Mark W. Kopp (iu8film@iu08.org)
Wed, 03 Sep 2003 10:28:40 -0400

For those of you interested in what's happening with I2 and it's effects on
the Education world, the following is an excerpt from I2 News

>About ViDe
>The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) promotes the deployment of digital
>video in research and higher education. Leveraging our collective
>resources and expertise, ViDe advances digital video deployment through
>promotion and development of interoperable, standardized, and
>cost-effective technologies.
>ViDe was founded by representatives from universities and education
>networks; ViDe members today include those interested in improving and
>deploying scalable, standards-based digital video architecture and
>services for use in research and higher education.
>ViDe projects include: the Video Conferencing Cookbook; ViDeNet, the
>global, virtual network providing video and voice-over-IP to advanced
>networking communities; the annual ViDe Digital Video Workshop; and
>working groups focusing on specific advancements in videoconferencing,
>video streaming, video asset management, and data
>collaboration. http://www.vide.net/

>ITU Adopts H.350 Architecture Developed by Internet2 Working Group
>WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 3, 2003 ­ A new standard announced today by
>the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will make
>videoconferencing with colleagues, friends and relatives via the Internet
>easier and less expensive. Resulting from an Internet2(R) Middleware
>Initiative Video working group, the new H.350 standard provides a uniform
>way for storing and finding information related to video and voice over
>Internet Protocol (VoIP) in enterprise directories.
>The newly standardized technology enables companies and universities to
>scale up video and VoIP operations from a few hundred endpoints to full
>enterprise deployments without hiring additional systems administrators by
>linking account management and authorization automation to the enterprise
>directory using the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP).
>H.350 makes video and VoIP information available globally, and helps with
>user device configuration, as well as providing a convenient place to
>store authentication credentials ­ resulting in a more secure and
>integrated environment for video and VoIP conferencing.
>“ITU has a significant role to play in the future of videoconferencing,
>and with H.320 and H.323 we have already played a major part in the
>development of the multimedia standards that allow systems to communicate
>with each other worldwide. With H.350 we continue our tradition of
>cooperating with other standards development bodies, as this is the most
>efficient way to deliver meaningful products to businesses and consumers
>on a global basis,” said Mr. Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto, Counselor to
>Study Group 16, the ITU group responsible for ratifying the standard.
>Yaron Bul, Director of Product Marketing for RADVISION (Nasdaq:RVSN), a
>leading global provider of videoconferencing infrastructure solutions,
>commented: “RADVISION has already embraced the newly approved standard and
>is committed to fully implementing H.350. This standardization is
>important for vendors like RADVISION and the visual communications
>industry at large because the H.350 architecture addresses two very
>important issues in managing a videoconferencing network - easy scaling of
>video networks and implementing a vendor-agnostic, industry-wide directory
>H.350 was born out of the Video Middleware Group, a joint effort between
>the Internet2 Middleware group and the Video Development Initiative
>(ViDe). Significant support for this work was provided by a National
>Science Foundation grant, ANI-0222710, “ViDeNet: Middleware for Scalable
>Video Services for Research and Higher Education” to the University of
>Alabama at Birmingham with partners: Claremont Graduate University,
>SURFnet and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. An example
>directory service based on H.350 is available through ViDeNet at
>https://videnet.unc.edu/vide-dod/ for searching and making IP calls around
>the world.
>“H.350 allows you to search for and find a user’s video or VoIP address
>just like you would find an email address or telephone number
>today. Because it is standardized, enterprises can maintain this
>information with the confidence that it will work with multiple vendor’s
>equipment,” said Tyler Johnson, a systems analyst at the University of
>North Carolina and editor of the H.350 document.
>H.350 supports H.320, H.323, session initiation protocol (SIP) and
>non-standard protocols. H.320 is ISDN video conferencing; H.323 is the
>video and VoIP widely deployed over ViDeNet today and is used in most
>Internet2 schools today; SIP is a protocol that supports video and VoIP
>with an emerging following; and support for non-standard protocols allows
>users of experimental technologies to be represented in the directory in a
>standardized manner.
>RADVISION LTD. (Nasdaq: RVSN) is the industry’s leading provider of high
>quality, scalable and easy-to-use products and technologies for
>videoconferencing, video telephony, and the development of converged
>voice, video and data over IP and 3G networks. For more information
>please visit our website at www.radvision.com
>About Internet2(R)
>Led by over 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government,
>Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and
>technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation
>of tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among
>academia, industry, and government that helped foster today’s Internet in
>its infancy. For more information about Internet2, visit:
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