TANDBERG recently had the honor of attending the 2009 National Guard Bureau Joint Information Technology Conference in Florida, where the focus was increasing communication and collaboration among Guard units and between the National Guard and Air National Guard.
As the nation’s primary homeland defense and the first line for bringing assistance, aid and relief to areas of America damaged by natural disasters, the National Guard and Air National Guard have an extremely important mission.
Situations where the National Guard and Air National Guard are needed are often chaotic. In fact, in times of attack and natural disaster, communication resources are often damaged and unavailable. This makes it difficult for communication and collaboration with controlling officers and even between units.
Luckily, some recent technological advances such as HD and mobile video teleconferencing (VTC) and satellite communication, are now available for the National Guard and Air National Guard to help them coordinate during attacks and natural disasters.
By utilizing mobile VTC solutions that receive and send signals via satellite, National Guard units can communicate face-to-face with their commanding officers and other units regardless of their location.
Our conversations with National Guard and Air National Guard IT personnel during the conference revealed a strong desire to see communication and collaboration increase, but many were concerned that disparate networks and firewalls could be a potential deal breaker in the implementation of VTC solutions.
In times of recession and tight budgets, many agencies are fearful to implement solutions that would require significant investments and overhauls in their network infrastructure. This is why interoperability is so important for the National Guard, Air National Guard and other agencies. VTC solutions, such as those offered by TANDBERG, are interoperable and can function with network equipment from many different vendors. This ensures VTC solutions can be implemented without significant investments and overhauls in the datacenter.
It’s the National Guard and Air National Guard’s mission to protect America from attack and disaster. At TANDBERG, we’re excited to be a part of outfitting a new Guard, one that communicates in the most chaotic of situations and more effectively and efficiently completes their mission.