Owned by its members and founded in 1996, Internet2 is an "advanced technology community," according to information released by the organization, comprising nearly 200 universities, 78 coporations, 39 state and regional education agencies, 70 affiliate members such as government agencies and "more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing over 100 countries."
FuzeBox provides video, Web and voice conferencing via mobile dvice, desktop computer, or room-based systems and "connects traditional video conferencing and telepresence systems from CUMeeting, Polycom, Tandberg,LifeSize, Radvision and others in one-to-one and group video calls," according to a news release.
Saint Louis University recently sponsored the service for Internet2's NET+program after it deployed FuzeBox to approximately 20,000 faculty, students and staff at campuses in St. Louis and Madrid following a successful pilot program. Now the university uses FuzeBox for distance courses, online office hours, test prep, training, bringing guest lecturers to campus virtually, and for administrative purposes.
"We are just scratching the surface on the transformational impact the use of the emerging next generation, high definition, anyone to anywhere, real-time video conferencing server products can have within research and education," said Shelton Waggener, Internet2 senior vice president, in a prepared statement.
"The ability to extend the reach of institutions and engage students in dynamic, interactive ways from different locations, using smartphones, tablets or room-based systems creates endless opportunities to enhance and evolve the education experience. This Internet2 NET+ initiative gives our members and the entire nation's non-profit education community a proven application like FuzeBox to make this a reality today."