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The Telepresence Conference @ The 2011 NAB Show - April 12th & 13th

March 16, 2011 | 
NAB_Telepresence_Conference.JPGFor the first time ever the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show will be hosting a conference on telepresence technologies. The two-day conference will cover topics ranging from how Hollywood and the broadcasting industry are using telepresence conferencing in production to corporate applications to healthcare to academia and government. It will be the largest telepresence conference of the year to date. Telepresence Options readers can save $100 off the conference by using the code: TF45 when registering on-line.  We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

The 2011 NAB Show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas Nevada.  Conferences will be from April 9 - 14, 2011 and Exhibits will be from April 11 - 14, 2011. 

NAB_Show_Logo.jpgFor 85 years, the NAB Show has been an essential destination for broader-casting professionals, who who share a passion for bringing content to life on any platform.  Participating in the net 800,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will be over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals from over 150 countries.  Additionally, the NAB Show will host 1,500 unique companies, 9 conferences and 3 training programs, featuring more than 500 skill-building sessions, and over 1,200 members of the press.

Telepresence Conference at NAB 2011 - Day One
April 12, 2011 - South Hall Room S224 & S225

Hyoun_Park_Aberdeen.jpg9:00 am    Opening Presentation: Revenue-Producing Business Uses for the Telepresence-Enabled Enterprise
Telepresence has proven itself in the boardroom, improving real-time communication and collaboration, while reducing carbon footprints and travel costs. Telepresence has quickly transformed from a technological marvel to a practical business tool with proven line-of-business use cases. By combining high quality video with document sharing, presence, and other interactive enablers, telepresence has provided the office with capabilities that surpass traditional videoconferencing tools. Prior Aberdeen research has shown the business value of telepresence in product development, sales, marketing, and talent acquisition. By providing an overview how Telepresence has resulted in improved business results, attendees will learn how the value of video-enhanced communications tool has shifted from executive communications to a broad-based set of tasks throughout the enterprise.

Hyoun Park, Research Analyst, Aberdeen Group

9:30 am    Understanding the Basics:  Presence Infrastructure & Architecture
Telepresence.  Personal. Robotic Telepresence. Immersive Telepresence.  Understand the infrastructure components and requirements for a video architecture to support your application strategy.  Included are endpoints, displays, multipoint control units (MCUs), also known as bridges, that enable more than two participants to be in a single videoconference; gateways that connect users on different networks (typically IP and ISDN as well as PSTN), gatekeepers that provide sophisticated user and bandwidth management functions as well as directory services; and NAT-firewall traversal solutions that enable audio and video calls to connect across different networks and user domains.
Theo Economides, Greenline Emeritus Consulting

10:15 am   Telepresence, Visual Collaboration, and Hollywood TelepresenceHoward_Litchman_HPL.jpg
What it REALLY is and how it is revolutionizing how movies are being made, integrating into global transmedia events, and cutting the cost of capturing and delivering content globally.  What the broadcasting industry needs to know to be ahead of the curve, cut costs, and create compelling content using the latest and greatest tools in the kit.  Topics include: Telepresence in editing and production, on-stage telepresence, telepresence integration into transmedia events, and leveraging low-cost, high-speed, high-quality networks for real-time content acquisition and broadcast.
Howard Lichtman, President, Human Productivity Lab

10:45 am    Break

11:00 am    Abstract: The Many Applications of Telepresence for Studio Collaboration
TV programs have the need to bring in guests remotely.  Be it a news program on CNN, entertainment like Dr. Phil or court room drama like Swift Justice with Nancy Grace.John_Antanaitus_Polycom.jpg  There is definitely a line between a consumer experience and broadcast quality.    Just because you can download a piece of free piece of software and bring a guest into your studio, you should not have to give up the broadcast quality that you spend millions of dollars to produce.   News rooms and studios have found success in creating their own virtual video worlds which allow them to bring on guests at a moment's notice without having to sacrifice quality.
This presentation will discuss advances in Telepresence.  The speaker will use case studies to highlight successful applications of mobile and emerging Telepresence technologies.  Examples:
  • Beth Melsky using GROUP TP for casting calls
  • Good Wife using RECORDED TP for production
  • Doing DaVinci used TP for content
  • Dr. Phil using PERSONAL TP for extended reach
  • Oprah's All Star's using MOBILE TP for access
  • Premiere using STREAMING TP for CMA interviews

John Antanaitis, VP Product Marketing, Video Solutions Group, Polycom

Bob_McCandless_BrightCom1.jpg11:30 am     Interoperability, Quality, Security and Reliability in Telepresence
The use of IP-based interactive video multi-party conferencing, HD telepresence and video telephony is poised for explosive growth in the coming years.  The growth of SIP trunking, combined with recent innovations such as compact HD cameras, video-capable mobile handsets and embedded Internet clients in consumer HDTVs has given rise to a new set of possibilities that will transform both intra-enterprise and business-to-business communications. In spite of the potential, however, interoperability, quality, security and reliability issues are causing resource-challenged IT organizations to consider hosted services as a way to offload the support burden and reduce overall costs. The primary challenge facing hosted video service providers will be making all of these systems interoperate reliably and securely while ensuring high subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) for users and organizations looking to maximize the ROI on SIP trunking services and video-enabled endpoints. This session will address how service providers can leverage an already-familiar solution session border controllers to navigate the challenges involved with deploying hosted IP interactive video services.
Mary Barnes, Principal Engineer, VSG CTO, Polycom

Bob McCandless, CEO, BrightCom

12:15 pm    Lunch Break

1:30 pm         Case Study: Telepresence in Media

Quincy Newspaper uses video conferencing technology for everything from internal communications, stories for their publication and for recruiting interviews. This presentation is a summary of Quincy Newspaper experience in provisioning telepresence.

