By Tim Brice – NWS El PasoAMS Annual Conference January 10, 2012USING GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUTS-ON-AIRFOR DECISION SUPPORT SERVICES
VIDEO CONFERENCE SOFTWARE EVALUATION Quickly and easily conducting interviews with media Face-to-face communication with emergency management involving Decision Support Savings related to not having to deploy to a remote location. Training opportunities- SKYWARN, office-to- office, etc
VIDEO CONFERENCE SOFTWARE EVALUATION A large user base The ability to quickly and easily set-up and run video conferencing Multi-point video conferencing capability Desktop sharing User friendly
VIDEO CONFERENCE SOFTWARE EVALUATION Skype GoToMeeting HD Faces Google Plus Hangouts
GOOGLE PLUS Rapidly growing user database 500+ million users around the world Easy to use interface Integrated with other Google products like Search, Reader, YouTube, Picasa, Blogger etc. Organized via circles Video hangouts have great potential for coordination use.
GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUTS Group chat of up to nine users at a 640p x 480p rate. Uses a client-server system, as opposed to P2P. News Media and musicians are early Hangout adopters
GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUTS Easy install of video chat plugin. Can chat with one to nine people at once Can show desktop in one on one and group chat No additional cost
HANGOUTS-ON-AIR Same advantages as regular hangouts Broadcast live on YouTube (potentially to millions of viewers)Immediately archived onYouTube
HANGOUTS-ON-AIR EXAMPLES Cooking classes Game shows Guitar Lessons Presidential chats Music Concerts Hangouts from the Space Station Search for the Higgs Boson Astronomy-casts
HANGOUTS-ON-AIR REQUIREMENTS Google Plus account (free) YouTube account (free) Computer/Laptop with camera and mic Aircard or DSL Internet connection (regional LAN usually can’t support HOA)
HANGOUTS-ON-AIR – HOW CLOSE ARE WE YouTube accounts now available for WR (and soon SR offices) Google Plus experimental office accounts to start soon WFO bandwidth limitations will continue
HANGOUTS-ON-AIR TAKE AWAYS Up to nine people can join the chat Share desktop, videos and docs Unlimited number of people can view live via G+ or YouTube Automatic archiving on YouTube for later review or distribution. Great face-to-face briefing and/or discussion tool.
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