According to research commissioned by Panasonic, European companies struggle to implement sustainable mobile device strategies, because the evolving requirements force half of them to replace their devices before they reach the two years of use.

Independent research entitled From Renewable to Reuse: The Mobile Computing Sustainability Challenge, commissioned by Panasonic, was conducted by Opinion Matters on a sample of 772 IT managers of companies with over 50 employees

The IT decision-makers were questioned about the importance of implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices during the purchase, use and disposal of mobile devices. Although there was a clear desire to use devices more sustainably, respondents pointed out that corporate pressures prevented progress in this direction.

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The results of Panasonic’s search for mobile devices

Less than half of the respondents said they had evaluated the devices chosen for their company on the basis of sustainability or environmental impact before purchase.

In addition to regular maintenance (57%) less than half engages proactively during the use of the device to extend its life cycle, for example by providing information or training users on how to take care of it.

More than half (54%) do not usually convert devices to secondary use within the holding.

More than a quarter of the sample (26%) admitted that their organisation merely disposes of devices at the end of their life cycle. Almost half (49%) took part in return programmes and 67% sold them as second-hand devices.

Safety remains the main priority at the end of the life cycle: 51% say that the main concern is the deletion of all data from the device. An eco-friendly recycling process, however, is only important for 40% of respondents.

Obstacles to sustainable solutions

Research shows that business needs, which are rapidly evolving, are preventing more sustainable practices, as they force the vast majority of companies to change their devices every 1-2 years (50%) and 3-4 years (46%).

However, the results also indicate a real desire to do more. 58% (more than half of the respondents) said that they would regularly reuse devices if they were easily reconfigurable by end users (replacing devices at 21%-50%).

The semi-rugged Panasonic Toughbook 55, notes the socetity in a note, sets a new standard for mobile devices. For the first time, users can customize the device according to the different activities to be performed on the field, for example by enhancing graphics capabilities, adding a smartcard player, storage space or a DVD or Blu-Ray player simply by entering the menu

In addition, you can use the front expansion slot to integrate a fingerprint reader, RFID or smart card reader, or to add a second battery. All these changes can be done on the field, re-qualification the main features of the Toughbook 55 and thus extending the product life cycle.

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