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Video conferencing against H1N1 "Battle of the masks"

May 14, 2009

One whole year after the Wenzhou earthquake, on the 11th of May the health department announced that Sichuan Province had already diagnosed the first batch of cases of H1N1 flu. Following the continuing rapid spread of H1N1, the global epidemic situation grew more serious day by day: the epidemic spread from country to country and region to region, numbers of suspected cases and numbers of deaths continued to increase.

With video conferencing capability, there's no need to panic.

Towns sealed off, restaurants closed, shopping malls shuttered, this is not only damaging for Mexico, but damaging for every country in the world. In the original source of the epidemic, Mexico City, the vast empty expanse of the city makes one tremble. The Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, said, "There's nowhere that's safer than your own home. In the provisionally stipulated period, people are advised to stay at home with their families and not to go out, so as to reduce transmission of the disease as far as possible." This writer understands from Mexican friends that whilst they were encircled by the ravages of the disease, Mexicans most certainly did not panic. A good many citizens paid to use video conferencing software so as to chat via the Internet without leaving their homes, keeping in touch with loved ones and even doing business.

But in other countries, everyone basically just did one thing, rushed to buy surgical masks. Whether or not these masks can actually block the disease is a matter of debate in medical circles, but they certainly remind people: as far as possible keep the mouth shut and cut down on discourse. How to actually have safe discourse with the outside world became a central problem for leaders of all countries. Video conferencing systems proved invaluable in this situation. Within 30 days of the outbreak of the epidemic, Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao health departments had convened video conferences, the agriculture department had convened a video conference about epidemic control, the World Health Organisation had convened an emergency video conference, Wen Jiabao had conveyed sympathy to the people via a video link in Xiamen, and so on.

This kind of remote convention, multi-point, real-time, interactive etc multi-media video conference system is already gradually becoming familiar to everyone. By convening a video conference, one can effectively limit the danger of offices, markets, classrooms, trade venues and conferences etc where people congregate in large numbers, from becoming a channel for transmission of the epidemic, thus preventing the virus from spreading further while at the same time being able to converse, do office work, hold meetings, and guarantee that during the period of the epidemic, government and industrial office work carries on effectively, as well as related emergency measures, enquiries and publications and so on.

V2 Technology, having the greatest number of users on the Chinese mainland, joined in the emergency response to H1N1 flu. In the area of video conferencing V2 Technology, thanks to its own multi-media technology and deep understanding of applications and services, was able to provide Internet based V2 video conferencing platform services for hire. V2 video conferencing rental platforms were able to bring maximum efficiency to industrial users on the basis of economy, business travel, meetings, communication, management, policymaking, data transmission, security, compatibility etc. At the same time, the capital expenditure was very low. The system was completely based on existing computers and networks and just required the addition of video cameras and headsets to start a conference. It is easy to use. It has a direct and simple user interface, and can easily be integrated with all kinds of office software, giving users a creative, flexible and convenient platform for communication. As long as users can connect to the Internet, they can hold conferences anywhere and anytime, and enjoy powerful data-sharing functionality. System maintenance and upgrades are all taken care of by V2 Technology.

Shanghai Newsummit Biopharma Group, Guangzhou Zhongyi Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Xi'An Dongsheng Pharmaceutical, Jilin Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical Group, Yunnan Baiyao Group, Sichuan University's West China Hospital, Jiangsu Xiansheng Pharmaceutical Co, China Medical University's 4th Hospital, Yantai 107th Hospital, all say that even though the whole world is enveloped in the haze of swine flu, and even though the fear induced by this haze surpasses that induced by the economic crisis, V2 Conference allows them freedom from this fear. V2 video conferencing software is secure and stable, uses minimum bandwidth, is flexible and compatible and requires minimum capital expenditure. It does not need specialist maintenance, just connect to a series of websites and within five seconds you can enter a conference room and convene a video conference. It is compatible with all kinds of office software, its security encoding algorithms are as secure as Internet banking, and they feel highly satisfied with its advantages of high efficiency, speed, ease of use, economy and so on, which gives them precious commercial opportunities and saves them lots of money. Also, when the flu was rampant, their companies were able to use video conferencing to communicate with government and colleagues and solve all kinds of communication problems, dispatch medicines, monitor the progress of the epidemic, keep track of its development, promulgate defensive policies and so on. Moreover, if the system manifested any problems, clients could dial the V2 Technology 24-hour free national technical helpline at any time on 400-706-1610. Excellent service and a superior product gained the approval of industrial leadership at all levels.

Preventing epidemics is a marathon.

IT applications require the support of basic equipment. While telecommunications engineers run around night and day, installing video telephone equipment, a few farsighted companies have already started using video conferencing systems. V2 video conferencing systems users such as the National Earthquake Bureau, Coca Cola, Legend Holdings, Wal-Mart, Galanz, China Pacific Insurance, China Railway No.9 Group, DHL, Shijiazhuang Electric, Guangdong Fire Department, Capital Iron and Steel Group, Guangzhou Honda, TCL, Nanfang Media Group and China Telecom head office carry out the majority of their negotiations with clients via video conferencing systems. At the time when they invested in the equipment, they all had the following doubt: is this system really worth the money? At the present, when most commercial meetings have been cancelled owing to the epidemic, these customers can only heave a sigh of relief and say "Thank goodness for V2 Conference!"

By imperceptible degrees, Internet use has permeated into our consciousness, and the use of videoconferencing in controlling epidemics has become more and more accepted and common. Epidemic control is not a temporary spurt, but is a marathon that requires steady and persistent effort. Only if we persevere and make adequate preparations can we use information technology to actively cooperate when epidemics interrupt our lives and work.