After several months of development, two full day field trials using the OTIH system were held at the end of August. In both cases four students and a tutor spent a day working in the ‘In Here’ room (hosted at IET’s Ambient Lab), while five or six students along with a tutor visited Coombs Quarry near Buckingham.
Mobile broadband was used to provide a connection between the local networks at each site. We learnt a great deal from both trials, and managed to get everything working including a video stream in from the field site, image transfer in both directions, voice calls and instant messaging.
We are now busy analysing the results but it is clear that the activities were a novel and useful learning experience for students at both ends. On the second day, the students even identified an error in the BGS maps of the area!