Key Info Wins Award for IBM i Video
April 25, 2012 Alex Woodie
Key Information Solutions has won an award from IBM for a video about how it helped recycling company Recology implement an IBM i application that helps it achieve its mission of reducing waste in San Francisco.
Recology has contracts with the City by the Bay to collect recyclable materials from homes and businesses. Every week day, fleets of Recology trucks span out across the hilly town, picking up used bottles, cans, paper, and vegetable material and food scraps. The trucks haul the materials back to Recology’s sorting plant, where it is turned back into 16 different raw materials that are sold as commodities and reused.
Key Info, which is based in Southern California, helped Recology implement a Power Systems infrastructure to automate various tasks at the employee-owned company. In the video, Recology IT director Mike McLaughlin says: “We use the IBM iSeries to provide customer service, routing, dispatching, support, and billing.”
There’s a very strong “green” factor at play with the Recology implementation. “We’re working with IBM to reduce our environmental footprint, to manage the equipment, to manage our data systems. It’s all about being smart, and protecting the environment,” Robert Reed, Recology evangelist, says in the video. “We like to say ‘Life’s a mess and we sort it out.'”
Here are some key stats: Reed says that in the 10 years that Recology has worked in the city, it has recycled 1.2 million tons of paper and cardboard, which is the equivalent of 20 million trees. Reed is equally proud of the composting operation at Recology. If every city in the United States had the same composting program, it could offset 20 percent of the country’s carbon emissions.
Key submitted the two-minute video to IBM, which was holding a contest for business partners to showcase their implementations in the areas of cloud computing, security, virtualization, CRM, or analytics. The video by Key Info was rated the best of all entries.
This article was corrected. Recology has recycled 1.2 million tons of paper and cardboard in the last 10 years, not 1.2 billion. IT Jungle regrets the error.