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Are you ready for FY 2010?

June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am PST

The Obama Administration has made it clear that the way government is conducted is just as important as the outcomes produced. As a result, many federal agencies have been focusing on creating processes for collaboration, accountability and transparency that are now required, while still delivering on their mission.

All of this needs to be accomplished with limited resources and in a timely fashion. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, many agencies are facing even greater pressure to deliver on priorities related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

A key area of the recovery is the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) to invest $5.55 billion in federal public building projects, which includes $4.5 billion to transform federal facilities into exemplary high-performance green buildings. Contracts to support approved initiatives will be granted over the next two years.

Now is the time to ensure that you are aware of the opportunities available to your agency. Take a long hard look at your existing technology to determine whether you need to make changes to ensure that you are able to participate in not only a “green” environment, but also in the new Gov 2.0 world.

Is your agency prepared for fiscal year 2010? Have you audited the technology you have in place and know where your agency wants to go?

Video Conferencing Helps Cut Travel, Says USA Today

TANDBERG Telepresence T3

TANDBERG Telepresence T3

According to a recent USA Today article, video conferencing helps cut travel costs. The article notes that airlines and hotels are “spooked,” as more companies continue to invest in the technology.

It’s no wonder: In 2008 the global video conferencing market grew 24% to $2.4 billion, according to Roopam Jain, a technology analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The firm forecasts the market will more than double, to reach $5.7 billion by 2013. Is your company using telepresence or video conferencing yet?

Flying high at the Air Force Symposium

June 19, 2009 at 9:06 am PST

This week we joined more than 750 participants at the 3rd annual Air Force Cyberspace Symposium (AFCS) at the Shreveport Convention Center. The AFCS theme of Collaboration for the Future is one that we feel strongly about at TANDBERG, given that our video conferencing technologies are centered on the idea that face-to-face communications bolster collaboration.

The defense community is constantly looking for new technologies that will help people across the globe collaborate and share mission-critical information easier, faster and more efficiently. The highest quality video teleconferencing (VTC) is particularly critical for the Air Force because its cyberspace activities are not centralized in one location. VTC enables officers, policy-makers, technology staff and teams in the field to communicate in real-time over secure high-definition networks.

TANDBERG provided attendees, which included senior representatives from the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, industry, cyber-focused organizations and education sectors, a look at the latest and greatest in video collaboration solutions.

At this year’s AFCS, we focused on our capabilities for connecting cyber control centers and showcased the C-60 with a 52“ Profile, the 1700 desktop solution, the E-20 and Movi, our mobile offering. Our E-20 was especially popular at this event for its combination of unique capabilities and high performance at a low price point.

We were excited to meet personally with leaders from the Navy, Air Force, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, and we are already looking forward to next year’s show!

Video Conferencing Helps Small and Medium Businesses Capture Big Opportunities

We predict that small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) will lead the economic recovery in large part due to their ability to be more nimble and responsive to opportunities, and video conferencing solutions like the TANDBERG Quick Set C20 will help them be even more effective.

In the past, SMBs dismissed video conferencing as a technology for larger global corporations, but that’s no longer the case.  Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, a firm with a staff of 350, cut costs and increased productivity with team video conferencing. “Video conferencing means we can truly work across boundaries to collaborate on projects. It’s a huge boon for productivity and I wish we’d done it sooner,” said David Hughes, CEO.

See how other SMBs are using video conferencing to gain a competitive edge here.

VTC as a solution for Guantanamo trials

June 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm PST

The recent move to the United States of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to stand trial for acts of terrorism has spawned numerous debates about the efficacy of closing the prison, the rights of the prisoner and the safety of bringing terrorists into the country.

Debates and politics aside, there is another solution that could be considered in situations like this – video teleconferencing (VTC). Many countries require that judicial proceedings be visual, making most people think it must be in person. But, with a reliable and secure VTC, judicial hearings can be held “in person” and face-to-face without having to move the detainee.

In fact, in some jurisdictions in the United States, the use of VTC is common for everything from arraignment proceedings to parole hearings and helps them lower the cost of transport of prisoners between facilities while they increase security.

No matter your opinion of Guantanamo, perhaps VTC would be a good alternative in this situation.