Videoconferencing Saves the Day in Wake of Iceland Volcano Eruption

As airlines deal with the largest wave of flight cancellations since September 11, businesses, government and everyday travelers are seeing firsthand the necessity of contingency planning and the flexibility of collaborative technologies such as videoconferencing.

Officials at Cisco Systems Inc. say they’ve seen “a huge spike in usage” since the Iceland volcano erupted.

The CEO of Dolly Dimples, one of Norway’s largest restaurant chains, was unable to attend a board meeting thanks to a canceled flight. Rescheduling the meeting would have taken almost a month and disrupted operations. Rather than waiting, he used videoconferencing technology to meet with board members hundreds of miles away in Oslo.

European transportation officials are also holding meetings via videoconference to discuss emergency measures and analyze the effects of the ash cloud.

Millions of travelers worldwide are stranded due to the ongoing flight delays. Some are finding creative alternatives to canceling plans.

Sean Murtagh, 24, and his wife, Natalie, 30, were en route to West London for their wedding celebration when they were grounded in Dubai. Rather than rescheduling their nuptials, the couple used videoconferencing technology to broadcast their wedding vows to guests over the internet.

To learn more about how Cisco videoconferencing technology can help your organization, visit our Cisco TelePresence™ Solutions page.

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