Lucent Technologies wires army base for videoconferencing

Lucent Technologies announced a contract with the United States Department of the Army to integrate and maintain a sophisticated videoconferencing system at the Fort Drum facility in upstate New York. The project for Fort Drum, a base that serves as a staging ground for the planning, mobilization, and training support for more than 80,000 troops annually, includes a videoconferencing solution that increases reliability, security, and operational efficiency for its multiple locations
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Lucent Technologies wires army base for videoconferencing

Feb 24, 2005 8:00 AM

Lucent Technologies announced a contract with the United States Department of the Army to integrate and maintain a sophisticated videoconferencing system at the Fort Drum facility in upstate New York.

The project for Fort Drum, a base that serves as a staging ground for the planning, mobilization, and training support for more than 80,000 troops annually, includes a videoconferencing solution that increases reliability, security, and operational efficiency for its multiple locations.

Lucent Technologies announced a contract with the United States Department of the Army to integrate and maintain a sophisticated videoconferencing system at the Fort Drum facility in upstate New York.

The project for Fort Drum, a base that serves as a staging ground for the planning, mobilization, and training support for more than 80,000 troops annually, includes a videoconferencing solution that increases reliability, security, and operational efficiency for its multiple locations.

Lucent Worldwide Services will lead a team that includes video solutions companies VBrick and Tandberg to provide an end-to-end videoconferencing system. The new system consolidates scheduling, monitoring, and operations of the conferencing facilities into a single location by using a dedicated optical network. Lucent provided design services, project management, integration, and software development and will perform maintenance and operations support.

Fort Drum now can conduct simultaneous, secure, high-quality videoconferences with a single operator. By locating the video hardware and network equipment in a central operations center, Lucent was able to increase reliability and security, minimize IT staffing requirements, improve quality of service, and reduce costs.

"Lucent has enjoyed a close working relationship with Fort Drum and the U.S. Army for a number of years. We have a thorough understanding of the network as well as the specific technology needs and demands of the military," said Rick Miller, president of Government Solutions at Lucent Technologies. "We were able to leverage this knowledge and quickly pull together video solutions vendors, such as VBrick and Tandberg to create a system that met the stringent communications requirements of this top-notch military facility."

Lucent's videoconferencing solution includes use of VBrick's VB6200 MPEG-2 video appliances.

The solution
The Fort Drum videoconferencing solution included VBrick Systems' VB6200 MPEG-2 video appliances. These unique appliances extend the reach of the videoconferences by transmitting DVD-quality video over a standard IP network and displaying the content on large screens.

"Video is simply mission-critical for organizations such as the U.S. Army, and mission-critical applications require quality and reliability," said VBrick founder and CTO Rich Mavrogeanes. "VBrick's IP video appliances and systems enable affordable, reliable, and versatile solutions for one-way and two-way visual communication to meet almost any organization's needs."

It also uses the Tandberg 6000 MXP video systems, which provide CD-quality sound and stereo audio as well as enhanced video quality. "Tandberg has a long track record of providing high-quality and highly secure visual communication solutions to military customers like Fort Drum," said Dan Brigati, vice president of Federal Solutions at Tandberg.

"Our video products are designed to be one of the most effective and reliable means to communicate mission-critical information between facilities like Fort Drum and other installations around the globe."

With more than 11,000 technicians, network engineers, and consultants, Lucent Worldwide Services serves the largest service providers, enterprises, government institutions, and cable providers in 49 countries and five continents. Lucent Worldwide Services supports more than 1,300 products from more than 200 vendors.

For more information, visit www.lucent.com.

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