The Ministry of Public Administration and Security for the South Korean government has selected Polycom RealPresence video solutions for its SmartWork Centre Building Project (third stage), announced Polycom.
Polycom is an open standards-based unified communications (UC) provider.
The South Korean government's 'SmartWork Vitalisation Strategy' aims to build 50 public and 450 private SmartWork centres equipped with high-definition video collaboration solutions by 2015, to allow 30 percent of government officers to work remotely, any time, from any place.
Ploycom said the project is designed to promote flexible working practices in organisations across South Korea, and encourage government officers to telework from anywhere, at any time.
"The initiative, supported by our video collaboration solutions, reduces the need to commute to work, thereby saving hours in travel time and employee downtime while increasing productivity," said Dae-jun Shin, country manager of Polycom Korea.
According to Ploycom sources, the South Korean government expects that if each remote worker utilises their local SmartWork centre as opposed to travelling to the central government facilities in Seoul for between one and two days per week, it will be able to reduce emission trading and transportation costs by about US$310 per one remote worker per year, and reduce commuter time by up to 90 minutes per day.
"The Ministry of Public Administration and Security is replacing many in-person meetings with virtual meetings in which, government officers can meet and collaborate-from anywhere-in highly secure, true-to-life HD quality just as if they were sitting across the table from each other," said a Polycom spokesperson. "Further, it plans to provide additional benefits to workers worth approximately US$2,090 per year per person by investing time earned through remote working into learning and career development."
"An important part of this project was for the SmartWork centres to be easily accessible by all government officers, and the technology easy-to-use, thereby enhancing user efficiency and productivity," said Yong-tak Jo, senior consultant of SmartWork Support Division, Future Informatisation Promotion Department of National Information Society Agency. "With Polycom, we have achieved these mandates and are benefitting from more streamlined processes and transforming to a culture of collaboration that supports flexible working."
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