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Video Conferencing Types

UniSA provides, uses and supports a range of video conferencing platforms and protocols.

There are a range of different video conferencing products and protocols. It can be difficult to understand how these differ or interact with each other due to way they operate and features they support.

At UniSA, there are two broad types of video conferencing systems in use. These each have their own complexities and can be interoperable under certain conditions. However, in almost all situations, it is recommended that all participants of a meeting use the same platform.

Information on these different solutions can be found below.

In most cases, Software-based Video Conferencing.

Using a software-based solution will provide you with the greatest flexibility for room choice, easier connection for participants (internal or external), and provide a good set of features, such as screen sharing.

Polycom video conferencing solutions are more advanced, this allows them to provide functionality above Software-based solutions. Including multiple camera and video streams, camera control of remote participants, greater audio control, and advanced integration with AV systems.

Software-based Video Conferencing Systems can be used from any device connected to the internet. Most platforms are compatible with Windows, Mac and Mobile devices.

Built-in or USB cameras and microphones are used with these platforms, most modern devices are compatible with all platforms, as long as they can be connected to your computer/device.

UniSA supports many software video conferencing solutions, with Teams and Zoom being the two primary ones recommended.

Polycom Video Conferencing Systems have been integrated into the AV systems in some rooms at UniSA. They provide advanced video conferencing functionality and are setup to allow remote teaching between UniSA Lecture theatres.

Integrated Polycom Video Conferencing Systems are able to join UniSA Zoom meetings.