Video conferencing is the simultaneous transmission of video and audio between two or more geographically remote sites. Through this technology, geographically distant users are able to see and talk to each other in real-time. Video conferencing is not only limited to audio-visual links but can also incorporate the real-time sharing of data from computer-based presentations and videos.
Video conferencing may take the form of one-to-one web conferences through software (e.g. Zoom and Google Meet) installed on a personal device, or it may be held in a dedicated room setting with a specialised camera and audio setup.
IT Services offers high-quality video conferencing services through the GÉANT high-speed research and education network. The GÉANT network connects the research networks in 40 European countries and is also interconnected with other research networks across the world.
There are several applications and benefits of video conferencing. The main benefits derived from the use of this technology are financial and time savings. In addition, video conferencing is a green technology since it reduces the need to travel. In the educational context, video conferencing can be used for:
Academics wishing to make use of video conferencing rooms for some or all of their study-units are requested to inform their Faculty Office accordingly. The Faculty Office should then indicate the need for video conferencing technology when booking rooms through the relevant Scheduling Office booking form.
For one-off events where the video conferencing service is needed, kindly contact the Conferences & Events Unit and indicate that such a service is required.
IT Services offers one-to-one consultation meetings to guide staff on the use of the video conferencing facilities. To set an appointment, contact the IT Service Desk.