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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Internet2 Commons Announces New Service To Enable Interoperable Telepresence Bridging
  • Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:00:40 -0500

Internet2 Commons Announces New Service To Enable Interoperable Telepresence

Ann Arbor, MI – February 22, 2011 – Today, Internet2 announced a substantial
improvement to its real time collaboration offerings through a recent
investment in Cisco TelePresence Server infrastructure. Leveraging the
Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) standard, the new equipment will
enable Cisco TelePresence to interoperate with standards based SIP and H.323
videoconferencing. Additionally, the Cisco TelePresence Video Communication
Servers will provide multiprotocol dialing and reachability.

The new hardware will provide a valuable refresh and expansion for
Internet2’s real time collaboration infrastructure as it significantly
expands the existing bridging, dialing, and reachability capabilities that
enable participants to schedule and hold distributed meetings, conferences,
classes, and working groups, in support of research and education. Internet2
provides real time collaborations services like these through its Commons

The new equipment will be utilized along with the existing Internet2 Commons
infrastructure not only to revamp and expand current service offerings, but
also to bring the existing community of standards based SIP and H.323
videoconferencing endpoints together with Cisco TelePresence endpoints. The
latter will be accomplished in conjunction with the unified Research and
Education (R&E) Cisco TelePresence Exchange, jointly operated by Internet2
and National LambdaRail (NLR) to facilitate reachability for Cisco
TelePresence in the R&E community.

Internet2 director of technology Mike LaHaye said, “This new capability
allows Internet2 to continue our leadership role of video and real-time
collaboration offerings in the R&E community by linking members and their
partners together independent of their videoconferencing environment. The
new capabilities clearly bring more value to members who currently utilize
different forms of telepresence, while providing a scalable, cost-effective
gateway for members who have not yet deployed telepresence in their

“With the growth of video communications across all segments of education, it
is great to see the Internet2 - NLR unified Research and Education Cisco
TelePresence Exchange continuing to deploy new services to meet the
increasing video needs of the R& E community”, said Dave West, senior
director, public sector, architectures and engineering, Cisco.

At the Internet2 2010 Fall Member Meeting, a demonstration of these
capabilities was presented to showcase the multi-vendor, multi-screen
interoperability features supported by the Cisco TelePresence Server. The
demonstration showcased a mix of single and multi-screen rooms, low-latency
stream switching, and stream adaptation for optimized results and firewall
traversal. This demonstration also connected to the existing unified Research
and Education Cisco TelePresence Exchange to highlight additional
interoperability options.

David Devereaux-Weber, network consultant at The University of Wisconsin –
Madison said: “Cisco TelePresence brings a number of significant improvements
to the world of video collaboration. Concurrently, the Research and
Education community has invested a lot of time and money developing
infrastructure for video conferencing. This effort by Internet2 will offer a
bridge between the world of H.323 and TelePresence and video conferencing.
These new capabilities protect existing video conference investments and
offer interoperability between them and the new TelePresence facilities."

At the Winter 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Meeting from January 30 -
February 3, 2011, Internet2 director of technology, Mike LaHaye, presented a
joint session with Indiana University network engineer, Brent Sweeny, where
they provided more details about the R&E Cisco TelePresence Exchange.
Additional details about the service will be forthcoming in the next few
months. For information on these new services contact:

About Internet2

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and
education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and
international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research,
academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough
cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications
of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow.

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Ryan Bass

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