As Taiwan enters another deadly typhoon season, Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced its high-definition video solutions have proven to be a critical part of disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts in and around Taiwan’s second largest city.
Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, right, and officials from Kaohsiung's remote mountain areas relied on a Polycom RealPresence video network to gain a real-time assessment of disaster prevention work in advance of Typhoon Soulik. (Photo: Business Wire)In early July, government officials in Kaohsiung City completed the roll-out of an expanded Polycom® RealPresence® video network, with all systems in place just days before Typhoon Soulik – the first of the 2013 season – surged across Taiwan’s northern coast on July 13. Completed ahead of schedule with help from Polycom, the network connects Kaohsiung City’s disaster prevention and response center with similar facilities in 38 districts throughout the city. The municipality of Kaohsiung, on Taiwan’s southwestern coast, is home to nearly 3 million people and covers more than 1,100 square miles. Before Typhoon Soulik reached Taiwan, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu met face-to-face over Polycom video with disaster preparedness officials in the city’s 38 districts. Working from the Kaohsiung command center, Mayor Chen assessed the progress of preparation efforts in each district and coordinated evacuation plans. Mayor Chen paid special attention to Kaohsiung’s remote mountain villages where past typhoons left villagers cut off from central emergency response authorities and impeded relief operations. Even in areas where communications remained operable, emergency workers had to communicate with central command by phone, satellite, or wireless – never with video, and always one at a time. Now, Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau officials can receive real-time updates from multiple districts at once and collaborate face-to-face via high-definition video.