Sandia National Laboratories employs nearly 9,000 scientists, engineers, biologists and support staff who work on projects related to the nation’s most challenging security issues. Over the years it’s amassed thousands of hours of video-based technical documentation, training and research.
The content, much of which was created on outdated devices and exists in all sorts of formats, needs to be preserved for up to 75 years and meet the National Archives and Records Administration standards.
“It was not acceptable to adopt a solution that just worked ‘okay.’ Being a pre-eminent research lab comprised of the foremost experts in many fields, we required a streaming technology that would allow for highly technical graphics to be displayed – with a resolution close to or the same as the original VGA image display,” Said Rogulja Wolf, streaming system and content manager at Sandia.
Sandia has undertaken a focused video content management initiative with Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform at its core, viewing it as the most integrated approach to the lab’s enterprise strategy for creating, managing and distributing its video-based content.
With Mediasite, staff capture highly detailed images and graphics and archive these presentations for scientists or researchers for years to come.
“We are able to manage knowledge in a way we never have before – if we don’t preserve this information, it will be lost,” Wolf said. “Sandia Laboratories is unique in that we do not produce the same product over and over again. Our research goals are constantly changing and evolving. What we produce is knowledge and a lot of that knowledge resides within the people here, and without preserving that sensitive information, it will be lost as our experts retire.”
“Mediasite immediately proved itself as the most complete and functional tool we had experienced to date for our online video and graphic communications needs,” said Wolf.
“Besides the fact that Mediasite was more effective and reliable, and offered a more user-friendly viewer interface than previous streaming systems we had employed, it was, and continues to be, the people behind the product that is one of the most important factors. Service and support and people that listen and work with you are at the top of our list when we are choosing a product vendor.”