CUSeeMe for distance emergency & medical uses

Harold C. Lyon Jr. (Harold.C.Lyon.Jr@Dartmouth.EDU)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 11:10:17 -0500


I was interested in your recent message in the CUSeeMe Digest about using CU
for emergency uses as described here:

"I am beginning to use Cu-SeeMe at the U.S. National Weather Service to allow
Video Teleconferences (VTCs) with our field offices that lack high-end VTC
set-ups, to contact and VTC with meteorological offices in foreign countries
(so far I have done this with two), and for person-to-person VTCs where the
high end system would be wasteful in terms of set-up time and operating
expenses. I also am involved in the design of a couple international
emergencymanagement systems. I expect to deploy Cu-SeeMe with humanitarian aid
representatives, to improve the the method of communications with the
field. Often it would be advantageous for a field rep. to be able to VTC with
members of several govnernmental and Non-Governmental Organizations. While
we are not using the technology to design software or something as a group,
humanitarian aid and meteorology (as I'm sure you are aware) are both most
effective if performed by a group. Best Regards, Patrick T. Stingley"

We at Dartmouth Medical School in the C. Everett Koop Institute (jointly with
Cornell Medical) are making plans to experiment with CU as both a distance
medical consultation service and as an international humanitarian medical
consultation aide to crisis areas. We would like to establish communications
with you and share ideas. We are now in the proposal draft writing stages.
Were you able to establish effective CU communication with modems in your
remote sites where there was no direct Internet access? What speed modems did
you use? That is our major problem: putting CUSeeMe units in isolated rural
sites where Internet access is only via modem for isolated rural (or
international) docs to have access with audio, video, and medical image
transfer which we are able to do with Steve Erde's (Cornell Medical Univ.)
companion pgm to CUSeeMe.

Let's communicate,

Hal Lyon: Harold.Lyon@Dartmouth.edu
(603) 650-8104