Town of Lamoine

"I think it's one of the effective ways to [inform people]. Certainly if people are scrolling through the channels and see that message, it would get their attention."

–Stu Marckoon (Administrative Assistant to the
Board of Selectmen)

Lamoine, ME—When the Town of Lamoine purchased the NEXUS® digital video server from LEIGHTRONIX, they were mainly looking for a solution to automate video playback. However, the town also gained a more efficient and effective way to communicate with citizens in the server's emergency messaging feature.

Emergency Messaging

In late October, the Town of Lamoine experienced a police emergency that shut down a major road that ran through the center of the town. For the safety and convenience of the town's citizens, the administrative assistant to the board of selectmen, Stu Marckoon wanted to be sure he got the message out. Lamoine used social media, the town's website, and the emergency messaging feature of the NEXUS.

CGOV Logo"I think it's one of the effective ways to [inform people]. Certainly if people are scrolling through the channels and see that message, it would get their attention," Marckoon said.

Once an emergency message is added, it can be displayed over the lower third of any MPEG programming without interrupting the scheduling or can take precedence over any scheduling. Users specify how long the message will display with a few button clicks and then choose an option based on the urgency of the message that determines which channels will show the message and whether or not scheduled programming will be interrupted.

"The emergency messaging feature was easy on WebNEXUS™. We had a police incident in town that cut off a major road that runs through town, so we put that announcement up when the police incident was underway and removed it when the road had reopened again," Marckoon said. "It's pretty easy."

The emergency messaging system has been used multiple times in Lamoine, mostly for severe weather. Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the town has had to warn its residents of hurricanes, high winds, and most frequently, high fire dangers.

Stu Marckoon

"We put that announcement up when the police incident was underway and removed it when the road had reopened again. . . It's pretty easy." –Stu Marckoon

Efficient Workflow

While the emergency messaging feature has proven to be extremely useful to the town, the NEXUS server's day to day functionality has been the biggest asset of the new system.

Prior to owning the NEXUS video server, the town had to manually load and queue DVD and VHS players.

"[Using the NEXUS] definitely beat hitting the start button on a DVD player every time we wanted to replay a program," Marckoon said. "It's certainly far more convenient to be able to schedule your programs and have it switch live instead of having to have somebody manning the system the entire time."

The town's programming consists of live meetings that are recorded for later playback, content from other sources like the local hospital and the state government, and slides. With the NEXUS video server, all of the scheduling can be handled days in advance instead of in real time.

"Generally I'll set up the scheduling a few days out. I schedule the shows that go on live and schedule it to record them at the same time and life is good," Marckoon said. "Then the morning after a meeting, I'll come in and edit the start and end points of the meeting and schedule it for playback."

For Marckoon, this new workflow has been a huge asset that has given his town greater functionality and flexibility for communicating with local citizens.

"It's certainly given us a lot more flexibility than we used to have," Marckoon "It works for what we need and I like the system."

The Problem

After manually loading DVD and VHS players for playback on the town's channel, Lamoine was looking for an automated system to handle scheduling and playback.

The Solution

NEXUS

How It Works

The original station-in-a-box, the NEXUS provides automated playback. It combines digital video technology, DVD/VCR control, video/audio switching/routing, and digital video and emergency messaging.

Emergency messages consist of an included or custom background graphic and/or a series of two-line, lower third text messages.

In Their Words

"We put that announcement up when the police incident was underway and removed it when the road had reopened again... It's pretty easy."

–Stu Marckoon
Lamoine Administrative Assistant to the Board of Selectmen,
Town of Lamoine

End Result

"It's certainly given us a lot more flexibility than we used to have."

–Stu Marckoon
Lamoine Administrative Assistant to the Board of Selectmen,
Town of Lamoine

At a Glance

  • Name: Town of Lamoine
  • Location: Lamoine is located on the coast of Maine, just off of Frenchman Bay in Hancock County.
  • Population: Lamoine had a greater population in 1870 (nearly 600) than in 1970 (nearly 500). Today Lamoine is home to over 1,600 residents.
  • Shoreline: Lamoine consists of 20 square miles of land but has over 28 miles of shoreline.

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