UTK Helps Test Videoconferencing System

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Division of Information Infrastructure recently participated in an international videoconferencing test.

The test, called the Megaconference, involved more than 60 national and international research institutions in the U.S. and Europe.

“All of the institutions participating called in,” said Mairead Martin, emerging technologies manager for DII.

“Starting with Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, the British Isles, then the United States, we all took five minutes to talk about how we were using videoconferencing on campus,” said Martin.

The test used the high bandwidth of the next-generation Internet, known as Internet 2, to determine the feasibility of videoconferences featuring dozens of participants.

Non-verbal communication also was tested.

“We had a demonstration from the director of the Center on Deafness, who carried on a conversation in sign language, to demonstrate the suitability of high-quality videoconferencing for signing,” Martin said.

UT-Knoxville provided the QuickTime 4 worldwide video feed, so others could see the videoconference.