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Videoconferencing-as-a-Service for African NRENs

The TENET Vidyo ServiceProgress and update

IntroductionsRob Bristowon secondment from Jisc the UK NREN organisationWesley AdriaanseTENET Intern Network EngineerThis presentation will provide:An update the SA NREN Videoconferencing service and how it can support the work of higher education and research in South AfricaProvide an update on the service and what further developments are likely in the next year to 10 monthsExplain how to access the service and how to get support

Why provide collaboration shared services for South Africa?Videoconferencing has come of ageNew software based architectures for video and audio routing and encode/decodeThe Scalable Video Codec (SVC) and WebRTCDesktop and mobile computing power and ubiquitous webcamsFlexible cloud like provisioning optionsIntegration options for existing H.323/SIP estateAbility to work with off-the-shelf hardware and existing infrastructureRobust networkCost

Problems with old school conferencingStandards based conferencingExpensiveIt needs proprietary room CODECs and back end MCUsLicensing and support costsInflexibleGenerally lacks cost effective clients for desktop/laptop/mobile useGenerally stuck in expensively equipped boardroomsIt does not scale well for big meetingsBig meetings mean many MCU ports = more expenseBig tranches of web conferencing licences dont come cheapIt is hard to share capacity among different organisations and users The quality is not that goodTends to take quality down to lowest common denominatorLatency

TENETs Chosen ServiceStandardised on VidyoCapacity sufficient to support all of South African Higher Education and Research institutionsSupport for integrating existing H.323/SIP endpointsFreely available desktop, web and mobile client endpoint softwareNative WebRTC using SVC support next yearFree at the point of useIntegration with institutional Directory SystemsSkype for Business integration available

Whats availableFree access to VidyoDesktop (Windows. Mac, Linux) and other endpoint softwareYour own institutional Tenant areasome customisation options and Integration with your Directory (LDAP/AD or SAML)Up to 100 concurrent connections from Desktop and MobileUp to 12 Full HD (1080p) ports of H.323/SIP bridgingAccess to Record/Replay/Streaming service at Full HD (1080p)Advice and guidanceTraining for Admins and operatorsAdvice for setting up Vidyo equipped meeting roomsTelephone support via TENET SOCEscalation to SA Distributors technical team and beyond them to Vidyo

Benefits for UniversitiesCloud like shared serviceOne pool of licenses shared across multiple users and countriesResilienceExtensibilityStart small, grow as needed or funds allowNot rip & replace existing H.323 estate can continue to participateReduced costs from elimination of expensive MCUs and associated support costsPerformance!Full HD (1080p) or better on suitable desktop hardware Ability to host big meetings without loss of qualityRobust enterprise quality platform (Vidyo)Good support from distributors in country and from VidyoDevelopment road map

Use cases for universitiesA common platform across HE and ResearchTeaching and learningCollaboration with external partnersIn South Africa, more widely in Africa & rest of the worldInternal collaboration for teams in dispersed locationsAdmin meetings between different locationsManagement and steering group meetingsOutreach and disseminationMentoring and professional developmentVivasHR applications interviews

KENET have deployed a VidyoRouter and VidyoGatewayConnected to TENETs VidyoPortal in Cape TownTraffic between Kenyan sites stays in KenyaEasy for Kenyan users to connect to South African usersOnly needed a VM instance* with capability to run these componentsHas worked well in practice with some large meetings and no reports of instability or difficulties in connectingKenyan users also have access to TENET Replay server in Cape Town for recording and streaming

* Vidyo supports running its infrastructure on VMWare. Other virtualisation platforms are not supported, but may well work.SKA have Vidyo infrastructure running on Microsoft HyperV, for example


Recent Developments - InfrastructureExtension of Full HD (1080p) capabilityVidyoGateway for H.323/SIP12 ports of Full HD connection, or21 ports HD, or48 SD, etc or some mixture of theseRecording and Streaming serverAvailability of pool of VidyoRoom SE LicensesUse your own PC (preferably i7 with decent graphics card) to run high end Vidyo CODECWebRTC Server (experimental)Allows guests to join meeting via browser with no plugin downloadLimited number of ports so available on request

Recent Developments Room/UserAbility under VidyoRoom SE to have Vidyo on one screen and Windows 7 on the otherNew VidyoRemote App for iOS TabletsEnables complete control of VidyoRoom systems by touch screenMore in-call controls in VidyoDesktop (mute mics, etc.)Support for new USB high end cameras (Mimray UV950 & Sony SRG-120DU)New VidyoDesktop Getting Started Guide Email [email protected] for copies

Future plansVidyo indicate native WebRTC using SVC end of 2016 or early 2017New Room System CODECSBetter reporting and dashboardsSimplified Desktop client option


Connecting to Mombassa

Link up between academic in Cape Town, Heads of Institutions in Kenya and the University of Nairobi


ContactsRob Bristow079 1818 708

[email protected]t.ac.za

Support: [email protected]


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