It's fast approaching - the Public-i usergroup, our bi-annual one-day get-together will be on Friday, starting at 10.30am. Quite apart from being the must-see event of the pre-Christmas period, knocking the Dr Who special from its perch, this will be a great chance to talk about many of the very important things that have happened ...
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.
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Public-i has been working with Bath and North East Somerset Council since 2012. The client webcasts full Council meetings from the Guildhall which is a Grade 1 listed building. To avoid permanent fixing and to offer the scalability sought by the Council to allow more meetings, Public-i suggested an R600 mobile solution. Bath and North East Somerset are on a 12 month trial project and viewership has been growing from month to month. Full Council in March received a total of 2713 hits.
Public-i has been working with Cardiff Council since 2008. Using an R600 enables the client the versatility to webcast form both the County and City hall. The project is run by Corporate Comms and they have received some high viewing figures from streaming their Full Council meetings. In December 2012 they had 2456 hits (827 live, 1629 archive).
Public-i first webcast an event for Barnsley in 2008 on Developing Successful Low Carbon Local Economies. The Council later became a client in 2010 and adopted the R600 mobile solution to webcast their Council meetings. The project is run by Council Governance.
Buckinghamshire County Council
Buckinghamshire County Council has been webcasting with Public-i since November 2011. The project is run by Member Services who use an R600 to stream content from the Mezzanine room. The Council webcast Council, Cabinet, Health overview, Scrutiny and Budget meetings. Buckinghamshire also stream special sessions like ‘Life of a Councillor’ & ‘Our services and help for the Deaf or hard of hearing customers’. A session on Children’s social care jobs from December 2009 has received 2133 hits.
Brentwood Borough Council
Public-i has been helping Brentwood Borough Council with their webcasting project since 2006. The Council use an R600 to capture content from a variety of meetings. These include; Council, Planning, Environmental, Policy and Resource, Licensing, Overview and Scrutiny, Highways and other Committees. The mobile solution allows the Council to be flexible when webcasting various content types.
Braintree District Council
Braintree District Council has been a client since 2008. The Council uses a portable R600 webcasting solution to stream Council, Planning and Cabinet meetings. Public-i have also been appointed by the Council as a chosen supplier for the Essex Procurement hub which allows us to offer competitive pricing for any potential client who chooses to use this framework when tendering. The project is run by the Business Improvement team and the Council has received high viewership, e.g. A full Council meeting in 2009 received 2551 hits.
Public-i won the tender for business with Blackpool Council in November 2012. The Council decided to webcast their meetings to increase accessibility, accountability and transparency. Public-i has helped enable Blackpool to do this by fitting the Chamber with a F600 solution to webcast Council and Budget meetings. The project is run by Democratic Services.
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City Council has been webcasting since December 2012 and is our largest client. The Council use a F600 fixed solution in the Chamber and a mobile R600 to webcast from the committee room. Birmingham produces a variety of content including full Council, Cabinet, Planning and various District committees. The Council has had early success and in February 2013 received very high viewership when they webcast their budget meeting (4071 hits: 1840 live, 2231 archive)
Belfast City Council
Belfast City Council began webcasting in September 2011 deciding it would be an effective way of opening up the decision making process to the citizens of the city. The project is run by Democratic Services and the client uses a fixed webcasting solution in the Chamber. The Council has seen some very impressive viewing figures e.g. for December’s meeting of the Council in 2012 they had 7083 hits (3536 live and 3547 archive).
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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There will be more than 30 people coming to our usergroup on Friday. This is great news - but there are still many others who won't be able to come in person and will be relying on the webcast and live chat to take part. We always make sure that if you do make comments or ...