Army sees future in video
The TANDBERG team just returned from a trip to Tampa last week for LandWarNet 2010.
LandWarNet is an annual conference sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), a non-profit international association serving the military, government, industry, and academia that was founded to advance professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. The conference is designed to bring together government leaders and IT decision makers with the vendors that supply them with the products and services that keep defense agencies connected and secure.
This year’s conference was a huge success with yet another incredible turnout, even with the mercury rising to near-record levels.
Similar to years past, we saw significant traffic in the Cisco and TANDBERG booths. Many government decision makers who stopped by where psyched about the recent addition of TANDBERG to the Cisco family, and equally interested in how making video teleconferencing (VTC) and Telepresence a part of their operations could help them better achieve their mission.
The Army and other defense agencies have long turned to VTC as a way to reduce operating costs by cutting the need for unnecessary travel. They’ve also benefited from the increased speed of decision making and higher productivity that video brings to the agency. These benefits have led the military to look to video as their primary form of communication.
In the past, the concept of using video as a primary form of communication for any agency or organization would have seemed impossible. VTC usage needed to be scheduled with a video operations center and the hardware often experienced issues with proprietary network infrastructures and firewalls.
Today, these issues are a thing of the past. VTC hardware is now a part of the larger unified communications picture. Firewall transferal and IP infrastructures and the ability to interoperate have led to VTC systems that are easier to implement and utilize.
Video is also becoming more ad-hoc. The addition of directory integration into the Army’s VTC network is making it easier than ever to simply reach out and touch someone. These directories make it fast to find and immediately contact another individual at an organization via video.
By breaking down the walls separating policy and decision makers at the Army and other defense agencies, VTC is speeding decision making and helping to keep America safe. With so many benefits and technology that rapidly increasing quality and ease of use, it’s no surprise that video is becoming a primary form of communication in the Army. Now that’s a new way of working.