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Save the Planet One Telecommuter at a Time


Sirocom, a virtual network operator in the United Kingdom, has released a study highlighting the value of remote working. The company says its users kept more than 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere by telecommuting earlier this summer.

Sirocom writes its GreenWatch Report and says it aims to keep the planet on track to becoming carbon neutral. During the study, Sirocom says more than 440,000 users saved 4,290 tons of carbon dioxide from being discharged by not traveling or commuting to work.


Beam-Me TV

In the first experiment of its kind, Siemens Communications and German TV programmer GRUNDY Light Entertainment in mid-June connected TV with broadband fixed and mobile networks, linking in viewers live either from home or out and about to participate in a game show. The viewers called in during the show and were beamed into the television studio via video telephony over mobile radio on a UMTS mobile phone or over the fixed network with the aid of the Surpass Home Entertainment solution from Siemens.

The demonstration program, which we recorded at a regular television studio under real-life conditions, showed that video telephony will add a new dimension to television, says Stefan Jenzowsky, head of Business Innovation at Siemens.


OVERHEARD…

IF THE TELCOS, CELLCOS AND CABLECOS SURVIVE WITH THEIR WALLED NETWORKS, IT WILL BE TO THE DETRIMENT OF EVERYONE AND TO THE LARGER ECONOMY.


David S. Isenberg, consultant and keynote speaker at Wi-Fi/VoWi-Fi Planet in June, advocating a nonproprietary, ad hoc customertopia of last-mile connectivity.

Links
David S. Isenberg www.isen.com
Siemens Communications www.siemens.com/communications
Sirocom www.sirocom.com

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