SOURCE: BitGravity

October 15, 2008 08:00 ET

Arizona State University Relies on BitGravity HD Video Delivery for Complex, Collaborative Decision-Making and Visualization Projects

BitGravity Delivers Unmatched Video Experience for More Realistic Scenario Modeling at Arizona State's Decision Theater

BURLINGAME, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - BitGravity, Inc., provider of next-generation Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) for interactive broadcasting, today announced that Arizona State University (ASU) is relying on BitGravity's high-definition video delivery capability for the complex, collaborative decision-making and visualization projects enabled by Arizona State's Decision Theater.

"Decision Theater is a dynamic environment that allows participants to engage in 'what if?' analysis of multiple scenarios, and BitGravity allows us to extend our reach," said Angelo Fernando, Communications and Outreach Manager with Decision Theater. "We were impressed with BitGravity's ability to stream complex data and visualization from seven screens and give audiences a high-quality experience in HD with no lag time. Also, it's a simple-to-use, portable solution that can be easily extended beyond our facility into classrooms and doesn't require much hardware or complicated platform integration to set up. The quality of the customer-support team made BitGravity the perfect choice."

Part of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, Decision Theater provides world-class capabilities -- including cutting-edge visualization, modeling and simulation, and decision-support tools for collaborative decision making. Detailed representations of the consequences of behavior, decisions and policy are created so that science and community leaders can make more informed decisions. Projects enabled at ASU by Decision Theater have included a pandemic 'flu exercise,' anticipating water-management issues and helping cities plan for smart growth.

Decision Theater includes an interactive, immersive environment -- "the drum" -- featuring a 260-degree faceted display with seven screens that can show panoramic computer graphics or video content. Designed from the ground up to enable rich, interactive user experiences featuring the quickest downloads of highest-quality video, BitGravity's unique, "Distributed Origin"-based content delivery platform and carrier-grade, global CDN enables Arizona State to present and view content at unparalleled speed and quality.

"The HD video provided by our solution makes the scenario simulations modeled through Arizona State even more realistic, and this helps decision-makers explore all aspects of a challenge and better understand the impact of their choices," said Mari Mineta Clapp, VP of Marketing at BitGravity. "Arizona State is at the vanguard of an entirely new and highly promising field in sustainability, and we are proud that BitGravity was selected to be part of the important work that is taking place through Decision Theater and benefiting a wide range of public-sector and commercial clients."

Arizona State's capabilities can also be extended beyond Tempe, Arizona. In fact, the first project supported by the BitGravity solution was the live feed of a lecture on energy independence from ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, by Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

About BitGravity

BitGravity, Inc., built the first content delivery network (CDN) optimized to instantaneously deliver HD-quality video on demand, live and via interactive applications to massive audiences on the Internet. The company is based in Burlingame, CA and is privately held, with strategic investment from Allen & Company, Tata Communications and private investors. For more information, please see www.BitGravity.com.

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