Video snapshots


HiST uses video as a regular communication tool in projects. Today, for instance, professional video systems were used to organize a TITUS project meeting between HiST and staff from Romania and Frøya. Afterwards we used Skype to organize an intermediate VET2EDU project meeting between HiST and personnel in Zagreb, Croatia. This is a time- and cost efficient communication and collaboration method. 

Our developer team is using video several hours every day, developing advanced ICT systems by interconnecting developers and end-users by use of video. This includes low cost solutions like Skype in combination with TeamViewer, hardware-based professional videoconferencing systems like Polycom and Tandberg, or unified communication platforms for enterprises like Lync.

TeamViewer is an all-in-one software client for remote support of online meetings, while Lync provides real-time presence information in combination with instant messaging. In addition, Lync enables voice calling, screen sharing and virtual whiteboards with people around the world who use Skype. It is possible to create, moderate, and join pre-planned and on-the-fly audio, video, and web meetings with people. Lync is today used by many universitites in Norway. 

The top picture demonstrates how Skype is used on a large monitor screen, in combination with a separate, small PC-based desktop camera. 


The buttom picture llustrates how the same infrastructure within seconds may be interconnected and used by a professional videoconferencing system, running a 3-way meeting betewen HiST, Romania and Frøya in Norway. The outgoing picture is shown on the screen at the left hand side, while the screen at the right hand side displays the incoming pictures. The digital blackboard on the wall may easily be added as an external source to the videoconference. On this blackboard we may write comments, make sketches, annotations and remarks directly into predefined slides or presentations. Just after the conference call has ended, the content may immediately be published online. 

Notice how the blue curtains in the studios at HiST and in Romania significantly improve the quality of the video picture. In addition, the pictures display the effect of using high quality lightening. The light is spread towards the ceiling, and reflected from the celling into the room. 

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.