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House of Representatives Adopts Elemental to Increase Transparency

Video solutions are being used to stream and archive Congressional proceedings and simplify transition to HD video delivery

PORTLAND – Elemental Technologies announced that the U.S. House of Representatives is using Elemental video processing to produce live streams, video-on-demand assets, and archival recordings of all House committee and sub-committee sessions.

The House is using Elemental Live encoding and the Elemental Conductor video network management system to stream and record proceedings for video delivery to YouTube, where constituents can watch hearings in real time or on demand. In addition, two separate video archives are created simultaneously for the congressional content: One is stored in a local archive, and the second is preserved by the Library of Congress.

As each day’s events are shared with the U.S. public, Elemental Conductor helps the House of Representatives manage coverage of a complex and constantly changing committee schedule. Elemental software monitors 32 content channels simultaneously and schedules recordings of daily committee hearings from a web-based interface. Via the Elemental solutions, the House of Representatives is running a trial of high-definition content for two channels in anticipation of a broader HD rollout.

Elemental plans to demonstrate its software-defined video solutions at the upcoming Government Video Expo on Dec. 2-3.