Blue Jeans Network recently announced that it has successfully completed the Internet2 NET (News - Alert)+ service validation process. Using the Internet2 high-speed as a base, Blue Jeans Network will now be able to offer 250 universities across the nation its cloud-based video collaboration platform. Blue Jeans is a leading provider of interoperable video collaboration services.
"Blue Jeans allows us to leverage the significant investment we've made in traditional video conferencing infrastructure to meet with people connecting from consumer devices,” said Casey Emerson (News - Alert), Director of Education Technology, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Chapel Hill (NC). “There is no pre-certification or testing required using Blue Jeans. Users simply click a link to join, and the meeting is off and running. We find new-use cases for Blue Jeans daily; it's been used for everything from student debates, remote collaboration and presentations, to meetings with clinical faculty located in hospitals and pharmacies across the state. Blue Jeans and the Internet2 partnership reinforce our dedication to enabling effective collaboration for our students, faculty and staff."
The Blue Jeans service is currently used by a number of universities, higher education facilities and leading research facilities from around the world. This service will now be available to them via the Internet2 NET+ suite which will allow both faculty and students to easily connect using any device anytime they want to access education material, either from inside or outside the classroom setting.
"In today's age of information sharing, the Internet2 community requires video collaboration platforms that are high-quality, affordable, easy-to-use and can be easily administered through our various universities,” said Shelton Waggener, senior vice president for Internet2. “Blue Jeans passed the community-developed Internet2 NET+ certification program with flying colors. Blue Jeans provides a cloud-based service, which eliminates the need for costly and complex hardware. It is refreshing to have face-to-face interactions with colleagues across the country by simply clicking on a link."
Blue Jeans has put in place a special program and pricing model for the research and higher education markets. Through this collaborative initiative, universities can pay a fixed, flat rate price for up to three years. They can also avail unlimited use of the Blue Jeans service, and benefit from unlimited meetings and minutes, in addition to unlimited licenses and unlimited ports. Furthermore, students will be provided with free access to Blue Jeans, which will help in improving communication with their peers, professors, and the university staff.
To clear the rigorous evaluation process, Blue Jeans collaborated with a number of Internet2 institutions such as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson