Letters to the Editor

Cyber solution to our traffic woes

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

With the total chaos now being experienced by commuters due to the infrastructure improvement works under way all over the city it now provides an opportunity for the country to seriously look to virtual offices, which are being utilised in other countries in order to alleviate traffic congestion and the high overhead cost for running physical offices.

I would like to suggest that we look at utilising the available technology which would allow individuals to work from their home instead of having to come to the office.

This is not a novel idea, but it is an idea whose time has now come in light of the crisis the country is facing with the traffic situation.

Let us look at how the idea could work. We have the cellphones, laptops and Ipad and other technologies that allow efficient communication to take place without personally interfacing with each other. If a meeting is to be held it could be via conference call (voice and/or video) so there is no need for the person to be present in an office. If a letter or a document is to be written it could be done from a laptop or computer at home and then e-mailed to the target recipients. If there is the need to meet with a customer arrangements could be made for a one- or two-day maximum in office to deal with the customers and to attend stakeholders' meetings if required to do so.

Once there is an agreed work plan with the employer and employee this could be the monitoring tool to ensure that the organisation is efficiently managed.

If we implement such a system, the company, the country, and the individual could realise major cost savings from fuel bill, that is less gas bill to drive to work. The country's gas bill would also significantly reduce as a result of the need to drive to work everyday. There would be major reductions in electricity and water bills at the workplace; less transportation costs for those travelling on public transportation etc; and the congestion which is being experienced could be significantly managed.

Aubyn Perkins

Spanish Town

St Catherine

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