Annual Report 2010: TIMA

BAVC’s Technology, Innovation, and Media Arts department (TIMA) supports all of BAVC’s technical needs -- from video preservation to our Oakland-based youth record label. TIMA was off to a running start in January of 2010 with the transition of San Francisco Public Access operations from its former Market Street location to BAVC’s main facility on Mariposa Street. The move of an entire television station without interruption of signal for Public Access channels 29 and 76 was no small feat. In tandem with the move TIMA conducted renovations of our Mariposa location. The renovations improved our facilities for BAVC staff and community alike, and also added a main television studio, adjoining control room, a live studio and two edit suites to accommodate SF Commons programming and producers. BAVC added fiber links to its existing fiber infrastructure up-linking the main facility to Sutro Tower, AT&T, and Astound Cable. We also maximized our fiber connectivity by installing new streaming servers in preparation for live streaming broadcasts from in-house and remote locations in 2011. TIMA also expanded BAVC’s internal data store by roughly 54 terabytes to better accommodate our video preservation work flow. In order to continue to improve services to our youth and adult students we upgraded one our labs as well as continued to provide the resources on which to train our students on the most current and cutting edge technologies. We made great strides in improving our internal infrastructure for staff by transitioning to a VoIP phone system and Google Apps. Both of these efforts have streamlined internal processes and improved efficiency by creating solutions that allow for better collaboration among staff. Google Apps integrates elegantly with Salesforce, BAVC’s chosen cloud-based Customer Relationship Management program, providing our staff with the best management solutions in cloud computing.