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University of Houston-Downtown Expands Its Video Horizons
UHD is a pioneer within the University of Houston System in utilizing video conferencing technology. It is used both in distance learning and day to day communications between remote sites, with up to 80 hours of constant connectivity per week. As such, the video conferencing system is a mission-critical part of the university's communications infrastructure. The new infrastructure not only needed to deliver value added features, it had to be easy to use, integrate seamlessly with existing endpoints and workflow, and deliver the robust performance for UHD's heavy usage today, as well as with projected added desktop connectivity and high definition.
UHD enjoyed years of positive experience with RADVISION's gatekeeper technology, especially when it came to engineering issues. For the staff at UHD, strong engineering was a critical factor in choosing a new vendor. RADVISION's standard-based vision was in sync with UHD's approach and laid the groundwork for a fruitful partnership.
UHD deployed two RADVISION SCOPIA® 100/24 MCUs, SCOPIA Desktop, the iVIEW™ Suite and gatekeepers in an extensive, full-scale pilot. The first stage of the pilot was to ensure that the new infrastructure would stand up to the rigorous test of UHD's present capacity, without compromising the constituent's experience. These tests were completed in a full production environment, with special emphasis on remote desktop connectivity. High definition testing in a production environment with Polycom Viavideos and Tandberg 3000 MXPs and a standard PC was carried out successfully as well.