USS Gerald R. Ford Sets Sail with Pioneering Broadcast System Aboard

Globecomm announced that the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) – the first in the new Ford class of nuclear-powered supercarriers commissioned July 22 – is going to sea with a Globecomm-designed, multi-functional communications and entertainment system along with the first IP video system in the U.S. Navy fleet.USS Gerald R. Ford

As a turnkey solutions provider / systems integration (SI) subcontractor to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding, Globecomm provided the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with an advanced satellite and fiber-optic based communications distribution infrastructure in addition to a newly improved SITE TV IP video system that provides the crew with live streaming media options, multimedia programming while at sea, as well as pier-side cable services. These innovative systems are expected to deliver tremendous cost savings along with superior quality, scalability and the flexibility to add new capabilities and services in the future.

“This was an engineering-intensive, five-year design, integration, assembly and testing program that represents a significant technological upgrade to the Navy’s existing analog system for video acquisition and onboard content delivery,” said Globecomm EVP & GM, Government Solutions, Dwight Hunsicker.  “Our team was fully commited to bringing the highest level of operational availability and capability with its groundbreaking solution to the Navy’s most advanced carrier.”

A 10G fiber optic backbone supports the system as well as the ship’s video surveillance capabilities.  The system includes interface to the ship’s onboard video production studio where live and/or pre-recorded broadcasts can be accessed and viewed.  Other capabilities include video on demand (VoD), digital signage and collaborative access to webcasting and video sharing applications.

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