News from across the globe is being streamed live to more than 300 workstations and into every meeting room at the U.S. Institute of Peace building in Washington, following a roll-out of MediaStar Evolution, the IPTV and signage system from Cabletime. Located on Constitution Avenue one block from the Lincoln Memorial, the iconic USIP building is home to the vital work of conflict amelioration, striving to prevent and manage international conflicts with analysis, research, training and field work around the globe.
The installation of an integrated IP-based video and AV distribution solution has enabled USIP to deploy streaming, IPTV and signage content, replacing the three different legacy systems previously in use. At the heart of the system is MediaStar MediaManager, a software tool that manages content acquisition, management and display, ensuring the correct scheduling and display of information to the right audience.
“We came to Cabletime with a clear idea of what we needed, which was the ability to stream video and audio to and from all our meeting rooms, and a tight timeframe in which to achieve it,” said William Vaughan, audio-visual manager at USIP. “We got plenty of insight and a good overview of the system before we selected it, and we were also convinced that MediaStar Evolution would be expandable, which was important to us.”
Evolution controls video displays throughout the USIP facility, providing a combination of multichannel IPTV, digital signage, creative and emergency messaging, as well as in-house stream generation from any point within the building using portable encoders. The central MediaStar server also manages the distribution and play-out of more than 50 in-house and broadcast TV channels to every workstation in the building. This process makes it possible to create multiple employee information channels for HR, special events and room scheduling. In addition, overflow audiences from the main auditorium and meeting rooms are easily accommodated using portable encoders.
“We’re using the system mainly for delivering live news content,” Vaughan said. “But we also use it to broadcast important delegate meetings, so they can be accessed by people working at their desks in the facility. USIP has so many different functions from hosting discussions and seminars to running high-level events and initiative building sessions for different conflict zones, so there is always a need for video communication.”
The first-phase MediaStar Evolution roll-out was completed in April, but USIP has further plans for expanding the system.
“The installation was smooth, and considering that we were under time pressure, Cabletime worked flawlessly to get it right,”Vaughan said.“We’re very happy with it, and we are now considering adding video-on-demand functionality which we will use for training purposes. This will help us to improve the reach and efficiency of our program.”
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises that require stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.