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A “Slick” Solution for Video Streaming of Legislative Sessions


In an age where governmental transparency is important and providing the public with up-to-date legislative information is a critical part of many legislatures’ day-to-day operations, the broadcast of session video and vote information has become a perfect means for providing that transparency.


Providing video and vote information via the Internet is becoming increasingly more commonplace at all levels of government - from local to state to federal. It is a perfect way to provide the people at home with a connection to their elected representatives, and the forum in which the laws are made.


However, as our customers know better than anyone, legislative session days can be long and a lot can happen over the course of one such day. This presents a unique challenge that the legislature must overcome in the area of providing this information to the public. After all, what citizen has the patience or time to sit in front of their device, streaming a live or recorded 12-hour session day, in hopes that they will come across the debate or the vote on the issue that interests them?


This is where International Roll-Call and our partner, Sliq Media Technologies, comes in.


Sliq has been in the business of hosting and streaming web video almost as long as there has been video over the web. After 15 years, they have a global presence in the industry, serving not only state legislatures like North Dakota but also national parliaments such as the Canadian government and the UK House of Lords among many others.


Sliq offers a range of options when it comes to storing and streaming video footage of session meetings. These can be stored locally if it is the customer’s preference to take that responsibility on, or they can be stored by Sliq, out in the cloud, where they can be fully managed, backed up, and streamed for viewing over the Internet.


The way that Sliq and International Roll-Call work together is that we provide Sliq with trigger events and the voting information, which can be imported from the display output into their system, or simply video taken of the display board(s) to capture the information. Each state runs their camera system and video capture specific to their needs, of course, but IRC provides event stamps to Sliq which they then use to index the captured video and index it according to the calendar item and related information.

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(Screen shot of Sliq Agenda screen, showing calendar of meetings in the North Dakota Legislature and menu on the left allowing the user to choose session years, regular and special sessions, House and Senate.)

This is further streamlined by a truly “slick” interface in which the Internet user (viewer) may search for an item number, keyword, sponsor name, or other criteria attached to an item, and be presented with a number of choices that they can view. This process greatly lessens the amount of time a citizen would need to invest in keeping abreast of the current issues being tackled by the legislature that interest them. In this fast-moving world of technology that seems to be only moving faster, time and speed are critical. The Sliq/International Roll-Call partnership delivers on both points, providing this level of functionality during live streaming broadcasts as well as archived footage, all streamed over Sliq’s robust connections for a quick and lossless delivery of content.

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(Screen shot of archived video, indexed by date/time, bill item, and members who spoke on the item.)

The IRC/Sliq solution can work with an existing camera system or one that IRC installs, as we are proficient in both automated camera system and sound system installations. Because of our successful integration with Sliq’s video indexing protocols on numerous sites, the infrastructure is already in place to build a comprehensive video indexing, storage, and streaming solution for any legislature in need of it.
Please don’t hesitate to contact International Roll-Call or Sliq Media Technologies to find out more information or schedule an online demonstration and see what we can offer to put the power of connection to the public sphere in your hands today.

Please contact either of the following for more information:
David A. Ward, Jr., International Roll-Call: dawjr@roll-call.com, 804-730-9600
Nic Cote, Sliq Media Technologies: nic@sliq.com, 514-846-0322


We Have a New Look!

Longtime users of our VB6 voting software would probably tell you that--while the application is highly configurable--to be honest, the user interface looks a bit outdated. (Okay, maybe more than a bit!) And even though the VB6 software has a strong foundation and includes a multitude of functions, the main screen is not easily customized without significant and far-reaching code changes.

One of the many features that sets IRC’s xmLegislator .Net Voting software apart from our VB6 software is the Design Mode layout editor. The VB6 software features a main screen that allows the user to add and configure buttons that access specific functions but does not provide the ability to alter the placement of these functions to suit the user.

ALL THAT HAS CHANGED!

In the .Net software, the user need only access the Design Mode layout editor, which allows them to make changes to the user screens whether those changes are simple or a sweeping rearrangement of multiple screen elements and button functions.

As an example, imagine a system where both the Operator and the Clerk/Secretary have control over the voting software. The Operator may have a need to access a wider range of functions than the Clerk/Secretary who may just want to, as needed, open and close the vote. The Clerk/Secretary may also want an on-screen live totals display along with the item list of bills in the current calendar.

