In the past, inter-communication of top tier leadership in the country and correspondence and communication with state machinery used to present a challenge. Availability of officials for meetings was usually dependent on the law and order situation, inter-city traffic and required heavy financial outlays for travel and security protocol. In view of this situation, a fast, secure and effective way of communication was designed for top-tier government officials in the provincial capital, divisional headquarters and district headquarters to enable timely exchange of information. The PITB developed a stateof-the-art videoconferencing solution with secure channel connectivity between offices and districts. More than 110 government offices across the Punjab have been equipped with video conferencing endpoints.
The system is capable of holding one-on-one, one-to-many and many-to-many conferences and can also host multiple conferences at the same time without compromising on quality. This facility has helped the government save an estimated Rs. 290 million and the project has received its return on investment much earlier than expected. The chief minister has also made use of this facility and directly chaired nearly 1/4th of the total number of videoconferences held. The PITB is now working on providing the facility to more departments.