Dakota County (Minn.) wanted a new, enhanced way for employees in three main locations to communicate.
They found fellow Minnesotan Video Guidance (of Eden Prairie) for a videoconferencing system designed to add efficiency and save money.
“Energy consumption and the cost of travel spiked by high fuel prices have grown significantly,” said Don Turner, technical support manager for Dakota County. “By creating a new way of communicating effectively and by eliminating much of the travel expenses, we hope to bring huge cost savings to the county. Plus, it’s greener.”
The county had previously used an outdated video conferencing system that utilized older technology, including tube televisions on mobile carts, resulting in poor quality and constant IT support. Video Guidance installed high-definition video conferencing systems in two conference rooms at each of the three locations. New HD cameras, and projection and flatpanel screens are integrated into a highly sophisticated yet user-friendly system that doesn’t require an IT manager to set up and monitor.
Each room uses the new Tandberg Codec C-60 video collaboration engine, built with an integrated, stationary operating system-the first to be used in the Midwest.
“Video Guidance helped us implement a new way of working more efficiently,” said Turner. “The HD quality is amazing, bringing new face-to-face communication to the workplace. Travel will never be eliminated but we are able to cut back significantly on the wasted time of driving from one location to the next, along with the exorbitant costs of fuel. While it’s too early to measure, we expect this to be great news for the county’s budget.”
The three main county work locations are in West St. Paul, Hastings and Apple Valley, Minn.
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