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January 21, 2016

Looking At The World From Davos, Virtually

Posted by Rajesh K. Murthy (View Profile | View All Posts) at 12:12 PM

Looking At The World From Davos, Virtually
The Infosys 'Earth 360 Experience' project at Davos

It's in places like Davos, tucked into a valley in the Swiss Alps, where one is confronted with the stark reality of climate change. Davos is 150 kilometers southeast of Zurich, and to get here we travelled through picturesque valleys, past pristine snow-capped mountains, along crystal clear mountain rivers. But the temperature is rising, and Switzerland's glaciers are melting.

Last November, delegations from almost 200 countries met in Paris to negotiate a global document on the reduction of actions that lead to climate change. 150 global leaders met in the same place at the same time because this is one of the most important issues of our time, inspiring the thousands of delegates to act and come to an agreement. The Paris Agreement, presented after two weeks of negotiations is a consensus of the parties, and will become legally binding if ratified by at least 55 countries that represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions.

CEOs from 78 companies with operations in more than 150 countries - including Dr. Vishal Sikka - signed an open letter to the world leaders who participated in the Paris climate conference, expressing their solidarity to work with the international community to help deliver practical climate solutions.

But implementing change will likely be harder than just signing a document.

Here at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, just a month after the Paris Agreement, the spirit of environmental urgency and global collaboration felt very real. As part of our presence in Davos, Infosys has partnered with the Robotics team at Carnegie Mellon University to create an immersive experience featuring real satellite images of the world and three explorable use cases around climate change - fires at night, deforestation and urbanization. The 'Earth 360 Experience' project showcases Infosys' virtual reality and augmented reality concept-building capabilities, as well as the ability to create experiences that feature and can handle extremely high data loads.

I love coming to Davos, and representing one of the most innovative companies in the world and a leader on this issue. I am proud to tell my discussion partners that we have always been at the forefront of environmental conservation, that we embarked on our green journey nine years ago and that we have a very strong sustainability proposition. Infosys has committed to becoming carbon neutral across all our emissions by 2018.

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