Duluth, GA (August 19, 2008)–The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which operates retail outlets that provide goods and services to U.S. military personnel and their families, recently upgraded its Wegener COMPEL network control system.
COMPEL enables AAFES to deliver addressable digital HD video, SD video and audio content to satellite receivers at over 100 retail outlets, including stores, filling stations, food courts, barbershops and concession stands located on military bases across the U.S. and abroad.
AAFES has been continually expanding and upgrading its private audio/video network, which has been based upon Wegener equipment since the U.S. military established it in 1994. AAFES delivers three program services: Exchange Television (EXTV), Business Television (BTV), and the AAFES Radio Network (ARN).
EXTV is a digital signage service, comprised of promotional and consumer information, music videos, movie trailers and advertising, which enhance the retail experience and help sell high definition televisions in the stores. BTV provides SD video programming for distance training of back-office retail personnel. ARN provides two ad-supported radio channels that pipe music into the stores.
AAFES uses a centrally located Wegener COMPEL network control system to broadcast addressable digital files via satellite to select retail outlets that are equipped with Wegener iPUMP 6400 media servers, each of which has two independent video channels feeding EXTV and BTV respectively. These iPUMP 6400 media servers provide direct SD output for the BTV service and stream HD media content to Wegener SMD-515 external decoders for the EXTV service in point-of-sale locations. ARN delivers background music content via Wegener Unity 201 satellite audio receivers deployed at retail outlets worldwide.
Upgrading COMPEL enables AAFES to replace its legacy servers with servers that can run the latest version of Wegener software. Going forward, Wegener will focus on developing new features and capabilities for the new COMPEL systems.
Wegener Communications, Inc.