Internet2 Launches Singapore Video Exchange
If you've been tracking the progress of the Internet2 community data center in Singapore, the wait is over - Monday night we officially launched the facility! This includes the fully functional video exchange that we built there, which provides advanced videoconferencing and telepresence capabilities to our U.S. institutions with Asian campuses as well as full redundancy and expanded capacity for our existing video exchange in the U.S. It was great to be able to inaugurate the video exchange by hosting this event on it - we had eleven locations together on the call, showcasing interoperability with endpoints including Polycom, Cisco, and Lifesize, at resolutions up to 1080p. Locations included sites in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Ann Arbor, New York, Durham, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Miami. The call was fluid and conversational, and as the event wore on the technology faded into the background and the focus was all on the engaging comments from the participating sites. I think this is a testament to how we can make the world a little smaller when we put advanced video collaboration technologies like this to use.
So why are we so excited about these new video capabilities? To break it down, this facility enables:
- Low latency, high quality multipoint video bridging for calls that include multiple asian endpoints
- Extension of our easy "telephone style dialing" for video to our U.S. institutions with campuses in Asia
- Firewall traversal capabilities for our U.S. institutions with campuses in Asia