Used BlueJeans to talk with Antarctica

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Note: This little blurb is my own personal thank you and should not be associated with the organization/agency/company I work for.

Today we did a video conference with Palmer Station in Antarctica to facilitate Q&A with primary and high school kids who asked a research scientist what it's like to live and work there.

We had some really good shots of her talking, with glaciers in the background and some demos of the different types of fishes that live there. We used a CISCO C90 on our end in Arlington, VA and a C920 equipped laptop at Palmer Station.

As a video conferencing engineer, I can tell you that Antarctica is THE definition of "bandwidth constrained". 500ms to 1 full second of round trip latency and you can imagine the network issues that make video conferencing via Satellite a challenge (lots of out of order packets, high jitter, etc)

BlueJeans was up to to the task! Audio was perfect and video was good to great the whole time.

Thanks for providing a great product!  
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Stephen Antonucci

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Sounds fantastic. 
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Cindy Doyle

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Awesome!
Doug - this is so cool! Thanks for the praise too! 
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Brett Smith

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Thats great Doug, thank you for sharing! 
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Garrett Ruiz, Marketing Programs Manager

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Way cool! Love hearing about this kind of thing!
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i need to provide a videoconferencing solution to a remote location in Africa, i wanted to know what kind of link you are using in antartica?
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The U.S. Antarctic program leases bandwidth on an old NOAA  satellite that is in polar orbit. 

Unfortunately the only way to do video conferencing in places with no infrastructure is from the sky. 

We used about 768Kb/s for that particular conference.
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Erick Jarin

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Thanks for the quick reply, can you tell me how much bandwidth do you have ?
also i assume its 768kb up/down ?
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As I understand it (I'm not in charge of the network design). It's a shared 1.5Mb/s for Internet and even then it's only available while the satellite is above the horizon. The network crew carved out 768kb/s (symmetric). 

You can do a video conference with 384 kb/s. Low resolution but it still would work. The amount of bandwidth really depends on how much quality you want.