The project takes place during the winter term 2006/07 with the participation of eight students. The video conference system is developed using the .NET 2.0 technology with C#. For docConnect the following characteristics are considered:
Scalability - In order to be prepared for changing environments and expanding fields of application, docConnect supports multiple video and audio codecs. Thereby, any device can take part - from basic mobiles up to multi-monitor workstations. By using multicast addresses, docConnect is capable of establishing huge conferences with numerous participants.
Intuitivity - docConnect supports physicians in their daily work. Therefore the focus is set on intuitive usability. Due to the application of well-known usage concepts, the user can easily work with docConnect without long-winded training. Moreover the user interface can be configured individually.
Versatility - Conference participants can also communicate with people that do not use docConnect. Calls are established with SIP, the de facto standard for VoIP. It is used by most softphones and hardware VoIP phones. Anyone can participate in a docConnect conference, as long as a SIP-compatible phone is nearby, including video phones.
Vision - docConnect supports the internet technologies of the future. Connections can be established via IPv6, the emerging standard on the internet. Anyway, the nowadays most used standard, IPv4 is supported as well. Hence docConnect can be used with any common internet connection and is ready for the future.