In what is an excellent gesture of good will, Packet8 is providing children in hospitals videophones so they can call Santa Claus
According to Kitty O’Brien of the Child Life Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which participated in the "8×8 / Packet8 Videophone Calls to Santa" event previously, "The program was enormously successful last year and we are looking forward to bringing Santa’s cheer to our patients again this holiday season."
"It’s great to see the same 21st-century communication technologies that enable distant families and friends to instantly bridge gaps brighten the experience, even briefly, of hospitalized children this holiday season," said 8×8 Chairman and CEO Bryan Martin.
"This application of our Packet8 voice and video internet-based calling is a perfect example of how technology can enhance our everyday lives," Martin said.
"All you have to do is watch the smiles and hear the laughter and joy in these children’s voices while they interact with our videophone Santa and his helpers to know that we are making a tremendous impact, even in the space of a five or ten minute call. This is something that would never be possible over legacy copper wires."
While the technology was in place to perform video conferencing and has been for years, the lower cost points possible due to the transmission of video over IP makes this solution inexpensive enough to deploy in hospitals.
The gesture here is wonderful and I am proud to be associated with an industry that gives back to humanity in such unique and novel ways.