For Immediate Release August 8, 2000
Grande Vitesse Systems
Web Site: www.gvsweb.com
Grande Vitesse Systems’ E-Business to Business Solutions Offers a Fresh
Approach to The Democratic National Convention (“ DNC”).
San Francisco, C.A., August 8, 2000 – Grande Vitesse Systems, a leader
in end-to-end EBusiness and Business system solutions (targeted at the entertainment,
manufacturing, and web industries), announces their partnership with Fresh Technologies
for the delivery of a “Digital Stills Gallery”; to be utilized at
the Democratic National Convention 2000, in Los Angeles.
The Digital Stills Gallery is, in essence, a large library of still (digital)
images and/or captured video footage, taken from the Democratic National Convention
itself and then made available to the Press/Media via the web. Authorized users
of this system will be able to search for and view thousands of digital images
stored in the Stills Library (database), from within their internet web browser.
Selected images or content can then be downloaded or printed (to their local
printer) for immediate use in online or printed editorials.
Fresh Technologies, who conceptualized and sold the idea of a Digital Stills
Gallery to the DNC sought out Grande Vitesse Systems for their expertise in
the areas of Digital Asset Management or Media Asset Management, File Servers,
Firewall security systems, cross-platform integration (Mac/PC), and distribution
of stored data (images) locally and to the web; which is really the core (technology)
of the Digital Stills Gallery. Because GVS had extensive knowledge and experience
with both the applications required and the hardware backend necessary to round
out a solution of this nature, they were granted the contract for this project.
One of Fresh Technologies’ challenges for this project was to be able
to capture, assemble, organize and make available to the web all of DNC’s
images (digital content), in a very short period of time. The images would be
taken or captured from CDs, photographs, video, and other media and categorized
according to various participating Democratic Party members. The images would
then need to be loaded onto GVS’ Metropolis 3500 (Sun based server) located
at the DNC in Los Angeles, as well as GVS’ Metropolis 2400 (Sun based
server) located at a co-location in New York. AT&T (NY) would provide the
high bandwidth internet connectivity necessary for the uploading, downloading,
and on-line image manipulation that will take place - throughout the course
of the convention - in real time.
“The real beauty of a solution such as this” says Kevin Young Director
of Marketing at Grande Vitesse Systems, “is that the Digital Stills Gallery
requires no special knowledge – on the part of the press or media (or
anyone) – to use it.” “Anyone who has surfed the web or downloaded
information from the internet will have no trouble utilizing this tool for print
and web publishing.”
The interface itself is extremely ‘user-friendly’ offering image
based (thumbnail), text or subject searches and various combinations of the
two. The application is cross-platform compatible, as well, so users can access
the content from either a PC or Macintosh through whatever internet browser
they want (Netscape/Internet Express, etc).
Developed initially for broadcast (entertainment), publishing, and web based
companies, GVS’ Metropolis Server and MAM (Media Asset Management) solutions
have found ready application in medical, transportation, financial, and other
industries as well. Their systems have been shipping for several years and are,
by industry standards a solid and mature technology.
Information about GVS’ system solutions and services can be found on their
web site www.gvsweb.com and live demonstrations are offered at their facility,
located in San Francisco’s financial district.