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iSee wins the top Asia-Pacific Award

A 3D immersive video-collaboration technology developed by UOW and Smart Services CRC and has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards in the Research and Development category.

The technology, known as iSee, is a multi-platform, real-time web collaboration tool that changes the way users conduct business, share information and interact in a lifelike environment with colleagues around the world.  It is the first web -based application to fully utilise the social complexities of real life interactions as a natural element of the technology.

The APICTA awards are the premier ICT awards for the Asia Pacific, and aim to promote and celebrate collaborative innovation. The APICTA award is iSee’s third honour in recent months; the technology was also named winner of the National iAward in August, and NSW iAward in May. It was also recently named as a finalist in the Shell Innovation Awards.   

Warren Bradey, Chief Executive of the Smart Services CRC, said that iSee presents unique opportunities for businesses dealing with diversely located workforces or skyrocketing travel costs.

“iSee’s ability to replicate real life social interactions for truly dispersed team members  to make it the first laptop driven web collaboration technology that can reproduce genuine business exchanges in an immersive way,” he said.

“Businesses with diversely located workforces can also use iSee to engage their staff in large group meetings and training sessions, rather than dealing with the logistics and the cost of getting people into a single physical space.”

The platform can host anywhere from two to hundreds of users simultaneously in custom-built virtual environments. Users are streamed in real-time video and can freely move around the 3D iSee space to host and attend events; share files, such as images and video; and engage in collaborative learning via large group presentations or simultaneous smaller group workshops and discussion.

UOW’s Professor Farzad Safaei, who was the lead inventor on the iSee project, said that the technology has been designed to scale to large numbers of simultaneous participants using only a low-bandwidth broadband connection.

“For students in remote areas of Australia and in developing countries where education infrastructure is lacking, iSee presents a genuine opportunity for increased access to teaching and learning opportunities from the best teachers wherever they are located,” he said.

iSee is completing beta testing with over 500 users from universities, multinationals, private training providers, not-for-profits and US educational institutions and will launch commercially in early 2013.

 To view a short video demonstration of iSee click here.

Last reviewed: 17 January, 2013

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