1E issues PC wake up call to smartphone generation

1E, a provider of software and services which reduce organisations’ IT costs and environmental footprint, has announced that Web WakeUp, a software tool which enables remote users to securely power on their office PCs from home through a web interface, has taken the next step in user empowerment.

Web WakeUp functionality is now available on the move, guaranteeing secure user access to a PC from anywhere at any time. Using the remote Wake-on-LAN availability management solution, users can now take control of their working day from the outset and ‘remote in’ to their office PCs to wake them up via mobile internet devices such as Apple’s iPhone. This eliminates the need for users to wait for PCs to boot up in the morning and giving them additional incentives to power down at night.

A 1E commissioned study into PC power management conducted by Harris Interactive and supported by the Alliance to Save Energy found that almost half (44%) of employees who use a PC at work in the UK and half (50%) in the US do not power down their PCs for a variety of reasons including the fact that ‘it takes too long’, their internal IT department ‘doesn’t want them to’ or simply because they ‘haven’t been told to’.

“Two of the biggest barriers to PC power management today are the concern that user productivity may be affected and a ‘just in case’ mentality which prevents users from shutting down their PCs at the end of a working day. PCs that are not powered down block the potential cost and energy savings that organizations can make from power management,” said Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E. “Web WakeUp on the move puts the individual user in the driving seat, giving them more control of PC availability and making power management options much more accessible.”

Now installed in over 5 million seats worldwide and at several 200,000+ seat organizations, the 1E WakeUp solution, of which Web WakeUp is a component part, is proven and scalable technology for securely powering on PCs for successful software updates. By working in synchronisation with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 1E WakeUp increases delivery success and visibility of PC health.