The Public Administration of the Local Government of Canarias Gets Connected
With Cisco TelePresence
The Initiative Forms Part of the Canarias Government's Policy for
Saving Costs and Promoting Innovation
MADRID, SPAIN -- (Marketwired) -- 11/08/13 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
-- The Government of Canarias has commissioned an innovative
telepresence service based on the Cisco TelePresence(R) platform.
This is a pioneering project in Spain that enables representatives of
the public administration of Canarias to hold virtual "face to face"
meetings without having to travel between the islands, helping to
save travel costs and speed up their decision-making.
The initiative is part of the Canarias Government's policy for saving
costs and promoting innovation, taking special consideration for the
geographical peculiarities of the community.
Since early June, the general secretaries at the Ministries of the
Government of Canarias have been holding their weekly meetings via
two telepresence rooms situated in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and
Santa Cruz de Tenerife. These rooms can also be used by other
Canaries authorities, such as the Canarias Federation of Cabildos
(inter-island councils) and the Federation of Municipalities.
Key points of this announcement
-- The Cisco TelePresence, platform, which uses the infrastructure of the
WAN network deployed between the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife,
unites its participants so immersively, it really seems they are
present at the same location. This confers important benefits:
-- Organizing meetings is as easy as making a phone call, while the
room controls are transparent and intuitive.
-- Sessions can be recorded in high-quality video, and multimedia
presentations or the contents of any PC can be shared via the
platform. Advanced 'plug and play' collaborative tools like Cisco
WebEx(R) can be integrated.
-- The communications are encrypted with a robust security system
designed to prevent access by unauthorized third parties to audio,
data or video.
-- Cisco Gold Partner Telefonica deployed, manages and supports the
solution, which includes:
-- Cisco(R) TelePresence TX-9000 and associated network equipment
in each room. Each room seats six and has three 65-inch plasma
screens with integrated cameras -- provides high-definition video
(1080p resolution) and high-quality audio. Speakers are
automatically shown life-size.
Thanks to advanced standard connectors and the Cisco(R)
TelePresence Exchange System, it is possible to meet up with other
administrations or organizations anywhere in the world that have
similar technology, using public telepresence rooms or other
videoconferencing systems. Up to 48 different locations can be
connected in a single meeting. It doesn't matter who supplies the
telecommunications service! The system also allows mobile devices
to access meetings.
-- These virtual meetings have allowed the public representatives located
in Gran Canaria and Tenerife to build a better rapport by being able
to meet more frequently.
Statements in support:
-- Francisco Hernandez Spinola, Minister of the Presidency,
Justice and Equality of the Government of Canarias:
"Canarias is the
first Spanish autonomous community to introduce this state-of-the-art
telecommunications technology, which enormously expands the
possibilities of traditional videoconferencing, improves the
efficiency of meetings, and facilitates making decisions more rapidly.
We are delighted with the results from the first months of using it,
because of its enormous technical quality, ease of use, and the
-- Roberto Moreno-Diaz, Director-General of Telecommunications and
New Technologies of the Government of Canarias: "This is undoubtedly
one of our Community's star technological projects; Cisco TelePresence
increases the efficiency of the Government of Canarias' daily work as,
while obtaining improved performance from the Administration's own
communications network, including the undersea cable that joins the
islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife".
-- Jesus Galindo, Public Sector Director at Cisco Spain:
"Communications by video via IP networks plays a fundamental role in
improving collaboration between Administrations, increasing their
efficiency and optimizing services to the citizens. In spite of its
special geographical situation, the Community of Canarias can rely on
the latest technologies to reduce distances and make it a reference
-- More information about Cisco TelePresence and TelePresencia
-- More information about the Cisco TelePresence TX-9000 system.
-- Discover other implementations of Cisco TelePresence for public
administrations in Canada, Denmark, Colombia and Australia.
-- Discover the Telemedicina system established in Canarias, based on the
Cisco HealthPresence platform.
-- More information about collaborating with Cisco.
-- Social networks: Cisco(R) Collaboration Community, Cisco
Collaboration and Video Blogs, @CiscoCollab and @TelePresence on
Twitter, Cisco Collaboration and Cisco TelePresence on Facebook.
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