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Case Study: United States Air Force

One of the most important roles for high-impact video is in readiness training for armed forces. Simulators must be split-second responsive and exactly accurate. Advancements in video have supported our forces and those of our allies. Recently the United States Air Force undertook a major upgrade of their F35 Joint Strike Fighter Full Mission Simulator (FMS). Their longtime simulation partner was RGB Spectrum and the Air Force decided to take advantage of the brand new Zio 2 AV-over-IP video distribution platform. The goal was to take the FMS to the next level for the pilots, and also to broaden the distribution of simulation sessions to be available to stakeholders on various devices and in various parts of the world.

The F35 is a Lockheed Martin single-pilot aircraft. The simulated missions involve up to four aircraft and a variety of tactical and engagement scenarios where Mach 3 must be recreated with no perceptible latency; a millisecond discrepancy can later translate to a miscalculation—landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier for example.

Over the decades, these simulators have evolved with codecs, now taking advantage of H.264/2.65; the Zio 2 platform uniquely delivers both. In addition all frames are encoded as iframes to support jog and shuttle when the simulator recordings are scrubbed through in detailed reviews. Additionally, Zio 2 can encode a single input at different bit rates. This enables a single device to encode video up to 4Kp60 to local decoders while simultaneously transmitting lower resolution, lower bandwidth streams to remote locations across a campus or the Internet. This was important to the Air Force workflow to make recordings available in varying levels of resolution and for various playback devices, whether reviewed by supervisors, officers, allies, command level personnel or others for various mission reasons.

An open system, Zio 2 supports industry-standard H.264/265 video from third party cameras and other devices; its scalable, open standards foundation, multichannel codec support and integrated suite of encoders, decoders, content management and media servers can support a wide variety of enterprise applications.

“Our systems are designed for mission critical dissemination, distribution and collaboration of information in real time—the ultimate objective is to improve situation awareness and make faster decisions,” says Michael Callahan, product marketing manager at RGB Spectrum.

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