Before, having such a set up would have required complex, custom code changes by IRC developers. Now, with .Net that power has been placed into the hands of the end user. The number of screen elements that can be customized are too many to list here but some of them are:

 

  • Vote State
  • Vote Majorities
  • Request to Speak Elements
  • Vote Controls
  • Popup Desk Layouts
  • Chair Controls
  • Vote Report Functions
  • Multiple Display Board Windows
  • Columns & Windows
  • Design Templates
  • Member Icons w/ Photos
  • Button size and appearance fully customizable
  • Membership Controls
  • Customizable Hot Keys
  • One-click switching between software positions such as Vote Operator to Sound Operator to Request to Speak
  • Venus Display and Video Control Access
  • Calendar
  • And much, much more!

 

The layout editor features an intuitive interface that makes it relatively simple to make changes to the layouts. For those who need a certain level of comfort after making the transition from VB6 to .Net, a user can even layout their screen and functions to match exactly that of the old VB6 software. What all of this means is that, while the core of the .Net software functions the same across the board, one user’s voting program can now look totally different than another customer in the same staff position.  NO MORE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!!!

Sample Photos: For a more extensive look at some of the layouts created for our customers, please visit IRC’s Smugmug photos page HERE and imagine what freedom and flexibility our xmLegislator.Net software could bring to your system!

This level of customization can come in handy for staff positions with several users. It can be particularly useful in committee systems, where multiple committees mean having multiple chairpersons and/or operators, and each one has their own idea of how their screen should be set up to work best for them.

The Design Mode layout editor is just one way that the .Net voting software gives the end user the tools of customization, putting you in the driver’s seat so that you can be actively involved in having the system work best for you and the way you conduct your legislative business.

To find out more about the capabilities of the Design Mode layout editor and the xmLegislator .Net system as a whole, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 


Paint or Pixels? Concealing LED Displays in the Chamber Environment

One of the most challenging aspects of integrating technology into the legislative environment is the preservation of a chamber’s aesthetic. After all, these are not just buildings, not just rooms—these are historical landmarks. In every House or Senate chamber in every state in the union, historic moments that have impacted that state have transpired.

So each time we at IRC begin a project which includes LED displays in the scope of work, we approach it with the utmost respect and reverence, with the goal being not only to insert the technology into the chamber environment, but to make it blend and complement.

Even camouflage it.

One way this can be accomplished with large, full-matrix LED displays is to employ our concealment solution. We have devised a system by which a panel of fabric with some unique characteristics can be placed over the surface of the LED displays, allowing the proper amount of light to shine through the fabric weave and still render the high-quality, hi-resolution image and letter quality. The concealment solution is not available only on new displays, either, but can be applied to existing LED display installations.

Onto this fabric, we can have solid colors or even patterns screened. Typically, this would be a color that complements or matches some aspect of the chamber wall. Once installed, and when the displays are blank, the display concealment solution greatly reduces the visual impact of the displays’ presence in the chamber, particularly at first glance.

Simply put, the displays disappear when not in use.

We have completed some recent installations on our display concealment system and we’d like to share them with you. See a couple of these photos below and for more information, click HERE to download our Advanced Display Systems booklet, which covers the wide range of display technologies we offer and also gives a more in-depth look at our concealment solution.

 

 

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Hi-res 4mm LED displays in the Michigan House, featuring display concealment to match the wall color, displaying member names and item information.

 
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Is that a painting of Admiral Oliver Perry or a 4mm LED display concealed with picture frame trim? Displaying artwork when not in session is another method by which the technological profile of displays can be minimized.

 

 

 


Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Michigan House’s New Hi-Res Displays Disappear When Not in Use

 

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In mid-January of this year, we completed our installation of new displays in the Michigan House of Representatives. The new displays are 4mm high-resolution LED displays capable of showing not only the membership and voting information but any videos, photographs or documents that House might wish to display.

 

The displays were mounted and recessed into the wall. As part of a product re-design, the new modules that make up the display are significantly quieter and because of on-board fans, the heat buildup is much less. This benefits not only the chamber by lowering the ambient noise level but is also beneficial for the equipment itself as high temperatures can stress the internal control electronics and cause equipment failures.

These displays integrate very well with International Roll-Call’s xmLegislator voting and legislative management system in use in the Michigan House. Because of IRC’s alliance with Daktronics and the custom interface of xmLegislator with the Daktronics control hardware and software, xmLegislator is a powerful tool for controlling the sources of information and data displayed in the chamber, granting the user an unprecedented amount of flexibility in controlling the content of their displays without complex software changes being necessary.

