Isocnz meetings almost faultlessly linked

The special general meeting of the Internet Society of New Zealand marked a milestone for the society's communications technology.

The special general meeting of the Internet Society of New Zealand marked a milestone for the society's communications technology.

It was the first time one of its meetings had been videoconferenced to individuals around the country, as well as between two main centres.

Gatherings of 28 and 63 at the main venues in Auckland and Wellington respectively were connected by a 128 Kbit/s videoconferencing link and 10 individuals linked in from their own PCs to a RealAudio server delivering video and audio.

On previous occasions individuals have been brought into meetings by audio, but the SGM marked the first video internet link, says ISOCNZ technical director John Vorstermans.

The links allowed everyone to put their point of view in an energetic debate and the people in the main venues could be seen and heard by all. Only at the very end did the links to some individuals drop out, preventing a unanimous vote being recorded that the second and third motions on the original agenda not be put.

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