WebRTC Solutions Industry News

TMCNet:  How Wipro rose to become world's No. 1 environment-friendly electronics company [Computing] [Times of India]

[November 22, 2012]

How Wipro rose to become world's No. 1 environment-friendly electronics company [Computing] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BANGALORE: Just seven years ago, Greenpeace activists protested outside Wipro's Sarjapur Road campus for the company's use of hazardous substances in its hardware products and the absence of a take-back policy. This week, the environment activist group released a report that ranked Wipro No. 1 -- above HP, Apple and Dell -- in a list of the greenest electronics companies in the world.

Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics is into its 18th edition and benchmarks the best practices of electronics companies on three parameters - energy, climate products and sustainable operations. Wipro has an overall score of 7.1 on a scale of 10, the highest among the 16 companies surveyed. HP dropped from the top spot in last year's edition to second this year. Nokia moved up from No. 4 to No. 3, and Apple dropped from 5 to 6. HCL Infosystems is the only other Indian company on the list, and shares the 13th position with Japanese electronics maker Sharp.

Raghavendra Prakash S, head of Wipro's systems & technology business, said the company had defined quantifiable metrics to ensure that its products were environment-friendly.

Wipro won points for its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 44% by 2015. The company outperformed its 2010 target of 9% reduction in GHG, and achieved 11%.

About 85% of emission reduction is planned to be achieved through use of renewable energy. The company increased its renewable energy target from 5 million units in 2010-11 to 56.6 million units in 2011-12 through a combination of renewable energy purchases and its own generation, accounting for 17% of total office energy consumption.

The company has put in place systems for the traceability of components and products for desktops, laptops and notebooks by assigning them with barcodes and serial numbers. "The database helps us to track the life of a product. This also enables us to implement an effective take-back policy," Prakash said. A policy to take back products from customers once they are keen to dispose of them enables proper recycling of products.

The company provides take-back service to its customers through collection centres across the country. "We collected 49 tonnes of waste in 2008; that rose to 230 tonnes last year," Prakash said.

Today, 80% of Wipro's IT products are free of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) and brominated flame retardants. Phasing out of products that have PVC and brominated flame retardants has been a major Greenpeace demand. PVC is found is a range of consumer products from cables to credit cards and window blinds, and ends up in landfills. "We launched a protest asking Wipro to clear up products containing PVC as it produces one of the most harmful chemicals, including dioxin. These products can leak harmful additives during use and when they are burned," said Abhishek Pratap, senior campaigner in Greenpeace India.

All of Wipro's products are compliant with Energy Star (ES) requirements, and 52% of them exceed ES 5 standards. Energy Star is a US government initiative to improve the energy efficiency of products.

(c) 2012 Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited

[ Back To WebRTC Solutions's Homepage ]

FOLLOW US

Featured Podcasts

Oracle in Enterprise Communications

Most in the industry have heard of the acquisition of Acme Packet by Oracle. What you may not know is that Oracle has a number of telecommunications products including a UC suite, WebRTC Session Controller, and Operations monitoring tools. Oracle is pursuing both the enterprise and service provider.

Featured Whitepapers

WebRTC Security Concerns

This whitepaper covers two of the most relevant topics in communications industry today: WebRTC and security. We will introduce the problem of security in WebRTC including those traditional VoIP attacks that are going to be present in WebRTC services. Later we will mention ad-hoc WebRTC attacks and protection mechanisms, to close with an overview of identity management solutions.

Migrating Real Time Communications Services to the Web

In the Internet age, businesses that own fixed and mobile communication networks, including traditional Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all kinds, are being challenged with some tough questions: How do we stay relevant to our customers?

Delivering Enterprise-Class Communications with WebRTC

WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for enabling Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities. It enables enterprises to enhance Web sites, empower BYOD users, and improve video collaboration and on-line meetings, to name but a few examples.

WebRTC Report Extract Reprint

This document examines the growing important of WebRTC, both generally and for telecom service providers. It considers the expanding range of use-cases, the multiple layers of interoperability likely to be desired by telcos, and some implications in terms of network integration and mobility.

WEBRTC SOLUTIONS PAPERS, SLIDES, COLLATERAL

Robust Enterprise Grade WebRTC Systems and Services


The emerging WebRTC standard has become one of the industry's hottest topics – and with good reason. Being able to "communications enable the web" has Communications Service Providers as well as Enterprises busily making plans for deployment. But, as these plans unfold, reality is starting to intrude on those plans. Our expectations of telephony services are much higher than web browsing. We expect the phone to connect instantly, operate with minimal disruption, and work seamless across any network, anywhere, at any time. There is also an understanding that phone service is inherently secure. With WebRTC, the expectation is for these applications to behave in the same manner.

This session looks at the user experience and expectations of a WebRTC Enterprise service. It will also cover how a WebRTC enterprise handles security, reliability, and interoperability within browsers and networks.

ORACLE COMMUNICATIONS WEBRTC SESSION CONTROLLER

The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to offer WebRTC services – from virtually any device, across virtually any network – with carrier-grade reliability and security.

Sales Presentation: Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller

Agenda:
- WebRTC Market and Opportunities
- WebRTC Challenges
- Oracle Communication WebRTC Session   Controller
- Summary

ORACLE COMMUNICATIONS WEBRTC SESSION CONTROLLER SOLUTION

Communication Service Provider (CSP) voice service revenues continue to face pressure due to shifts in communication preferences and competition from non-traditional service providers. Voice communications are now often embedded into applications outside the domain of traditional telephony voice usage. CSPs have been challenged to effectively leverage and monetize new web-oriented communications technologies.