4K medical visualisation captivating in New Zealand

Prague, 22 April 2015. As part of the eResearch NZ 2015 conference (Queenstown, New Zealand, 23 to 25 March), New Zealand’s REANNZ academic network in collaboration with the Czech national CESNET e-infrastructure introduced transmission of surgical interventions in 4K resolution. It was streamed from Prague to Queenstown via the global academic networks GÉANT, Internet2 and Southern Cross, designed for science, development and education.

REANNZ installed a visualisation wall with an 8K resolution (four times the 4K) at the event in Queenstown, connected to the 10 Gbps network and requested a 4K video stream from the CESNET association’s data centre. The transmission was made using the UltraGrid tool (software for video transmission with low latency and high quality) developed by CESNET. Videos in 4K resolution showing complex surgical interventions were shared with eResearch conference participants in the course of several days. It confirmed the repeatability, robustness and scalability of this technology. CESNET demonstrated that the use of high-speed networks can enable the sharing of live video transmissions or recordings in ultra-high 4K resolution across the globe and on demand.

The technology used brings great advantages for mobile surgical services, education for physicians, and other areas of clinical and specialised medicine. With acquisition and visualisation of 4K video streams becoming a normal thing, this technology is affordable for a broad range of REANNZ members as well as users in the medical and academic community throughout the world.

REANNZ offers technologies and experience extending practical capabilities of researchers, teachers and other professionals thanks to the use of high-speed networks and video in the ultra-high 4K (Quad HD or UHDTV) resolution.

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network building project and grid projects (EGI.eu), and participates actively in their implementation. Among other things, the association deals with the use of high-speed networks for sharing multimedia data both through synchronous video conferencing and shared applications and asynchronous streaming.

Last change: 23.4.2015