Streaming video without the overhead

PHOENIX, Ariz.'At the DEMO Conference yesterday, BroadRamp Inc. of San Antonio took the wraps off its Content Delivery System, which company officials said already has customers in the Defense Department.

CDS is a universal multimedia and application delivery system that can embed video and other content into server-based programs without the need for local players and viewers. Users can click on a window and instantly launch streaming video without having to download or launch Windows Media Player, Apple QuickTime or another player. This is accomplished through an embedded CDS player.

Company officials said CDS converts any multimedia content into an ultra-compressed format for easy delivery. BroadRamp's algorithms can compress video files by up to 90 percent, thereby conserving bandwidth and saving storage space.

BroadRamp CEO Greg Nakagawa said the company has DOD customers interested in using the technology for online training and other applications. To serve government, BroadRamp formed a joint venture with Frontline Systems Inc. of San Antonio, which provides IT services. The two have refined the CDS technology to deliver content over slower connections sometimes found at military installations.

Sean Darwish, BroadRamp's founder and chief technology officer, showed GCN an electronic manual the company developed for the Air Force to be used by F-16 aircraft mechanics. Users can launch video in near-real time from directly within the manual. They can also call up Acrobat portable document files and other applications, such as a parts database, without leaving the electronic manual.

Company officials said that because no content or client software is actually downloaded to the end user's system, CDS is secure. The software's encoding algorithms also employ key coding encryption so only authorized users can view content, Darwish said.

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