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Joint War fighting Conference

March 11, 2010 at 11:58 am PST

This event offers an East Coast companion to the popular AFCEA-USNI West conference held each year for the past 19 years in San Diego, CA.  It will provide a premier venue for engaging the military professionals and industry leaders who are shaping the nation’s military strategies and warfighting platforms.

For more information about this event, please visit Joint War Fighting Conference.

DISA

March 11, 2010 at 11:52 am PST

The annual DISA Customer Partnership Conference is the premier DoD IT conference bringing together military services, combatant commands, industry, senior decision-makers, and subject-matter experts, who openly communicate and share information that is critical to helping the DoD achieve mission success.

For more information about this event, please visit DISA.

Viginia Telehealth Summit

March 11, 2010 at 11:47 am PST

Vender exhibits will demonstrate a range of the latest in telehealth—from robots, video conferencing systems, electronic health records, home health monitoring to teledentistry.

For more information about this event, please visit Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan.

The Department of Energy sees the power of VTC

March 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm PST

The TANDBERG Public Sector team just returned from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2010 Information Management Conference at San Antonio’s new JW Marriott. The brand new facility was filled with more than 500 vendors and DOE representatives discussing best practices and new technologies that can help the DOE communicate and operate more effectively.

This was the first year TANDBERG attended the event, and based on our conversations with DOE representatives, the timing was perfect to discuss the benefits of video teleconferencing (VTC). John Dunlap, the Acting Associate CIO and Director of IT Services for the DOE, has established initiatives specifically directed towards increasing collaboration and communication within the DOE. He is focused on finding more methods to enhance collaboration among the agency’s labs and video is one of those tools that will be utilized.

The DOE’s mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States, to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission, and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. With such a broad mission, it should come as no surprise that the agency is composed of many decentralized organizations, with labs and offices scattered across the United States.

Despite the geographic distance separating these offices and labs, effective communication and collaboration are still mission critical. This is especially true of the DOE labs that are working on advanced sciences. VTC is the perfect solution in this situation. It not only allows natural, face-to-face communication between individuals regardless of the distance separating them, but also enables the easy and secure sharing of plans, documents and other things that are visual in nature.

With so much decentralization, it goes without saying that disparate network infrastructure within the agency can lead to problems with the acquisition and implementation of VTC solutions. The ability to interoperate, like TANDBERG’s VTC solutions, is critically important for the DOE, and many other government agencies, because it enables all existing network infrastructure across the agency to remain in place and reduces the cost and scope of a VTC solution installation.

VTC is helping to break down the walls between and within government agencies. At TANDBERG, we’re proud to be powering communication for federal agencies like the DOE and enabling a new way of working.

Can Telepresence and Video Conferencing Pave the Way for a Greener and More Robust Economy?

globeinhandThe Climate Group estimates that by transforming the way people and businesses use technology, the United States can reduce CO2 emissions by 13% to 22% by 2020. The key though, according to a recent report, Networking the Green Economy: How Broadband and Related Technologies Can Build a Green Economic Future, is ubiquitous broadband access.

The report states that “with coordinated research, support and action from consumers, advocates and federal and state legislators, broadband and related communication technologies [such as telepresence and video conferencing] can pave the way for a greener and more robust economy.”

The current global economy has increased the need for business travel, resulting in negative environment impacts due to increased carbon emissions, and distributed social services have left some behind. However, recent technological advancements, such as video conferencing and telepresence, have become viable substitutes for many in-person interactions resulting in an overall reduction in greenhouse gasses and enormous savings on time and money. For instance, the report found:

  • Conducting virtual meetings to replace remote in person interactions could reduce 20-30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, providing gross savings of $5-10 billion from reduced spending on fuel for airplanes.
  • Telehealth and distance learning programs supported by video conferencing are essential for expanding opportunities for both patients and students to access higher quality resources that might not be available without wasteful long-distance travel.
  • Telecommuting or flex work can potentially be a key contributor to a greener economy by creating substantial savings across the economy and the environment by helping businesses reduce, or more efficiently use, their office space, and allowing employees to save on gas and commuting time.

As broadband becomes more readily available and telepresence and video conferencing continue to advance, it is mind bending to imagine how visual communications will change the way we do everything. Thoughts?