Melbourne, Australia 12 April 2013 – Today, the Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, Minster for Technology, launched a new project in Shepparton that aims to deliver dental education to regional Victoria using high speed broadband and internet protocol television (IPTV).
The Uni TV project is underpinned by Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). AARNet is providing the connectivity for the distribution of High Definition and 3D content from the Melbourne Dental School to students involved in a trial based at the University of Melbourne’s Shepparton campus.
A dentist in Brunswick is also part of the trial, accessing Uni TV in his home for professional development via an NBN connection.
Chris Hancock, CEO of AARNet said, “This project demonstrates the value of IPTV technologies and high speed networks in delivering quality educational resources to students and practitioners living outside major metropolitan centres.”
During the launch event participants in Shepparton watched a live 3D broadcast of a dental procedure taking place at the Melbourne Dental School. Live broadcasts, educational videos on demand and other resources are accessible on the Uni TV multi-channel IPTV system.
Ken Clarke, Senior Research Fellow, The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) at the University of Melbourne and project lead, said that the Uni TV trial relies on the network performance and Multicast capabilities of AARNet to support IPTV, coupled with the university’s networks.
“The IPTV delivery model has the potential to transform health and dental education in regional communities. It gives students access to high quality instruction by leaders in the field without having to travel to Melbourne,” he said, adding that in the future a range of organisations could utilise these technologies for training and other purposes.
Uni TV is a partnership between AARNet, the Melbourne Dental School and the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, Ericsson Australia and Panasonic Australia, supported by the Victorian Government’s Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP).
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