Conferencing System types used at Flinders University
Immersive Video Conferencing (Immersive Telepresence):
Immersive video conferencing refers to high definition video and audio connections over IP networks. To achieve an immersive experience the connected participants at remote sites are displayed on screen in true life size format to simulate live discussion across a table. Voice activated camera switching maintains a face to face real time experience between all parties. Layout and coloring of the decor in both the local and remote sites need to be very similar to achieve a feeling of all parties being in the same space. Hardware appliances are installed to drive the data intensive experience to maintain high quality video and audio.
For the best user experience we suggest a maximum of 6-8 participants.
Standard Video Conference Room (Telepresence):
A standard video conference meeting space is more like a traditional meeting room or teaching space with a video conference unit installed and attached to large format display or projection screen. In these configurations there will usually be a camera installed by the screen pointing back toward the meeting table or student group. In this configuration there are usually two screens one displaying the remote participants and one showing shared content from a PC (power point spreadsheets etc.). This video conference experience is more like looking into a room from a vantage point seeing all the participants and hearing the conversation in both directions. This is not a life size experience and remote parties will be gridded on one screen.
- Teaching spaces equipped with video conferencing facilties (All teaching spaces must be booked via the Web Room Booking System (WRBS).
- Meeting rooms equipped with video conferencing facilities (TMS booking required)
Desktop Video Conferencing (Software Application):
Desktop video conferencing is achieved by installing software onto a PC to allow video/audio connections over the IP network. A user requires the software installed, a USB camera and a microphone to participate in a conference. Many users of this technology use a headset to eliminate audio issues with echo, having microphones close to speakers or they use conference pod microphones. Desktop video conference users can participate in standard video conferences with room based systems and can participate in multiparty conferences. Desktop video conferencing can be achieved on portable devices whilst on the move, making this a flexible conferencing solution (tablet, smart phone, laptop).
Desktop Clients: Cisco Jabber, Skype
Web Based Video Conferencing (Web Collaboration):
Web based video conferencing is generally centered around browser based collaboration tools, where parties can connect via audio or video and share content. Users are normally sent an email with a link to connect to the conference and this will launch a web browser. All shared content is displayed in the browser window and participants have the ability to hear others' audio or text chat to interact. Screen sharing is available to show content from your PC (power point, spreadsheets, etc.) to discuss or present content to connected parties. A head set is the preferred way to control audio and a web camera can be used to connect video.
Web Collaboration tools: Cisco WebEx, Blackboard Collaborate, FLO Live
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