Buffalo Pacific to open $4M ‘community Portal’

Advanced communication center to open in October

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

TROY — Advanced video conferencing technology will be in Troy’s back yard as an Englewood-based company will open its first ever “Omni-Branch Community Portal” later this fall.

Buffalo Pacific, a technology service provider will be breaking ground at its 8,000-square-feet facility at 1141 block Experiment Farm Road at 9 a.m. Friday.

Buffalo Pacific’s Omni-Branch Community Portal will provide space for tenants to offer financial and insurance services, education and healthcare to its customers, students and the general community.

The facility will offer a full-sized, 3-D, full-eye-contact communication using advanced broadband streaming to exchange information more effectively rather than rely on web cams, Facetime and Skype services.

The company has dubbed its lecture space the “Omni Campus,” which will seat 28 students per session and be open 15 hours a day for degree work, certifications and workforce development.

According to the company’s press release, the facility will be equipped with “telepresence and telemedicine” technology, which is supported by its 12 patents.

Vice-Chairman Bruce Clapp highlighted the advantages of the state of the art video conferencing center including the capability of bringing a “life-sized” 3-D image of the person in the room.

“What we do that is absolutely different than anybody else is first piece is ‘aligned eye contact.’ If you’ve done Facetime or done web cams, you never have direct eye contact with the person you are speaking with. Through our system you do, which is very important for those relationship important conversations like with a mortgage lender, or physician or someone who is trying to teach you.”

Clapp said the advanced technology can be done very efficiently with its company’s patented technology.

“Maybe you want to get a specialized certificate to further your career and you can do that at the Omni Campus,” Clapp said. “We’ll be partnering with either two or four year colleges so you can work on your degree or an advance degree as well.”

Clapp said the “portal” will also offer physician services and also tap into specialized video technology to connect with doctors hours or even states away as part of an advanced health care plan.

“Let’s say you have a cardiac or gastro specialist. You can see that specialist without having to drive out of Troy,” he said. “You can see a specialist on site and even see them for follow-up care after a procedure.”

Clapp said the Dayton area community is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, and Troy seemed like a fitting place to launch its first ever Omni-Branch Community Portal with plans to expand the model in the next decade.

“It represents a $4 million investment in the community in Troy, which we hope spurs a lot of growth in the Experiment Farm area,” Clapp said.

Clapp said construction may take around six months with plans to open the state-of-the-art facility in October.

For more information, visit www.buffalopacific.com

Advanced communication center to open in October

By Melanie Yingst