My 3-day telework pledge will save me $81.90 in transporation costs and 122 pounds of pollutants for the week. If I continue the 3-day telework routine for a year, I will save $4,095 in transporation costs and 6,120 pounds of pollutants or 3.06 tons for the year. Imagine how much we could all save if every government worker and citizen was able to use network collaboration and video to work from home.
Also this week, the President members of the Pacific Alliance participated in the first Virtual Presidential Summit through TelePresence without the need to travel. During the 90-minute “Historic Presidential Summit,” the Presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama (by telephone) were able to specify the fundamental points for the signature of the treaty for the “Pacific Alliance.”
As our country continues to face budget woes, it seems especially imperative for state and local governments to implement TechAmerica’s IT policy recommendations, covered last week by Sarah Rich of Government Technology. The first priority listed was for the public sector to, “Implement policies and actions that will increase collaboration and communication between the private sector and state and local government in all areas of technology acquisition, deployment and service delivery.”
We have already seen rapid adoption of innovative programs, like telepresence technology, being implemented by some government agencies, as it is critical for enhancing collaboration among agencies and departments and increasing efficiencies. The role of technology is changing – it is no longer a support role but a driving force to save costs, increase performance and enrich the workplace. With telepresence, high definition video and audio allow reduce travel-related costs, productivity, costs of downtime, all while creating a more collaborative environment that encourages innovation. The Department of Transportation in Alabama is a great example of how telepresence can increase productivity and reduce expenses, using the technology for everything from new hire trainings to external meetings. The Federal government is also adopting this innovative technology to help keep the Department of Defense running smoothly amidst the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative, ensuring federal workers are still able to communicate in real time with the Pentagon offices. Read More »
I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions. In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap. Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.
Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.
Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?
A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas sharing video across public safety and justice systems.