Shiva has lashed out at the government's IT plans, following last week's Labour Party conference, and has urged the Labour party to deal with practical issues like alternative work practices.
The remote access company has written to the government requesting businesss incentives for teleworking. Phil Crocker, senior director at Shiva, said: "Peter Mandleson's speech was nothing but pretty rhetoric that put ticks in boxes. He talked at length on Ecommerce and the Internet but failed to mention real issues like the millions of commuters clogging up the roads every day, when there is a simple answer to this problem."
He added: "John Prescott would rather charge drivers travelling into London #10 than consider a tax incentive to encourage a teleworking culture."
Dataquest analyst, Mark Ramond said: "There are many issues that aggressive government tax incentives for telecommuters can address. It's time UK companies and workers are supported by a nationwide teleworking initiative and the benefits this can bring."
Figures published in October last year suggested a 24-51% increase in today's traffic levels by 2016. "This will increase pollution levels and push up the poor quality of life for the UK's workforce," said Crocker.
Statistics from early adopters in the US are compelling: Arthur D Little found that if between 10% and 20% of people were to telecommute the US would save 3.5 billion gallons of petrol and save 3.1 billion hours of personal time from reduced congestion and fewer car journeys. A survey by Southern California Association of Governments also found that a 32% reduction in road congestion could be achieved by just 12% of the workforce telecommuting.
- Last week Shiva introduced VPN RapidInstall, a customised telephone-based support service that provides installation of its LanRover VPN Gateway products. The service is designed to enable network managers to install a fully functional VPN product during a single phone call. Shiva believes RapidInstall is ideal for small-to-medium sized companies with small IT staffs, as well as larger organisations implementing multi-device systems that want help with integration.
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