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October 2011 | Adam Leach
data and more efficient fleet management, made possible through wireless
applications, are cutting costs and carbon emissions, a report has found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See the next issue of SM
(November) for help on improving fuel efficiency