San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2006
Onslow County will soon webcast Board of Commissioners meetings live over the Internet. The County recently approved the purchase of a new system to stream board meetings to your computer. Having the meetings available on the county's website expands the coverage of the local cable channel access. So now, people are not limited by the board meeting's time-schedule or their own busy life styles. Whether you're in the office or traveling, you can stay active in government.
Not only will citizens be able to watch live meetings, they can also view archives of past meetings at anytime of their choosing. The county will have a true video-on-demand capability with archives of past meetings, with a one-year record on the website.
The new system makes these archives searchable by keyword, so it will be easier to find specific topics within a board meeting, such as, redevelopment. The search page will return results with brief descriptions, very similar to a "Google" search page.
Watching a full 6-hour board meeting can get pretty tedious. But a nice feature of this system is the time-stamped points in a pull-down menu accessed from the video. Soon you watch just the portion of the meeting that interests you. From within the video player, you can access all the documents that pertain to each agenda item as well, such as development maps or PowerPoint slides.
The new system provided by Granicus, Inc. is the industry leader in enhancing public access to local government. Granicus in based in San Francisco, California with over 100 cities, counties and school district using their streaming video and legislative management products.
"We need to keep the processes of government open to the public," said, Mr. Frank Clifton, Onslow County Manager. "Granicus offers us the opportunity to reach another large segment of the population, at a relatively, low fixed cost. The side benefits come into play for department staff in providing a more efficient record keeping and referencing those records in a quick and timely manner".
Currently, citizens who do not have cable access or can't come to meetings would need to come down to county offices and fill out a request for the recording and supporting documents. Soon they'll be able to access the live meeting from anywhere with an internet connection. Or you can watch the meeting later, at a time more convent to your schedule, through the on-demand archives. Best of all, you view just the portion of the meeting that is of interest to you.
Granicus, Inc. is the leading provider of streaming media solutions to local government agencies. Cities and counties utilize the Granicus solution to improve external and internal access to public meetings, which are available in the Windows Media™ audio and video format live over the Internet, and as searchable archives that can be used for efficient long-term record keeping. By measurably improving public and internal access to information beyond what can be provided through cable broadcast, Granicus has become the popular streaming media solution of choice for such innovative cities and governments as; Madera County, Sedgwick County, Ventura County, City of Sacramento, City of El Segundo, City of Long Beach, City of San Diego, City of Scottsdale, City of Brentwood, City of Pinole, California Public Utilities Commission, and more. For more information about Granicus, please visit: http://www.granicus.com or call 415-357-3618. To view how over 100 clients are using Granicus webcasting and legislative management tools to provide citizens with better access to government visit http://www.granicus.com/clients
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