We’ve talked about how telepresence can bring therapy to those in need, and it turns out the technology may help calm the nerves of another suffering group of people: some federal employees.
As part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative, the Defense Department (DoD) has begun to move 123,000 employees to new office facilities. The moves profoundly change the personnel composition of more than 8,000 bases across the country, and it costs more than $35 billion. According to a survey by Federal News Radio, 49 percent of the 468 respondents do not think the consolidation will improve collaboration amongst the affected DoD and military offices, civilian agencies, and contractors. Conversely, they see mounting problems with communication, commute, employee satisfaction, and training.
Fortunately, for federal workers impacted by these changes, there is a technology currently deployed within DoD and Civilian agencies that can alleviate much of the stress of these foreshadowed issues. Telepresence and video communications can facilitate real time interaction with Pentagon offices, which are no longer easily accessible by displaced workers, removing the potential for BRAC to “greatly disrupt” the relationship among offices, as one respondent feared would happen. Likewise, telepresence technology can make teleworking more effective and efficient, providing the “face time” several employees expressed concern about losing, while still allowing them to be an integral part of the conversation.
The benefits keep multiplying. Keeping employees connected in real time boosts morale, makes everyone feel invested in the day-to-day operation of the bases, and makes possible the mentor/mentee relationships some respondents said would be lost.
With budgets and government downsizing hot button issues right now, it’s a solution the feds can’t afford to overlook.
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Today at InfoComm 2011, Cisco announced several new advancements that make video easier to use and facilitate the adoption and deployment of telepresence across an enterprise. With these announcements, Cisco continues to deliver on our commitment to provide a market-leading high-quality telepresence experience for collaboration. TelePresence is no longer limited to the boardroom, and these new user-friendly features and capabilities make it easier for customers to easily connect and collaborate with others from any location.
Cisco’s Director of Marketing for Cisco TelePresence, Mike Kisch, describes these announcements and the key themes of InfoComm in the video below:
By now, you’re packed and ready to get to Chicago for The Cable Show. Last we saw you, as trade shows go, was six months ago, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). That’s when we announced our “Videoscape” strategy.
Quick refresher: Videoscape is our way to describe what happens when service providers integrate cloud, network and client, to deliver a more immersive customer experience.
Since January and CES, we’ve deepened our Videoscape efforts - with a focus on reducing implementation complexity, while enabling service providers to roll out TV Everywhere style services. We want to make sure it’s on your list of things to check out!
So, without further ado, here’s what’s going on with Cisco at the Cable Show (at least what’s public):
In the booth (#749):
Videoscape Experience: A showcase that unifies linear, on-demand and online content with a full lifecycle content management system that we call Videoscape Media Suite and powered by our CDN network. Look for the 10-foot user interface (it’s kind of hard to miss) showing IP STB and soft clients running on IOS, Android and PC/Mac environments.
Videoscape Cloud: When you can’t put something in the end device, for whatever reasons, put it in a network that can optimize the experience for that end device. Our cloud contains elements of unified computing (UCS), transcoding into right-sized streams for different screens (CTM), and it’s a delivery platform for multi-screen video consumption (CDS). Why do it? To leverage the power of the network enabled cloud to reach your service to multiple end-points (managed and unmanaged) - all from a common back-end while retaining device independence.
Video over DOCSIS 3.0: Come see the CMTS that gives 10x the bandwidth at 1/10th the cost of D2 services. Our CMTS platform can now demonstrate QoS levels for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming; also check out our soft client for video playback in non-traditional end devices.
Cisco Prime Network Management: “Prime” is the umbrella name for our management and automation solutions for analyzing, designing, fulfilling and assuring network performance. It’s a modular suite of applications, designed to lower the total cost of ownership and to provide A-to-Z management for next-generation packet and transport networks.
Healthcare via TelePresence: For so many people, it’s not convenient or near to go visit the doctor. Cisco TelePresence offers person-to-person (and person-to-doctor) communication, unbounded by distance or physical location. As service providers continue to enter new commercial business segments, health care is a leading candidate. It’s ideal for telemedicine applications, it lowers the cost of care, and it provides a new and efficient way for physicians and hospitals to do business.
Service Provider Wi-Fi Solutions: Interested in adding carrier-grade Wi-Fi to your services mix? Check out our Next Generation HotSpot technology, which aims to simplify customer authentication and monetize WiFi networks. Also new: Come see our High Density WiFi, designed to provide wireless broadband coverage in sports and entertainment stadium environments.
Welcome to InfoComm 2011! Over the next few days, we’ll be looking forward to learning more about new industry announcements and developments, and hearing more from our customers and partners at the show. This year’s InfoComm highlights the transition that companies are seeing: video is not just changing the way we communicate, but it is changing the entire way we work.
In the video below, Cisco Director of Marketing Randy Harrell describes how enterprise organizations today are identifying new strategic uses for video. Video adoption is no longer led by productivity; instead, business functions are now looking for how video can provide value to their customers and employees.