One important feature of this installation is the custom designed fabric covering for each of the displays that match the color of the chamber walls. This helps to preserve the historical aesthetic of the House chamber while still utilizing the top-of-the-line display technology on the market. When not showing content, the displays are virtually invisible in the House chamber but are ready at the click of button to display vividly rendered text, photographs, documents and video presentations.

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With the 2015 session underway, the new displays are now in use and the House staff—as well as those of us at Roll-Call—could not be happier with the way the installation turned out. The time-tested hardware longevity of these LED displays will serve the House well for the next 20 years and beyond. We wish our customers in Michigan well for the 2015 session and look forward to continuing to provide technological solutions for their legislative needs.


IRC's xmLegislator Applications Light the Way Forward

We at IRC would like to take a moment to highlight our xmLegislator .NET Voting and Legislative Management system.

This application was designed to take the place of our old Visual Basic 6-based application as we learned Microsoft would no longer be supporting VB6 and that all coded systems needed to move forward into the .NET platform. Our first iteration of xmLegislator was rolled out in late 2012.  As with anything, change comes slowly, though, and as of 2013 only 6 clients had ventured forward to give xmLegislator a shot.

Once installed in these few bodies, though, word of the application—with its speed, ease of use and configuration as well as flexibility to integrate with other legislative systems—spread like wildfire.

Which brings us to where we are now, a little more than a year later, with the xmLegislator voting application installed in 24 legislative bodies! Believe us when we say that no one has been more surprised with the success of this application than us, but we feel that only bears witness to the amount of software expertise, legislative knowledge and customer consideration that was put into the development of this seminal legislative software suite.

A Look into the Past, A Leap Into the Future

There can be no diminishing of IRC’s VB6-based voting system. It has served our customers well over the past decades and has facilitated the compiling of our comprehensive software configuration matrix. While the VB6 system continues to be used in some locations, the xmLegislator .NET system has the specific ability to utilize current, leading computer technologies to perform requests, tasks and data access easier and faster than ever before. Making use of quad-core processors and an SQL database, the .NET voting application functions at a higher level, streamlining such common actions as designing and updating the displays as well as modifying the Graphical User Interface which can be customized by the user. In fact, this aspect of custom design has never been more powerful and accessible to the user than it is in the xmLegislator .NET software.

Keeping up with current technology and operating systems is important and, here again, we find justification for moving to the .NET platform. As many legislatures and their information systems divisions migrate to Windows 7, the prospect of continuing with VB6-based programs can be seen as treading into uncertain waters. In fact, the professional software development website, InfoQ  goes so far as to call this a “looming crisis.”

In a statement earlier this year, Microsoft wrote:

“After April 8, 2014, technical support for Windows XP and Windows XP Mode will no longer be available, including updates that help protect your PC. This means that if you continue to use Windows XP or use Windows XP Mode on a Windows 7 PC after support ends, your PC might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.”

For us at IRC, the continued reliability and security of a customer’s legislative network and mission critical software systems makes a compelling argument for moving to the .NET platform. However, it is the robust software tools native to the xmLegislator application that sweetens the deal.

All the Tools You Need, at Your Fingertips

Reviewing the entire feature set of tools and utilities available in the xmLegislator .NET voting application would be too extensive an experience for this format. An in-depth online demonstration of the full power of this software, can be scheduled upon request. For now, we will take this opportunity to highlight some of the functions which have proven to be a hit with our recently upgraded customers.

 

IRC Designer Tool

The IRC Designer Tool allows users to customize screen layouts. Virtually every aspect of a screen can be customized using this feature, including colors, size and position of the controls. For those wishing to add functionality to their system, they can use the Designer Toolbox to create additional controls.

 

 

Bill Number Pad

This handy pop-up tool can be used to quickly enter the bill prefix and number using the touch screen interface and may be deployed during a variety of processes, such as editing a bill item or searching for a bill item.

 

Video Controller

This simple but effective tool allows for manual tagging of video in real time. It also gives the user control over starting, stopping, and pausing the encoding directly from their screen.

 

 

 

Displays On/Off

A simple tool that is deployed from a hot key, this allows the user to control the powering up or powering down of any display LCD/Plasma/Television attached to the system, such as those displaying vote information either inside or outside of the chamber.

