VSTOR VS-150 video equipment allows DISA to deliver up to the minute information over the network

Palo Alto 24 August 1998 The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) organization is responsible for all voice and data communications with regard to the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The transmission of timely data out to staff members and the provision of technical support to experts located at remote sites all over the world, constitutes a big challenge for this type of institution. That is the reason why the DISA people selected the VSTOR VS-150 MPEG video recorder and player, as well as the leading-edge mpegStudio Pro management software, designed by Optivision. This comprehensive digital video solution enables flexible communications traffic and offers a great ease of integration in the existing DISA network.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) organization is responsible for all voice and data communications with regard to the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The transmission of timely data out to staff members and the provision of technical support to experts located at remote sites all over the world, constitutes a big challenge for this type of institution. That is the reason why the DISA people selected the VSTOR VS-150 MPEG video recorder and player, as well as the leading-edge mpegStudio Pro management software, designed by Optivision. This comprehensive digital video solution enables flexible communications traffic and offers a great ease of integration in the existing DISA network.

The Optivision company is a renowned California based specialist in the smooth handling of digital video content distribution. Especially the VSTOR network video distribution capabilities are most interesting for an organization, such as DISA which is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. In this way, the agency immediately can share critical information with its employees at any possible time, as well as provide training from a distance. As a result, thousands of dollars can be saved, according to engineer Bruce T. Bennett, because VSTOR allows the DISA engineers to show maintenance procedures to the workers out in the field through the use of video instead of sending a technician on the spot.

Thanks to the innovative VideoSpool technology, the VS-150 operates in real time by letting the mpegStudio Pro software deal with the compression of the video feed for immediate distribution over the network. In contrast with other video compression systems, the VSTOR tool displays the revolutionary capacity to maximize the use of the available network, since the VS-150 can trickle the video content out over the network in harmonious accordance with the disposable bandwidth. In addition, it is possible to already submit new video jobs while the system simultaneously continues to process the former files. The customer can rely on the successful transmission of his encoded video files without constantly having to check nor having to pay for unnecessary and expensive high bandwidth links.

Currently, DISA is using the VSTOR video technology in a prototype set-up of the DoD's Global Fiber Initiative (GFI). This project involves the extensive testing of the new high bandwidth 155 mbps capacity, in order to control whether the fiber cable is able to support deployed forces. The advanced technology demonstration is partly sponsored by the US Atlantic Command as well as the Central Command. In January, the first GFI test took place and resulted in excellent data, voice and broadcast-quality video transfer. In a following stage, DISA plans on including real time multimedia encoding and streaming for telemedicine purposes, as well as telemaintenance and distance learning applications.

In the long run, this kind of teleservices implementation will generate both user awareness and growing familiarity with the phenomenon of networked video communications technology. Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine reports in detail on the technical aspects of the VSTOR VS-150 video equipment in the August article Medical experts can benefit from iCBR.


Leslie Versweyveld

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