NTIA Press Releases
For Immediate Release
November 14, 2002
Contact: Clyde Ensslin or
Ranjit de Silva, 202-482-7002

BUSH ADMINISTRATION PAVES WAY FOR NEXT GENERATION OF DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEMS

Commerce Department unveils new technology to measure video picture quality

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced the development of new and innovative techniques to measure the quality of digital video pictures that will significantly enhance the competitiveness of U.S. companies and lead to higher quality products for consumers.

The new measurement tools will enable companies and public entities to determine, through objective technical means, the quality of digital video pictures on computers, TV monitors and hand held devices. Improvements in digital video systems enable the creation of new telecommunication services essential to the U.S. economy such as direct broadcast satellites, digital and high definition television, video teleconferencing, telemedicine and e-commerce.

"Making these new tools available online facilitates public access to the software and provides NTIA with a means of receiving valuable feedback," said NTIA Administrator Nancy J. Victory. "Use of this software will help companies develop and produce improved video systems, and also will help government and other public entities procure quality video products," said Victory.

The new measurement software, known as "reduced-reference" video quality measurement tools, has received two U.S. patents and has been adopted as a telecommunications standard by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). The software is available to the public through an online evaluation license agreement under which users receive the software in exchange for agreeing to evaluate it.

The new license agreement provides an innovative way of transferring cutting edge technology developed by NTIA to private industry and public entities involved in video research. The agreement will build on NTIA's existing online service, which provides government agencies and private industry with the latest tools in telecommunications. NTIA has already received a number of requests for access to the software.

The software is available at http://www.its.bldrdoc.gov/n3/video/vqmsoftware.htm.

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