The University of Newcastle Access Grid (AG) is a collaborative tool which permits geographically distributed groups to interact in real time. The equipment includes computers, cameras, projectors, microphones (echo cancellation hardware) and Smart Boards.
This technology provides Access Grid participants the ability to hear and see each other, as well as share documents, in real time without delays. This provides an opportunity to work together when convenient, rather than having to travel to meetings or conferences around Australia and the world.
The software is Open Source and was originally developed by the Futures Laboratory at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Chicago. The AG software is currently used in over 50 countries. For more information on the world of Access Grids, visit the Access Grid website.
The basic software is supplemented by applications from various sources to permit sharing of presentations, desktops, browsers and drawing surfaces to name a few.
In the context of the University, this tool will provide benefit in the area of high-level teaching (honours level and above) as well as academic collaborative work (brain-storming) sessions. It will also prove to have relevance in seminars, tutorials, training and large-scale distributed meetings.
Booking an Access Grid Session
To book an Access Grid session, please visit the University of Newcastle's page at the Access Grid website.