The urgency of having a local Vidyo Router diminished after it became clear that it would not be possible to authenticate to Cape Town when internet connection between Potchefstroom and Cape Town is lost. Authentication is necessary for meetings to continue. Even with a local Vidyo Router at NWU Potchefstroom, if connection is lost between Potchefstroom and Cape Town, meetings could not be initiated or continue.
During a meeting with Craig Watson of Q-Distribution, representing agents for Vidyo and Zoom, Wilhelm van Belkum, Shakes Scott, Hennie Esterhuizen and Neil Prinsloo in Room D1-307 on Potchefstroom Campus on 6th February 2020, various future scenarios were discussed regarding videoconferencing at NWU. Since NWU is the largest user of videoconferencing use through Vidyo at TENET by far, Craig suggested the possibility of assigning sufficient licencing provision to NWU to be utilised at the local Vidyo Router in Potchefstroom. He mentioned that NWU’s local provisioning of Vidyo might need to be available then to other Vidyo users in the northern parts of South Africa.
These possibilities will be discussed with TENET.
This will again raise the importance of a local Vidyo Router at NWU, including the provision required for licencing and authentication, established with the cooperation of TENET and Q-Distribution.
Remarking on reports of possibilities that Vidyo might have been phased out at the end of 2020 and replaced with Zoom as videoconferencing service, Craig confirmed during the meeting that Vidyo has currently a higher likelihood of staying the TENET supported videoconferencing platform, well into the future.
The local NWU Vidyo Router was operational when the problems arose with dropped meeting connections in February 2019. It allowed us to verify local operation of Vidyo. However, according to Q-Distribution, the requirement that authentication is constantly required at Vidyo in Cape Town negates the benefit of having a local Vidyo Router. When connectivity is lost to Cape Town, the local call will also drop.
Currently, joining participants to meetings with the local NWU router does not allow communication with participants joined to the same meeting on the Cape Town Router.
The necessity of having a local Vidyo Router may have to be re-evaluated.
22 Jan 2019: The PMBoard requests the urgent revival and implementation of a local Vidyo router. Hennie will discuss this with the relevant parties.
Hennie has sent emails to the Infrastructure team regarding the specifications of the virtual server(s) required to configure a local Vidyo router. Hennie is still awating feedback regarding the mails sent.
In the meantime, a discussion on this topic raised the possible requirement to host a local Vidyo router on each campus. This will become more necessary if a decision is taken to move to Vidyo as the NWU’s primary video conference platform.
Due to demands of other projects, this project has not progressed.
Progress is still at 0%.
The new target for completions is 31st July 2017.
Due to other pressing matters, this project has not received further attention. It has now been scheduled to start on 1 March and to be completed by 30 April.
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