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Work Case Study


For most of us work means we get up, travel into the office by car, train or bus, work and then travel home again to start over. Sometimes we go on business trips. But for more and more people, this schedule is changing – working from home is proving more and more popular and effective, business travel is being replaced by tele or videoconference meetings and some companies are encouraging flexible working. For it to be effective the organization must have IT systems that employees can log into remotely, and telephone and potentially videoconferencing services that they can use to speak with colleagues, clients and suppliers. We believe that advances in videoconferencing could make telecommuting more efficient and beneficial and give people in rural locations increased access to economic opportunities.


Economic benefits


U.S. businesses with annual revenues of more than $1 billion can save over $15 billion cumulatively by 2020 as a result of deploying 4 telepresence rooms per company.53


Telepresence’s


real benefit is that it simulates a face-to- face meeting and enables eye contact. Lack of eye contact is one of the main problems associated with the slower than anticipated adoption of video conferencing. Next generation video conferencing is hot on telepresence’s heels, offering lower cost and more portable options that can simulate face to face meetings and replace business travel.


Environmental benefits


The same telepresence analysis showed that this U.S. $15 billion saving was associated with a total of 4.6 million metric tons of carbon savings by 2020. These reductions are equivalent to the annual GHG emissions from almost 880,000 passenger vehicles.53


Social benefits


Working from home and decreasing business travel will mean that people will be able to, should they wish, spend more time in their local community and with their families; as mass commuting subsides people will be able to have more positive social interactions. The time saved through decreased need to travel can be put to good use and, we hope, increase quality of life.


“We have expanded videoconferencing facilities by over 200% throughout our global operations to decrease the carbon dioxide emissions, costs and wasted time associated with business travel. Our investments range from telepresence facilities that simulate face-to- face meetings to in-room Tandberg devices and lap- top based Movi systems. The average monthly usage has more than doubled year on year. These are no longer ‘nice-to-haves’ they are essential to our business operations”


William Thomas, HSBC


53. Carbon Disclosure Project, 2010. The telepresence revolution. Available from https://www.cdproject.net/telepresence-revolution Last accessed June 16th, 2011.


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