Situated in the eastern part of China on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Commodity Price is responsible for price supervision and law enforcement throughout the province. The Bureau was in need of a communications solution that would enable real-time collaboration and data sharing during consultations and meetings with the 103 bureau divisions that are located in cities and districts across the 1,000 square-mile Province. It also required a highly secure, scalable solution capable of providing the highest levels of audio and visual communications without a large investment in hardware.
Technology integration firm Nanjing Newway Company evaluated the Bureau’s AV requirements and demonstrated the features and functionality of the ClearOne COLLABORATE® Pro 300, which brings ClearOne’s Spontania cloud video collaboration and traditional SIP/H.323 video conferencing into a single appliance. Easy to deploy and use, the COLLABORATE Pro 300 is an extremely robust and cost-effective visual collaboration solution for this type of application.
According to Newway’s April Zhang, “The project involved more than 100 conferencing locations, making a traditional MCU approach very expensive and difficult to deploy. The Spontania cloud solution was ideal for the project because it is easy to install and it operates in the cloud — eliminating the need for dedicated lines. What’s more, the Spontania cloud supports the 4G network installed inside the Jiangsu Bureau of Price. Our client is very happy with the end result and the better business outcomes the solution is generating.”
The Bureau chose to deploy ClearOne’s Spontania Classroom solution, securely hosted in ClearOne’s private cloud, supporting up to 100 licensed participants, with the option to increase licenses as necessary. Spontania Classroom enables participants to view up to four independent video streams and enables file sharing and real-time interactive annotation of documents.
To ensure rich, full-duplex high-quality audio, the Bureau also deployed ClearOne’s COLLABORATE speakerphones.
Following close liaison with the Bureau, Newway built a cloud-based video collaboration platform which can accommodate all the remotely located Bureau divisions. Participants to crucial consultations and meetings concerning pricing across Jiangsu Province can quickly and easily join a single meeting via their PC or smartphone.
Security of communication during consultations and meetings was essential to ensure that the Bureau’s strict confidentiality regulations were met, thus the platform is hosted in the highly-secure ClearOne private cloud which provides the highest level of redundancy.
The deployment of Spontania has allowed the Bureau to make significant savings around travel expenses, as participants are now able to attend consultations regardless of their location. The Bureau has also been able to reduce its capital expenditure by avoiding additional investment in video conferencing hardware. Additionally, the cloud-based video collaboration platform operates within ClearOne’s highly-secure private cloud, eliminating the need for the Bureau to invest in its own potentially costly private network.
The ClearOne AV collaboration solution has been so successful that remote video collaboration has become the new ‘norm’ of the Bureau’s working day.
According to David Wang, ClearOne Associate Vice President for Sales APAC, the Bureau of Price installation is one of many in China. “Chinese customers are looking for innovative solutions that enhance communications among their teams and improve operational efficiency. They demand solutions that are high performance, cost-effective, and extremely reliable — and ClearOne meets all three of these demands. ClearOne has been the pioneer in cloud-based collaboration and AV over IP technologies. Its leading technologies fill the requirement gap that traditional video conferencing solutions fail to meet. We offer a one-stop solution that meets all of the collaboration needs of our customers. Thanks to our extensive channel network support, customers get the best combination of performance and service support. We are very optimistic about our prospects for growth in China and throughout Asia.”