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Keeping Particle Physics Conversations Connected

Matrox products playing key communications role at CERN physics research center

When it comes to discussing particle physics at one of the most prestigious nuclear research organizations in the world, dialog between contributing nations and scientists is key. That was certainly the case for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which sits on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva.

The research facility is home to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated research equipment, such as the Large Hadron Collider, a 16-mile particle accelerator buried 320 feet underground that is used to analyze the way particles interact with each other.

With 260 conference rooms in its facility, CERN was looking for way to provide a ring-side view to those watching from a room or from oversees — a way to capture and deliver the message being delivered by both the speaker and the presentation material simultaneously. Previously CERN had been using a PC, two capture cards, encoder and software to share similar online via video conference. But the organization said that setup was providing cumbersome and was at times unreliable.

Wanting to simplify the streaming process, the group began looking for a standalone appliance that was capable of independently stopping and starting the streaming and recording process — particularly when it came to keeping viewers connected during long, continuous webcast that have short downtimes between presentations.

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