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FY07 Global Citizenship Report

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» HP Labs: Creating the future

Rising energy costs, soaring demand for computing and the growing urgency of climate change are reshaping the IT industry. Our research and development (R&D) functions are charged with innovating the next generation of technology products and services that meet shifting customer needs while protecting the environment, safeguarding personal information and privacy, and addressing the disposal challenge posed by the increasing volume of electronics entering the waste stream.

We conduct R&D to support HP’s business strategy in our three core areas: personal systems, imaging and printing, and enterprise storage and servers. This work includes research into areas related to global citizenship, such as accessibility, privacy, material use, data center energy use, and the energy efficiency and recyclability of our products. We also focus resources on improving services such as computer modeling for IT integration and economic forecasting. Last year, HP invested $3.6 billion in R&D.

HP Labs, our central research organization, has made numerous advances in energy-aware computing since the early 1990s. It developed innovative solutions for data centers, including Dynamic Smart Cooling and Data Center Thermal Assessment Services, as well as energy-adaptive displays, better ways to keep chips cool and HP Halo Telepresence Solutions video conferencing that reduces the need for business travel by replicating the feel of a face-to-face meeting.

We continually review emerging technologies and consider their potential use in our products. The most notable example is nanotechnology, which HP has been researching since 1995. Nanotechnology is the application of science and technology using materials between one ten-thousandth and one millionth of a millimeter in size. It has the potential to transform computing and other technologies. Possible applications in IT include low-power nano-scale electronics, inexpensive and efficient solar cells, and optical conduits that could replace metal wires. Other potential uses include new types of sensors for use in environmental monitoring, health care, and security functions such as checking for explosives and biological agents, and privacy assurance using biometric identification.

Below are two additional examples of HP innovation related to our global citizenship activities.

  • In many emerging markets, television is more widespread than the Internet. HP Labs India has developed technology that will allow television broadcasters to transmit printable information as well as television programs through their existing networks. Users will need a printer connected to a television or Internet-connected computer, if available. The technology is being tested for broadcasting information such as distance learning materials, public health information, farming techniques and instructions during emergency situations. This could increase access and usage of these vital community resources.
  • In September 2007, HP Labs and HP Government Affairs hosted an annual HP technology day in Brussels,"Software and Society: Cyber-warfare, Environmental Footprinting, Mediascapes." We presented our approach to helping society address data protection and privacy issues, how modeling tools can aid understanding of the environmental impact of complex systems, and how HP is bringing location-based experiences (called “mediascapes”) to market.

Visit HP Labs for additional information about innovation for the environment.



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