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Best Practices for Remote Participation in Experiments (Researchers)

  1. Apply for a NEEShub account. You will need an account when using any resources where access control is enforced.
  2. Check the network bandwidth available on your high-speed internet connection. If you plan to remotely watch video channels for the experiment, >1Mbps may be necessary.
  3. Check your computer's configuration and make sure it not only is capable of running the telepresence tools, but also not heavily occupied by other CPU/memory intensive programs.
  4. Participate in a dry run of the experiment to test your software installation and understand the procedures and protocols.
  5. Verify that you have Java 6 installed. Java downloads may be found at (http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp)
  6. Ensure your computer is compatible with WebEx. Test it at: (http://developers.webex.com/api/jointest/index.php)
  7. Use the Real-Time Data Viewer (RDV) to view historic data:
    • Use the control menu to select a specific time location
    • Adjust the time scale to watch different ranges of historic data
    • Use the file menu to export a number of numerical data channels within the current observation range
    • Right-click on each data panel to find more options
  8. Share your saved RDV configuration via email or file sharing with other remote participants. This will enable them to quickly bring up the same set of channels to view.
  9. Use the flexible Telepresence System (flexTPS) to watch video channels at your specified frame rate and to control Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras. Coordinate with the other remote participants to determine who will control the PTZ cameras.

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