RAMPSI Upgrades FERC’s Hearing Room’s Control Room

Capitol Connection, of Fairfax Virginia, webcasts the commission meetings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  They also own and maintain the video and transmission equipment located on site.

RAMPSI originally installed a Broadcast Pix switcher as the heart of the system in 2008, but it was now time for an upgrade.  The existing three low-profile Winsted security racks became too small to hold additional equipment that was added over the years.  RAMPSI consolidated the equipment into one full size rack and two shorter console racks with a new work surface.

The work surface and racks, custom made by Ray Milograno, are composed of hardwood and veneer cherry, with a protective satin polyurethane finish. 

In addition, a Polycom VTC unit now enables the commission to include live, two-way remote participation into commission meetings. 

Because of limited space, the full size rack is on wheels and is easily pulled forward when service is required.  A new Plura Broadcast monitor enables the operator to monitor video and audio levels with its built-in on-screen waveform, vectorscope, and audio meters.

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