Geoff Coleman, Birmingham City Council communications officer, explains how his authority has used a question-and-answer webcasts to massively widen engagement in the 2014/15 budget. In December, cabinet members from Birmingham City Council attended four public meetings across the city to answer questions about the 2014/15 budget. The meetings were attended by a total 287 hardy souls. On January 7, ...
We are proud to have pioneered
the use of webcasting in local government since 2000
Your audience can easily interact with your content by using the social media tools they are already familiar with such as Twitter, CoveritLive and Disqus.
Your content can be shared and embedded on any other website, by you or your viewers, so you can cast a wider net and promote meetings without extra resource.
Let your audience choose when and where they watch by accessing webcasts live and on demand.
Give viewers the power to find content that’s relevant to them by tagging webcasts by issue and subject.
Combine video with your slides, papers and additional information all indexed to make sure that your viewers can see what they want when they want.
We’ve been designing, developing and delivering Connect for more than 12 years – and it is the webcasting product we’ve built our reputation on. During that time we’ve worked just as hard on ensuring that we can provide our clients with the highest possible standards of support and customer service – with our customer delivery team on hand to ensure all our clients’ webcasts run smoothly.
Offering a full service – including hardware, software, support, streaming and hosting of webcasts – Connect is currently used by more than 70 clients across Europe, North America and the UK. While our governmental clients have used it to build trust and demonstrate transparency, it has been equally valued by our events clients – for whom its adaptability and durability are key.
Wyre Forest District Council
Wyre Forest District Council have been webcasting with Public-i since 2012. The Council webcast Full Council, Cabinet and Planning Committee meetings. The project is owned by the Communications team.
London Borough of Meron Council
The London Borough of Merton started working with Public-i by trialing webcasting through a 12 month pilot project in March 2013. They use a fixed encoder from the Chamber to webcasta range of meetings which include: Council, Budget and Planning Applications Committees.
The Moray Council
The Moray Council are one of our oldest clients and have been working with us for over ten years. Moray webcast Council, Planning and various committee meetings.
“Moray Council were early adopters of webcasting, and our fait in the system has been more than justified over the years. Significant council decisions and debates have been watched by the public and media, providing a greater engagement with our communities. Our viewing figures now rival some of the biggest councils in the UK. In addition, the accurate and indisputable record of meetings is a significant aid to committee clerks when minutes are prepared. Having come to rely on the Public-i system, we wouldn’t be without it”
Roddy Burns, Chief Exectutive, Moray Council.
Mole Valley District Council
Public-i have been been working with Mole Valley for over ten years to help increase transparency through webcasting. The Council captures a variety of content including Development Control committee, Executive, Council and Scrutiny meetings.
Lincolnshire County Council
Since 2006 Lincolnshire County Council have been working with Public-i. The Council use an F600 fixed encoder to webcast their County Council meetings from teh Chamber.
Local Government Association
The LGA use an R600 mobile encoder to webcast a range of content, In 2013, Public webcast the 3 day LGA Annual Conference and provided social media reporting for the event. The Conference had a total of 6091 hits, 932 were live.
Lancashire County Council
Since 2006, Lancashire County Council have been webcasting with Public-i. The council stream Full Council, Development Control Committee, Cabinet and more from the County Hall and the Diamond Jubilee room.
Leicester City Council
Leicester City Council have been webcasting with Public-i since 2008. The Council use a portable system to capture a variety of content which includes: Council, Planning and Development Control and City Mayor and Executive – Public Briefings.
South Oxfordshire District Council
Since 2005 Public-i have been working with South Oxfordshire District Council. The Council use mobile equipment to webcast Council, Planning and Cabinet meetings.
Kingston upon Hull City Council
Kingston upon Hull use an F600 fixed encoder to webcast Full Council, Council, debates, elections and more from the Chamber. A Budget meeting from February 2013 received 1639 hits (726 live).
Kent County Council
Kent County Council webcast from the Council Chamber and Darent Room at County Hall in Maidstone. Content includes: various committees, Police and Crime Panel meetings, County Council and Cabinet. The project is looked after by Democratic Services.
Haringey London Borough Council
Haringey began webcasting with Public-in 2005. The Council use and F600 encoder with four fixed cameras from the Chamber. Key aims of the project include raising public awareness and participation in the democratic service and increasing staff awareness of the democratic process.
The Highland Council
Public-i and The Highland Council have been working together since 2009. The most frequent meetings to be webcast are Planning Applications Committees and Licensing Boards. In November 2013 the Council webcast their ‘Carbon Clever Conference’ which with the inclusion of the live chat facility received very strong viewership and interaction.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been working with Public-i since 2008. The project sits with Media and Communications who use the mobile webcasting unit to capture a variety of content including: ‘Better Air For Better Health’, ‘Recycling and Waste Reduction’ and ‘Be a Councillor’ webcasts.
Pembrokeshire County Council
Pembrokeshire County Council were one of the early adopters of webcasting in Wales. They use a fixed encoder in the Council Chamber to webcast their Council meetings. In two months from December 2013 to February 2014 a Council meeting received a total of 2274 hits.
Northamptonshire County Council
Northamptonshire County Council have been webcasting with Public-i for a number of years. The Council produce content from the Chamber and the Blue Room with the aim of improving openness, transparency and understanding of the decisions that the Council takes. Amongst the meetings we webcast are: Cabinet, Fuill Council, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Development Control Committees, Police and Crime Panel and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
After a successful webcast of their full Council meeing in September 2011, and as part of an ongoing commitment to making the democratic process transparent and accountable, the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames began webcasting all of their Planning Committee and Full Council meetings with Public-i.
Worcestershire County Council
Since 2008, Worcestershire County Council have been working with Public-i and webcasting through the Connect platform. The Council webcast Full Council, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Cabinet and West Mercia Police and Crime Panel meetings.
Woking Borough Council
Since 2013, Woking Borough Council have been using an F600 fixed encoder to webcast from the Council Chamber. The Council host Executive and Council meetings on the Connect platform. The project is handled by Corporate Strategy.
West Sussex County Council
West Sussex County Council are a Connect client that use an F600 fixed and R600 mobile encoder to webcast from the Chamber and Committee rooms. As well as Full Council, West Sussex produce a variety of content including seminars, survey findings, summits and briefings. The project is owned by Member Services.
“Having come to rely on the Public-i system, we wouldn’t be without it.”
Roddy Burns. Acting Chief Executive, Moray Council
Want to hear more?
Call today to discuss Connect with our specialist team 01273 821282
Just a few weeks ago we were asked by the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner to help support an interactive Q&A session with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. Sussex residents were able to question the PCC, live on air, on her first year in office and to have their say on ...