Centers For Disease Control Selects Medialon Manager for New Visitors Center
Apr 13, 2006 8:00 AM
The new visitors center at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta features a multi-story atrium with 18 image areas. Dataton Watchout modules, under the control of a Medialon Manager system, create the center’s ever-changing image sequences. Medialon Manager also integrates environmental lighting control.
“[The CDC’s media producer] wanted to do a continuous show that was totally non-repeating, completely random and unpredictable,” says Tim Creed, president of CED Communications Electronic Design in Louisville, Kentucky, which was responsible for the systems integration. The show also had to be capable of being updated with new imagery when desired. Several playback formats and control systems were tested and the Dataton Watchout system, under the control of a Medialon Manager system, was deemed the best option to meet these parameters. The screen content is a combination of stills, video, and graphics pertaining to public health throughout the world.
The system also incorporates an extensive switching, routing, and scaling configuration, which gives the CDC the ability to display multiple video and graphic sources on selected screens for special events such as VIP visits, breaking health news, or live health conferences.
The Watchout show consists of three stories, composed of still images, multiple HD video streams encoded for PC playback, graphics with audio stings, and transitions, which can be called up to play on an array of 18 rear-projection and 50in. plasma screens. “All of the playback logic comes from Medialon,” Creed says. “John Sacrenty wrote a seven-day-a-week module that makes it possible for the client to go in and have the random engine bypass certain snippets or weigh other snippets to play more often.”
“We’re very impressed with Medialon; we love it,” Creed says. “It was our first time doing a live-style show system, and we found Medialon was very easy to use. It also controlled most of the devices through the network IP.”
Douglas Mesney served as Watchout programmer on the project and John Sacrenty was the Medialon programmer.