Government stars shine via video at Video Teleconferencing User Forum
The TANDBERG Public Sector team just wrapped up the 4th Annual Federal Video Teleconferencing User Forum at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Va.
This year’s event was expanded to include the entire federal government (DoD and Civilian representatives), and the result was a large and amazingly successful forum.
More than 175 participants representing more than 60 government agencies were present at this year’s event. Each one of them left having experienced the latest video teleconferencing (VTC) technologies, and learned best practices for VTC implementation.
Speakers from the United States Senate discussed their successful roll out of a comprehensive enterprise VTC system. Also, members of the Department of Veterans Affairs and United States Army Medical Command discussed their telemedicine solutions, which is the largest telemedicine implementation in the world. Appearing via VTC, representatives from the the Army discussed how their telemedicine solution is being used to treat and diagnosis wounded warriors and other patients across the world.
Also appearing via VTC from his office in Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colo., Major General Michael J. Basla, Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, delivered the keynote presentation. General Basla spoke about how video is becoming universally accepted across the Department of Defense and has astonishing benefits in helping the warfighter accomplish missions and in saving lives. Brigadier General David Warner, AFSPC Director of Communications and Logistics, then interacted with Forum participants in an in-depth Q&A session.
Overall, the forum was an incredible opportunity for government thought leaders to network, and share best practices for the implementation and uses of VTC solutions. With multiple speakers appearing via video, attendees also got to experience just how natural and interactive video communication can be. This was especially obvious during Q&A sessions and when speakers interacted directly with their audience.
The one unifying thing the TANDBERG team heard from every attendee was a universal acceptance that VTC was a rapidly evolving tool that will increase collaboration and communication, enable agencies to operate more effectively and efficiently, and can save the government significant money by reducing the need for travel and saving time out of the office. Attendees understood that like email, and the telephone before it, video is the future of communication.
With TANDBERG now becoming a part of Cisco, telepresence solutions are taking another step towards becoming one part of the circle of unified communications services that all organizations are looking to embrace. Hopefully, this forum helped people overcome any fears of the implementation and use of VTC and will work to drive increased adoption of video across the federal government.