GSA adds streaming media provider
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Dec 11, 2000
Streampipe.com last week became the first Internet broadcasting service
provider to receive approval to have its streaming media services included
on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service schedule.
Streaming media enables government organizations to broadcast real-time
activities such as press conferences, distance-learning programs, computer-based
training and product or campaign launches. Video and/or audio content can
be made available live or in archives.
Government agencies can use the streaming media for in-house communication
or widespread message distribution, said Bob Green, director of federal
sales for Streampipe.
"We had a good position and a technology advantage, and we were able
to garner some deals in the federal arena," Green said, adding that getting
GSA approval was the next logical step for the company. "Our technology
is an excellent fit as government agencies seek to share information with
each other and give full disclosure to the public."
Streampipe's federal clients include the Navy, the Coast Guard, the
Commerce Department, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Social Security
Administration and the House of Representatives' Science, Space and Technology
Committee, Green said.
As an example of their success in the federal space, Green mentioned
a recent Commerce event. Streampipe provided the technology that carried
a speech by Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta and a panel of experts live
via the Internet, while also setting up a chat room that welcomed questions
from viewers worldwide.
"We received and translated questions in 22 different languages and
then delivered them to the secretary and the panel," Green said. "We encourage
the government agencies to think out of the box a little bit and realize
that this [technology] offers them a global reach."
Green said Streampipe also is talking to several state and local governments
that are particularly interested in streaming video from traffic cameras
to provide commuting information to constituents.
The Alexandria, Va.-based company has five offices across the country,
with expansion plans for at least 13 domestic offices and three international
locations by the second half of 2001.