‘SmartWork Vitalisation Strategy’ to allow 30% of government officers to work remotely, any time, from any place
June 25, 2012 – Polycom, Inc., the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced in a news release that the Ministry of Public Administration and Security for the South Korean Government has selected Polycom® RealPresence™ video solutions for its SmartWork Centre Building Project (3rd stage). The project is designed to promote flexible working practices in organisations across Korea, and encourage government officers to telework from anywhere, at any time.
The SmartWork initiative focuses on improving efficiency and productivity with a flexible work environment, whereby employees have greater choice in when, where, and how they work by using advanced ICT solutions. As part of the project, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security worked closely with the National Information Society Agency to build and manage the SmartWork centres, selecting Polycom’s high-definition video collaboration solutions to be incorporated into key SmartWork centres in locations across Korea including Jamsil, Guro and Daejeon.
A key requirement for the project was the need for a secure and stable system that supports open standards and is easy-to-use. Polycom RealPresence video solutions are powered by the carrier-grade Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, which provides robust provisioning, management, scalability, reliability, and security. Because of Polycom’s focus on interoperability, the RealPresence Platform transforms islands of employees and fragmented communications systems into a seamless video enterprise, which makes enterprise-grade video easily and securely accessible to all authorised personnel whether mobile, remote, or on-site.
“An important part of this project was for the SmartWork centres to be easily accessible by all government officers, and the technology easy-to-use, thereby enhancing user efficiency and productivity. With Polycom, we have achieved these mandates and are benefitting from more streamlined processes and transforming to a culture of collaboration that supports flexible working,” said Yong-tak Jo, senior consultant of SmartWork Support Division, Future Informatisation Promotion Department of National Information Society Agency.
“Polycom is pleased to be supporting the Korean Government in their Smart Working Building Project, enabling government officers to meet and collaborate ‘face-to-face’ visually with quality that is as lifelike as being there in person. The initiative, supported by our video collaboration solutions, reduces the need to commute to work, thereby saving hours in travel time and employee downtime while increasing productivity. By changing the way organisations collaborate, we are helping to promote a more flexible and smarter way to work,” said Dae-jun Shin, country manager of Polycom Korea.
The Korean Government aims to build 50 public centres specifically for government officers’ use and 450 private SmartWork centres designed for wider enterprise use, equipped with high-definition video collaboration solutions by 2015.