Australian distributor eVideo Communications is steadily gaining pace in the e-learning market, recently signing an agreement to supply a new videoconferencing network to Charles Sturt University.
The video, voice and data conference distributor has begun replacing the university's old PictureTel VC network with PolyCom ViewStation systems in which voice information is delivered using Internet Protocol (IP) rather than ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network). As part of the agreement, eVideo will also carry out the first installation of the new Radvision viaIP 100 MCU-15 multipoint conferencing unit in Australia.
The new system incorporates camera and audio communications, with computer files being shared in real time by users.
By utilising bandwidth and improved speed capabilities, the new system will enable students to easily connect to 16 different locations set up by the university for e-teaching from remote locations.
Students at the Dubbo campus will receive lectures and tuition from academic staff located at the Bathurst campus, 200 kilometres away.
Charles Sturt University will begin teaching trials using the new conferencing system in early 2003.
According to eVideo sales director Tom Morgan, because IP is becoming more affordable and the cost of ISP bridges has dropped, there is increasing interest in videoconferencing systems in the education sector.
There is no fixed duration to eVideo's supply agreement with the university, and Morgan estimates the deal to be worth up to $200,000 over a couple of years.