Omneon and Pro-Bel Systems help Defense Information School

Omneon Video Networks and Pro-Bel Systems announced that the Defense Information School (DINFOS) is installing a 12-channel redundant Omneon Spectrum media server along with Pro-Bel routers and router control as part of the digital upgrade of its studios in Fort Meade, MD.

The school is responsible for training U.S. armed services personnel in broadcasting technologies for reporting, entertainment, training and video analysis,

The Omneon server system is replacing VTR systems used in the DINFOS production studios, which include five TV studios and 14 radio studios. DINFOS has one of the largest Avid installations in the world, with 135 Avid edit seats linked on one network. The Omneon system will interface with these editors via a 10 GigE backbone. Instructors overseeing the studios will be able to re-wrap the edited product and move it onto the Omneon server system for storage.

DINFOS classrooms were originally configured with no real interconnection, and the new routing systems will allow sharing of material among classes. Pro-Bel supplied two 256 x 256 Sirius routers, including a video router configured for 112 x 112 SD and 16 x 16 NTSC and an audio router configured for 128 x 128 AES, as well as Aurora router control and PC-based router access.

The Omneon Spectrum server system was commissioned in October and will be wired out with the Pro-Bel routers and fully integrated into each new training studio as it comes online.

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