The Vattikuti Institute at Henry Ford Hospital deploys Focus Enhancements ProxSys Media Asset Management Solution

Campbell 15 March 2006Focus Enhancements Inc.'s ProxSys Media Server is organizing and sharing surgical video at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. ProxSys ingests video captured from Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci minimally invasive surgical systems.


"Since the United States launch of ProxSys in July 2005, we have seen broad interest from a variety of markets and applications, all with the same need to efficiently organize hundreds of hours of digital media", stated Michael Conway, senior vice president of business development and strategy for Focus Enhancements. "Our ProxSys Media Asset Management Solution offers new media collaboration capabilities in the burgeoning market of high-end telemedicine. We are pleased with this endorsement from the leading robotic surgery institute."

"The ProxSys Media Server and ingest workstations have proven to be the perfect media asset management system. We typically need to ingest twelve hours of media from six robotic procedures daily", stated Dr. Alok Shrivastava, physician at the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. "With the ProxSys multi-user Web interface, physician/patient counseling and post-operative procedural analysis have been much more efficient. The automated work flow and scalability has also helped us in archiving the operative video into various formats conducive for on-line reviewing and preparing presentation files. We plan to install this system in all of our robotic operating rooms."

ProxSys Media Server provides comprehensive media asset management solutions for customers that have the need to organize rich multi-format media. ProxSys is designed for medium- and large-scale deployments in video-driven applications, including broadcast archive and play-out, TV monitoring, medical, sports analysis, education and training, and video archiving. ProxSys replaces the need to manually manage volumes of dispersed videotapes, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, and digital images within the organisation, creating a seamless work flow environment. ProxSys manages terabytes of low- and high-resolution video, audio, images, documents, and data from a simple Web browser interface allowing quick preview and access to clips from any location over the Internet.

ProxSys is available now through the worldwide Focus Enhancements dealer and distributor networks starting at an MSRP of $24.950. The Vattikuti Institute installation includes ingest stations and external storage from a Focus Enhancements technology partner, RAID Incorporated, at total solution MSRP of $40.000.

Focus Enhancements Inc. is a designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video and wireless video technologies. The company's Semiconductor Group develops integrated circuits (ICs) for high-performance applications in the video convergence market, including IPTV set-top boxes and portable media players. Focus Enhancements is currently developing a wireless IC chip set based on the WiMedia UWB standard and designed to be compatible with Wireless USB and used in personal computer (PC), consumer electronics (CE), and mobile electronics applications. The company's System Group develops video products for the digital media markets, with customers in the broadcast, video production, digital signage and digital asset management markets.

Leslie Versweyveld

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