MONTREAL and CHICAGO June 11, 2009 —HaiVision Network Video today announced that its Video Furnace System is being used by Miami University to deliver live television channels and video on demand to students and professors across its main campus in Oxford, Ohio, as well as its Hamilton and Middletown campuses and the university’s Voice of America Learning Center. A fully integrated video distribution solution, HaiVision’s Video Furnace allows Miami University to use its existing IP network to deliver high-quality video to desktops and laptops with a high degree of flexibility and minimal maintenance.
“The goal of working with Video Furnace is to offer resources that improve the student experience and facilitate, rather than hinder, the learning process,” said Chris Bernard, director of network engineering and telecommunications at Miami University. “By simplifying the previously frustrating and difficult task of obtaining video for student viewing, the HaiVision system has made a dramatic improvement in the lives of our professors. Our students benefit from the remarkable speed and efficiency of the system, as well as from the look and feel of the interface, which clearly was designed by individuals who knew how users would work with the system. The response across faculty, students, and IT staff has been very enthusiastic.”
Many universities rely on a cable system for delivery of video to the classroom or dormitory. In both cases, the learning experience is constrained by the need to tune in at a particular time and watch continuously, from start to finish. By integrating Video Furnace into the teaching environment, Miami University allows professors in the classroom to access video on demand, when it best fits into the day’s lesson plan, and to use common control functions to stop or pause video for discussion.
Links to on-demand media are offered to students through the university’s Blackboard system.
Students can access assigned video via their computers and laptops, watching according to their individual schedules and using the InStream player’s intuitive interface to control video playback. Integrated into the Video Furnace System, this “zero footprint” player makes access available on any computer, regardless of platform, without loading or updating software. As a result, students no longer need to attend special sections, compete with other students for viewing time at the reserve desk, or even purchase media themselves.
“We pride ourselves in having an engaged and active student body with many student organizations and opportunities for leadership and community service,” said Cathy McVey, director of customer relations and communications at Miami University. “Our use of Video Furnace allows students to match their viewing experience to their schedule and to view class-related video content when they are able while still taking advantage of all the activities our university has to offer.”
Miami University is building a repository of video-on-demand content, beginning with library-type assets and later including recorded presentations and other school-owned assets. Future plans for the system also include using the Video Furnace System as a tool through which students can upload their own projects for faculty review or peer critique. As a state institution, the university will be investigating using its Video Furnace System to share media assets with peer institutions — K-12 schools as well as other post-secondary institutions — across the statewide network.
The university’s growing asset library so far features more than 200 media assets, ranging from specific educational material to programs recorded for analysis. Miami University also uses its Video Furnace System to make live foreign-language television channels available to students over its IP network in a multicast stream.
HaiVision will be demonstrating the Video Furnace System and the company’s range of low-latency encoding solutions at InfoComm Booth 2979. Complete information on HaiVision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available at www.haivision.com/account/downloads.

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