Swagit Productions, LLC Video with Agenda Integration Provides the Citizens of Bellaire with a Simplified Way to Follow City Meetings

Screenshot of Bellaire, TX city council meeting 20191202The City of Bellaire, Texas has partnered with Swagit to stream their public meetings and events, live and on-demand via all platforms or devices capable of video playback, to over 6,500 resident households. In addition, six years of meeting video content from Bellaire’s former streaming video providers has been archived and is available for on-demand viewing via an all-in-one website portal. Moving to Swagit allowed the City to consolidate to a single vendor for streaming, videography and broadcasting equipment that maximizes accountability.

Agenda Integration

With Swagit’s open API and iCompass agenda software integration, the City now has a purely electronic method for engaging and communicating City meetings with the public. Swagit’s video is automatically imported into the agenda portal making it seamless to follow agenda items during a meeting. After a meeting has concluded the Swagit video is cross indexed with agenda bookmarks. It’s simple to watch, search and share any point of the meeting.

Avior™ Hands-free Broadcast Solution

With Swagit Productions’ Avior™ solution installed in Bellaire’s new City Hall facility, the City’s residents are provided with a high definition and dynamic viewing experience, without requiring additional City staffing needs. The streaming video includes lower-third graphics, to help identify who is speaking and on camera, plus full screen graphics of digital presentations. The Avior™ broadcast system is remotely operated by Swagit staff, and Swagit’s hands-free EASE™ video indexing solution removes the burden of indexing from the City Clerk and City staff responsible for keeping meeting records. The solution is future-proofed, and includes an option to add live and on-demand closed captioning at a later time.

“It was a pleasure working with the City of Bellaire to help streamline their meeting and events accessibility,” said Russell Towers, Swagit Account Manager. “Avior™ plus our enhanced video/agenda integration improve services and simplify transparency for both citizens and City staff.”

Meetings can be viewed on the City’s website at https://www.bellairetx.gov/1504/Watch-Meetings-Live-Agendas-and-Minutes and on the City’s Facebook page and their agenda management portal at https://bellairetx.civicweb.net, and are also broadcast live on U-verse Channel 99, Comcast Channel 16. After a meeting concludes, its archived video becomes available for accessible on-demand viewing at that same City web address.

About Swagit Productions, LLC

Swagit Productions, LLC, based in Dallas, TX, provides hands-free video streaming®, broadcast, and captioning solutions to local, state and federal government agencies. Swagit pioneered the Avior™ Broadcast System – a complete package of HD PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) cameras and professional video-switching equipment that enables any client to fully outsource the production, operation and distribution of multi-camera broadcasts for public meetings. Swagit’s progressive online, mobile and social platform solutions include the sole-source EASE™ hands-free webcasting® system for public meeting indexing, plus agenda integration, archiving, on-demand playback, closed captioning and the innovative Sound Search™. Swagit’s focus is on emerging technology and relevant avenues of distribution – for example, Swagit’s ISD/Community/PEG (Public, Education and Government Access) portal and app featuring social media integration and on-trend resident engagement.