1E awarded framework contract by UK Government in bid to reduce IT related carbon emissions

May 28, 2008

A new pan-­government deal for IT power management solutions, with the Office for Government Commerce (OGC) led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has been awarded to the NightWatchman software product from 1E to enable the automatic shut down of PCs during non­working hours to reduce energy wastage

London, UK – May 28, 2008 – The UK Government's central procurement department, the Office for Government Commerce (OGC), has selected the NightWatchman PC power management solution from 1E as part of its campaign to encourage the public sector to work smarter for the environment when using PCs. The campaign also ties into the Cabinet Office agenda for "greening" government IT. This pan­government framework will assist the switching­off of PCs when not in use and could save up to £10.2 million and carbon emission reductions of up to 55,723 tonnes per year.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in collaboration with the OGC's ICT, Energy and Sustainability category teams, have awarded a new pan­government IT power management framework to 1E. This deal is available for all software products within the 1E portfolio, including NightWatchman. The framework will provide easy access and contractual agreement for projects, and is open to all public sector bodies from 1 May 2008 for a period of four years.

The OGC is an office of HM Treasury, responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement. The OGC will now work closely with 1E, the specialist provider of PC power management software for Microsoft Windows environments, to ensure maximum cost­savings, energy efficiencies and carbon footprint reductions across the UK Government's ICT systems.

"This support for NightWatchman from the OGC represents a genuinely important milestone for 1E," comments Sumir Karayi, chief executive officer, 1E. "The environmental and financial advantages of this software are already being enjoyed by numerous local and national Government bodies. The OGC's central support will now allow us to deliver these benefits right across the UK public sector. It gives us great pleasure to be providing the UK Government with a UK solution for its environmental commitments," he adds.

NightWatchman uses extremely reliable and proven technology to shut down unattended computers automatically, remotely and safely, enabling organisations to enforce corporate energy saving schemes.

It significantly reduces energy consumption, costs and impact on the environment and satisfies all stakeholders without compromising productivity. The NightWatchman solution is easy to install, simple to use, and non­intrusive to the user, since it protects unsaved data prior to shutdown.

NightWatchman typically delivers a return on investment (ROI) within three to six months. In a recent study conducted with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), 1E found that shutting down unused PCs across the UK could potentially prevent the release of 700,000 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions per annum.

"The challenge to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across the Government estate is only going to be met by a number of measures, with the Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Procurement (CESP) taking forward a culture of change across all departments in sustainable operations and procurement," comments Nigel Smith, chief executive, OGC. "The new strategy to encourage public sector workers to switch­off their PCs together with the new deal for IT power management solutions will play a small but important part in meeting the Government's sustainability targets," he adds.

For further information on 1E's full portfolio of systems management solutions, including

NightWatchman, please visit: devstaging1e.wpengine.com.

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