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AARNet Busts Some Moves

October 12, 2012 | Telepresence Options
dancecompetition.jpgBy Beverley Head,

An international dance competition being held this Sunday in Melbourne, Perth and Seoul will give the AARNet communications network a workout, and showcase how large scale telepresence can bridge the digital and cultural divide.

As part of an Australian Research Council funded program to explore how technology can be used to foster a sense of community across different cultures, dancers in the three cities will bust their best moves, while researchers at the Universities of Melbourne, Western Australia and Sydney will collect data about how large screen connected events can be used to create connected communities.

Federation Square, which will host the Melbourne event, is also collecting data on the project.

AARNet, which provides the national communications backbone for Australia's universities and research institutions is providing the network smarts for the event. According to project director Doug Farmer the event represents a "supersized video conference" and will provide insights about hosting large scale video events for the future.

The screens and cameras in each city will connect via the Internet to AARNet 3, the 10 Gbps backbone network and make use of AARNET's National Video Conferencing Service.

The Seoul screen will connect via AARNet's point of presence in Singapore which provides a 1.2 Gbps link to AARNet 3.

Mr Farmer said that in terms of signal latency the Perth to Singapore leg was expected to have just a 100 millisecond latency.

Besides facilitating the international cultural event, Mr Farmer said that the initiative would "push the research boundaries" and demonstrate how high speed videoconferencing could be applied. He said that it was already used in telemedicine and teledentistry, but this extended the application of technology and high speed communication into culture and the arts.

"You could see public spaces being permanently linked to create more understanding across cultural boundaries," he added. 







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