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Working from home is not a remote prospect

IT/Law Report: Key issues

It seems there are more adverts on television for IT and benefits of the Internet than ever before.

You cannot move without someone talking to you about e-mail or web sites.

This has big implications for the way we work. It is no longer necessary to go into the office every day, e-mail and Wide Area Networks (WANS) have solved that problem, as long as you have access to a computer and a telephone point.

At the same time, access to the Internet provides you all the information you need to write that pressing report or see how the project is doing. And with CCTV becoming more widespread across the world, there is no need to jet off to distant shores, it is all in front of you.

This globalisation is encour-aging remote team working. Several architects can be working on the same drawing in different continents with both virtual and real modelling tools.

Meanwhile, the growth of mobile communications allows peo-ple to work on the move and many staff are now encouraged to work from home, saving on office and travel costs.

To work remotely, whether in the same county as your office or site, or on the other side of the world, all you need is your PCand a telecommunications link.

Mobile phones are now available to send the signal from PC to PC so a static telephone point is not even needed.

An ISDN line is preferred for e-mail, intranet and Internet connections for speed reasons but is not essential. There is also news of a new version of ISDN which is set to speed up connections times 10-fold.

The Web has provided many advantages for the remote worker.

Portals are now available for many industry specific applications, enabling users to look for specific suppliers or labourers from a single entry point.

Data is readily available to make it easier to do the job. Where you do it is up to you.

Sue Farnfield is marketingmanager with software firm Causeway Technologies.