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Video TeleConferencing allows people to share information and participate in a multi-way discussion regardless of physical location.

2015 Issue of NIH Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) Newsletter

VideoTeleConferencing (VTC)


Video TeleConferencing is when two or more locations communicate in real-time by using simultaneous video and audio transmission. This type of conferencing is also known as Video Conferencing, VTC or Telepresence. Video TeleConferencing typically utilizes dedicated equipment in an office or conference room. Video TeleConferencing can be performed with multiple locations though a Video Conference/VTC bridge. This can provide a cost effective means to host high-quality meetings. 

Unified Communications and Collaboration

The deployment and use of Unified Communications and Collaborations (UCC) within the NIH enterprise continues to increase. Video Teleconferencing works with other UCC Services, such as VoIP Video Calls, Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber. As more institutes and sponsored agencies become “video ready”, the demand for multipoint video meetings (i.e. Meetings involving three or more locations) will continue to rise.  

Video Teleconferencing Bridge

The most common way to conduct a multipoint video meeting is for each participating video system (meeting room, desktop, etc.) to connect to a single bridging device called a video bridge or VTC Bridge. CIT’s VTC Bridge supports high definition video. CIT’s Bridge services are free to the NIH Community and can provide a cost effective means to host high-quality video meetings. The CIT VTC Bridge can also support a larger number of participants than VTC systems with embedded VTC bridges. For these reasons, the UCC VTC group can host all meetings on a VTC bridge.

Dedicated Video Bridge

CIT Unified Communications and Collaborations has upgraded the dedicated video bridge to service the HHS / NIH community. The following are just a few of the new features that the video bridge can offer:

  • Content Sharing is now enabled to show every participant your slides, spreadsheets, or documents.
  • New layouts to help display all participants at all times. (Hollywood Squares and others)
  • IP Connectivity for a cost savings connections.
  • High Definition Video Quality for all participants
  • Works with VoIP Video Calls, Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber, and WebEx
  • Easy scheduling through Microsoft Outlook plugin