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Suresh Surenthiran

Merging Spaces

The subject of my applied research highly depends on real-time media, design, and engineering. The basic element of this research is real-time connectivity. My primary concern was to find out whether the network quality of RAW data can be maintained from position A to B through real-time network tests. I was testing the aesthetic values and design outcomes and also trying find out how to merge spaces with speed-of-light technologies.

By engineering network capabilities and real-time media possibilities, I observed the system and experimented to get the maximum quality of images through a basic ICT-Networks model. I tested whether the impact of network technologies and aesthetics are apt to open up new avenues of real-time communication without any delay and in the best possible quality. For this purpose, I started work-based research in developing networks to provide real-time audio, video, and data facilities across our campus.

Through a series of experiments and applying my own knowledge of the subject, I developed a real-time media communication network able to cater to an AI-based digital future. This real-time media network is the HGK-FHNW Fiber Medianet developed to provide real-time RAW audio, video, intercom, and data across the campus. The real-time media network installation, almost represents the first such fiber infrastructure established at a university in Switzerland. I used lots of fiber and copper cables, more than 5,000 patches pay components, MediorNet, RockNet, AES/EBU Network Audio Systems, SDI video networks, media switchers, and camera controls, etc. for my experiments.

Medianet eliminates the need for rewiring when signal transport requirements change. I have built a high-performance digital backbone that not only meets the demands of teaching and research activities across the campus, but also provides valuable connectivity to the industry, research, and media partners of the university as well as other educational institutions. The modular Medianet solution offers an economical yet flexible approach to signal transport, and the resulting high-speed fiber-optic infrastructure supports and simplifies visualizations, archiving, 3D modeling, and other processes that enhance and enrich our communications and teaching capabilities.

Add to this that the fiber backbone installed at HGK-FHNW provides educators and students with the real-time A/V and data transport typical of today’s advanced media and communications facilities, providing a richer teaching environment now while preparing students for future careers in an increasingly digital world. This co-operation has been a win-win experience, not only improving A/V and data transport for the university, but also providing our engineers with valuable feedback on how fiber-based solutions can best serve educational institutions and applications. Thus, my applied research on real-time media networks is the result of this experience and motivation, which I will cherish, nourish and get to flourish as long as I call myself a futurist!