 

 

Mixer Volume Control

When operating in an environment where IRC’s software interfaces with a sound system, this feature allows the user quick and easy access to adjust the volume controls on multi-channel mixers attached to the sound system, providing the capability to adjust in-chamber sound levels as ambient noise in the chamber fluctuates.

 

 

IRC DVD Control

Paired with a media control system like the Venus or Planar controllers, this tool allows the user to start, stop and pause video on the displays from the voting software screen. When used in tandem with the Switcher Commands function, this tool can control multiple devices as well.

 

 

 Other aspects of the system include Working and Active Display Board, Calendar Lists, Video Capture, Switcher Commands, Timers, Vote Viewer, Vote Entry, RTS and Debate Queue and more!

Our Invitation

We wish we could share some of our customers’ words of praise for the xmLegislator .NET system, but outright endorsement of anything is always tricky in the legislative environment. So we encourage you to contact us and we will provide you with a list of references you might speak to. There is simply no greater testimony than a first-hand account from the end user, and our xmLegislator customers would love to talk with you about the software.

In summation, with the comprehensive improvements to functionality of the software over the VB6 application coupled with Microsoft’s clear stance on not supporting the old VB6 platform and even pre-Windows-7 operating systems, it becomes increasingly clear that the best way to propel your legislative system forward is with our .NET applications. The triumphant roll-out of this software speaks for itself. Contact us today for a demonstration.

We invite you to be part of our success story!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Technology in the Sunshine State: Florida Legislature's Voting System Updates

We at IRC would like to take an opportunity to spotlight a recent installation that we completed for the Florida Legislature.

Our team worked with the great folks in the Florida House and the Florida Senate to update many key aspects of the voting system there. From the cabling in the floor to new displays and full integration with other legislative technologies, we worked closely with the legislative staff to develop custom solutions which addressed their specific needs and stuck to the approved budget for the project.

After removing the old and outdated equipment in both the House and Senate, IRC did a comprehensive update of the floor system. We installed new cable in the raceways, new member voting station electronics and terminated our home-run style system to new system control racks in the equipment rooms.

We also installed new 4mm full-color LED displays in the House and Senate, which will take them into the next couple of decades with bright, eco-friendly, and reliable display technology that is without equal in the industry.

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(Old Florida House Displays)

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(New Florida House Displays)

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In the House, we provided a full video system that enables them to display videos, photos, etc on the new 4mm full-color LED displays. We also interfaced with the state’s The Florida Channel to overlay vote information for their broadcast feed. As well, in the House, IRC installed our new .NET Voting software. With what is the first legislative use of this level of functionality between software and display systems, IRC customized the software to allow the House to bring up full bill text on the center display board while a bill is being addressed and debated on the floor.

The Senate is using its new 4mm full-color LED displays for member names, votes and information, all of which is available to display in a staggering array of colors. Additionally, in the Senate, IRC provided them with not only new member voting electronics but new member voting buttons as well with long-lasting LED indicator lamps.

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It all made for a fantastic installation for our IRC technicians and we know that the Florida Legislature is enjoying their new technology and capabilities as much as we enjoy having provided it for them. After all, tailor-made legislative solutions for our customers, whether existing or new, are what we do here at International Roll-Call.


ONE CRAZY SUMMER

It certainly has been a busy summer for us at International Roll-Call. We have provided a number of equipment and software upgrades to many of our customers over the last few months!

These include:

•    Provided the Mississippi House with a system rack hardware and computers upgrade, including new display controller
•    Installed new system control, voting buttons and .NET Voting Software in the Missouri House
•    Installed new full-color LED displays in the New York State Assembly
•    New full-color LED displays were installed in both the Rhode Island House and Senate
•    Removed the old daisy-chain system and installed new system control hardware in the Michigan House and Senate as well as provided them with the.NET Voting Software for preliminary testing
•    Upgraded the Indiana Senate’s chamber display to high-res 4mm full-color LED display
•    Provided the Gila River Indian Community with a software upgrade to our .NET Voting Software

As busy as the summer was, our fall and winter schedule looks to be just as interesting as we will be providing products and services to our friends in the Arkansas House and Senate, Florida House and Senate, the New Hampshire House and the Mississippi Senate.

Please browse the site for a look at the products we offer that may help streamline your legislative process. If interested, give us a call and get on our schedule for 2014!


