Innovative Solutions for Military, Government Media Pros

U.S. Army Sgt. David M. Pooler of 1st. Platoon, Able Company, 2-503 Battalion Airborne, 173 Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vincenza, Italy scans the area across the Kunar river as he provides security iin the Noorgal district on May 01, 2010, Konar province, Afghanistan. This was part of a community development council meeting. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lorenzo Ware/ Released)

New commercial broadcast technologies continue to revolutionize how government and military professionals meet mission- critical demands, engaging real-world challenges by developing innovative solutions for software, hardware and data transfer applications.

NAB Show provides a venue for the separate sectors — government, military and commercial media professionals — to collaborate on challenges that could be the difference between mission success or failure.

Today’s Media Technologies for Military and Government Conference highlights a diverse array of technologies found on the forefront of the multimedia landscape that cross the divide into government and military applications.

“This year presentations are varied and individually focused on key issues,” said John Marino, NAB vice president, Technology. “We selected presenters who we feel will offer the best educational experience for attendees.”

Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo will give the keynote, addressing the technical and leadership skills that veterans bring to the industry.

Throughout the day, leaders in the commercial technologies sector will provide 10 presentations on a range of topics through sessions, expert panel discussions and handson tutorials. From tamper-proof, long-term storage solutions to low-cost training video production and wearable, flexible hybrid electronics, each presentation offers attendees an opportunity to tailor case-by-case solutions to difficulties found by their organization or agency.

“We hope to show other agencies firsthand how to develop their own training video products with little or no money,” said Dr. Michael Gonzales, professor of Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University and volunteer instructor for the Video Production Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Alongside film director Vance Kotrla, the pair will present “Active Shooter Training: Producing a Realistic Video for Law Enforcement” and describe how they planned, wrote and produced an active shooter training video for the L.A. County Sherriff’s Department using off-the-shelf technology and a predominantly volunteer staff.

“Smaller agencies may feel like they don’t have the budget that is needed to make quality videos tailored to their community, but in reality, we use the same equipment available to any organization,” said Gonzales. “Also, it provides organizations the opportunity to highlight local representatives to increase community involvement and build a training video specifically designed for them.”

Another session focusing on tailor-made solutions is “Immune From EMP, DOTS Archival Storage for Mission-Critical Assets.” According to Robert Hummel, president, Group 47 Inc., DOTS, or the Digital Optical Technology System, is “non-magnetic, chemically inert, immune to electromagnetic fields — including an electromagnetic pulses — and can be stored in normal or extreme environments removing significant challenges and costs found in magnetic media storage.”

Hummel and Daniel Rosen, the company’s chief technology officer, will focus the presentation on a 2015 completed proof-ofconcept contract with a U.S. intelligence agency that showed how DOTS is a lowcost, secure and environmentally friendly way to archive data long-term while avoiding the problems of hardware obsolescence, extensive monitoring for degradation, costly forced migration and stringent environmental controls.

Addressing the obstacle of earthquakes, hurricanes and terrorists attacks overwhelming or destroying cellular networks, Frank LoPinto, chief executive officer, Pixelstream Communications Inc., will detail how emergency information can travel with individuals once they evacuate their house or business by downloading it from broadcast TV streams onto handheld mobile devices in “Broadcasting Data Over TV to Coordinate First Responders and Inform the Public.”

The third annual NAB U.S. Military Veterans Outreach to Industry Symposium “Beyond Intent: How to Successfully Recruit and Retain Veteran Employees” concludes the day. Moderated by Phil Oakley, president, Quaestor Federal Consulting, panelists include Craig Bowman, managing director, Cloud and Cyber Security, Verizon; and Marady Leary, director of Education for Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The session will provide answers to employers regarding government resources available to them as well as how to create a veteran-friendly corporate environment that endorses the unique and diverse skills of veteran workers.

“Many veterans leaving the service are trained in technologies that are the core businesses of NAB Show exhibiting companies,” said Marino. “Veterans with these skills can be valuable assets to companies; our aim is to help them get connected as they return to the civilian workforce.”

Attendees of the conference also will be able to attend additional sessions on behindthe- scenes techniques used by NASA animation and visualization teams to create compelling multimedia content; the future of flexible hybrid electronics, ranging from wearable devices to improved medical health monitoring technologies; and a historical look at the Shure SM57 microphone, which has served on the presidential lectern since 1965.