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Government acquiring a taste for video teleconferencing

April 20, 2010 - 0 Comments

As we say all the time on Break Down the Walls, video teleconferencing (VTC) is the future.

It enables users to communicate effectively and efficiently with anyone, anywhere, regardless of the distance and barriers separating them. It cuts operational costs, enables increased collaboration and increases the speed of decision making.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the public sector, where VTC is: 

  • Increasing communication between military decision and policy makers and troops in the field
  • Getting medical assistance and care to individuals who need it faster to save lives and increase the quality of life for patients
  • Allowing experts to appear in court without expensive travel
  • Allowing prisoners to seek medical attention or appear in hearings without the risk of removing them from prisons
  • Bringing students to the Great Barrier Reef, redwood forests and other locations without the need of a bus or permission slip
  • Bringing experts into the classroom and office to educate students and professionals alike
  • Enabling the sharing of teachers and resources to give underprivileged and rural students the same education as those in better supplied school systems
  • And so much more…

On Monday, Cisco completed the acquisition of TANDBERG, and it seems we have never been closer to the vision, dare I say, dream of VTC into every classroom, courtroom, office, government agency and conference room. Now that’s a new way of working.

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