Brady Dreasler, Director of Engineering, Quincy Newspapers

Rafi Anuar, Senior Manager, Product Management LifeSize

Dr-J_Chris_Lauwers.jpg2:15 pm        Bandwidth Management: Critical Factor for Enterprise Videoconferencing
UC allows instant message (IM), voice, video, distributed application sharing, etc. to be integrated with enterprise application software that supports an enterprise's business processes, speeding transactions and enable quick and informed decision making. However, the real-time requirements of interactive communications can put a significant amount of strain on enterprise IP networks.  To prevent communications traffic from overwhelming other traffic sharing the network and to ensure quality end-to-end, administrators need tools to manage bandwidth and other infrastructure stress. This session examines dynamic bandwidth management as a critical factor for enterprise videoconferencing.
Attendees will walk away from this session with the following:

  • Key learnings about the company, administrator and user benefits of bandwidth management.
  • A better understanding of the collection of tools necessary to manage the stress that US applications put on the underlying communications infrastructure.
  • Tips on what to look for and how to ensure an enterprise videoconferencing strategy will be implemented successfully.
Dr. J. Chris Lauwers, Chief Technology Officer, Avistar

3:00 pm    Case Study: Telepresence in Government - Behind the GSA Telepresence Roll-out 
The US Government's General Services Administration (GSA), as part of its vision to deliver Great Government through Technology, is building a 15-site telepresence network in 11 regional headquarters and four GSA locations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.   The new service will allow agencies to meet with counterparts in any of these cities as well as suppliers or partners in other compatible telepresence locations domestically and around the globe.  The new telepresence service will enable GSA and customer agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money by reducing the need for employee travel.  Also, the telepresence service will enable GSA to communicate and collaborate more effectively with both public and private firms doing business with the government.   GSA will benefit from quicker decision making, more effective program/project management, and improved inter-agency collaboration.  Other planned uses may involve GSA regional meetings, crisis management, access to subject matter experts and distance learning. Mary_Davie_GSA.jpgThis initiative shows how partnering with industry provides government with innovative, world-class solutions. This presentation offers an overview of GSA's telepresence vision, the partnership plan to implement the network, and the experience from all players in deploying an immersive, visual communications platform.

Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Michael DiChiara, Executive Director Advanced Enterprise Solutions, AT&T Business Services

3:45 pm    Networking Break

Matthew_Lombard_ISPR_Temple.jpg4:00 pm    Roundtable: The Future of Telepresence - Innovations and Impacts
This panel of leading researchers affiliated with the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) discuss what's coming in the near, and the more distant, future. Wijnand IJsselsteijn of the Eindhoven University of Technology will present new research from the 3D Presence Project, focusing in particular on solving the eye-contact problem in immersive teleconferencing. Paul Skalski of Cleveland State University, co-editor of the book Immersed in Media: Telepresence in Everyday Life, will summarize research on the use of telepresence in today's videogames and predict its forms and impacts in the future of gaming. Jesse Fox will discuss cutting edge and provocative experiments on how humans interact in virtual environments and consider the role of advanced telepresence in the future of professional and personal social interaction.

Matthew Lombard, President, International Society for Presence Research, Professor Temple University

Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Human-Technology Interaction Group, School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Paul Skalski, School of Communication, Cleveland State University

Jesse Fox, School of Communication, Ohio State University

5:00 pm        Day One Concludes


Telepresence World at NAB 2011 - Day Two
April 13, 2011- South Hall Room S224 & S225

9:00 am  Opening Presentation:  The Opportunity for Telepresence to Reshape Healthcare
    Dr. Kvedar is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health and the application of communications technologies to improve healthcare to patients. Dr. Kvedar is co-editor of the book, Home Telehealth: Connecting Care within the Community, the first book to report on the applications of technology to deliver quality healthcare in the home,

Joe Kvedar, MD, Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

9:30 am    Roundtable: Best practices in Telepresence-Enabled Health Care
The healthcare industry is a complex web of interworking systems, business silos, regulatory and compliance procedures and most importantly, clinical care.  How specifically a telepresence system can impact this interconnected sphere is the subject of this roundtable session.  The objective is to discuss how systems integrators can develop, provision and implement a telepresence systems that functions effectively while safeguarding information privacy and security.
Christina Theilst, Executive Director, Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

Christine Martin, Executive Director, California Telemedicine and eHealth

Curt Miner, CEO, Seattle Science Foundation

Joe Kvedar, MD, Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

10:15 am    Break

10:30 am    Case Study: Telepresence in Manufacturing and Remote Location Communication:
Visualizing details and communicating exact ideas is critical to effective operations and a sustainable competitive edge for any business. Manufacturing companies, with globally dispersed designers, suppliers, factories and quality control, are enabled to communicate and collaborate with HD definition video and audio, with interactive file sharing, remote desktop control and more. This case study tracks a manufacturing operation that utilizes HD video conferencing practices to communicate more effectively. Attendees will understand not just how the technology allows for remote collaboration, but the best methods to utilize telepresence technology for maximum results.

