Videoconferencing provides creative support

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First Movement's VC solution is intalled in a mobile studio.

First Movement is based in Rowsley, Derbyshire, where they provide opportunities for learning disabled people to become involved in arts and creative projects. Through its  Level Project it brings together participants who, though many miles apart, can collaborate in creative activities via a live video link. The solution is installed in a truck which serves as a mobile studio that travels between locations in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. A videoconferencing system has been integrated into this studio by Questmark with another installed at First Movement’s headquarters. The studio is equipped with an Ethernet cable which connects to a modem at each of the three locations to provide the broadband connections.

To the video and audio signals cultural material is added to provide complex, composite video programmes with the participants appearing to be in the same virtual space irrespective of where they are. For example, they can dance or act in a play together and videoconferencing has proved to be a natural and intuitive means of communication for learning disabled people. “When we decided on videoconferencing we looked for a partner who understood the systems and technology, and could deal with issues such as the broadband connection,” says First Movement’s Peter Shelton. “Questmark proved the ideal choice supporting us both through the initial set-up phase and on an on-going basis.”

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