Seeing the need to modernize its technology services, as well as improve their overall government transparency, the City of Clarksville, Tennessee has partnered with Swagit Productions, LLC to stream city council meetings.
By embracing the available technology for streaming media to make city business more accessible, Clarksville is simultaneously offering a new and valuable service to their residents as well as making government oversight more transparent to the public at large. All Clarksville City Council meetings can now be streamed live or watched in archive from anywhere and on any device that streams media, including smart phones and tablets. There’s also a “specialty” welcome video from Mayor Kim McMillan trumpeting the benefits of living in Clarksville.
Clarksville is utilizing Swagit’s Extensible Automated Streaming Engine solution (EASE) to record and then stream their council meetings. This hands-free webcasting tool is a software framework comprised of foundation and extension modules that work together to automate many otherwise manually intensive webcasting tasks.
Council Meetings are first streamed live, then the EASE system indexes and timestamps the video before adding it to the video archive area of the City website. Meeting packets or other related information are appended to the video for easy access or download – and unlike at a live viewing of the meeting, streaming viewers are able to pause the proceeding to completely read and understand these accompanying documents.
“I am committed to making Clarksville’s government as open and transparent as possible,” said Mayor Kim McMillan. “By making City Council meetings available through live streaming on the City’s website, Clarksvillians have another way to access information about their government. Swagit’s system helps us meet our goals.”
Swagit Productions, LLC, is a leading video production company specializing in providing hand-free streaming media solutions to government agencies. Swagit pioneered Hands-Free Video Streaming® fully automated service plan. This eliminates 100% of the labor required in producing professional and easily accessible streaming videos for meetings and newscasts. For more information about Swagit, please visit: http://www.swagit.com or call 1-800-573-3160.