For my Kiwi readers to begin their week…
Tam made a new blog post.
HD Video Bridge Launched – Old Bridge to be Retired
Over the last 12 months the Ministry of Education in conjunction with Asnet Technologies has improved the quality of VC bridging with the introduction and progressive testing of a high definition bridge. This has included expanding the options for desktop VC, the introduction of continuous presence (Brady bunch) conferencing layouts and assisting individual schools to improve their VC experiences.
What is happening
Effective from the beginning of Term 2, the old standard definition VC bridge will be retired from service – this means that all conferences from this point will be hosted on the high definition bridge.
Please note that all the classroom and conference pins that were set up on the old bridge will remain unchanged on the new bridge. The only aspect that will change is the bridge access number that will change from the existing 0600 Classroom access code to the new access code of 0605 Classroom
Also in anticipation that not all schools or students may get to hear about this in time, we will initially redirect all 0600 Classroom access from the directory to the new bridge.
What this means for my school
The good news is not much will change for individual users. Over the school holidays Asnet Technologies will make individual changes to the directory entries to include0605 Classroom directory options and redirect 0600 Classroom directory options.
All pins on the new bridge will remain unchanged – e.g. if you used the meeting room ID 12345# on the old bridge it will remain the unchanged on the new bridge.
There will be one big improvement – all conferences will now be set to continuous presence allowing (finally) all participants to be seen on the screen at the same time. Some people also call this the Brady Bunch setting.
If you require further information on this or any other changes please contact the VC Help Desk team for assistance.
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