Minnesota-based Video Guidance Inc. has introduced a portable videoconferencing system, VG Transport, for disaster responders in the field.
And thanks to a $500,000 Department of Homeland Security grant, Video Guidance will equip 14 emergency managers in 14 northeast Minnesota counties (Northeast Region 2 of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers) with the Video Suitcases.
“VG Transport was designed to be a two-way, interactive video system used in the field, allowing a response team to bring their office functionality to the scene of an emergency,” said Dustin Artwohl, senior account manager for Video Guidance.
The mobile system includes a 15-inch LCD monitor that connects to a video codec. Access to a satellite connection or using a mobile broadband card enables enjoy HD quality and security through AES video encryption. The system can also be connected to a large monitor or projector.
The 14 HSEM regional units will connect 11 County Emergency Managers, the City of Duluth, and the Mille Lacs and Grand Portage Reservations to each other, to the State Emergency Operations Center and to contacts in Canada.
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