Videoconferencing delivers audio and video to bring people at different geographical locations together in real time.
These meetings can be as simple as a conversation between two people in private offices (point-to-point) or involve several sites (multi-point) with more than one person in rooms of various sizes at different locations sharing content such as objects, documents and information accessed by computers etc. Jabber Video (formerly known as Movi) is available to staff at JCU enabling them to connect to other Jabber Video users as well as any other H323 compliant videoconferencing system in the world.
At JCU, videoconferencing venues include smaller board rooms, medium sized presentation/lecture rooms and large theatres, all with fully integrated videoconferencing systems. Many of these JCU venues are multi-point capable with in built resources to connect 3 video participants and 3 telephone calls concurrently. Bridging equipment or Multipoint Control Units (MCU) allow several concurrent videoconferences with a large number of participants.
Small conference rooms with board room style set ups, are ideal for groups of 8 to 14 persons, where a large degree of interaction is required between the participants while our facilities such as the Sir George Kneipp auditorium (492 seats), Crowther 1 (300), the New Medical School theatre (295) and Nursing Science theatres (200+) fitted with sizeable projector screens, are suitable for presentations and lectures to the larger groups.
The JCU videoconferencing system contains well over 100 endpoints in Atherton, Cairns, Mackay, Singapore, Thursday Island and Townsville as well as additional infrastructure hardware such as gateways, gatekeepers and content servers.
JCU videoconferencing venues are fitted with the following equipment as standard:
* Dual flat panel displays or projector screens
* Document cameras
* DVD/VHS players (being gradually phased out)
* In house PC (suitable for playing DVDs)
* Facilities to connect laptop computers
Our systems use internationally recognized standards as laid down by ITU, the International Telecommunications Union. Hence, we do not use nor support Skype, as this uses proprietary protocols which are incompatible with commercial videoconferencing systems. If you opt for Skype, this can be used from any PC with a decent broadband connection.