According to the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)], light trucks account for 62% of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dan Murray, VP at Kentrox, in a recent Telephony Online article series by journalist Carol Wilson. “If a large wireless provider with a fleet of 1000 trucks was able to eliminate three truck rolls a week, which would represent a savings of 3.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.”
On the heels of the president’s initiative to extend broadband services to the most rural areas of the nation combined with the push for green-centric services, organizations must be concerned with fuel consumption and associated emissions expended when deploying technology on a multi-site national or international scale.
The Current State of the Industry
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics discovered that the typical 20-gallon-tank work van averaging 18 miles/gallon burns on average of nearly 692 gallons of fuel per year and emits 9.29 grams per mile of carbon monoxide.
There are 3 primary factors that contribute to the massive consumption of fuel and emissions related to multi-site technology deployments across large geographical areas:
1. Not Having Establishing Local Partnerships
The typical technology rollout company will dispatch the closest local technician to each site location. However, most companies do not have the qualified partnerships established prior to a deployment, especially in rural areas. Thus, they can often deploy the closest resource they have available anywhere from 75 to 200 miles or more from the site. Because the typical rollout company’s primary concern is to complete the job for their customer, they give little concern to the “green” effects (or lack thereof) of the dispatch distance. Thus, the more the travel distance is increased, the more fuel is used and emissions expended to complete the work. This also increases overall project costs, due to increased time required for travel of the initial install and maintenance services.
2. Not Consolidating Multiple Services into Fewer Truck Rolls
Traditional service companies do not combine different technologies with varying requirements into a single or minimized number of truck rolls. This results in individual services deployed by individual truck rolls. This increased number of truck rolls skyrockets fuel consumption and associated emissions for a single job site. The results are exponentially increased for multi-site deployments that span large geographical areas.
3. Not Employing Multi-Service Technicians
In a similar fashion, the typical technology rollout company will dispatch a single local technician from one location; however a separate technician providing a different service will be deployed from an altogether different business location. Thus, separate vehicles are deployed. For instance, a demarc extension (i.e., cabling to extend circuit services) may be provided by one local resource, however the equipment installation (e.g., router) will be provided by another resource. This again increases the amount of fuel consumed as well as harmful emissions.
The “Concert Close” Green IT Deployment Program
To address these concerns, the “green” deployment program, called “Concert Close”, has been developed that follows these principles allowing for the reduction of up to 70% fuel consumption and emissions for national multi-site rollouts.
How is “Concert Close” Green?
“Concert Close” sets the following standards for you:
1. Setting maximum travel distances for each truck roll by performing 90% of nationwide projects:
– 20 miles or less one-way for urban areas
– 40 miles or less one-way for rural areas
2. Minimizing the number of truck rolls through multiple service provisioning
We use the Local Multi-Service Deployment Method which, in conjunction with our Maestro Technology Rollout System, allows us to provide Green IT deployments for your projects. For more information, view our Green IT Deployment Video or Technology Rollout White Paper.
With the rise of project costs and the concern of providing environmentally-friendly solutions, the way in which the technology solution is deployed is a critical factor. Only by addressing the issues of 1) travel distance combined with 2) limiting the number of truck rolls through multi-service provisioning can you be assured of the most green-efficient rollout possible.
Learn more about “Concert Close” Green IT Deployment Program at www.concerttech.com