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What does the term “Government Video” cover?

What exactly do we mean by the phrase "Government Video"?

I get a lot of press releases about all sorts of products, systems and events, and many of them are easily sorted into “in” or “out” categories. For example, a press release that the US Navy just acquired some new cameras is definitely relevant to Government Video, and we will probably use that press release in some way. A news item that a TV station just upgraded its archive system is clearly not related to the scope of Government Video, so I ignore those items.

However, there are MANY things in the middle that can be devilishly hard to categorize. Where does a new video security system in a hospital belong? How about a new multiscreen display wall in a college lecture hall? Does a hospital belong in the category of “government video”? How about a university? What if a large homeowner’s association installs a nifty surveillance system… is that “government video”?

What do you think? Is a privately owned hospital something that deserves a mention in Government Video’s print magazine and web site? What if it’s a not-for-profit hospital, or one owned by a municipality (such as New York’s famous Bellevue Hospital)? The same questions follow for high schools, colleges and universities, especially since so many of them are administered by state and local educational organizations.

I’d love to hear from you as to whether such facilities qualify to be in the pages of Government Video magazine. At one time, there clearly were trade magazines that targeted video operations in hospitals and schools, but most have shut down — Government Video magazine may be the only reasonable print resource for these video professionals, and I’d like to serve them if they’re interested.

So let me know just what you think “Government Video” means.

Bob Kovacs