Northwoods Replaces Sneakernet with Resilient Streaming Platform
When the team came across the Resi Multisite Platform, powered by the patented Resilient Streaming Protocol (RSP), Lee knew that the system was exactly what Northwoods was looking for. The system, regarded by the industry as the first reliable site to multi-site solution for live streaming across the public internet, gave Northwoods the resiliency and streaming quality that they needed. When told that the system could withstand complete internet outages, Lee requested to see it in action. He mentions that when the network cord was pulled from the Multisite Decoder, “we’re watching the video and it’s still playing perfectly . . . and he plugs it back in and then we watched the buffer just continue to count on back up. I think I was kind of the ‘aha’ moment for me.”
Scott Cramer, Northwoods Multi-Site Director, explains that when the team turned to Resi, it was like “living off of 25 cent tacos for the last 5 years and you just drop a box of steaks in front us.” The church immediately began implementation in their campuses, training volunteers how to set cues and manage playback at remote campuses.
“The beauty of Resi is how easy it is,” Reece Johnson, Northwoods Media Producer notes. “We’ve noticed that the stress level of our weekend directors and our volunteers is close to none . . . they’ve gone from being super stressed, almost to the point of not wanting to serve and dreading the weekend, to excited about being here.” Along with reducing stress for volunteers, the Resi platform has helped the IT and Creative Arts Staff at Northwoods have successful weekly services without time-consuming drives to campuses or worrying about network interruptions. “We found the Resi product to be so resilient that there wasn’t a lot of dialing in the QoS and throttling that we had to do in order to make it successful, mentions Lee. “Once we got it set up it really was really pretty much set it and forget it for us.”
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