Springfield, Va. -- September 18, 2006 -- Video Convergence, the video products and integration services division of Cornet Technology, Inc. (CTI), announced that the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has evaluated and selected the company's iVDO Streamer 2/4 Encoder and Decoder. The evaluation, completed at TTI's Texas A&M University facility, was conducted as part of an internal investigation to determine the best Internet protocol (IP) encoder/decoder vendor for the refurbishment of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) test bed located in the City of College Station. Primary users of this test bed include the City of College Station Fire Department, Police Department and Traffic Operations office. TTI's positive evaluation gives credence to Video Convergence's next generation of IP encoders and decoders and helps introduce these products to other potential customers throughout Texas.
As part of their evaluation, TTI conducted a comparison of the iVDO Streamer 2/4 and several competing IP encoders/decoders, ranking the iVDO Streamer number one. The assessment took into account numerous criteria including product features, product capabilities, ease of use and a subjective interpretation of video quality.
"TTI was looking for a product to produce a high quality picture that was transferable over an IP-based network," said Bob Brydia, Associate Research Scientist, TransLink Research Center, TTI, "In addition, the technology needed to be scaleable, with the potential to grow from two video streams to 200 video streams for future regional system expansion."
The test bed consists of twelve camera units installed at critical intersections along a train route that passes directly in front of the fire department. The train tracks separate the fire station from most of the area it services, creating a potential problem when a train is running. Video from each camera helps fire officials determine an approaching train's estimated time of arrival, improving the station's emergency response times. The system utilizes the iVDO Streamer technology and operates within an IP-based network. This allows multiple agency access to real-time video streams from any location. Officials monitoring live video streams communicate and share current information among relevant agencies quickly and efficiently, proactively reacting to potential emergency situations.
Bob Brydia, TTI, commented that, "The iVDO Streamers have worked extremely well for the fire station, the local traffic offices and TTI. Video Convergence has proven to be very supportive by adding capabilities, responding to questions and continuing to develop the product. This has been a very significant benefit for TTI."
Makan Abousaeedi, Vice President of Sales, Video Convergence division, Cornet Technology, Inc. said, "It is a pleasure working with TTI, an institute dedicated to solving today's transportation challenges. Traffic management system implementation is happening more frequently because this technology provides real-time, accurate information that increases roadway safety and improves first responder deployment. The College Station test bed implementation exemplifies one of the many ways Video Convergence's products can work with, and support, a variety of ITS projects."