NIH Events Technical Operations Center


HA Design Group designed and deployed a new NIH television operations center (TOC) to enhance the campus-wide support and dissemination of live meeting and campus events. This brought together world-class scientists to exchange and communicate NIH's world-renowned biological and medical research. The digital media TOC solution empowered the NIH Events Management staff in their important audio/video event support mission for the NIH community.

Under a contract with NIH, HA designed, installed and commissioned the new NIH TOC in rooms B2L319 and B2L113 Building 10, the largest hospital in the US. HA Design Group engineering and installation teams worked with multiple other contractors while continuously coordinating with the NIH General Contractor on work schedules, work assignments, shipping and receiving. The new A/V equipment included three new 55” screen TV monitors in the TOC and five new racks containing nineteen new HP ProLiant DL380p Gen9 servers. This is an upgrade of the NIH TOC operation from the previous analog machine-based architecture to IP/IT software driven audio/ visual television production system. Included was a large archive system using Spectralogic-Xendata technology.

Additionally, in room B2L113, we demolished and removed eleven existing racks and their equipment while repurposing two existing racks. We installed three new operator consoles along with the three 55” monitor walls mounted on the wall in front of the operators. The Media application included an IT/IP-centric solution developed into a cost-effective commercial off-the-shelf IT hardware server system architected around software modules and a Media Asset Management system. This allows NIH to stream live and recorded audio/video of their unique research presentations and support 14,000 Scientific lectures, conferences and meetings; Broadcast Video distribution- webcasting, satellite, IPTV, fiber, YouTube and Distance Learning. We conducted maintenance, administrator and operator training and are currently conducting warranty maintenance and helpdesk service.