Smithsonian Implements Wireless Video Conferencing

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Polycom, IVCi and CIT Wireless partner to deliver revolutionary wireless solution.

IVCi, LLC (, a leading integrator of enterprise collaboration solutions, including video conferencing, audio visual systems and managed conference services, announced today that it has successfully implemented a unique, wireless video conferencing solution for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland.

The Center, which is involved in many different areas of environmental research, sought a way to deliver the on-site educational experience directly into the classroom. Key among SERC’s long list of research programs are those that examine shoreline habitats and local fish and blue crabs. “We wanted to maintain the integrity of the education program, which focuses on learning about human impact on our environment, so we were particularly interested in bringing the students right to the site of the research for maximum effect and an enhanced educational experience,” said Mark Haddon, Director of Education for SERC. “One important way we could visualize this type of format was through video conferencing.”

IVCi, LLC implemented the wireless solution, called the Mobile Video Interactive Companion II (MVIC II), which combined a Polycom video codec and the CIT Wireless product. “We mainly use our MVIC II near the water’s edge on docks and beaches where students can see live animals and learn how to take water samples for testing,” said Haddon. “We also have the flexibility to board research vessels with the MVIC II and show more advanced sampling methods that help show students how scientists research the Chesapeake Bay. Future components of our distance learning program will include video conferencing with the MVIC II in the forest and wetlands around SERC.”

Since its inception, video conferencing has traditionally been conducted in a designated conferencing room. The MVIC II system puts an end to this limitation and brings meetings to new places while providing two-way, high-end group system quality and performance in a compact wireless mobile offering.

For more information on the MVIC II system, contact IVCi online at: or by phone: 800-224-7083.

About IVCi:

IVCi, LLC ( | is a leading integrator of managed enterprise collaboration solutions, including video conferencing, audio visual and managed conference services. From our headquarters in Long Island, New York, and branch offices throughout the country, IVCi makes conferencing and audio visual solutions easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to afford.

IVCi proudly represents products and services from leading industry manufacturers including Polycom, TANDBERG, SAVVIS Communications, RADVISION, Codian, VBrick Systems, STARBAK Communications, Crestron Electronics, Extron Electronics, ClearOne, and Lutron Lighting.

IVCi's numerous awards include ranking in the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, the Frost & Sullivan award for the Best New Video Conferencing Service for 2002, and recognition by Polycom and TANDBERG as a top reseller.

For additional information regarding IVCi's suite of products and services, please call 800-224-7083 or visit us on the Web at

About The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center:

(SERC) is the world's leading research center for environmental studies of the coastal zone. For 40 years, SERC has been involved in critical research, professional training for young scientists, and environmental education. The research center, 25 miles from the Nation's Capital, lies along the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay and serves as a hub for studies that extend around the globe. A diverse staff of 16 senior scientists and an interdisciplinary team of more than 180 researchers, technicians, and students conduct long-term descriptive and experimental research addressing such issues as global change, the effects of nutrients and chemicals passing through our landscapes, maintenance of productive fisheries, changes to the environment from biological invaders, and protection of fragile wetlands and woodlands. For additional information on SERC, visit their Web site at

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