Videoconferencing

Videoconference Service pageInformation Technology Services provides various videoconferencing solutions and services for UH faculty and staff.

 

Room-based Videoconferencing [H.323 Standards-based]

Room-based video conferencing systems are designed for room-to-room meetings, making users feel like their videoconference is actually taking place in the same location.  Rooms are equipped with microphones that allow users to speak naturally with wide-angle PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras covering every angle of the conference room.

IT Center Video Conference Rooms are located in the Information Technology Center on the UH Mānoa campus and may be used  for UH business such as administrative meetings, research collaboration and interviews.

ITS Interactive Video Classrooms are distance learning classrooms located in Kuykendall Hall on the UH Mānoa campus. Priority use of rooms is for distance learning courses.  However, if time permits, rooms may be available for ad hoc large group videoconferencing events such as training workshops, presentations and large group meetings.

UH H.323 Directory lists videoconference rooms managed by departments/divisions across the University of Hawaiʻi system.

 

Desktop VideoconferencingPolycom RealPresence Desktop (RPD)

Polycom RealPresence Desktop (RPD) is a powerful, enterprise-grade collaboration application that extends video communications beyond the typical conference room setting.  RPD provides an alternative from a room based videoconferencing system.  It allows users to download an application on a computer/laptop to participate in a video conferencing call between other RPD users and/or other standards-based video-enabled environments (such as room-based videoconferencing systems).

 

Cloud-based Videoconferencing (Polycom Web Suite)

Cloud-based videoconferencing is a feature rich, content sharing, web-collaboration tool. Universal browser access allows users to host or join meetings, share content, and collaborate with other web, mobile, desktop, and room system participants. Simple click-to-connect convenience quickly brings participants into a meeting on a PC, tablet, or smartphone by clicking a URL link received in an email, or calendar invitation. All devices using cloud-based videoconferencing require a camera, microphone, speakers and an Internet connection; mobile devices require the installation of RealPresence Mobile software.  This is the University of Hawaiʻi’s recommended video collaboration solution instead of personal or proprietary videoconferencing solutions such as Skype, Google+, Microsoft Lync, etc.

 

ITS Bridging Service (Polycom RealPresence Platform)

Information Technology Services provides a bridging service to connect multiple endpoints, using one of the UH-supported videoconferencing solution or in combination.   The ITS Bridging Service is available to all UH faculty and staff for University business and distance learning.

 

HITS (Hawaiʻi Interactive Video Services)

HITS is the University of Hawaiʻi System’s internal video network managed by Information Technology Services, Academic Technologies.  HITS supports statewide instructional delivery of distance learning programs and credit courses.  Each HITS classroom is equipped with HD H.323 videoconferencing room-based solution and provides a telepresence learning environment for instructor and students.  Once the academic semester schedule is finalized, HITS is open for statewide ad hoc videoconference requests such as training workshops, presentations, committee meetings, research collaborations, guest lecturers, distance learning student orientations, and seminars.

 

Videoconference Room Consultation

Information Technology Services provides UH departments consultation in purchasing videoconference equipment and deploying a departmental room-based videoconferencing system in a new or existing room, please email vcs-setup@hawaii.edu to make an appointment for consultation.

 

What option best meet my videoconferencing needs?

The At-A-Glance page can help you determine what video collaboration option best meet your conferencing needs.

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