27-May-2010 | The Hobart Function and Conference Centre announces Tasmania‟s fastest broadband and state of the art HD IP video conferencing equipment.
HFCC, with the help of their AV suppliers HAVE Audio Visual, is the first venue in Tasmania to offer full 1080 HD IP video conferencing as part of their audio visual services. Using technology that has only just been released in Australia, Hobart's stunning waterfront venue now offers face to face interaction and communication with video of the highest quality, and crisp, clear audio without echo or delay.
HFCC already has a broadband connection that is equal to or faster than any other venue in Tasmania, and plans to take advantage of a direct fibre optic connection when the National Broadband Network is rolled out in Tasmania, making it one of the fastest connections in Australia. This, coupled with the new HD VC equipment represents a significant addition to conference and meeting services in Tasmania, bringing people from all over the world together by allowing them to interact successfully and effectively.
Earlier this month, HFCC and HAVE Audio Visual operated the first ever commercial HD 1080 video conference in Tasmania. The participants were blown away by the quality, and by the way seeing clear facial expressions, body language and gestures enhanced their ability to communicate.
Nick Crawford of HAVE Audio Visual says that after 35 years in the industry, it takes more that just a shiny new box to get him excited about a new product. "Almost every time something new is released in this industry" he says "it is claimed to be „ground breaking new technology‟, but this really is, and it‟s definitely got me excited. It uses a recently developed top secret codec, and as it is all done over a high speed broadband connection, there‟s no need for the expensive ISDN lines that previous technology depended on".
HFCC's General Manager, Niall Mitchell, says the affordability of the new technology will bring video conferencing to the mainstream and sees it being used for much more than high profile meetings. "We've been able to offer video conferencing for some time now" he said, "but the equipment used was expensive and relied on ISDN data lines which are also expensive, so the costs were often prohibitive for many. This new technology not only delivers full HD, but does so at a much more affordable price. I can see it becoming commonplace in meetings and presentations, and also being used for training, interviewing and many other applications."
For any enquiries please contact the venue on 03 6230 8979