HHS Broadcast Studio HD Upgrade
OVERVIEW The Department of Health and Human Services maintains a broadcast television studio in the headquarters building in Washington D.C. The studio is on standby to allow the Secretary of HHS to address the nation directly in case of a national emergency and is available across all HHS operational divisions for live event support, outreach, video production, public service announcements, official ceremonies, satellite media tours and editing content for multiple HHS websites.
CHALLENGE The aging standard definition equipment was end of life and major parts of the infrastructure was failing. A major refit was needed, requiring critical components to be removed and replaced. The facilities had to continue to support the emergency mission as well as support other functions throughout the building without interruption.
SOLUTION The AIM team developed and High Definition studio upgrade plan that would have a minimal impact the operations of the facilities. A remote control room was configured to provide all essential functions and the new infrastructure was built along side of the existing plant. All new cabling, cameras, monitors, mixers, routers and switchers were installed All major components were configured and tested prior to shutdown of the old system.
RESULTS Switchover to the new system was accomplished within a week without interruption to needed services. The new High Definition Broadcast facility is in service, providing a wider variety of services with improved ease of use and much improved documentation and functionality.