Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/02/rta/
Scots deploy snow-busting remote technical assistant
Aberdeenshire battles Arctic freeze
Those government IT departments who have of late been battling to keep services running in the face of inclement and Arctic weather would do well to drop a line to Aberdeenshire Council who, we're delighted to report, have once again proved that the UK truly is at the cutting edge of technological innovation:
Due to all the recent bad weather in Aberdeenshire, and the majority of our schools being closed, we have developed a new remote technical assistant. It is hoped that this technician (See attached pic) will be able to continue our work in the harshest of winter weather while we are able to stay at home or in the office for safety.
We anticipate an interest in this prototype from a few countries including Canada, Russia, and Antarctic survey teams. However we feel there might need to be some modifications before we can use this technology in Asia or Africa....
Good show. We're sure that Aberdeenshire ratepayers will be highly satisfied with how their tax quids are being spent up there close(r) to the Arctic circle, and no doubt the phone lines are as we speak jammed with calls from potential customers in Verkhoyansk, Siberia.
Regarding possible deployment in the tropics, surely the RTA could simply be packed in a solar-powered chest freezer which would also serve as a handy depository for beer and frozen, microwaveable pizzas - the traditional fare of IT operatives worldwide. ®