News

BLINK 
Telepresence
 links 
T&T with Khan Academy 
in USA for historic
 signing 
of MOU

Flanked
 by
 representatives
 from 
UTT
 and
 TSTT,
 Minister
 Fazal
 Karim
 greets
 representatives
 from
 Khan 
Academy 
during
 a
 Telepresence 
conference 
at
 TSTT

BLINK
 Telepresence 
links 
T&T with Khan Academy 
in USA for historic
 signing 
of MOU
 Port
 of
 Spain, 
Trinidad,
 February
14th, 
2014
 
 BLINK
 Telepresence, 
TSTT’s
 cutting‐edge 
technology 
again 
took 
centre 
stage
 on
 a 
national
 level
 when
 it
 facilitated
 the
 Minister
 of
 Tertiary
 Education
 and
 Skills
 Training,
 the
 Honourable 
Fazal
 Karim,
 as
 well
 as
 the University
 of
 Trinidad 
and
 Tobago
(UTT)
 and 
other
 stakeholders
 in
 the 
digital
 signing
 of
 a
 Memorandum
 of 
Understanding
(MOU)
 
with 
the
 Khan
 Academy 
out 
of
 California,
 USA.
 


This 
was 
the 
first 
time 
that 
BLINK’s 
Telepresence 
facility 
was 
used 
for
 the 
ceremonial
 signing
 of
 the
 MOU,
 a
 historic
 event.
 The
 event
 demonstrated
 the
 significant
 cost
 saving,

 convenience
 and 
efficiency 
that 
the technology 
was 
designed 
to 
achieve.
The 
alternatives
 would 
have 
meant 
either
 several
 days 
outside 
of
 T&T,
 travel, 
hotel
 and
 other
 expenses 
for 
a
 contingent
 of
 local 
representatives 
to
 go 
abroad 
to
 facilitate 
the
 signing,
or 
underwriting
 travel
 and
 accommodation 
costs 
for
 Khan
 Academy 
officials 
to 
come 
to
Trinidad.

 


BLINK
 Telepresence 
also
 made
 history
 when 
it
 facilitated 
a 
media
 conference
 hosted
 by 
the
 Prime
 Minister,
 the
 Honourable
 Kamla
 Persad
 Bissessar,
 who
 was
 at
 the
 time
 visiting
 Mumbai.
 She
 connected
 with
journalists
 in
 New
 Delhi,
 India
 and
 Trinidad,
 using
 BLINK
 Telepresence.

 


Rakesh 
Goswami,
 TSTT's
 Executive
 Vice
 President
 Government 
and
 Enterprise
 Services, 
said
 the 
telecommunications 
company 
has 
played 
a
 major
 part 
in
 this
 country’s 
distance 
learning
 for 
many 
years 
and 
that 
he was 
happy 
to
 see 
the
 Minister 
making
 use
 of 
the 
facilities.
 


BLINK
 Telepresence 
is 
immersive 
and
 gives 
users 
in 
different 
locations, 
the 
feeling
 of 
being 
in
 the
 same
 room. 
Installed 
in 
Oct
 13, 
2011
 at
 TSTT's 
offices
 at 
Edward
 Street,
 Port
 of
 Spain
 and
 at 
James 
Street,
 San Fernando, 
the 
BLINK 
Telepresence 
Suites 
hold 
a 
maximum
 of 
18 
persons
 at 
a 
time 
and 
are
 outfitted 
with 
three 
65‐inch 
plasma 
screens.

 


Because 
of 
this 
historic 
signing,
 students 
in 
primary,
 secondary
 and
 tertiary 
institutions 
will
 soon
 have 
access 
to 
lessons 
‐
 starting 
with 
Mathematics 
‐ 
from 
the 
Khan 
Academy
 website.
 The 
Khan
Academy,
 an
 educational 
resource
 website,
 was 
created 
by
 educator
 Salman
 Khan,
 eight
 years
 ago. 
It
 offers
 lessons
 in
 history,
 medicine,
 finance 
and 
other
 subjects 
free 
to
 anyone,
anywhere 
in
 the
world.
 


This 
country
 will
 be 
the
 Academy's
first 
national
 case
 since 
it
 started.
 Paulette
 Altmaier 
who
 is 
in 
charge
 of 
the 
Educational
 Partnerships
 at 
Khan 
Academy 
said 

the 
Academy
 was
 excited
 to 
be 
a 
part
of 
this
 national
 education 
effort.

 Minister 
Khan 
praised
 the
 efficiency 
of 
BLINK
 for 
making 
it
 possible 
for
 so 
many 
citizens 
to 
get
 online 
and 
hinted
 at
 more
 meetings
 with
 the 
Khan
 Academy 
using
Telepresence.
 
 "Education 
is
 the 
passport 
from 
poverty 
to 
prosperity. 
It 
is 
a 
great 
equaliser, "
he 
said.
 The
 signing
 of 
the
 MOU
 ties
 in
 with 
the
 Ministry
 of
 Tertiary
 Education's
 Learn
 TT
 ‐
 an
 educational
platform
 which
 will 
be 
launched
 on
 April
 2.