The most important feature of the Access Grid is an emphasis on natural high quality sound that gives an authentic feel to the experience. Good audio is a pre-requisite for successful remote collaboration.
A large display (typically a whole wall) allows the potentially huge number of participants to be seen simultaneously (some events have involved up
to 50 sites) and also to show life-size images of people so that non-verbal cues, such as body language, may be utilised.
Multiple cameras are used to capture all the activity in the room. Many Access Grid nodes use four cameras. This means that it is possible to obtain better views of participants: for example, if there are four people at one site, they can each have a single camera dedicated to them.
Collaborative software allows e-scientists to view and manipulate data together.