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Huddle 70: DVE’s customised telepresence system for America’s Virtual Office Community and Computing (VOCC) Laboratory.

Huddle 70: DVE’s customised telepresence system for America’s Virtual Office Community and Computing (VOCC) Laboratory.

Huddle 70, an immersive telepresence system from Digital Video Enterprises (DVE) was custom configured for the Virtual Office Community and Computing (VOCC) Laboratory for the DOE CASL Innovation Hub. The DVE Huddle 70 positions the camera behind an image plane at eye level, hidden from view, providing true eye contact for system users.

According to April Lewis, CASL’s Collaboration and Ideation Officer “it substantially reduces collaboration costs over traditional technologies.” Lewis elaborates: “VOCC allows three or 300 people to meet, interact, and collaborate in a way that can only be enhanced through face-to-face meetings. VOCC gives me scalability with just the right amount of security. It’s easy to use and more reliable than more conventional options. We wanted researchers to essentially ‘plug and play’ so they can focus on their research.”

DVE Telepresence is an authorized reseller of Vidyo and designed the VOCC solution to utilize the expansive capabilities of Vidyo. According to Jeff Machtig, co-founder of DVE, “We are pleased Vidyo was utilized for this high profile DOE funded project. Vidyo has proven to be a leading innovative force in videoconferencing from the desktop to being fully integrated into DVE’s award winning immersive telepresence experiences.”

The VOCC Edge Units (based on the DVE Huddle 70) have been integrated with multiple 3D visualization venues. The Edge Units are HD quality, inter-operable with SIP and H.323 signalling, providing encryption and true eye contact. The final solution delivers a true immersive video exchange experience to CASL innovators. VOCC Edge Units currently are in place at 9 of 10 core CASL partner sites including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University and University of Michigan.

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