University and Telecom staff designed the network according to the following specifications:
1. The four major campuses of the University had to be linked.
2. The video link should be both ways, so that a full degree of interactivity could be achieved in both sound and vision.
3. The quality of the signal should be of the highest standard achievable which happened
to be full bandwidth giving domestic television quality. The reason for this was
the intention to make the operation of the network as transparent as possible -
4. That the system should be used primarily for telelecturing, with administrative video conferencing in second place. In other systems around Australia, video conferencing was the prime user. This specification has an impact on possible sites on campus that were to become 'interactive'.
That whilst the network operated on a narrow cast system, nevertheless there would be a need for flexibility in going outside the network to other networks. This might be in a broadcast mode via the Golden West Network, OTC or AUSSAT.
5. Whilst the system would be analogue based, nevertheless there would be a need to access compressed digital networks. Therefore a gateway to such systems must be devised in the architecture of the network.
6. Control of the network and its operational management ideally should be centred at one of the University campuses.
7. The network had to be capable of expansion.
It would be true to say that all eight specifications have been complied with and the network is proving to be amazingly flexible.
Expectations of the developers:
1. To provide increased access for students to courses that without the network might not be available on certain campuses. This relates particularly to Bunbury.
2. To provide access to specialist teachers and lecturers.
3. To achieve a decrease in staff travel between campuses to deliver the same lectures.
4. To create viable groups of students so that courses can run.
5. To offer me possibilities of reticulation of video and film material between campuses.
6. To provide telecommunication services to the University's outreach program and to extend the possibility of delivering courses by the use of the technology to the developing Learning Network in the State.