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Telecom technology gets trial

A high-tech telecommunications technology was unveiled today in Rochester.
Although a few technical trials have been done on the local asychronous transfer mode network, today’s demonstration was the first practical application of the technology.
ATM is a step up from the teleconferencing abilities currently available. Right now, if data, video and voice are to be transmitted in real time at a quality level necessary for pinpoint accuracy, there must be three different networks of wires.
The ATM fiber-optics lines can transmit all three at a speed necessary for high-tech applications.
For example, surgeons at Rochester General Hospital today were performing spinal surgery while a neurology specialist at Strong Memorial Hospital was monitoring evoked potentials, a measurement of neurological responses.
With older fiber-optic technology, if voice, data and visual images were transmitted at the same time, the picture might break up at times and lag seconds behind the voice, said Michael Berg M.D., associate professor of neurology at University of Rochester. The data transmissions also might take extra time.
Rochester Telephone Corp. has set up the local network with the help of General DataComm of Middlebury, Conn. The network links the Greater Rochester Health System Inc., University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Xerox Corp. and Eastman Kodak Co.
The ATM technology has been around for several years. For example, North Carolina has linked six hospitals, and Iowa has networked several learning centers, said Lawrence Letteney, business-market-development manager for Frontier Corp., Rochester Tel’s parent company.
The local network is part of the efforts of the Greater Rochester Project for Multimedia, a project led by Rep. Louise Slaughter’s office. The project’s goal is to stimulate collaborative multimedia projects to enhance the area’s information networks.

Telecom technology gets trial

A high-tech telecommunications technology was unveiled today in Rochester.
Although a few technical trials have been done on the local asychronous transfer mode network, today’s demonstration was the first practical application of the technology.

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