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Internet2 and Blue Jeans Partner for Ubiquitous Video Communications

Jan 23, 2014, by Ben Fineman
Tags: Blue Jeans Network, Internet2 NET+, Video, Voice & Collaboration

Today I’m pleased to announce an exciting advancement for Internet2 members to deploy interoperable video communications. Blue Jeans Network has completed the Internet2 community’s NET+ service validation process and is now available for any Internet2 member to sign up. I’m particularly excited about this because without additional cost for additional use, an environment of video abundance is encouraged through wide deployment and utilization. 

All members can learn more about the service at an upcoming VideoCast/Webinar, where CIO Dan Alig will present The University of Pennsylvania’s adoption to catalyze distance learning capabilities. Blue Jeans is also offering Internet2 Members a 14-day test drive of the service.

The NET+ Blue Jeans service is well suited for institution-wide adoption due to its unlimited user/port/minute model. In addition to faculty and staff, Blue Jeans lets every student use the service under this model, which I think will be great for encouraging student collaboration and new applications of the technology.

Blue Jeans differentiates themselves with a foundation of interoperability. They originally made a splash by seamlessly bridging calls with Skype and traditional H.323 endpoints and have since added support for Microsoft Lync, Google Video Chat, good old-fashioned SIP, and their own robust web and mobile clients. This creates a platform where users can join calls using whatever technology they have available – even if it’s just a telephone. Further, even the most sophisticated telepresence users can easily participate directly with anyone using the Blue Jeans web client.

Blue Jeans has been an excellent community partner throughout the NET+ service validation process. Thanks to Internet2 Members collectively shaping the service to meet the unique needs of Higher Education, the NET+ service offers:

  • A direct connection from Blue Jeans’ West Coast data center to the Internet2 Network to facilitate flawless video delivery to connected institutions;
  • Students, faculty and staff can use their existing SAML 2.0 and InCommon Federation campus login credentials to access the Blue Jeans service with single sign on capabilities;
  • Blue Jeans is reachable using telephone style dialing for both voice and video over IP for the hundreds of thousands of endpoint that leverage NRENum.net around the world.

These features are in addition to the core benefits of the Internet2 NET+ program, which include a robust set of legal agreements, community security vetting, and a unique service delivery model that facilitates university-wide adoption. I’m pleased to have Blue Jeans as part of our NET+ Video, Voice, and Collaboration portfolio. 

Learn about how members are utilizing Blue Jeans though these case studies and videos, and please feel free to contact me directly at netplus@internet2.edu if you’d like to know more about this.