AFN’s Defense Media Center Purchases Volicon System

December 7, 2007
The Defense Media Center (DMC) of the American Forces Network (AFN) has purchased a Volicon Observer system to monitor and log the unit’s broadcast content.

The DMC manages the AFN’s Riverside, Calif. broadcast center and will link the Volicon technology into the operation’s LAN. This move will allow desktop monitoring of AFN television and radio broadcast channels. The Observer will automatically ingest, reference and replay all as-run traffic data and will also alert operators to transmission anomalies such as video or audio loss, absence of captioning and blank screen conditions.

“The DMC is an excellent example of the growing numbers of media organizations that are moving away from traditional broadcasting technologies and towards digital, file-based systems running in the existing IT environment,” said Julius Perl, Volicon’s vice president of marketing. “State-of-the-art solutions such as the Observer are enabling this strategy, by making it easy for operators to access, monitor, share, and analyze media assets and data right from their own desktops.”

The AFN provides “back home” television and radio programming to some 800,000 U.S. service men and women, along with Department of Defense civilians, located in 177 countries and aboard U.S. Naval vessels.

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