What is a Bridge?
- A Bridge is a special computer that is required for a videoconference (VC) when more than two VC machines have to be linked, or to join incompatible VC machines.
- The videoconferencing Bridge is located in the Edward Ford Building A27, at the University of Sydney (Room 220).
- At AVIT, we have our own centralised Bridge, controlled by the AVIT Videoconferencing Coordinator at Sydney Medical School.
What can the AVIT Bridge do?
- Join multiple sites
- Join sites using different speeds
- Join incompatible machines
- Control the way the conference is viewed by all of the sites
Can dial, or be dialled, by participating sites
- Our Bridge is an Ezenia! 2020 MCS Workstation running Version 6.3
The AVIT Bridge is able to connect a maximum of 12 sites (any combination of the following):
- Max 8 ATM sites
- Max 5 ISDN sites
- Max 4 IP sites
- Max 12 telephone
- 8MB (bandwidth)
- 1 continuous presence call/conference
- 1 Collaborates Conference (can collaborate a number of rates in one call - multiple speeds of connection can be linked at once)
- If there are only two sites in your conference, you might be able to direct dial each other
- To do this, both VC machines will have to be either: both ISDN; or both IP (IP and ISDN are transmission types)
- If you want your conference to be direct dial, you will have to do a test call between the two sites beforehand.
- Even if your conference will be direct dial, a booking form must still be submitted for the conference.