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QuVIS and Rorke Data Team Up For NASA

QuVIS recorders integrated with Rorke Galaxy HDX storage - selected for Return to Flight program (February 23, 2006)

Rorke Data, a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc., the leading provider of hi fidelity high resolution motion imaging technology, announced today that a pairing of complementary solutions are now being used in conjunction with the U.S. Government's Return to Flight Program. QuVIS servers integrated with Rorke Datas Galaxy HDX series of High-speed Video Disk Arrays were selected from a broad field of competitors following extensive technology trials and imagery comparisons.

The selection came as a result of NASA's decision to upgrade the quality and transportability of imagery available for detection and assessment of any launch anomalies related to the space shuttle program. QuVIS servers were initially chosen for some of NASA's ?quick look and tracker applications. The QuVIS servers paired with Rorke Datas Galaxy storage arrays and high definition cameras were installed to shoot video of NASA spacecraft (including the Space Shuttle fleet) before, during and after the launches.

To find the solution that best addressed their demand for image quality, NASA evaluated a wide range of compressed and uncompressed systems before selecting the solutions from QuVIS and Rorke Data.

?Our main requirement was to maintain image integrity within a limited bandwidth environment," explained Rodney Grubbs, Chairman, NASA DTV Working Group. "Our image analysts found no significant difference between uncompressed files and files using wavelet compression with a QuVIS recorder.

?Rorke Data has been a partner for QuVIS for several years now, James Graham, VP of Sales and Marketing, QuVIS, Inc. added. ?Their latest Galaxy HDX was excellent in providing a cost-effective, scalable storage option with the bandwidth necessary to handle HD-quality video.

To adequately capture images of the shuttle during takeoff, special enclosures on the launch pad hold the HD cameras, and are then connected to the QuVIS servers. Additional tracking cameras located downrange from the launch are also linked to QuVIS servers to capture images of the vehicles in flight. The data from these servers is then electronically transferred from the field to image analysis centers in Alabama, Florida and Texas where the content is stored to Rorkes Galaxy HDX systems.

?The Galaxy HDX has been installed in thousands of high resolution, mission critical HD and video applications where low cost per gigabyte and high capacity are required, said Joe Rorke, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Rorke Data. ?Combined with the QuVIS servers, this turnkey solution provides clients like NASA with the high-performance and quality high definition video that the application demands.

Secure electronic transfer reduces the time necessary to provide this ?quick look imagery from the air and land-based servers to the image analysis labs. QuVIS utilizes ?Quality Priority Encoding, to guarantee image quality - allowing users to capture exactly what the camera provides, while storing it in a fraction of the space. The QuVIS/ Rorke Data solution is replacing NASAs older tape-based technology.

About QuVIS, Inc
QuVIS Inc., is the leading provider of hi fidelity high resolution motion imaging technology. The QuVIS line of servers, recorders and players provide guaranteed image quality using Quality Priority Encoding, (QPE). QuVIS also offers optional JPEG2000, MXF, secure encryption and key management for a complete end to end digital cinema solution. QuVIS offers servers for real-time mastering and recording of content for SD through 4K for production, post production, digital dailies, digital cinema exhibition, simulation and large screen displays. The ASIC version of QPE, embodied in the QuVIS Digital Mastering Codec (QDMC), offers new capabilities for the image storage, analysis and communication industries and is available for OEM and licensing applications.

For information contact QuVIS, Inc., 2921 Wanamaker Drive, Suite 107, Topeka, KS 66614, (785) 272-3656, or visit

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is an ISO 9000 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries. Rorke leverages certified expertise for Unix, Win and Mac platforms delivering high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed and content and rich media application environments. We back our products with comprehensive, global professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data, is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, San Jose, CA, and is composed of four divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical & Professional Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM).

For more information, contact: Rorke Data, Inc., 9700 West 76th Street, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; 800/328-8147 or 952/829-0300; fax: 952/829-0988; website:


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