Video conferencing technology allows face-to-face interaction in real time with two-way video and audio communication. It is a tool that can be used to increase productivity, reduce travel expense, and quickly bring together a number of geographic locations around the State, the nation, and the world. Video Conferencing can be used for distance learning, agency meetings, statewide training activities, human resource activities, emergency response assistance, and public hearings.
The SummitNet video network is a technology which uses compressed video transported over IP Local and Wide Area networks, the Internet Cloud and digital telephone lines.
SummitNet has 12 video conference suites (classrooms or conference rooms). These can be scheduled by any state agency, university, approved state governement contractor/user as available (See Locations listing).
The SummitNet system serves the State of Montana: Higher education, OPI, state agencies, county-city government, military, judicial, telehealth, approved non-profit corporations, and agency approved contractors or other users doing business for that agency. (MCA 20-32-101) All use must conform to STATE STATUTE.
SummitNet service includes teamwork alliances with other providers in Montana, including Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network (EMTN), Montana Partners in Health Telemedicine Network (PHTN), REACH Telemedicine Network, and Vision Net, plus commerical and international service providers.
SummitNet Video is a service provider in that we are a small business within state government: serving customers by providing information, full video conference services, including setup and coordination, vendor interface, conference confirmations, conference and network management, and billing services (using the state's telecom billing system), as well as system/room design assistance, maintenance, and training.