Defense agency gets a handle on its digital media

Up to 100T of military video footage and images is slated for consolidation on a digital media system at the Defense Department's American Forces Information Service.

TranTech Inc. of Alexandria, Va., will build the Visual Information Management System under an $8.67 million contract under the Defense Information Systems Agency's Encore contract, said Mark Wells, TranTech's VIMS program manager.

AFIS must cope with an ever-growing volume of digital imagery from the war in Iraq, Wells said. He expects VIMS will be ready by year's end.

The digital media system will use Centera storage servers from EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass.
Using the Extensible Rights Markup Language, it will embed videos and images in software wrappers to guard against unauthorized reuse.

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