You have to review documents with a research colleague or a project partner from industry, but do not have time for a business trip?
You would like to hold a course together with a partner institute in Germany or abroad?
In such cases, a video conference is the easiest and often cheapest way to communicate with the partners not only audiovisually, but also to present digitally available documents and, if necessary, to work on them together.
The new platform of the video conferencing service DFNConf is now available at KIT. With this service, all KIT staff members can set up, organize, and conduct video conferences with guests and partners worldwide easily and platform-independently.
The new PEXIP-based system relies fully on the WebRTC standard for PCs, which allows easy access (even across firewalls) via a web browser. One of the DFN's main concerns when selecting the product was to remain compatible with all VC systems/protocols. All common standards, such as old room systems, SIP and telephony are still used very well. Apps (Pexip) are also available for mobile clients under Android and iOS. If you want to get to know the service from scratch, you can get a first overview here. Details can be found in the presentation held during the VCC workshop: https://vcc.zih.tu-dresden.de/files/termine/ws_2018-06-07/Vortraege/VCC-Workshop2018-CM.pdf .
WebRTC, the technology used for PC-based communication, is a standard currently agreed upon by most browser manufacturers. This standard is constantly being further developed, so that in the future new possibilities will be added continuously, such as higher bandwidth tolerance, better resolutions and new video codecs. However, this development is dependent on many factors and the implementation of the individual functions is not synchronized by all browser manufacturers.
Further information and services in the field of video conferencing can also be found at the Competence Center for Video Conferencing Services at the TU Dresden .
For the integration of your "old" equipment (e.g. set-top boxes from Polycom) into the Global Dialing Scheme (GDS), the SCC operates a so-called gatekeeper where you can register your equipment. This registration is useful, for example, if you want to use the video conference service of DFN or if your video conference system is to be accessible via a so-called E.164 number. Please contact your supervisor for an entry. Alternatively, you can also enter the DFN public gatekeeper pgk.vc.dfn.de for access to the service.