|HaiVision hai1000 Used by
NASA for Advanced Medical Procedures on NEEMO 12
Other Topics: Next Generation
IPTV Services, IP Multimedia
May 9, 2007
Montreal, Canada -- HaiVision Systems Inc. today announces that
NASA, during its twelfth NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission
Operations) mission, is transmitting the video required for
interactive robotic telesurgery experiments using the hai1000 MPEG-4
AVC multi-stream low latency video codecs. The bi-directional video
transmissions will be from NOAA’s Aquarius underwater lab in Key
Largo, Florida, to Cincinnati, Ohio and as well directly to the
TATRC demonstration area at the American Telemedicine Association
exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. At the ATA conference (May
13/14), a surgeon will perform live telesurgery experiments
interacting directly with the NASA and University of Cincinnati
personnel on Aquarius. The NEEMO missions enable astronauts to train
within an environment analogous to actual space missions. The
University of North Carolina at Wilmington operates Aquarius on
behalf of NOAA.
The telesurgery experiments will use
the HaiVision hai1000 codec to transmit multiple video streams from
Aquarius including those from a stereo video camera enabling precise
control of the robot by surgeons over 1000 miles away. In addition,
the hai1000 will support bi-directional audio video communications.
The high performance network video will be transported over the
The hai1000 uses the latest MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video compression
allowing multiple video channels to be transmitted and received
synchronously. MPEG-4 provides a 60% savings in bandwidth
historically required by MPEG-2 to achieve the same DVD quality
video. The hai1000 as well provides extremely low end to end
latency, about 160 milliseconds.
“Sustained extreme low latency is important for communications such
as telepresence, but is essential while trying to maintain hand-eye
coordination while using a surgical robot remotely”, states Dr.
Timothy Broderick, a NEEMO 12 crewmember and Associate Professor of
Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
“HaiVision has developed products that are ideal for advanced
medical applications and has dedicated excellent engineering support
to advance our research in telesurgery.” Broderick also serves as is
the Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Advanced Center for
Telemedicine and Surgical Innovation (ACTSI).
About HaiVision Systems Inc.
Based in Montreal, Canada, HaiVision Systems Inc. is a private
company dedicated to improving the way people live and work through
the use of advanced network video technology. HaiVision’s
interactive products are used in the foremost telepresence suites,
boardrooms, and continuous presence distance education systems
worldwide. They are used as well in the medical field supporting
information and service delivery within hospital campuses and across
nations. HaiVision’s streaming products are also used extensively
for video backhaul and distribution in broadcast, near broadcast,
and IPTV applications. Please have a look at the product
information, case studies, videos, and file samples available in the
file download area of our web site.
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