GTGI’s NetDisc Deployed by DoD's JVISDA

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GTGI's production software selected to streamline delivery of critical training products to U.S. Military Forces.

Band-width issues are still a concern for our Reserve and Guard customers, and we needed an efficient process for getting DVDs quickly copied and shipped to customers. With VHS and our former order fulfillment process, it took upwards of four weeks to fulfill a customer order. When you have war-fighters deploying that need our training materials, that timeframe was simply too long.

Global Technologies Group, Inc. (GTGI) announced that their web content delivery software, NetDisc, has been deployed by the Department of Defense’s Joint Visual Information Services Distribution Activity (JVISDA) in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, to provide reproduction and distribution of visual information and other multimedia training products to U.S. forces worldwide.

NetDisc allows users to request specific information via the Internet, then automates the production of a custom CD-R or DVD-R, complete with a unique product label, packing invoice and shipping slip. Chief among NetDisc’s benefits is the elimination of product inventory levels, and the ability to track the most requested products for marketing and research purposes.

The JVISDA website (http://dodimagery.afis.osd.mil/davis/) was launched in 1997, and contains a searchable listing of thousands of products used by the Department of Defense to support operational, training, and internal information missions. Since then, JVISDA has processed close to one million orders, the majority of which were in VHS format.

“Most military sites employ multiple firewalls, presenting significant challenges for downloading full video,” said Vincent Rotell, Deputy Director for JVISDA. “Band-width issues are still a concern for our Reserve and Guard customers, and we needed an efficient process for getting DVDs quickly copied and shipped to customers. With VHS and our former order fulfillment process, it took upwards of four weeks to fulfill a customer order. When you have war-fighters deploying that need our training materials, that timeframe was simply too long.”

As part of an ongoing modernization, JVISDA converted approximately 4,000 of the most popular VHS titles into digital format, and selected NetDisc software from GTGI as the way to optimize online processing and delivery. JVISDA’s deployment of NetDisc integrates with a Rimage (http://www.rimage.com) automated DVD-R production system, providing on-demand order fulfillment that eliminates the need for product inventory levels, and prompt product delivery.

The new system resulted in JVISDA shipping 95 percent of products within two days of the original order. Mr. Rotell added that, “An order used to be touched by three or four people before it shipped, and now it touches one person. We’ve been able to significantly reduce our inventory audits. We’ve cut labor associated with the operation 100 percent, and we’re thrilled with the results. Implementation was painless, and now that the system is up and running, it’s a self-sustaining solution.” The setup, including Rimage systems, a server, and postal machine, requires less than 300 square-feet – replacing an entire facility formerly dedicated to this operation.

About Global Technologies Group, Inc.

Global Technologies Group, Inc. (GTGI) is a software development firm located in Northern Virginia. GTGI provides data dissemination and storage solutions using the Internet, CD-Recordable and DVD-Recordable technologies for government, commercial and OEM customers. More information on GTGI and its products is available at http://www.gtgi.com.

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