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An FAO/RAI pilot scheme for webcasting events in real time
11 October 2006, Rome – Important events at FAO headquarters in Rome can be viewed live on the UN agency’s web site, as well as on the RAI Portal, under a pilot scheme launched by FAO and RaiNet.

This new joint project makes it possible to broadcast information in audio and video form using the latest webcast technology.

The launch of the Crisis Management Centre on 12 October will be the first of a series of live events to be webcast this month. The celebration of World Food Day will follow on Monday, October 16, as well as the presentation of FAO’s “The State of Food Insecurity” report (SOFI 2006) on Monday, October 30.

Greater access

“We are grateful to RaiNet for having provided us with the technology needed to set up this important method of communication” said Nick Parsons, Director of FAO Information Division.

“The use of digital technology allows for greater access to information, not only for media specialists, but for millions of people who daily browse the net.”

A High-band streaming signal will be available for the users with an ADSL Internet connection. For those using a normal Internet connection (ISDN or Modem), a Low-band streaming signal will be available. Videos and audios will be in both English and Italian.

“This is the result of a longstanding collaboration between FAO and RAI,” said Alberto Contri, Managing Director of RaiNet. “We have tried to capitalize on the possibilities that this new technology offers to help to draw public attention to important social issues such as world food insecurity and the threats posed by international animal diseases.”

Contact:
Luisa Guarneri
Media Relations, FAO
luisa.guarneri@fao.org
(+39) 06 570 56350
(+39) 348 870 5979

Contact:

Luisa Guarneri
Media Relations, FAO
luisa.guarneri@fao.org
(+39) 06 570 56350
(+39) 348 870 5979

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An FAO/RAI pilot scheme for webcasting events in real time
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