Welcome!

Symbian Authors: Jack Newton, Kevin Benedict, Matthew Lobas, Shelly Palmer, RealWire News Distribution

News Feed Item

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Announces its Green Working Group's Sustainability Initiatives

Wireless industry's commitment to being "green" is also the focus of November's Wonders of Wireless (WOW)                                                                                                                    

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the wireless industry's continued commitment to being "green," CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced today its Green Working Group (GWG) and its sustainability benchmarks. Included in the GWG's initiatives are five areas on postpaid, or contract, handset packaging and a three part plan for more recycling of "old" devices and accessories. While CTIA's GWG has taken important steps to be "green," it's vital that wireless users are actively engaged by returning their "old" devices and accessories. By working together, we can protect and preserve our environment for future generations. For more information on the wireless industry's sustainability efforts, visit gowirelessgogreen.org.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100629/DC28223LOGO-a)

The GWG is comprised of the following companies: Alcatel-Lucent; Alltel; Apple; Asurion; AT&T, Brightpoint, Inc; Brightstar Corp; Cellular One; Ericsson, Inc.; HTC America, Inc.; Motorola Mobility, LLC; Nex-Tech Wireless; Nokia, Inc.; nTELOS Wireless; Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD); Qualcomm Incorporated; Research in Motion; Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.; Smith Micro Software, Inc; SouthernLINC Wireless; Sprint Nextel Corporation; Syniverse; T-Mobile USA; TracFone; U.S. Cellular; and Verizon Wireless.

The CTIA Green Working Group has developed three components to encourage more recycling of "old" devices and accessories:

  1. Develop a take-back program for devices and accessories and to educate consumers about these programs.
  2. Use third party recyclers that comply with applicable federal and state electronic recycling laws.
  3. Develop a common approach for measuring handset collection rates with a goal of increasing the collection of devices and electronic accessories either directly or indirectly by 20 percent by 2015.

Even though the new generations of wireless devices currently weigh approximately 79g, which is 42 percent less than earlier models, CTIA's Green Working Group has developed five benchmarks on postpaid, or contract, handset packaging.

  1. The participating wireless companies will eliminate plastic inserts and trays from postpaid wireless device packaging by the end of 2013.
  2. All U.S. postpaid wireless packaging will be labeled with internationally recognized symbols to facilitate recycling of products, accessory boxes and contents by December 31, 2013.
  3. The postpaid packaging elements will use less than 10 percent volatile organic compounds, including labels by the end of 2013.
  4. Water-based adhesives or self-sealing tab locking boxes will be used by June 2014.
  5. All postpaid packaging material, including the user guides, will be printed with non-petroleum based inks by the end of 2014.

The following companies are participating in the packaging benchmarks: Asurion; AT&T; Brightpoint, Inc; Brightstar Corp; HTC America, Inc.; Motorola Mobility, LLC; Nokia, Inc.; Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.; Sprint Nextel Corporation; T-Mobile USA; U.S. Cellular; and Verizon Wireless. Additional companies have indicated they will participate.

In addition, CTIA's November edition of the "Wonder of Wireless" (WOW) webcast and blog (http://blog.ctia.org) features information on the GWG and its sustainability initiatives. 

This month's WOW offers the following:

  • Policy Point - CTIA's Green Working Group created a set of industry benchmarks, including an initiative to make postpaid, or contract, handset packaging more sustainable. This means the participating wireless companies will eliminate plastics and trays from postpaid wireless device packaging, label all packaging with internationally recognized symbols to facilitate recycling and use less volatile organic compounds. For more information on the wireless industry's sustainability efforts, visit gowirelessgogreen.com.
  • Wireless at Work - Green Power Management Solutions' Mike Lee discusses the Remote Monitoring and Communication Platform, which utilizes both solar panels and a wind generator to power wireless telecommunications. Deployed during emergency situations, these wireless telecommunications units use sustainable energy to keep relief workers and affected citizens connected.  
  • Insider Interview - CTIA's Vice President of External and State Affairs Jamie Hastings talks about its Green Working Group, which establishes the wireless industry's sustainability initiatives. Besides the postpaid, or contract, handset packaging, the Green Working Group is committed to continued consumer education. As CTIA and its member companies have noted, everyone, including consumers, play an important role in protecting and preserving our environment for the future.
  • Wireless Lifesaver - One day, Allison Motto's husband suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Using her cellphone, Allison called 911 and with instructions from the dispatcher, timed 100 chest compressions to keep her husband's blood pumping until the emergency personnel arrived. Thanks to Allison's quick actions and cellphone, she saved her husband's life and prevented brain damage.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Twitter: @ctia | Blog: http://ctia.it/Na6erv | Facebook: http://ctia.it/LCm4Nn | LinkedIn Group: http://ctia.it/Na6cA2

SOURCE CTIA-The Wireless Association

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vice president of product management, IoT solutions at GlobalSign, will teach IoT developers how t...
A critical component of any IoT project is the back-end systems that capture data from remote IoT devices and structure it in a way to answer useful questions. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle large data sets, but they are not well suited to many IoT-scale products and the need for real-time insights. At Fuze, we have developed a backend platform as part of our mobility-oriented cloud service that uses Big Data-based approache...
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT's direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, will explain how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
Digital payments using wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers, and payment wristbands are an increasing area of focus for industry participants, and consumer acceptance from early trials and deployments has encouraged some of the biggest names in technology and banking to continue their push to drive growth in this nascent market. Wearable payment systems may utilize near field communication (NFC), radio frequency identification (RFID), or quick response (QR) codes and barcodes...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...
The demand for organizations to expand their infrastructure to multiple IT environments like the cloud, on-premise, mobile, bring your own device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow. As this hybrid infrastructure increases, the challenge to monitor the security of these systems increases in volume and complexity. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty, Chief Security Evangelist at Alert Logic, will show how properly configured and managed security architecture can...
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond AI, will discuss what the five main drivers are in Artificial Intelligence that could shape the future of the Internet of Things. AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond AI. He has over 20 years of management experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensors, instruments, devices and software for telecommunications, life sciences, environmental monitoring, process...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time-in-market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize busi...
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, will discuss how leveraging the Industrial Interne...
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected" body? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting, will discuss the impact of wea...
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...