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Carbon Cutter: Teliris Telepresence Highlighted as 'Best Practice' for Sustainable IT

December 6, 2007 | John Serrao

Teliris.jpgTeliris telepresence technology has been highlighted as 'best practice' for sustainable IT in a new report launched in the House of Commons by the environmental charity Global Action Plan.

The new report, entitled 'An Inefficient Truth,' reviews the impact of business use of IT on the environment and promotes best practices. Developed with input from IT chiefs across the UK, including the British Medical Association (BMA), Sony UK, John Lewis, E.ON UK, CQS, the University of Cumbria and Lloyds TSB, the report highlights how international media company Pearson has used Teliris telepresence to improve its operational effectiveness and save over 800 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

Trewin Restorick, director of Global Action Plan and chair of the EILT, comments, "ICT equipment currently accounts for 3-4% of the world's carbon emissions, and 10% of the UK's energy bill. With a carbon footprint now equal to the aviation industry, ICT, and how businesses utilise ICT, will increasingly come under the spotlight as governments seek to achieve carbon-cutting commitments."

Steve Scott, Pearson's IT Director, comments, "Environmental responsibility is integral to the way Pearson operates and we are delighted that our use of Teliris telepresence has been highlighted as best practice. The technology has been integral in terms of helping Pearson meet its targets to reduce its carbon footprint."

Martyn Lewis, EU Chairman of Teliris, comments, "The report is yet another endorsement of the real and tangible environmental benefits that Teliris telepresence can deliver. If IT Chiefs are serious about taking a holistic approach to sustainability, telepresence technology must be a central part of their strategy."

1. Founded in 2001, Teliris develops, implements and manages the world's most widely deployed telepresence systems, realistically replicating the human dynamics of a live meeting. Teliris has deployments in over 19 countries with the largest installed base of Fortune 500 companies, including Fidelity, Sony Ericsson, Tate & Lyle, Merc, Pearson, GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Bank of Scotland and Qualcomm, among others.

Headquartered in New York and London, the company combines a fully managed service with end-to-end integration that offers businesses a 24/7 multipoint capability with a 99%+ availability guarantee, ensuring they can respond and collaborate as needed.

In 2007, Fidelity Ventures and Columbia Capital took a major equity stake in Teliris and the company received the Global Award for Market Leadership from Frost & Sullivan for holding the largest global market share of customer telepresence solutions at 44%. The company offers the only guaranteed platform that can interoperate with telepresence systems from other vendors and connect remote users to telepresence meetings via a broadband Internet connection. For further information regarding Teliris, visit the company's web site at Teliris at [email protected].

2. First there was teleconferencing, then video conferencing and now there is telepresence. Telepresence means that intimate, intuitive and effective interactions are occurring over great distances, without the need for physical travel. This is achieved by using state of the art audio and video technology, which allows conversations to take place in real time. The meeting experience is transparent, intimate and effective -- enabling colleagues to read verbal and non-verbal cues, sense the true tone of the meeting and feel each other's presence across the table.

3. Environmental charity Global Action Plan was established in 1993 to assist businesses change environmental policies, and reduce carbon emissions. Restoric said the charity has grown at a rate of 40% a year over the last two years, due to the increased "up surge in interest in the environment," which has been promoted by high-profile figures such as Conservative party leader David Cameron.

4. To download the report visit:

5. Pearson is an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. With more than 29,000 employees based in 60 countries, Pearson brands include the Financial Times, Penguin, Dorling Kindersley, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley and Longman. Together, the UK and North American markets account for over 80% of group revenues. The two most significant operational centres for Pearson are London and New York. This business spread has implications on where people are located. For example, corporate functions such as the Company Secretarial team have a presence in both centres.

6. Martyn Lewis is a co-founder and the chairman of Teliris, and has played a strategic role in the development of the company, its products and services.

Martyn is one of Britain's best-known broadcasters. In a television career spanning 34 years, he has presented every mainstream national TV news programme on ITV and the BBC, and reported from around Britain and the world.

He is the author of six books, ranging from the humorous bestseller "Cats in the News" to "Tears and Smiles -- The Hospice Handbook," the first layman's guide to the British Hospice movement, and "Reflections On Success" for which he interviewed 67 famous achievers from all walks of life, ranging from FW de Klerk and Shimon Peres to Yehudi Menuhin and Michael Palin.

7. Teliris is the first telepresence company to be endorsed by The Carbon Neutral Company and its fourth generation life-like system, VirtuaLive(TM), is the first telepresence offering certified to help reduce the carbon footprint for corporate users of the system.

Further information:  Please contact David Jullienne, Bryony Mansell or Joel Derbyshire at Fuel PR, Tel: +44-0-20-7498-8211 or email: [email protected]

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