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Videoconferencing - what is it?

Videoconferencing delivers audio and video to bring people at different geographical locations together and share content in real time.

Videoconference sessions can be as simple as a conversation between two people in private offices (point-to-point) or involve several sites (multi-point) with more than one person in rooms of various sizes at different locations showing content such as information stored on computers, views of objects and documents etc.

To enable easy videoconference access to JCU Staff and students, the Pexip Inifinity Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) service was launched in 2016.

Jabber Video (formerly known as Movi) is available to staff at JCU enabling them to connect to other Jabber Video users as well as any other H323 compliant videoconferencing system in the world.

At JCU, videoconferencing venues include smaller board rooms, medium sized presentation/lecture rooms and large theatres, all with fully integrated videoconferencing systems. Some of these JCU venues are multi-point capable with in built resources to connect 3 video participants and 3 telephone calls concurrently. Bridging equipment or Multipoint Control Units (MCU) allow several concurrent videoconferences with a large number of participants.

Videoconferencing standards and terminology.

JCU Videoconference Rooms

Some 150 JCU videoconferencing systems (personal and room based) are located in Atherton, Cairns (Smithfield and CBD), Cloncurry, Longreach, Mackay, Mount Isa, Singapore, Thursday Island and Townsville (Douglas and CBD campus) with additional back-end infrastructure hardware such as gateways, VCS, MCU and Mediasite recorders concentrated in Cairns and Townsville.

Centrally Bookable JCU Rooms (Supported by VAVS)

Small conference rooms with board room style set ups, are ideal for groups of 8 to 14 persons, where a large degree of interaction is required between the participants at both ends.

Facilities such as the Sir George Kneipp auditorium (492 seats), Crowther 1 (300), the New Medical School theatre (295), Nursing Science theatres (200+) Tnd the Science Place lecture theatre (15) fitted with sizeable projector screens and microphone reinforcement, are suitable for presentations and lectures to the larger groups

Videoconference enabled rooms at Cairns, Cairns CBD, Townsville and Townsville CBD are fitted with the following equipment as standard:

* Single or dual flat panel displays or projector screens
* Document cameras/visualizer
* In house PC (suitable for playing DVDs)
* Microphones (Wireless microphones in the larger rooms)
* Cables with adaptors to connect laptop computers

Experienced technicians are available to assist with customized training if required.

Desktop Videoconference Solutions

Pexip Virtual Meeting Room (VMR)

Pexip Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMR) is available to all JCU Staff and students as an internal and external video call solution. A Pexip VMR can be run from the Chrome or Firefox browser or as a standalone desktop app on a PC, Mac or laptop. Unlike Skype and Skype for Business, Pexip VMR interconnects with commercial videoconference room systems, smartphones and tablets, JabberVideo and telephone (landline and mobile phones) subscribers anywhere in the world. Pexip VMR also supports content sharing and chatting.

Jabbervideo aka Movi

Jabbervideo, formerly known as Movi, is available to all JCU Staff as an internal and external video call solution. Jabbervideo interconnects with any Jabbervideo participant and commercial videoconference system. Participant numbers are currently set to a maximum of 5.

Skype for Business (SfB)

Skype for Business (SfB) is available to all JCU Staff as in internal video call, instant messaging and email solution. SfB does not interconnect with traditional videoconference equipped rooms nor with Jabbervideo but inbound calls from SfB are supported into JCU Virtual Meeting Rooms.


The original personal version of Skype, uses proprietary protocols which are incompatible with commercial videoconferencing systems and is not supported by JCU Videoconferencing and Audio Visual Systems. To use this video call solution, you will need a PC/laptop with Skype installed, a webcam, microphone and speakers as well as a good internet connection.

ITU Standard

JCU videoconference hardware use internationally recognized standards as laid down by ITU, the International Telecommunications Union. Hence, we do not use nor support Skype, as this uses proprietary protocols which are incompatible with commercial videoconferencing systems. If you opt for Skype, this can be used on a PC/laptop with a decent broadband connection. Skype for Business (SfB) is available to all staff at JCU - see Desktop Videoconference Solutions for more information about SfB.

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