Video conferencing changes business in Idaho

Wednesday, December 29 2010

Businesses, agencies and schools have invested in video conferencing technology in Idaho, making it cheaper and easier for many people in the state to use telecommunication, reports the Idaho Statesman.

Cutting-edge businesses in the state are investing in technology that promises clear, uninterrupted video conversations through laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Idaho Fish and Game employees use video conferencing for meetings on a wide range of important topics, including taking wolves off the endangered species list and discussing salmon runs. The department saves money and time for travel by meeting virtually through their offices.

According to Computer World, the video conferences have prevented biologists and other wildlife officials from having to travel as far as eight hours in the car or via complicated plane flights from rural, isolated parts of the state. A statewide conference in August prevented travel for up to 20 state workers.

Hewlett-Packard engineers in Boise use video conferencing to work with co-workers in India to troubleshoot jet printer issues, according to the publication.

Boise State, McKenna Charter High School, Idaho Digital Learning Academy and other educational institutions are using video conferencing to expand learning opportunities for students. Students in rural areas can access schooling, and children can supplement their existing educations with online courses.