NEW YORK ASSEMBLY GETS NEW DISPLAYS

IRC is in the process of wrapping up the installation of new displays in the Assembly in Albany, New York. It was a massive undertaking, outfitting the beautiful chamber with a total of 24 sections to make the 10 new displays a bright and shining reality. These boards are 6mm full-color LED displays and they will enhance the display capabilities of the Assembly as it goes about the very important business of governing in the state.

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The 6mm LED displays, while not high-resolution, can still be used very effectively for photos and videos. The broad range of fonts and sizes and layout options for displaying text also make these displays an indispensable tool that will be utilized by the Assembly in their forthcoming session year.

We hope the great folks in Albany will be as happy and proud of their new displays as we are and all of us at IRC are thankful to have the opportunity to provide another one of our customers with state-of-the-art solutions for their legislative environment.


OKLAHOMA SENATE IS FIRST IN FOR HIGH-RES DISPLAYS

 In the great state of Oklahoma, the Senate has taken the plunge and become the first of IRC’s customers to install the high resolution 4mm full-color LED displays in their chamber. These displays will allow them greater flexibility and visibility for showing photographs and video while also empowering them with a robust choice of fonts, colors and sizes that may be used on the displays.

IRC technicians worked with Senate staff to custom design a number of sequences that the new displays will allow them to use, including bringing up a sponsor’s photograph when that person’s bill is being discussed or voted on.

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The displays look stellar and the Senate couldn’t be happier with this high-tech addition to the chamber. With the pronounced longevity of the LED technology, the Senate looks forward to using them for a very long time to come.
 


New Pictures of Connecticut House Full-Color Displays!

Check out new photographs of the full-color 6mm LED displays with the covering designed to blend in with the room... HERE !


Iowa House Installs Automated Video Camera System


IRC recently installed an automated video system in the Iowa House of Representatives. The system includes roving cameras, a fixed camera, character generator, and multiple software components to manage all of the activity. The video system works in tandem with IRC’s Voting and Request to Speak systems. The tandem operation permits the video system to not only move cameras around automatically, but also to immediately caption the video. The level of automation is such that the Iowa House is operating the system with existing staff, without a need to add personnel.

In automatic mode, the video system tracks the member speaking based on their microphone being turned on and automatically sends the appropriate camera to the preset for that member. The video system then determines that the camera has arrived at the location and instantly captions the member speaking with their name, party affiliation, and the County represented.

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Since members of the Iowa House speak from their seats, often with a second member involved in the debate, this presents 100 different locations from which members can be speaking. When two members are engaged in a debate, the videos of the two members are shown split-screen side-by-side with their member information captioned below.

During many static video segments of the front dais, of members speaking, and of votes in progress, the voting system forwards the bill number, short title, and amendment number that are being considered to the video system to caption the video with current item information. During voting, running totals are shown over the top of the video of the front dais. Special messaging modes are also tied in, allowing the Clerk to display informational messages over a wide angle shot of the House floor for when it is adjourned or recessed.

Although the Iowa House does not have full-color LED displays, this would be an instance where the video feed could be shown live on the displays to significantly enhance the experience of visitors to the House Chamber. (Click HERE to see the Virginia House as they utilize this capability.)

The final single stream of captioned video and audio is continuously output to a third-party encoder where the video and sound are made available for live streaming on the internet.

We are excited to have been involved in providing a video system with such a high level of functionality and automation to our friends in the Iowa House of Representatives and look forward to meeting their future needs when it comes to all things of a voting and legislative management nature.


West Virginia Legislature to Move Forward with International Roll-Call's iPad Chamber and Committee Automation System


The International Roll-Call (IRC) team is proud to announce that we have received notice from the good folks of the West Virginia legislature that they have chosen to implement, using the iPad, IRC’s Chamber Automation System in the Senate and IRC's Committee Automation System in four Standing Committees in the House of Delegates.

The IRC "Crawler" application is the integration point with the existing state legislative management system and goes out to retrieve all the required documents and pulls them into the SQL database for the members to have real-time access using the iPad.  The Chamber and Committee Automation systems are also integrated with International Roll-Call's voting applications to provide real-time display board information, vote totals, request to speak information and voting data to the members.

From anywhere within the Capitol complex, the members will be able to access bills and journal information, mark important documents and send notes to other members using the system’s “Sticky Note” function. When in-chamber, the members will be able to follow along with the current bill under discussion while also being free to research bill and journal documents. Display information such as the current bill can be pushed to the member’s iPads also.

West Virginia, which is the first in the country to implement such a system and International Roll-Call are excited to begin this ground-breaking journey together toward further streamlining their legislative process.

