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Ventura Under the Sea
Digital Networks Group Brings the Briny Deep to Students.
Channel Islands, CA — Digital Networks Group recently worked on a project with the National Park Sevice in Southern California to bring the wonders of the deep to the classroom. Using the latest in streaming technology, students in Ventura County are able to see and interact with the live diver many miles away as he explores the water surrounding the Channel Islands, a wildlife preservation along the Santa Barabara coast.
The Park has always had an educational program for the public consisting of a cruise out to the islands, as Brandon Morrell, Digital Network's project manager and engineer on the plan explained. "The park's only open in the summer for this program, and it's weather permitting," he said. "The idea was to bring that program from the island to the mainland. They had actually done some streaming with an eagle cam, which is a live video feed from an eagle's nest beforehand, so they're aware of the technology. We provided them that hardware, but the question for this project was how do we do audio and video and make it interactive between the divers and the teachers and students. So that's where we got involved and started looking at the VBrick equipment."
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