The Polycom team recently returned from the TechNet International 2012 Conference in Rome, Italy. The conference served to highlight and educate technology decision makers at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member nations on the leading technologies and communication innovations being implemented by defense agencies today.

In previous posts on FedUC, we’ve discussed how coordination between the disparate branches of America’s military can be challenging. Based on conversations that the Polycom team had during this conference, that problem is compounded significantly when trying to coordinate and collaborate between military entities in 28 member states.

Keeping the lines of communication and collaboration open between these nations and their militaries is a struggle under the best of conditions. However, the ongoing economic situation is impacting each and every member nation to some degree and at some level. This means that budgets need to be cut, every cent needs to be accounted for and physical face-to-face meetings between the military decision makers from multiple countries simply aren’t affordable.

It’s for this reason that video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions are receiving a serious push within NATO member nations. VTC solutions can ensure countries that are NATO members can stay connected and collaborate without having to travel for face-to-face meetings. By conducting these meetings via video, instead, they can save budget dollars while still enabling coordination between nations.

Also, the cost savings potential of VTC is even greater now that there are lower cost alternatives for embracing the technology. The lower bandwidth requirements for today’s VTC solutions can help to eliminate any significant ripping out and replacing of existing datacenter hardware. Also, video cloud solutions and mobile video solutions that enable the use of mobile devices, such as tablets/smartphones, as endpoints are cutting down the cost of implementing VTC across an organization.

But the cost savings isn’t the only benefit of VTC. By embracing video communication, NATO member nations can quickly and efficiently share information and data. This can help drastically expedite decision making and help NATO nations get up to speed and on the same page faster.

It can be a task to get multiple agencies within one country’s government on the same page. When you’re dealing with an organization comprised of many nations, the challenge is that much tougher. Luckily, VTC solutions are providing a low cost alternative to travel and enabling a fast an easy way for information sharing and information assurance for NATO and its member nations.