For more information about the Chamber and Committee Automation System with iPad integration, click here to download an information sheet .


Oregon Senate Upgrades Request to Speak System

Recently, International Roll-Call technicians returned from the great state of Oregon, having just installed an upgrade to their Request to Speak System. The upgrade consisted of new Request buttons at the Senators’ desks as well as replacing the old incandescent lamps used for Summoning with long-lasting LED indicators. The most significant change to the system, however, comes with the implementation of IRC’s Request to Speak Software in an environment which has, up until now, been very manual in nature.

“This is about making the jobs of the staff easier and making the process run more efficiently,” explains IRC Senior Engineer, Arnold Snelson. “In the previous manual environment, Requests were difficult to manage and there was no way to tell the order in which the Requests were being made. The IRC software changes that and gives the Secretary the ability to see the Requests not only in a geographical layout but also in a queue that displays them in the order that they come in.”

The RTS software is highly customizable and can be configured to display member Requests in several different ways, including chronologically, alphabetically and by party just to name a few. Control of microphones is also a feature which can be used as part of the system.

With the process of managing Requests to Speak streamlined, IRC expects that the Oregon Senate will see the pay-off in their investment immediately in the form of quickly and efficiently dealing with Requests and allowing the staff to capitalize on that most valuable of resources in the legislative environment; TIME.

It should be noted that in a number of state legislatures we have put in place buttons (SPK AMD & SPK BILL) to allow members to request to speak to either the "amendment" and or the "bill".   Through our Request to Speak application, legislators' names will appear under the “Speak to Bill” list or the "Speak to Amendment” list on the Presiding Officer's monitor in the order in which the request was made. This greatly improves the efficiency of the legislative process in allowing the Presiding Officer to  recognize first the members wishing to speak to the amendment before speaking on the bill.

For more information about IRC’s Request to Speak system, click here .


Iowa House to Install New Automatic Camera System

Recently, IRC met with the good people of the Iowa House of Representatives to put in place a plan for IRC to install an automatic camera system in the House. This system will work in tandem with the Request to Speak system and be used to capture video and sound of members speaking from the floor when their request to speak is recognized and their microphones turned on. The cameras – five of them mounted at strategic points in the chamber – utilize IRC’s software and the RTS system to pivot and tilt to the exact position of a member once that member’s microphone is activated by the system. Camera personnel and those working in the video booth have plenty to do as it is and the automatic camera system provides an immediate, sleek, and accurate transition to capture video of speaking members and prevents duplication of effort on the part of the staff. As well, in the circumstance of two members engaged in a debate, multiple cameras will be used to capture the action for the video booth staff.


Though the Iowa House does not have full-color LED displays, this would be an instance where the video feed could be displayed live on the chamber displays .


The final, single stream of video will be continuously transferred to a third-party website where the video and sound will be both stored and made available for streaming on the internet live and as archival footage. As per IRC’s recommendation, the Iowa House has chosen Granicus as the entity to provide storage and live streaming of the video/audio content.


RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATURE SYSTEM UPGRADE

This past year, International Roll-Call worked with the staff of the Rhode Island state legislature to upgrade and improve their system. This included the installation of new full-color LED displays in both the House and the Senate.

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The displays are of the 6mm variety, making them excellent for the display of voting information, member photographs, camera feed video or video from external sources. As is standard in many of our installations, the displays are driven by a dual set of controller computers which are set up in a primary/secondary fail-over system to ensure that if one controller experiences issues, the back-up may take over and keep the displays running for the meeting. In addition to this configuration, IRC installed our customary rack-mounted equipment, including UPSs, KVM switches, serial device servers, etc.

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The full-color LEDs will offer the Rhode Island state legislature a powerful tool for doing business for many years to come. The LED technology has the longest life of any technology on the market and it’s high-intensity brightness makes it an ideal technology for legislative chambers with varying degrees of ambient light.

Our technicians worked with the staff of the Rhode Island legislature to create customized sequences for calling information and video to the new displays. Among the many functions created for them, they now have the ability to feed their video from the in-house broadcast television station into the new displays as well as import data from the voting system to display on the broadcast.

A crucial improvement made to the system in Rhode Island is the addition of IRC’s .NET Voting application. This software will carry their voting process forward into a new era with its additional functionality, solid and supported architecture, advanced configurability and customization options and expanded video and sequencing processes.


 

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