Full Disclaimer: This article is not political and takes no stance on any political issue whatsoever. This is just the result of our research after wondering, “What does the AV technology look like inside the White House?”
It was my naive assumption that the White House would be fully decked out in the latest, most impressive AV tech.
The goal of this article was to compare the AV technology solutions that we provide and to brag about how our technology is ‘just as good as the White House.’ (One could only assume that the Nation’s Capital would be leveraging the most innovative and secure tech.)
Turns out, that assumption was wrong, and that comparison would severely downplay what we do here.
Understandably, it’s quite difficult to figure out exactly what kind of technology the White House uses.
Here’s what we do know:
- Email was introduced to the White House in 1992.
- It didn’t get much better after that.
That second bullet point has a little sarcasm built into it, but it’s not too far from the truth.
In 2015, the Obama administration took on a long-overdue technology upgrade project. The project would last for the remaining 2 years of Obama’s presidency.
Prior to the update, the White House was full of aged desktop computers, black-and-white printers that could only print one-sided, BlackBerries, and weak wireless internet, with what some former aides describe as “dial-up speeds”.
Check out that sweet monitor.
During this 2015-2016 upgrade, a team of technicians mapped miles of Ethernet cables and phone wires inside the walls and removed 13,000 pounds of cable that no longer served any purpose.
So, where are we now?
Here’s one photo that surfaced in early 2019 inside the Situation Room:
Here we see some sort of conference room AV technology.
Though, I wouldn’t exactly call it the latest and greatest.
It’s hard to tell exactly what it is – but it does seem to be running… Windows 10.
Here’s another popular image on the web that gives a little insight into the White House AV tech:
Here we see what is described by White House Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino Jr, as the President and others watching a Baghdadi Raid live.
Apparently, after removing 13,000 pounds of cables in years prior, there still remained plenty to go around.
But wires or no wires, live streaming a military raid some 6,000 miles away takes some pretty cool technology.
Of course, we don’t have the alternate angle of this view. And it’s authenticity remains very skeptical among many:
Again, no political opinions being made here.
But I do offer the opinion that the technology inside the White House remains outdated and is evolving at a slow pace.
I understand that they have other things to worry about than if the conference room screen can auto power-on just by simply walking in the room or if the video conferencing camera can automatically focus in on the speaker.
Fortunately, these are things that you and I can think about.
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