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AARNet’s IGLEw brings the Universe to New England TechFest

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The AARNet IGLEw is a huge hit with students

The AARNet IGLEw (Immersive Global Learning Environment), an inflatable 3D theatre equipped with the latest immersive and interactive technologies, will be at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club, from 4-6 March 2015 for New England TechFest.

Satellite imagery from NASA’s Digital Universe Atlas and other scientific resources will be streamed into the IGLEw in real time at high resolution over the national broadband network enabling collaborative connectivity anywhere on the planet.

Chris Hancock, AARNet CEO says broadband access is not just about fibre and wireless, it’s about the applications that run over it.

“The IGLEw is a great example of how these applications bring broadband alive.  It’s also a great example of the kinds of applications our kids will be using in the future.”

The IGLEw’s fully interactive, visually engaging experience presents complex concepts in an easy-to-understand learning environment. Visitors to New England TechFest will experience fly-through tours of the Universe brought to life by imagery from global telescope networks and immersive 3D projection and visualisation tools, accessing multiple data sources in real time from within the IGLEw.

AARNet, a not-for-profit company owned by the universities and CSIRO, operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network, which provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions.  AARNet provides access to the content, resources, and people of the global research and education community.

Organisations involved in research and education across Australia connect to AARNet in a variety of ways. In Armidale, for example, the University of New England (UNE) and CSIRO’s McMaster Laboratory directly connect to the AARNet national optical fibre network while PLC Armidale, the UNE’s Kirby Smart Farm connect via NBN links.  The Tamworth campuses of UNE and TAFE New England are also directly connected to the AARNet network.

“Innovative student-directed real-time programs, such as the IGLEw, require a reliable high-bandwidth low-latency network to deliver the immersive learning experience. AARNet removes geographical and technical barriers and we actively seek opportunities to bring high-quality content providers and educators together to create new teaching and learning experiences using the latest technologies,” says Hancock.





Jane Gifford/AARNet

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