Mississippi DOT Uses Wowza to Simplify Live & Multi-Screen Video Streaming From 400 Traffic Cameras

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Dec. 8, 2011 — Wowza Media Systems, Inc., the “Any Screen Done Right™” media server software company, today announced that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) installed Wowza Media Server® software to simplify and improve video streaming from its network of nearly 400 traffic cameras throughout the state. The installation was part of an upgrade to MDOT’s intelligent transportation system (ITS).

Live video flows constantly from MDOT cameras to its traffic portal, http://www.msTraffic.com, so that anyone with an Internet connection can keep an eye on traffic. It also streams internally to the traffic management center, where MDOT workers monitor traffic conditions at their workstations. The upgrade to Wowza Media Server software enables MDOT to stream live content from all of its cameras simultaneously to multiple devices, eliminating the need for specialized, client-specific encoders and servers — which means it can reach more people than with its previous streaming method.

“With our previous workflow, the traffic management center received analog video feeds from roadside cameras to be encoded/decoded and then displayed internally on video screens. From there, video had to be re-encoded to go out to the Internet,” stated Timothy Bean, ITS systems specialist for MDOT. “Wowza Media Server software has made it possible to forego all that extra encoding, decoding, and re-encoding equipment, saving us money and space, as well as cutting way down on energy consumption. We removed about 10 racks worth of equipment and replaced it with a single server that’s running Wowza Media Server software.”

Because MDOT can distribute video to any platform quickly and easily, traffic information is available to many more people, no matter what player they use. Giving the public better access to real-time traffic information allows them to make more informed decisions not only day-to-day, but also during evacuations or other emergencies. In turn, an informed citizenry means improved safety, reduced congestion, and decreased likelihood of secondary incidents for the state.

“Wowza Media Server software’s capability to ingest streams directly from IP cameras and stream it out simultaneously over multiple protocols is ideally suited for traffic monitoring and security applications,” said Alex Dobrushin, CMO of Wowza Media Systems. “MDOT’s deployment exemplifies the value our software offers to transportation departments all over the U.S. and in other countries. It provides them with a future-proof platform for delivery of higher-quality video, more cost-effectively, while reaching a broader base of constituents.”

The multiple award-winning Wowza Media Server software is a single extensible foundation for “Any Screen Done Right” media delivery. It makes streaming to computers, smartphones, tablets, and TV screens simple and cost-effective. Improved economies of scale and reduced encoding, storage, and management expense, enable enterprises — large and small — to stream live and on-demand video with ease while saving money, improving efficiency, and streamlining workflow.

About Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a network of nearly 400 cameras throughout the state that provide a constant view of traffic conditions. Live video flows from the cameras to the traffic management center, and from there to various internal points where MDOT workers monitor traffic conditions in a central location and at their workstations. MDOT also sends video out over the Internet so that anyone — from first responders and emergency operations centers to the average driver — can keep an eye on traffic through MDOT’s traffic portal, http://www.msTraffic.com.

About Wowza Media Systems

Wowza® Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right™” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 85,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowza.com.


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