May 02, 2011
Overland Park, Kan., May 2, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc (CBRE) have pioneered a 4G-based mobile solution that has doubled the efficiency of Sprint’s formerly time-consuming and costly commercial property inspections.
Sprint inspects 750-plus facilities annually. Each inspection has historically taken about 5 hours to complete or a total of 3,750 hours per year. By using an Android-based CB Richard Ellis mobile application on Sprint’s 4G network, inspectors complete each inspection in roughly 2 1/2 hours, doubling their efficiency.
The mobile application allows users to quickly fill out a site assessment questionnaire and take photos and videos on demand, making them easily -- and instantly, via Sprint’s 4G network -- accessible for viewing by the client’s Real Estate department.
With the time savings that comes with the new CB Richard Ellis application, organizations with thousands of facilities requiring multiple inspections per year can significantly cut costs due to increased efficiency.
The mobile application also has eliminated errors in the inspection process and allowed the client to make more efficient use of field agents to inspect stores across the country.
“We’ve partnered with CBRE for years, and consistently they’ve summoned the right solution for our business when we needed it,” said Brian Jordan, Director of Sprint Real Estate. “This latest retail app is another example. Their efforts – and ingenuity – on our behalf have always been key to Sprint’s achievements over the past couple years in improving customer experience, improving brand perception and increasing our profitability.”
“The combination of Sprint’s 4G network speed and the wonderful quality of the HTC EVO has combined to make our retail store inspection app a great success,” said Tim Dismond, Alliance Director at CBRE. “The quality of the video and the 8 megapixel camera has allowed our technicians to capture pictures and video of store facilities much more quickly than with a checklist and a regular camera. Capturing the condition of our facilities is a much more efficient and effective service that we are now able to provide to our client.”
About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue). The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB
Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our Web
site at www.cbre.com.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 51 million customers at the end of 1Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Mark Bonavia, 913-269-0436