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Real Time Collaboration for Education: Deployment From Cameras to Clouds

This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the current and future state of real time collaboration in education, and hands-on training in specific deployment scenarios for IP voice and IP video. Internet2 staff will be joined by other experts from universities and industry partners around the country for a combination of interactive learning and hands-on training.

Thursday, April 10

1:00pm – Welcome, Introductions, Expectations
Ben Fineman (Internet2) will go over the agenda and goals for the day, and solicit audience feedback regarding specific areas of interest. This feedback will inform the focus of the day’s program.

1:15pm – Definitions and Foundation
During this time, we will cover definitions, vocabulary, and foundational concepts that will help establish a baseline of understanding for the day’s discussions.

1:45pm – Why Bother With IP Video and Voice?
Video collaboration technologies have a reputation of being expensive, unreliable, hard to use, and hard to deploy. Voice collaboration has worked well as an analog technology for many years. So why should we bother with IP video and voice at all? During this session, we will discuss the tangible ways that IP video and voice add value to the collaborative experience.

2:00pm – Applications for Real Time Collaboration in Higher Ed
Real time collaboration technologies can be used to enhance the educational experience in a variety of applications. During this time David Devereaux-Weber (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will explore several different use cases, including remote students, mixed mode (remote/ local), remote presentations, and various administrative applications. Each use case has different implications regarding the type and method of real time collaboration technologies.

2:30pm – Components: Pieces of the Puzzle
For any video solution, there are many components required to make it work, and lots of options for each. During this time, we will discuss all the current state-of-the-art solutions for each component, including cameras, microphones, codecs, infrastructure elements, software, and cloud solutions. This session may include presentations from vendors regarding new developments in their product lines.

3:00pm – Break

3:15pm – Signaling and Dialing: Where the Magic Happens
Today many video deployments still rely upon dialing by IP addresses. However, there is much more value to be had in terms of reliability, interoperability, and ease of use by leveraging signaling infrastructure – from avoiding constant firewall and NAT issues, to achieving more reliable content sharing. In this session, we will discuss the benefits, implications, and recommendations for the deployment of gatekeepers, registrars, session border controllers, and other elements.

3:45pm – Global Collaboration with
An important part of voice and video collaboration is dialing and getting connected.  Peter Szegedi from TERENA will discuss how the service is enabling seamless collaboration between IP voice and video endpoints around the world.

4:15pm- Connecting to the Internet2 Video Exchange
Brent Sweeny from the Global Research NOC at Indiana University will discuss the specific steps necessary to connect to the Internet2 Video Exchange.  This high level process will set the stage for the in depth hands on session on Friday.

4:30pm – Cloud Solutions - Ben
Increasingly, services are moving to a cloud delivery model, and real time collaboration is no exception. During this session, we will discuss various options available for cloud delivery of video services, including solutions from Aastra, Blue Jeans, Fuze, Level3, Seevogh, and Vidyo. We will discuss feature comparisons, service models, and interoperability implications for each service, as well as how these services are deployed through Internet2’s NET+ program.

5:00pm – End Day One

Friday, April 11

Breakfast (on own)

8:30am – Hands on Session: SIP basics

What is it, what are the protocols, how does it work, what are the elements

9:30am – Hands on Session: Configuring a SIP endpoint
Students will configure and active SIP clients using OPEz

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Hands on Session: A look at some of the other elements

SBC, Gateway, Monitoring tools

11:30 - Hands on Session: Bringing together a unified dial plan for voice and video

12:00pm – Lunch (not provided)

1:30pm – Continue Hands On

2:30pm - Interoperability Demo

3:00pm - Global Realtime Collaboration: International NREN Perspective
Jamie Sunderland (AARnet) will discuss AARnet's activities in the realtime collaboration space, as well as how AARnet is helping lead an international effort to streamline voice and video communications with the Global Realtime Collaboration Exchange.

3:30pm– Break

4:00pm – Advanced Applications
From ultra-high definition to ultra-low latency to 3D, video collaboration technologies are constantly evolving. During this session, we will discuss advanced and emerging applications in the real time collaboration space.

4:30pm – Wrap-up, Questions, Discussion
This is the time for open discussion of any and all topics of the day.

5:00pm – End Workshop