Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Acticam: a (Beta) webcam tool for Groove

I remember back in 2001 Hugh Pyle worked on a team webconferencing tool for Groove 1.1, or perhaps 1.5 to enable webcam image sharing among members in a shared space. The tool was tested at Unilever, my previous company, and the results were quite satisfactory in testing, yet it didn't do well enough to be used in real projects neither made into production stage. This tool could feed images from up to 7 distributed webcams very well, however, issues arised from a platform perspective. How could we prevent other members in the space, who may be offline at the time, from stacking up 100MB on their transceiver's inbound trays?

Ashok Hingorani, Groove Partner, has come up with a new solution which selectively synchronises information (in this case images) among online members - only- in a space.

Special Features:

View 9 cameras at a time out of any number in the workspace
Remotely control cameras if member has allowed it.
Log activities if not able to be present during a session



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