This research project investigated the practicality of desktop conferencing as a low-end telecommunications alternative to the Utah Educational Network (UEN) and traditional travel to and from meeting sights. To provide a low-end alternative, desktop conferencing technology uses personal computers, relatively inexpensive software, and either ISDN or Internet transmission lines. The criteria used for selecting desktop conferencing software includes the following items: ability to transmit by way of either the Internet or ISDN lines; quality of audio and video; capability for application sharing; capacity for multipoint conferencing through ISDN lines; conformity to T.120 and H.320 standards; and upgrade-ability and likelihood product will upscale to new and upcoming standards in a timely manner. On the basis of this criteria, Intel ProShare was selected as the desktop conferencing package for this project. Two stations were established to test the package. The tests revealed that desktop video provides an inexpensive and efficient means for a few people at remote locations to share data and ideas electronically. Recent tests have also revealed that the gap is closing between high and low end systems, as new technologies and faster transports become available at a lower cost.


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  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 135 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00728820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Rpt. No. 96-67
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1996 12:00AM