U.S. military leaders in Germany see promise in video

21st February, 2012 - Posted by Kourtney Wooten - No Comments

The Polycom team spent the past few weeks touring U.S. military bases in Germany for the NCSI 2012 Germany Winter Series, demonstrating our technology and having some interesting conversations with senior military officials.

During this Bavarian excursion, the Polycom team visited:

  • U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Landstuhl, Germany
  • U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Bavaria, Germany
  • United States European Command headquarters at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany

During our many stops on the tour, the team took in far more than the scenery. They also learned about some of the main communications challenges facing today’s military in the theater.

Unified Communications (UC) technologies, such as video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions remain instrumental in driving and accelerating decision making by enabling face-to-face communication between those in the field and senior decision makers. However, the disparate nature of military networks and IT infrastructure makes the implementation of these solutions difficult.

Luckily, today’s advanced VTC solutions are helping to overcome the issues created by disparate military networks. Solutions built on open standards and with interoperability in mind are ensuring that military leaders can interact with each other via video communications regardless of which vendor provided their IT infrastructure..

Another challenge facing the military is security in the theater. Unfortunately, many of today’s military members are utilizing commercially available services to speak with family and friends while deployed. These communications solutions are effective for keeping them connected, but aren’t as secure as military networks. This becomes an issue should these individuals disclose something during their conversations that the military would prefer the enemy not know.

Because of this issue, the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform and Polycom® RealPresence™ Mobile solutions were very hot commodities at the Germany shows. These software solutions transform any computer, laptop or mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer, into an HD VTC solution.

The benefit of utilizing these solutions over commercially available systems is that the data remains in the military network and not commercial networks. This ensures that the information is more secure and that sensitive information is not disclosed.

Today’s military relies on the fast decision-making and information sharing that VTC solutions can provide, but has struggled with interoperability and security issues. Luckily, today’s advanced VTC solutions and the proliferation of video as a service is ensuring that solutions can be adopted regardless of the network they’re on and that information is secure.

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