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State Pays $200,000 to Turn Off Employees' Computers



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 30, 2012

By installing a program that makes computers go to sleep or shut down when not in use, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it will cut its energy consumption by 28 percent.

The Department's Dana Toyama says the software was required in part because computers were being left on by employees who had gone home. 

TOYAMA:  "CDCR encouraged the employees to shut off their computers or turn them into sleep-mode before they left, but, often times rushing out of there or whatever the case may be, that wasn't done on a system-wide basis."

The state paid the company, Verdiem for software and installation.

Toyama says the software allows the information technology staff the ability to access all 34,000 computers en masse or individually depending on the need. 

Work stations now go into sleep mode after two hours of inactivity during normal business hours.  After business hours, computers will take a "nap" if not used for 30 minutes.

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