VTC manufactures a better way of working
The American economy has been shifting over the course of the last few decades, away from manufacturing and more towards services. This shift has been compounded by the current recession, as sales shrink companies are forced to reduce production, cut down on costs or close shop.
Although many cities have made the successful switch from a manufacturing-oriented economy to a services-oriented economy, some have struggled. This has led to significant unemployment, and has resulted in population loss.
In fact, a recent Bloomberg article cited government data to show that manufacturing powerhouses are seeing their largest declines in population since 2000. Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania accounted for eight of the 10 industry-dependent metro areas experiencing the largest population losses. Aside from New Orleans, whose population loss is attributed to Hurricane Katrina, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit saw the largest population drops directly attributed to the economy.
This drop in population and tax revenue is a major problem for these cities, as it creates a large number of budget concerns and infrastructure issues.
Although American manufacturing has made a slight rebound since the beginning of the year, there are other ways that these cities can help retain their existing populations and even operate more effectively and efficiently in the face of declining populations. One of those ways is widespread adoption of video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions.
Following are a few examples of how video can be utilized:
– Education. Video in education provides high quality education for students at a fraction of the cost. VTC enhances education through distance learning opportunities and sharing teacher resources via video instead of transporting students from one side of the county to another.
– Judicial systems. Utilizing video in the judicial system allows cities to reduce the need to transport criminals, which is an expensive and dangerous process. It also can reduce the need to have experts physically appear in court and can help judges issue warrants and perform other duties faster while improving the safety of American citizens.
– Telework. What if that employment was available elsewhere, but available without the need to relocate? VTC allows employees to communicate and collaborate as if they are in the same room. It also allows managers to see their employees and eliminates many of the perceived problems some companies have with teleworking.
Helping states overcome budget crunches in this economy and giving residents a reason and the means to stay? Now that’s a new way of working.