UK’s most discerning casino operator uses video conferencing-as-a-service to support expansion and growth
London, UK – 2 August 2010 mvision today announces that the UK’s most discerning casino operator, Aspers Group, is using its managed video conferencing solutions to reduce business travel between the Group’s growing number of locations.
The boardroom-based Cisco-TANDBERG HD systems are currently used by the HR, finance and business development teams across London, Newcastle, Northampton and Swansea. The initiative started with a small pilot between the Group’s head office in Sloane Street, London and Newcastle, and immediately saved 2-3 journeys per week between the two cities for Aspers Group Gaming Operations Manager.
Nick Snowden, IT Director at Aspers Group explains, “We examined the cost of group business travel; particularly the cost of personnel commuting between our London HQ and our regional sites. We were already spending a lot on flights and rail travel up and down the country, and this was rapidly increasing with our geographic expansion,” he continues. “In a bid to make better use of technology to help control our growth, we looked at the video conferencing market and quickly turned to mvision for an affordable managed service that provides valuable support services such as a helpdesk.”
Terry Dwyer, Managing Director at mvision adds, “Although the systems at Aspers Group have only been live for a few months, the casino operator is already saving a considerable amount of unnecessary business travel time and expense. Aspers Group had implemented an authority-to-travel policy that involved employees having to apply for permission to spend on transport. This was designed to engender cultural change and encourage people to consider video conferencing first,” he continued. “In reality though, once users have experienced video meetings they have spontaneously evangelised it internally.”
Aspers Group managed video conferencing solution utilises mvision’s own dedicated video network which, along with the video systems is covered by a simple per-month cost. Now being trialled by the Group’s marketing function, it is also used live during board meetings. The coming months may also see the video conferencing network used for group-wide training and even by Aspers’ leased office space tenants in Swansea.
Snowden concludes, “Our overall experience with mvision’s video conferencing has been really good so far. Their experience with the Cisco-TANDBERG offering and expertise around interoperability was very important to us. Our installation went smoothly; the mvision engineers certainly knew what they were doing and on the rare occasions we’ve called the helpdesk, that team has been equally as good.”
About Aspers Group
Aspers casinos are a vibrant community hub that local people can take genuine pride in and enjoy. A leisure destination with universal appeal and a stylish and contemporary alternative to glitzy American-style casinos. Each Aspers casino is unique – an inspiring and exciting leisure and entertainment destination. Based around the theme ‘A World of Entertainment’, Aspers goes beyond just gaming. Alongside the casino there are many more exciting and impressive facilities on offer including bars and restaurants and live entertainment as well as a variety of gaming options. Aspers understands the importance of supporting local social and economic needs. Aspers’ philosophy is that there should be something for everyone, inclusive areas and all-round entertainment in a stylish environment. http://www.aspersgroup.co.uk/
An award-winning managed video service provider, mvision removes the last two great barriers to video conferencing adoption; expense and infrastructure. The Company’s solutions include a dedicated vendor agnostic network. From the technology itself, right through to its costing structure, the managed service enables organisations that are new to the technology to take advantage of simple, capex-free world-class video conferencing. With a simple per-month subscription and absolutely no initial outlay on hardware, software or bandwidth, the mvision managed service enables faster and more substantial savings, without impacting on overall business efficiencies, results or existing IT infrastructure. Features and services include multi-point conferencing (bridging), ISDN gateway services, call recording, reporting, concierge service and video help desk facilities. mvision is one of just five Cisco-TANDBERG global managed service providers, and supplies its Telepresence and video conferencing equipment. For further information, see www.mvision.co.uk, call 0800 197 0330 by phone, or 0870 770 8051 by video.
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