Video archive to boost nuke training
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Oct 31, 2000
An Energy Department laboratory aims to improve its nuclear disaster training
with the help of an advanced video search and retrieval tool.
Sandia National Laboratories announced today that it has selected Excalibur
Technologies Corp. to provide a video content management solution for the
Broken Arrow program. "Broken Arrow" is the term used to report an accident
involving a nuclear weapon, warhead or other nuclear component.
DOE's Accident Response Group routinely participates in Broken Arrow
training exercises and records on video how teams with varying talents and
tools disarm mock nuclear devices. ARG keeps a collection of the video footage,
but it is accessible only from one station, and a whole video must be viewed
to get to a particular section that someone may be interested in.
To solve that problem, Sandia will use Excalibur Screening Room to maintain
the ARG training archive, said Mike Krawczyk, software engineer for Sandia
Screening Room provides video capture and analysis, intelligent indexing,
acceleration of the video production process and instant publishing of video
content to the Internet. The system's Capture Client feature lets users
archive and search video collections and capture analog or digital video,
including live feeds, for immediate access.
"This allows them to crop out only the segments that are needed for
things like PowerPoint presentations," Krawczyk said. "It's also available
on the Web as opposed to just one station, so it becomes an enterprise Web
The Excalibur solution cost Sandia about $75,000, and the system will
be operational by Dec. 9, Krawczyk said.