Information Technology Services

Video Conferencing powered by Blue Jeans

Connect with collaborators and meeting attendees from across the world without worrying about compatibility of software and hardware platforms and devices using a new videoconferencing service offered by Information and Technology Services (ITS), Blue Jeans.

Blue Jeans is a cloud-based solution that delivers high-resolution telepresence videoconferencing, content sharing, and real-time video sharing. Blue Jeans is available free-of-charge to all faculty and staff members at U-M in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, with the ease of a standard U-M sign-on. ITS funded the a 2-year contract, through May 31, 2016, for the service.

 

Blue Jeans Features:

The service makes communication and collaboration easy in situations where everyone cannot be in the same physical space. Here are additional Blue Jeans features:

  • A Blue Jeans user account is needed to schedule, host, or moderate a meeting, but it is not needed to attend or participate in a meeting. That means your meeting participants do not need to set up an account, unlike free options like Google Hangouts.
  • Participants are not limited by the proprietary program or hardware they have available, unlike many videoconferencing systems. Meeting participants can join from a variety of devices, including telephone (voice-only), smartphone, tablet, laptop, or video telepresence systems.
  • Blue Jeans can connect up to 100 endpoints to contribute to one meeting. For comparison, Google Hangouts is able to support 10-15 endpoints.
  • Additional functionalities include: sharing high-resolution documents, images and videos, recording your meeting, and end-to-end encrypted meetings.

 

To learn more about the service and how to register for a Blue Jeans account, visitBlue Jeans Videoconferencing Services at U-M. Information about the use of sensitive data with Blue Jeans technology is available in the Safe Computing Sensitive Data Guide.

 

Learn how others are using Blue Jeans to connect and collaborate around the world in the recently published Record article, “ITS offering new easy-to-use videoconferencing service.”