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Issue 10 Story 2 - 10/10/2001

UA On Track with Internet Video Conferencing

The rapidly evolving world of video conferencing was displayed dramatically last week when the University of Alaska participated with universities and organizations around the world in MegaConference III.
From the comfort of the  Sherman Carter Conference Room, the UA folks took part in the world's largest Internet videoconference. The sites around the world used H.323 Internet video conferencing for the leading edge project.
"It was good to watch and listen to individuals from other organizations and universities around the world because it became clear that UA falls right in with the top ten percent of users," said Bob Carr, supervisor of the university's Alaska Teleconference Network. "We're right on track with our development of Internet video conferencing."
The University of Alaska began evaluating the potential of video conferencing in February 1993, and less than a year later, on January 7, 1994, the video conferencing network became operational at all three of the university's main regional campuses.
Carr said the Mega-Conference was significant in that it was one of the world's first totally remote-by-Internet conferences. "Now we have a worldwide contact list for sites at which we can accomplish Internet video conferencing," he said.


Statewide takes part in the video conference from the Sherman Carter Conference Room.
Statewide takes part in the video conference from the Sherman Carter Conference Room.
A veiw of the presentation from the Sherman Carter Conference Room.
A veiw of the presentation from the Sherman Carter Conference Room.