Wireless technology saves on cash and carbon emissions

12 October 2011

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12 October 2011 | Adam Leach

Better data and more efficient fleet management, made possible through wireless applications, are cutting costs and carbon emissions, a report has found.

Industry body CTIA and sustainability research organisation BSR yesterday published Wireless and the environment: A review of opportunitiesand challenges. It said technological applications that provide data on road conditions to help drivers avoid traffic jams and enable companies to gather detailed information on its fleet are improving efficiency.

A case study in the report explained that by installing a telemetrics system for 37 per cent of its US fleet to measure vehicle speed, the number of turns made, time spent idle and time spent in reverse, UPS was able to save 680,000 gallons of fuel. The data enabled the company to lower fuel usage by 90,000 gallons by cutting idle engine time and 590,000 gallons by reducing the number of stops per mile.

The report also revealed that Lancashire-based company, Neales Waste Management generated annual cost savings of £50,000 and reduced carbon emissions by 9.7 million tonnes after using a wireless tracking and routing system.

Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA, said: “This report is another piece of evidence for why the wireless industry needs more spectrum as more companies of all sizes continue to use mobile products and services to drive efficiencies that benefit their customers and the environment.”

The report, which also features case studies on the role of wireless technology in increasing efficiency in the energy, agriculture and public sectors, claims that it can create billions of dollars in energy savings and reshape the industrial approach to sustainability in the US.

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