Local Contract

Nortel Unit to Support Federal Digital Courtrooms

By Roseanne Gerin
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 6, 2006

Nortel Government Solutions Inc. won a four-year, $7.7 million contract from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate and maintain the commission's digital courtroom systems. Nortel and its teammates built the systems under another contract earlier this year.

The two digital courtrooms, located in Las Vegas and Rockville, will help the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel deliberate on cases involving nuclear regulatory licenses. The massive amount of complicated data involved in deciding these cases is made more manageable by the digital systems, which electronically capture and display evidence and prepare digital and audio transcripts.

The digital courtrooms will handle routine cases as well as complicated ones such as the hearing involving the controversial nuclear reactor waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

The Fairfax-based company also will furnish support for the agency's hearings, application development and testing.

Nortel's teammates MediaEdge, Levare Inc. and ExhibitOne Corp. will provide hardware, software and integration services. MediaEdge will provide multimedia technologies. Levare is a software company specializing in court calendar and scheduling software. ExhibitOne provides audiovisual technologies.

The Yucca Mountain hearing, involving the proposed site of most of the United States' radioactive waste, could be one of the largest administrative court cases in U.S. history, according to Nortel. The digital courtroom system will store and provide electronic access to millions of pages of evidence and thousands of hours of testimony. The hearing, mandated by Congress, is expected to last three to four years.

"These showcase systems integrate everything into one multimedia system with real-time access to information for all participants," said Chuck Saffell, chief executive of Nortel Government Solutions, in a statement.

Nortel Government Solutions is a unit of Nortel Networks Corp. of Ontario, Canada.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For information on this and other contracts, go tohttp://www.washingtontechnology.com.

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