Home-networking lab to study remote workers

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An industry group is moving forward with its plan to study remote workers, as its member companies gear up for a push into tech's next frontier: the home.

The Internet Home Alliance said Tuesday that it plans in May to begin its "Mobile Worker Pilot," a four-month research project that's meant to discern the "ideal" physical work environment for mobile workers--those who perform at least 15 percent of their job on a computer and are free to work from anywhere.

The test will be run out of a 2,400-square-foot facility in The Shops at Willow Bend, a mall in Plano, Texas. Findings will be available in the fall to alliance members and later in the year to the public, the group said.

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