Vancouver Washington City Council adopted iPads in January in an experiment to test out the effectiveness of a paperless workflow. After two months, the touchscreen tablet is an early success as the Council has seen a 40 percent reduction in number of printed pages it uses for meetings. It does more than just save paper, too.

In a statement, the City Council describes how the iPad lets council members easily view documents stored on a local server. They can also visit websites mentioned during a meeting. Despite the high up-front cost of the iPad, it’s saving the city money, too. Vancouver was paying US$71 per month for each BlackBerry and is now paying $43 monthly for the iPad. Between printing and data costs, the city could save up to $500 per year by switching to the iPad.

Vancouver City Council adopts iPads, saves 50K pages a year originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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