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Here comes the judge — via video

Recently the ABC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas, ran a story about another use of video that saves time, money – and maybe lives. KSAT news talked about how the San Antonio police department is using video conferencing to greatly speed the granting of search warrants.

The story describes how it often took three hours or more for police to secure warrants. Now, it can take only a few minutes thanks to TANDBERG’s PC video conferencing solution called Movi.  All you need is a PC with a webcam (built-in or peripheral) an Internet connection, and it’s as easy to use as making a phone call.

Five judges are Movi equipped so far, and the city plans on all judges soon having the ability to administer an oath online, sign the warrants digitally and help police respond faster. All warrants are reviewed as before, but the police save precious time in going after suspects.

You can imagine the time and expense saved by this approach. Or you can check out the video. Here’s a link:

Global Architecture Firm Saves $120K On One Meeting With Video Conferencing

Qatar Science & Technology Park, Dubai

Qatar Science & Technology Park, Dubai

Forbes magazine recently interviewed the CIO of global architecture firm Woods Bagot about their use of video conferencing to support their “global studio.” “We’re not like other practices, where someone in the New York office doesn’t know someone else in the Chicago office. We leverage our skill pool globally. We have experts from Dubai, Sydney and San Francisco working on a very large development in the Middle East,” he said.

Enabling their experts to easily meet face-to-face and collaborate anytime with each other and clients is a priority for the firm, and why they were drawn to video conferencing. Not only has Woods Bagot’s global deployment of video helped streamline business processes and improved client relations, the savings for the first board meeting replaced by visual communications was $120,000 just for airfare. Now board meetings are held more often at a fraction of the previous costs, which has helped speed decision making.

Are you ready for FY 2010?

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

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!