Crawford wanted the best possible video quality, so Securitas set the recorders to record at 30 frames per second. The Loronix recorders use a compression technology that preserves image quality while reducing storage requirements by about 25 percent. Each recorder is equipped with a 320-gigabyte hard drive and uses an activity detection algorithm that records video only when a pixel change is detected, further preserving hard-drive space.
Cliff Taylor is as much a feature of the JRTC as the sophisticated training technology it uses. A career military man, Taylor was one of the early players in the development of the JRTC when it was founded in 1987 at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas. When the JRTC was relocated to Fort Polk in 1993, Taylor, who played a role in developing the instrumentation systems in the operations center, relocated with it.
Still an Army employee but now in a civilian capacity, Taylor is the operations center's instrumentation systems manager. As such, he has been closely involved in the process of selecting the right security systems and is responsible for overseeing security at the JRTC-IS Operations Center. Said Taylor, "The access control and video recording units have absolutely helped us create a secure environment. The Army's security people have given us their stamp of approval."
While Fort Polk is one of the most technically advanced and realistic role-playing simulations in the world, it's no game to the staff at the JRTC. They're deadly serious about their mission to save lives and train soldiers to overcome the new challenges they face. And, with the recent security modifications at the JRTC-IS Operations Center, they can confidently work towards accomplishing their vital mission.
Jeremy Zimmerman is a freelance writer from Southern California.