UCS Programs Broadcast Live Or On Demand
What do Law Day, judicial ethics training and the State of the Judiciary have in common?
All are broadcast using a new technology designed by VBrick Systems, Inc., which develops, manufactures and supports video distribution products over a broadband network for use
in applications including news and information distribution, videoconferencing, distance learning, training and surveillance. The system used by the UCS is ethernet TV — known internally as CourtNet TV — which broadcasts live and recorded video to computers and large-screen televisions.
The idea to use VBrick came about because of the growing number of programs conducted at the Judicial Institute (JI), particularly the judicial ethics training program. Candidates for elected judicial office must take an ethics course prior to election day. It was impractical to require over 150 candidates to travel to the JI for the daylong sessions, so the program was broadcast live
to thirteen locations. Participants could e-mail questions to the JI, where they were relayed
to the moderator.
“In the past, we used videoconferencing to do training, but it’s difficult to show presentations such as PowerPoint,” said Sheng Guo, chief technology officer for the Division of Technology. “There’s also a limit to the number of people who can participate — roughly 30 to 40. With VBrick technology, hundreds of people can watch programs simultaneously on their computers.”
Previously, JI programs were copied onto videocassettes and distributed, often by mail. VBrick is expected to save the court system more than $100,000 annually on VHS tape replication and distribution alone.
Officials are using the technology to build an on-line library in which programs such as
Lunch & Learn, conferences and training courses can be viewed on demand.
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