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February 19, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Alternative Energy Program

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

For long, wireless companies have been demanding energy-autonomous and green wireless networking equipment for their wireless base stations. Now, Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a comprehensive program to facilitate the high-volume deployment of wireless base stations powered by alternative energy sources.

As companies all over the world realize the need to save energy, the demand for energy efficient products have been on the rise. Apart from helping companies do their bit for the environment, these green products also make it possible to reduce costs.
Titled “Alternative Energy Program,” Alcatel-Lucent's (News - Alert) new initiative will help service providers to economically deploy wireless networks even to areas not served by electrical power. This can be done in every climate and geography and under all deployment conditions.
“The way the industry deploys alternative energy powered base stations today is costly and time consuming because it is based on a site-by-site approach with multiple vendors involved - so it is a slow and laborious process and for the most part has only been done in sunny equatorial areas," said Mike Iandolo, Alcatel-Lucent's President of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Product Division.
Looking to bring together the alternative energies and telecoms worlds, the company is establishing a unique lab and pilot site at Alcatel-Lucent's Villarceaux facility near Paris. With this, operators can improve the reach of their mobile services to serve a huge population of potential new subscribers.
For Alcatel-Lucent, this facility allows the company to analyze, evaluate, test and validate solutions being offered in the dynamic and fragmented alternative energies market and how they might be incorporated into the telecommunications industry.
Recently, the company announced various improvements to its touchatag solution, previously known as tikitag. With touchatag, developers and Web-savvy consumers can create innovative one-touch applications which connect everyday objects with online applications. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the name change will not affect current customers, who will still be able to use existing tags, readers, and drivers.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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