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Video Conference Control Software

Client: Tom Brittingham, Progicon Systems LLC (

Business Type: Audio-Video and Lighting Systems Integrator

Client needs: Tom had a high-profile client with a system of video conference units for broadcast of live TV interviews. Tom needed to create software to control these systems but the dedicated control systems he usually used would not work because the production company wanted to run the control software user interface on laptop computers with the video conference unit video output integrated into the software screen.

Solution: I worked with Tom to develop a client-server based, database driven software system that meets his specialized need. The system consists of a custom-developed Windows service that runs on a server machine and controls the video conference units, a custom-developed back office administrator application for database configuration, and a custom-developed client application that the production technicians run on laptop computers. The client application connects via a TCP connection to the control service allowing the technician to place calls, control camera position, monitor network status, etc. The client application displays the far-end video in a window integrated into the software user interface.

Tom created the nice-looking graphics scheme for this product and I incorporated the images into the application’s pages.