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BRIEFING - New NAB Conference For Military + Government
by Susan Sheppard

Today’s military, government and first responders have a need to understand what the commercial broadcast world can offer to better manage their video and imagery requirements. Now, for the first time, the National Association of Broadcasters has teamed with industry and government partners to develop a conference targeted directly at the defense and military markets, at the world’s largest, digital media show — 2009 NAB.

The three-day Military and Government Summit — a program produced in partnership with Harris Corporation, Raytheon, ITT, and other leading defense organizations — is chaired by John Marino, Vice President, Science and Technology, NAB, and will be held April 21-23, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. Attendees will have access to the NAB Show floor — the world’s largest video marketplace — which opens on Monday, April 20th.
The Summit will identify ways in which government and military officials can use commercial video technologies for defense, military, and emergency response applications. Featuring keynote addresses by military speakers who are pioneers in the use of video for government applications, the Summit includes an opening keynote by Kevin P. Meiners of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD). Additional invited government speakers include Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, U.S. Navy, Director, NGA; and Brigadier General James O. Poss, Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base.

The opening day agenda includes a technology market analysis followed by a comprehensive session that reviews advances in technology. Additional presentations will be led by military, government, industry, and academia, as well as workshops, case studies, and technical papers by leading defense companies.

Presentations by Harris Corporation, ITT, Motorola, and Texas Instrument, will look at ways advancements in commercial-off-the-shelf video technology can be applied in defense and government applications. Subjects such as using IPTV to win the war on terror, wired and wireless video infrastructures, and getting more out of bandwidth in existing networks will be covered by industry experts.

Case studies about current military programs and applications that are driving future video and imagery applications include the Army Range Commander’s Council, and new technologies for the global dissemination of video. Harris Corporation, together with government panelists, will review the most recent discoveries from Empire Challenge, an annual event lead by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to test and evaluate situational awareness tools for joint military missions.

More traditional uses of video within government newsroom scenarios will be covered by the American Forces Network and the NATO Channel TV.

One of the situational awareness tools being developed with input from the Department of Defense is an application called video asset management. A comprehensive review of this tool will be offered at the Military and Government Summit, along with case studies of specific applications. Led by Harris Corporation, this session will look at video archiving, managing video in a tactical environment, monitoring video quality at the source and a review of digital asset management tools.

Standards and architectures that influence military applications of video will be covered in the Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) panel session, plus topics covering standards for mobile war fighting, and architectures for Wide Area Persistent Surveillance motion imagery. Technical considerations for moving from analog or film to digital video environments will be covered, with specific emphasis on transitions for high speed engineering imagery, measurement and analysis, and motion imagery capture and post-capture.

Government and industry speakers will discuss specific examples of how video has been used by Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Customs and Border Protection, including a case study regarding Hurricane Katrina. The Emergency Alert System, and other mass alert and notification systems will be reviewed in detail by industry experts with comment by government users.

Commercial companies who are new to working within government parameters can attend a workshop that is targeted towards helping them create successful partnerships with government organizations.

There is specific time within the three-day agenda for visiting the NAB Show floor, to offer attendees the opportunity to explore solutions enabling situational awareness, IPTV, digital asset management, emergency communications and more. NAB will also provide guidance to government attendees about making the most out of their time on the show floor and will offer guided visits to areas of the show that offer products and technologies that are being covered at the Summit.

Registration for the Military and Government Summit is $395 (government & Military rate) when registering by April 17th.

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