Tandberg MOVI at the ISTE 2010 SIG IVC Playground

Background: The SIG IVC Playground at ISTE 2010 featured six videoconferencing islands. Participants tried out two HD units and four desktop videoconferencing solutions. We used a pirate theme to make the learning and exploration fun. At each island, attendees had to talk to people in mystery locations to figure out where they were and which content provider they were.

In this blog post, I share what we learned at the CISCO-TANDBERG MOVI station.

Tandberg MOVI Setup

In this picture, Lori Colwill assists an attendee with dialing out to a mystery location.

Dallas ISD provided the Tandberg PrecisionHD USB camera (see the picture above), as well as a headset and laptop. The headset made it easier for the attendees and the far site to hear because it was so noisy in the playground. In this picture, you can see an attendee talking to John at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Note the great quality! (The screen could be expanded full size, but hadn’t been.)

At this island, participants dialed out to:

  1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  2. The Mariners’ Museum
  3. Buffalo Zoo
  4. CET Challenger Learning Center

I Learned

I wanted to spend more time with MOVI, but the playground was so busy I didn’t get to. Here are a few notes from talking to Lori:

  • Tandberg MOVI needs to be installed with the VCS (firewall traversal box).
  • If you already have TMS, you can get MOVI as an option key with Tandberg Management Suite.
  • We were not able to get the far end camera control to work to navigate a Codian bridge menu. But it worked with DTMF tones. Not sure if that’s just because we don’t know. If you know, please comment on this post!
  • Just like all Tandberg equipment, it can’t dial the IP##alias format; but this blog post has tips on getting around that which sometimes works depending on the other site’s setup.

What about you?

Did you make it to the ISTE IVC Playground? Or have you played with Tandberg MOVI before? What features did I miss?

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