The project included an upgrade to the entire video headend at the Pentagon as well as the expansion of the video transport infrastructure to support more SD and HD video channels and VOD applications.
“General Dynamics and the Pentagon needed a reliable, end-to-end solution for video processing at the headend and delivery across the HFC network,” said Matt Aden, vice president of worldwide sales and service for Harmonic, in a statement. “The successful upgrade is an affirmation of the versatility, quality and performance of Harmonic’s digital video and HFC transport solutions, which can be deployed in any cable network architecture.
The headend replacement at the Pentagon encompassed a full range of digital video products from Harmonic, including multichannel DiviCom Ion MPEG-2 SD encoders, MV 500 MPEG-2 HD encoders, NSG 9116 edgeQAMs, the ProStream 8000 digital video mosaic solution and NMX Digital Service Manager. The HFC expansion provided by Harmonic included MAXLink transmitters and amplifiers, PWRBlazer nodes and digital return path systems.
The Pentagon has more than 23,000 users of its video services that use the multichannel mosaic capability and the edgeQAMs for on-demand video delivery, while the new encoders will provider the Pentagon with improved bandwidth efficiencies.
The Pentagon was previously a customer of Harmonic’s encoders, multiplexers and optical transport solutions.