What is Canada Video Collaboration Network (CVCN)?
The Canadian Video Collaboration Network is a video technology infrastructure that supports high quality video interaction between members of municipalities and associations. The network began as a pilot in an effort to foster productive collaboration and innovation amongst select Canadian municipalities. The Canadian Video Collaboration Network is built on Cisco video technologies and operated by ET Group.
Canada ranks 14th in the World for productivity and innovation. Collaboration, partnerships, and connecting people with ideas and stakeholders are the keys to Canada’s economic and social prosperity, and rise to the top in productivity and innovation.
The Canadian Video Collaboration Network provides the platform for Mayors, municipal decision makers and industry to collaborate face-to-face using high-quality video. In addition to one-to-one meetings, the network also allows for group meetings and virtual roundtables to continue to foster dialogue and innovation amongst those who care for the success of Canada and its municipalities.
"Video conferencing opens up a window of opportunity to meet and collaborate with my peers across the country. There are so many exciting and innovative initiatives going on in other municipalities. Joining the Canadian Video Collaboration Network allows me to tap into those with other Canadian leaders on a face to face basis, without having to leave my office. That's a Win / Win for ensuring Newmarket's innovative growth and for efficiently managing the tax-payers' dollars!"Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of Newmarket Ontario
How Canadian Video Collaboration Network Works
The Canadian Video Collaboration Network is available in simple and scalable subscription packages. A variety of monthly packages allows municipalities, associations, and leaders concerned with the success of Canada access to a leading-edge video bridging technology.
Through direct-dialing or establishing a video "room", members can instantly communicate over high definition video with peers, colleagues, and anyone else on the video network or at any of Cisco's offices around the world – allowing access to a global network of thought leaders and likeminded communities and businesses.
The underlying technology for the video network is Cisco TelePresence.
Interested in joining your peers on the Canadian Video Collaboration Network?
To get started you will need a CollaborateNow subscription and have a video conferencing endpoint.
Our partners at ET Group will help you get set up. They will help configure the perfect video solution for you!
Click below to browse sample solutions that illustrate a variety of CollaborateNow subscriptions and endpoint options.
How to use the network with a desktop video end-point:
Download the user manual HERE.
Download the EX60 Quick Reference Guide HERE.
View the training videos for the EX60 HERE.
Training Materials Available in English Only.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: If I already have a video conferencing system, can I talk to the network?
A: Depending on the make and year of the system, you can likely be integrated and added to the network. You will still need to purchase the basic subscription service and will be charged an additional integration fee.
Q: How do I get my association to sign up for this network in order to enhance its communications with the members and board?
A: Contact Cisco or ET Group for a demo and conversation on the benefits for your association and special entry-pricing and promotions.
Q: How much bandwidth am I going to need to get the best possible experience?
A: We recommend you use 5MB down and at least 2MB up; but higher speeds are readily available and highly recommended. If you have less than 2MB /1MB respectively, you may not experience the best quality for high definition video interactions. The web-version (Cisco WebEx with video) may be the answer for you to interact with those on the network.
Q: Is there any other cost above and beyond the cost outlined in the sign-up page?
A: If your organization or home has sufficient bandwidth, you will not need to incur any additional cost. Hardware, software, maintenance, and monthly cost for access and usage of the video network are all included in the pricing structure outlined in the sign-up page.
Q: How many people (end-points) can attend a video session at any given time?
A: When you use the "meeting rooms" on the video network, you can collaborate with as many as 1,000 participants at one time.
Q: Can I buy video end-points anywhere, and only sign up for the service?
A: Yes, please contact your own IT department or local Cisco representative and we can assist you in finding the best possible end-point solution for you. You will still need to pay for the recurring subscription fee to get access to the video network and communicate with your peers and colleagues.
True sustainable value of the network is achieved when usage is maximized. In addition to one-to-one impromptu meetings, the network is used to host board meetings and team meetings within member associations and municipalities.
Cisco and its partners will provide regular content through dynamic virtual executive roundtables.
The following are content providers for the network. Please visit their respective websites for details and programming.
- Connected Canada
- True Stories of the Connected: Rural Healthcare in Northern Canada (video)
- Municipal Mashup - coming soon!
- Cisco True Growth - coming soon!
Webinar Recording: Optimizing the Public Sector Through Video Collaboration
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"The Town's ability to participate in video conferencing allows for the potential of greater flexibility in attending meetings for senior staff. I was recently able to sit on a panel of experts at a conference located across the country; I was in Newmarket and the panel was presenting in Vancouver. I was brought into the session via video. The audience and I were able to interact perfectly, as if I was there in person. Without video conferencing, I would not have been able to contribute to the conversation."
Susan Chase, Director, Information Technology, Town of Newmarket
"Video conferencing opens up a window of opportunity to meet and collaborate with my peers across the country. There are so many exciting and innovative initiatives going on in other municipalities. Joining the Canadian Video Collaboration Network allows me to tap into those with other Canadian leaders on a face to face basis, without having to leave my office. That's a Win / Win for ensuring Newmarket's innovative growth and for efficiently managing the tax-payers' dollars!"
Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of Newmarket Ontario
"In just a few years, Stratford has grown from a cultural hotbed into one of the most intelligent communities in the world, ranking in the top 7 of global connected communities. At the core of this growth is our understanding and adoption of new methods of collaboration. We think and work differently. By using something as simple as videoconferencing, we were able to collaborate with peers more efficiently and stay ahead of the game by truly transforming Stratford into a living lab of intelligent community space."
Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford
Video collaboration is the next frontier for improvements in productivity and innovation. The use of video for collaboration is inevitable. Already, 91% of all consumer traffic on the Internet is caused by video. When we effectively connect decision makers, municipal stakeholders, private sector leadership and institutional leadership via the new Canadian Video Collaboration Network-and consequently improve how we share, communicate and collaborate-Canada will rise in the ranks of global collaboration, innovation and leadership, and all its constituents and business will thrive and prosper.
SAVE TO INVEST…eliminate operating cost while enhancing municipal and inter-departmental collaboration; and re-invest in the productivity and innovation of your community instead.
- Improve speed of decision making
- Have impromptu "live" meetings with people across a distributed network
- Participate in face-to-face video meetings at the comfort of your own office or home
- Minimize scheduling and travel time while increasing flexibility
- Save $18,600 or more per year for one individual endpoint. (a)
- Reduce municipal operating budget by at least $97,000 for room endpoint. (b)
(a) Based on EX90 video endpoint for one user; attend 1 bi-weekly meeting via video and reduce inefficiency cost accordingly; eliminate 1 monthly trip and reduce.
(b) Based on MX room-endpoint for multiple users; attend 1 weekly meeting with on average 5 stakeholders and reduce inefficiency cost accordingly; eliminate 4 monthly trips and reduce travel expenses.
For a detailed TelePresence ROI calculation, visit:
http://www.cisco.com/web/applicat/TPcalcul/home.html or contact your local Cisco or ET Group representative.