Information Technology Services

Access Grid

News update:

Please note that no Access Grid bookings will be accepted for sessions occuring after 4th April 2014. For security reasons the Government has set a dealine for all Windows XP machines to be removed from the university's network after this time. As Access Grid technology is reliant on an XP platform, it will no longer be possible to host this technology at Victoria University. Other alternatives (such as videoconferencing) will continue to be available.

Due to the Mainzeal receivership, the construction of the new Access Grid facilities in the ACLF rooms on level 9 of Rankine Brown is still in progress. The estimated completion date is March 3rd 2014.

Bookings are currently not being taken for any sessions in these spaces at the Kelburn Campus.

Sessions will be required to take place in RWW224 until further notice.

Access Grid Technology

The Access Grid provides high-quality audio and real-time video, allowing groups at multiple sites to interact simultaneously, sharing both data and information.

Access Grid is the network of Access Grid Nodes that support group-to-group interactive communication across high-speed networks over the internet.

KAREN is the high-speed network used to facilitate these communication technologies in New Zealand and overseas.

An Access Grid Node is a room and communication system set up for collaborative communication with other Access Grid Nodes around the world.  The Access Grid will support large-scale distributed meetings, collaborative work sessions, seminars, lectures, tutorials, and training.

The University currently has two permanent Access Grid facilities, on at the Pipitea Campus (RWW224) and one at the Vivian Street Campus (VS220). The latter facility is run by the School of Architecture and Design.

The Access Grid facility which was previously in RB106 has been demolished as part of the HUB project. There are new facilities under construction on level 9 of Ranking Brown.

If you haven't participated, organised or presented in an Access Grid session before you should visit the 'Getting Started' guide before proceeding.

Forms for booking of Videiconference or Access Grid sessions and AV equipment are available in Resolve IT under 'Log a Request' (Forms)