception and is popular with large corporates and medium size companies, State Enterprises and Parastatals (SEPs), local authorities, government departments, and haulage and trucking companies.

So far and wide has its reach and penetration been, it even serves marine-based customers in need of keeping track of their boats in lake Kariba.

The Zimbabwe Private Security Awards were organised by the CEO Magazine under the theme, “Celebrating Excellence in the Private Security Industry”.

It featured South African security expert Manabela Chauke, CEO of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority of South Africa (PSIRA), as the guest of honour.

Commending the winners, Chauke called upon private security companies to continue maintaining high security standards and to continuously work on introducing innovative products that give business and private clients peace of mind.

Speaking on behalf of the organisers of the event, Chipo Mapungwana, the editor of CEO Magazine, said competition in the private security sector would spur the industry players to think outside the box and provide products and services that address the customers’ needs and create stakeholder value.

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