Video system lets Navy tune in to weapons testing

Video system lets Navy tune in to weapons testing

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff

OCT. 30'The Naval Air Systems Command is adding a video communications tool that lets users remotely view simulated weapons tests.

The command has installed a tailored version of VNCI Video Systems from Video Network Communications Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., at three of nine bases. The command plans a four-phase implementation. The system allows two-way MPEG-2 video communications over the command's secure Network Centric Warfare asynchronous transfer mode network.

Users on the network can run simulation software, receive live or stored video and take part in teleconferences, the company said. They also will be able to see a list of every other user viewing a session.

Mark Kolstoe, the command's network and security team leader for Network Centric Warfare, said the system's interactive environment will boost efficiency in simulated weapons testing.

'We basically have point-and-click ATM video communications from coast to coast'whenever we need it' said Kolstoe, who works at the command's facility in China Lake, Calif. 'This will not only reduce project cycles, it will allow us to utilize personnel and facilities based on expertise, not geography.'

The first phase of the project, whose completion was announced today, cost $400,000. A VNCI spokeswoman said the price tag for the full project would be about $2 million.

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