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MERCI develops tools to support multimedia in conferences

Existing toolkits developed under the MERCI (Multimedia European research conferencing integration) project will help untrained personnel to use, with better quality audio, video and shared workspace facilities and better support for multimedia applications in conferences.

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Existing toolkits developed under the MERCI (Multimedia European research conferencing integration) project will help untrained personnel to use, with better quality audio, video and shared workspace facilities and better support for multimedia applications in conferences.

The purpose of MERCI was to support joint research and technological development by deploying better tools for multimedia collaboration in Europe. By providing multicast multimedia conferencing over IP networks, its results include:

- A toolkit of multimedia conferencing components for audio, video and shared workspace on user workstations;
- A transcoding gateway, allowing users on low-bandwidth links to participate in multicast conferences;
- A multimedia conference server;
- A complete hardware and software system for a distributed electronic classroom to facilitate distance learning in a classroom environment.

Initial applications have been developed in distance learning and technical instruction where distributed users can share a scarce teaching resource. One example is the teaching of languages for which there is limited demand at any particular geographical location.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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