To be able to embark on this historic expedition and then share our findings as we are discovering them via live satellite stream is exciting and powerful.
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Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 23, 2010
Virginia Tech and Iowa State University, working in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, are preparing for a joint Inka Engineering expedition in the remote, treacherous Andean mountains of Peru. And NewCom International, a global communications company specializing in the transport of video, voice and data via satellite, has been tapped to provide satellite services and facilitate streaming video cast from historical sites and pueblos high in the Andes.
The nine-day educational trip, which kicks off July 11, will send students and researchers from the two universities to Peru to collaborate with Native scholars from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and learn the engineering secrets behind the ancient Inka structures that stretch over some of the country’s most rugged terrain. A research team of archeologists, anthropologists and engineers will help students explore how ancient Inka engineers handled hydraulic and geotechnical issues, as well as overall construction of their structures in a land that experiences major earthquakes on a regular basis.
Along the way, the team will conduct live video casts using a laptop computer, an antenna and a modem that connects them to the Internet, and particularly to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, via NewCom's satellite and video conferencing services. The video casts will stream live on other researcher’s laptops and will be projected onto a large screen at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, enabling visitors to the museum to experience and interact with the expedition team in Peru, live and in real-time.
“To be able to embark on this historic expedition and then share our findings as we are discovering them via live satellite stream is exciting and powerful,” notes Iowa State University Professor Edward J. Jaselskis, one of the leaders of the engineering expedition. “We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for providing us with an expedition grant, and to the Smithsonian for funding the live satellite stream so that everyone who is interested can learn along with us.”
“The ancient Inka engineers who built these structures were extremely advanced, and we’re looking forward to unraveling their secrets and sharing them with the world,” adds Christine Fiori, who is heading Virginia Tech’s engineering investigation team.
To prepare for the July trip, NewCom has undergone several comprehensive tests with both universities and the Smithsonian to ensure the project's success. A team from the Inka Engineering Expedition has also undergone training at NewCom's facilities to understand how to activate the service while on the expedition.
"They will literally be following in the footsteps of the Inkas," notes Jaime Munera, Director of Product Development and IT for NewCom. "The road is very wild and rough in places and llamas will be carrying the equipment that they will be setting up along the way. It's a very exciting project and we are honored to be a part of it."
About NewCom International
NewCom International is a global telecommunications firm that focuses on providing innovative, customized solutions for governments, businesses, and organizations worldwide. In addition to providing global transport of voice, video and data communications via satellite, IP and fiber, NewCom’s solutions include comprehensive video services, mobile maritime communications services, collocation and equipment sales. Recognized as the second fastest-growing teleport operator in the world by World Teleport Association, NewCom has the dual advantage of a strategic Miami location and a network operations center that offers technical support on a 24/7 basis. Please visit http://www.newcom-intl.com
About the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.
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