Back in January a Bristol City Council webcast received more than 3,500 live views– when the redevelopment of Bristol Rovers’ Memorial stadium was considered by the authority’s development control committee. While Bristol is no stranger to such big viewing figures, a few things made the meeting worth shouting about. For us, it was the first time ...
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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.
Bristol City Council
Public-i has been supporting Bristol’s webcasting project since 2007. Bristol City Council generates a wide range of content from formal democratic process, such as its Council and Cabinet meetings, to interactive events using Twitter and live blogging, such as the Mayor’s Ask George webcasts. Recent Development Control meetings concerning plans for a new stadium have attracted large audiences – with the Bristol City FC planning meetings achieving nearly 6,000 viewers.
Cheshire West and Chester
Cheshire West and Chester has been a client with Public-i since 2010 and produce a wide range of content including full Council meetings, Planning, Health and Wellbeing and Children and Education Scrutiny. The Council has a fixed F600 encoder for meetings in the Chamber and also benefits from a portable R600 solution for mobile webcasting.
A recent Executive meeting attracted nearly 200 hits and the council encourages online debate by advertising the Twitter hashtag for the meeting on their webcast player.
London Borough of Camden
Camden remains one of Public-i’s longest clients having first started with us in 2002. Camden uses a Fixed F600 from the Chamber to webcast Council, Cabinet, Scrutiny and Planning meetings. The project is owned by Democratic Services and the team benefits from using the Modern.gov / Public-i integration (as do Cornwall, Epping Forest, Lancashire and a number of other clients).
Epping Forest District Council
Epping Forest District Council have been webcasting with Public-i since 2006. The Council produces a wide range of content including Full Council, Cabinet and Scrutiny meetings from the Chamber using an F600 fixed camera installation as well as Planning meetings and Civic Awards from around the District using their mobile R600 encoder. The project is managed by Simon Hill in Democratic Services, and Simon is also Chair of the Public-i User Group, which meets bi-annually.
Kirklees have been webcasting with Public-i since 2009 and, like Epping Forest, use a Fixed F600 and mobile R600 to webcast meetings from the Chamber and committee room, which include the Youth Council and internal communications. Kirklees uses the interactive functionality of the Connect platform to embed a Twitter feed into their webcasts. The project is owned by Democratic Services who have also spoken at our User Group about their experience of Members using social media during meetings and the protocols they have put in place around this.
Lancashire County Council
Public-i has been supporting Lancashire’s webcasting project since 2006. The solution consists of two fixed systems and one mobile encoder used for two different committee rooms both of which have fixed cameras. The project is owned by Democratic Services and the Member and Executive Support Manager regularly receives delegations from other councils interested to learn more about Lancashire’s experiences of webcasting and look at the different solutions installed there.
“Having come to rely on the Public-i system, we wouldn’t be without it.”
Roddy Burns. Acting Chief Executive, Moray Council
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At the recent user group, in November of 2012, we talked about the R600, the dedicated hardware unit we use as part of the Public-i Connect and Connect Social webcasting systems. The R600 has served the company very well. Its reliability and durability have been an important element to our success. We make the unit ourselves, ...