Video conferencing gives parents their children back

Tuesday, July 19 2011

Two young girls were reunited with their deported parents due to testimony given over a web conference in a U.S. court. This is one of the first examples of international testimony given through this type of technology and offers insight into how our judicial system can conduct hearings with prosecutors or defendants in separate locations.

Web conferencing has begun to be utilized in jails across the country and now it has found its way into the court room. The technology is being viewed as a highly effective way to speed up our judicial system and removes the need to transport people from site to site.

In comparison to the cost it would have taken to bring the parents to the U.S., the court system chose to spend between $300 and $500 dollars to speak directly to the parents using web conferencing equipment, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. That cost is significantly less than it would have been to fly the parents to the States and conduct a hearing person-to-person. The two young girls had been living in the United States since 2009 and we able to identify their parents in the video conference.

Companies like MegaMeeting are providing organizations with the opportunity to install video conferencing equipment in their office buildings at a low cost. This equipment has proven time and time again to reduce costs in transportation when trying to interact with people across great distances.