When it comes mitigating major threats to public health, it is imperative for organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep their finger on the pulse of global developments that require a coordinated national or global response.
“In addition to being ardent consumers of news and information, doctors, scientists, and other healthcare experts at the CDC produce a tremendous amount of original content for both internal and external consumption. This makes the agency one of the most video-centric departments in the federal government,” says Dan Quinn, Federal Sales Director at VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions for business, industrial and public sector applications.
Reliance on video traffic was compounded over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, as CDC staff were sent to work from home where they collectively participated in exponentially more video meetings. This shift to working remotely resulted in a tremendous explosion of video traffic that put unprecedented stress on the CDC’s enterprise networks.
VITEC’s challenge for many enterprise customers, in corporate and public sectors, moving to remote work for most operations was the fact that major browser providers ceased support for tools that enabled network-efficient video multicasting. The work-around has historically been use of browser plugins to effectively stream video content to multiple destinations, but that is no longer an option. Everything changed when Google, Apple and Microsoft took browser-based tools off the market in the wake of security, stability, and performance concerns.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) staff relies on timely access to—and delivery of—information about threats to public health. The CDC therefore requires a network that can quickly and efficiently deliver high-quality video content to key stakeholders.
- The impact of all major browser vendors announcing that they would stop supporting NPAPI type browser plugins and legacy application extensions potentially meant costly upgrades for many enterprise video consumers.
- VITEC deployed the latest EZ TV Platform update with Multicast-to-the-Edge® HTML5 IPTV Player Lite improving the CDC’s video streaming capabilities, ensuring an optimal level of high quality for the CDC’s mission critical activities to alleviate additional needs brought on by the pandemic.