Real-time collaboration can improve business operations and enhance partnerships, but it can be a matter of life and death for those in the emergency management industry. This is why some Missouri emergency management centers have recently adopted video conferencing tools to help them connect to other agencies in their areas.
Participating officials within an 18-county network believe the fast, direct communication afforded by these video conferencing solutions will help them handle local disasters. Through enhanced quality and speed of collaboration, they will be able to deploy the most effective assistance to those in peril.
In addition to connecting with one another, officials are able to use the tools to connect to FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Weather Service via video.
"The video conferencing network ties us together seamlessly as one agency," said Ty Davisson, training and exercise specialist for Missouri's Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. He also says the tools save the center time and money spent on planning regular regional conferences.
Other business owners in crisis relief and other industries may be interested in using cost-effective video conferencing technology to cut back on spending this year. Even as the quality of video tools increases, prices continue to come down.