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VBrick’s Advanced IP-Video Distribution Technology Keeps Government Agencies, the Media and Residents in the Hurricane Zone Abreast of the Latest Storm Information
Wallingford, Conn. – Aug. 17, 2009 – As the U.S. moves into the busiest part of
the 2009 hurricane season, VBrick announced today that America’s Emergency
Network (AEN) has deployed VBrick to power its satellite-based emergency video
distribution system. AEN’s system is designed to continue working after a disaster
to keep government agencies and residents informed even when all land-based
power and communication lines have been knocked out. Working with VBrick,
AEN has syndicated live hurricane video feeds to media Web sites across the U.S.
Bryan Norcross, President and Chief Executive Officer of AEN and former hurricane
analyst for the CBS network, has recognized the critical role VBrick plays in helping
AEN carry out its mission. Said Norcross: “IP video transmission is in many cases
the only way for emergency managers at the state level, in large counties, or in
small towns, to distribute critical information to the public when hurricanes threaten.
VBrick enables us to fill this critical communications gap in the U.S. emergency
communications system with a complete solution that manages the entire process
from encoding of video through to distribution to the public, the media, and
other government officials.”
AEN chose VBrick over competitive solutions because only VBrick’s open standards
allow video to be distributed to an unlimited number and type of users and locations.
VBrick allows AEN to easily encode video to a digital format and disseminate the
content to television and radio stations at the same time it is displayed on subscribing
media Web sites. The AEN network includes a satellite-based video distribution
path, which is essential when broadcasting emergency communications as land-based
infrastructure such as cell phone towers and power lines can be destroyed during
hurricanes or earthquakes.
AEN has also joined forces with Weather Decision Technologies (WDT), an advanced
weather-data delivery and content provider, whose clients include many of the leading