At a Glance
- Face-to-face meetings of national leaders
- Emergency management
- Planning and training
- Lower costs
China’s Ministry of Transport Keeps 1.35 Billion People on the Move
In the People's Republic of China, the Ministry of Transport oversees the business of keeping this nation of 1.35 billion people in motion. Anyone familiar with China's sheer size and importance to the global economy can understand how vital the work of the ministry is. China is home to just 6 percent of the world's total railways, yet they move 24 percent of all freight and passengers carried by the world's trains – more than any other country. It has the world's largest highway network of intercity expressways. The country operates 130 international shipping ports from which 35 percent of the world's shipments originate. And by 2015, Beijing's Daxing International Airport will become the world's busiest airport.
From designing and building optimal transportation systems to maintaining and upgrading China's fast-growing infrastructure, the Ministry of Transport engages in constant planning and coordination work across multiple offices. But transport officials are tasked with other essential duties, such as emergency command and control coordination during earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters, in addition to security coordination for international events such as the Olympics and World Expo. Not surprisingly, Ministry of Transport meetings regularly involve some of China's highest-ranking government officials.
Because its work is so central to so many aspects of life in China, the ministry in 2012 replaced an aging and often unreliable video collaboration solution with one that met high standards for stability, real-time interaction, cost efficiency, flexibility, and interoperability. Faced with such stringent criteria for its comprehensive upgrade, the ministry's choice was clear: Polycom.
The ministry's main conference room features redundant high-definition room systems to ensure successful collaboration at all times. The solution incorporates state-of-the-art conference management and failure monitoring capabilities, enhanced protections for secure communications, and connection to an intelligent signal switch platform to ensure that video meetings run smoothly throughout the network. Ministry of Transport employees engage with the environment via an intuitive Chinese-language interface.
When Ministry of Transport officials travel or work from home, they still can fully participate in administrative meetings, emergency response calls, and training sessions using mobile software installed on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Mobilizing the video collaboration environment is a part of the ministry's effort to ensure that it is equipped to accommodate future expansion as the increasingly globalizing country adopts new communication and technology standards.
With its support for open industry standards, the Polycom platform also enables ministry officials on the national level to collaborate face-to-face with regional departments, many of which have legacy systems. This helps drastically reduce operating costs for the Chinese government.
"With Polycom, the Ministry of Transport has reduced administrative operating costs and improved efficiency," said a representative at China's Ministry of Transport. "The system has become an important support platform for our everyday meetings, emergency management, and collaboration."