State Department launching cloud-based video conferencing
The Department of State has contracted to deploy a cloud-based videoconferencing and collaboration system to cover its expanding requirements for remote meetings on a global basis.
The agency signed a multi-year contract with Watchitoo Inc., which offers a secure video service combining collaboration tools and broadcast-level streaming on one platform. Sessions are scalable, interactive and can be branded for each customer group.
"Government agencies have used online video for years to facilitate one-way communication to various audiences,” said Dori Gurwitz, vice president of sales and partnerships at Watchitoo. “However, with the growth in remote workforces and global audiences' appetite for two-way communication using online video, government agencies need a better and more scalable way to support them.”
Watchitoo says key features of its cloud-based platform include:
- Fast deployment. As a software-as-a-service offering, the platform can be configured and activated rapidly, eliminating the need for long IT administrator-assisted configurations.
- Worldwide scalability. The service automatically extends to support unlimited users based on demand, said Watchitoo. As a result, when major events unfold, agencies can have confidence the system will support their on-demand needs.
- On-premise deployment option. Available as both a cloud-based and private network solution, on-premise options are designed to meet desired security.
Watchitoo's contract was awarded using a GSA IT Schedule 70 vehicle through solution provider Zappold Advisors LLC of Maryland.