The Department of Energy sees the power of VTC
The TANDBERG Public Sector team just returned from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2010 Information Management Conference at San Antonio’s new JW Marriott. The brand new facility was filled with more than 500 vendors and DOE representatives discussing best practices and new technologies that can help the DOE communicate and operate more effectively.
This was the first year TANDBERG attended the event, and based on our conversations with DOE representatives, the timing was perfect to discuss the benefits of video teleconferencing (VTC). John Dunlap, the Acting Associate CIO and Director of IT Services for the DOE, has established initiatives specifically directed towards increasing collaboration and communication within the DOE. He is focused on finding more methods to enhance collaboration among the agency’s labs and video is one of those tools that will be utilized.
The DOE’s mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States, to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission, and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. With such a broad mission, it should come as no surprise that the agency is composed of many decentralized organizations, with labs and offices scattered across the United States.
Despite the geographic distance separating these offices and labs, effective communication and collaboration are still mission critical. This is especially true of the DOE labs that are working on advanced sciences. VTC is the perfect solution in this situation. It not only allows natural, face-to-face communication between individuals regardless of the distance separating them, but also enables the easy and secure sharing of plans, documents and other things that are visual in nature.
With so much decentralization, it goes without saying that disparate network infrastructure within the agency can lead to problems with the acquisition and implementation of VTC solutions. The ability to interoperate, like TANDBERG’s VTC solutions, is critically important for the DOE, and many other government agencies, because it enables all existing network infrastructure across the agency to remain in place and reduces the cost and scope of a VTC solution installation.
VTC is helping to break down the walls between and within government agencies. At TANDBERG, we’re proud to be powering communication for federal agencies like the DOE and enabling a new way of working.