David Benz, Co-founder, Vaughn Benz

11:00 am    Using the Evolution of Voice as a Model for the Future of Telepresence and Video Conferencing
VOIP and cloud computing applications like Skype, Google Talk, and iChat have dramatically altered the way in which people use voice and video applications to accomplish work or connect with friends and family. Today, over 500 million people are using Skype for inexpensive, everyday communication that is consequently forcing phone and landlines to become obsolete. Telepresence and video conferencing technology are taking voice applications one step further combining video and data with VOIP technology. However much of the telepresence applications of today are limited with firmware based equipment, and high bandwidth networks that are costly to manage and maintain. In this session, Bob McCandless, CEO and Chief Technology Innovator for BrightCom will explore how the evolution of voice communication, from its roots in PBX to the VOIP and cloud based computing applications can be utilized as a model for the future of telepresence and video conferencing technology. The session will discuss what components are necessary to allow telepresence technology to become integrated into a unified network of VOIP, mobile phones, and cloud based video and data conferencing. Finally, the session will look at how this unified network will affect everyday communication in every facet of private and public life.

Bob McCandless, CEO, Brightpoint

11:30 am     Solving the Network Problem Today to Redefine Video of Tomorrow: The Future of Telepresence
In this session, will discuss how the growing demand for consumer based video and subsequently network support is driving telepresence and video conferencing vendors to redefine video over public networks. They will explore ways in which the focus on video and network technology will change the very nature of video communication. This session will also compare hardware based and software based codec technology and how it will improve the reduction of bandwidth usage. Finally, BrightCom and Glowpoint will share ideas on how the public's perception of video will be changed, transforming it from bridging cell phones, desktops, television and conference room to making it all encompassing anytime, anywhere.

Anil Balani: Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy, Glowpoint

12:15 pm     Lunch Break

1:15 pm    Leveraging Advanced Video Encoding to Enrich
Peter_Mang_Haivision.jpgDistance Education
Live two-way video in distance education settings enables students at both a primary hub and at remote sites to interact and engage with professors, peers, and high-value presenters in a comfortable yet highly dynamic learning environment. The creation of this virtual classroom network has been made possible by technological advances in IP encoding and delivery. Chief among these advances is low-latency H.264 encoding of video (up to 1080p60 in well under 70 milliseconds), which enables true-to-life video communications that bring immediacy to remote learning and reflect the enthusiasm of presenters and students.

Peter Maag, Haivision Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

2:00 pm    Extending The Reach And Value of TelePresence
The use of audio and video conferencing technologies are playing a major role in Duke University's work to create a campus with no borders. Their goal is to better educate the next generation of leaders by providing a depth and breadth of understanding of the interconnected nature of all the cultures and peoples of the world. This session will focus on how Duke is extending the interoperability of its classroom technologies, such the first its kind Cisco TelePresence classroom at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke with global classrooms, faculty and learners using a broad range of tools across networks with widely variable capabilities. Other topics will include the challenges and opportunities in the implementation and support of this broad range of collaboration and media distribution technologies in teaching and learning for both graduate and undergraduate programs as well as some current and planned uses of collaboration technologies by Duke's staff.
Stephen Toback, Senior Manager/Architect, Interactive Technology Services, Duke University, Office Of Information Technology

2:30 pm    Telepresence and the Public Access Model
Pay as you go; pay by the hour; by any definition one entry point for corporate use of the high-definition immersive Telepresence experience is the public access model. This session defines the public access model, explores the different features and services that sets it apart from in-house Telepresence suites, and describes the most likely scenarios, environment and target audience for the public option.  The session will also detail how Public Suites are being inter-connected with in-house Telepresence Suites which increases the connectivity footprint.

Steve Russell, Head of Product and Commercial, Tata Communications

Marshall_Eubanks_Iformata.JPG3:15 pm        Telepresence Ecosystem Roundtable:
Hear from a variety of voices and perspectives in the visual communications community as they discuss the impediments and challenges towards the integration of personal, desktop and immersive visual communications as part of a robust Unified Communications strategy.
  • Leading UC platform provider
  • HD video and telepresence solutions provider
  • Network services
  • Integrator
Anatoli Levine, RADvision

Marshall Eubanks, CTO, Iformata Communications

4:15 pm        Conference Concludes

Telepresence Options reader can receive $100 off the conference when registering on-line.

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