Bin Laden Raid Highlights Telepresence Role in Critical Security Operations
On Sunday, May 1, President Obama sat in a room in Virginia and monitored in real-time the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, 7,000 miles away. According to CNN, the president could see that the mission progressed on time and remained on target. Video feeds provided up-to-the-minute visibility of the critical attack.
The ability to connect leaders in multiple locations through video paves the way for more comprehensive technology like telepresence to assist top-secret missions. Soldiers and agents equipped with telepresence technology would never lose touch with command central, even when it lies halfway around the world. The Commander-in-Chief, along with his closest advisers, could call the shots throughout the entire process.
We’ve already documented some of the communication and cost-saving benefits government entities have realized with telepresence technology. But the raid that led to bin Laden’s capture sheds new light on the possibilities of using video communications such as telepresence not just for enhancing convenience and efficiency, but also for tightening security and enhancing the nation’s safety.