By Thomas R. Reich
Harry Lipkind is one of the most notable computer scientists alive today, but you probably never heard of him. Most of Mr. Lipkind’s accomplishments were behind the doors of the CIA, IMF, CDC, NCHS and in the area of Distributed Video. Other government alphabetical agencies during his long tenure developing and inventing for the US Government.
Today, the level of his genius can be seen here in the private sector, through his privately held company, Advance DataStor based in Mt. Dora Florida and deeply involved in the advancement of Distributed Video. The latest groundbreaking addition to his list of pronominal achievements is as system called the Digital Concierge 360.
The Digital Concierge 360 major advancement in Distributed Video is the ability to break through the 6 split video limitation on cable transmission and allow up to 48 and more separate channels to be discerned out of one cable feed, broadcast to 48 or more separate devices, each one a different feed. Additionally all 48 individual feeds can be optionally recorded individually and simultaneously, or selective channels can be recorded, all while also simultaneously broadcast to the individual devices for live reception! This defines distributed video at its cutting edge today.
At the recent CEDIA Convention in Denver, Colorado, Lipkind and his company Advanced DataStor unveiled and demonstrated the Digital Concierge 360 distributed video solution — live and in full operation. The 12-feed version was seen displaying 12 separate video screens while recording all 12 channels at the same time.
“Distributed Video was not as well understood as was Distributed Audio at this year’s CEDIA Convention” Inventor Harry Lipkind explained. “Distributed Audio allows wired and wireless speakers throughout a house, offering a choice of having all rooms playing the same music or having different music playing in different rooms. We now have the same capabilities for video with Advance DataStor’s Distributed Video Management System.”
Harry Lipkind explained further “We can take one cable source with multiple inputs and split it into as many as 48 screens at the same time, allowing each screen to watch and/or record a different broadcast simultaneously.” Harry added: “There was thought to be a generally accepted barrier of 6 channels of information before channel interference and degradation. Instead, my Advanced DataStor DC360 system with its patented pending software operating system fully alleviates this problem.”
“The system was not only designed, tested and proven before CEDIA, but we had it right there for attendees to see, operate and comment,” said Alan Shafer, president of Alliant Marketing Solutions. “This is truly a new solution to an age-old installation problem — virtually unlimited control of video and audio in way over 6 screens simultaneously. We showed it working live with 12 channels at CEDIA for all to see.”
Harry was on the PFIAB (Presidents Foreign Intel Advisory Board) during his tenure with the CIA, and was called upon as one of the country’s leading distributed intelligence experts. Harry also served as COTR (Contracting Officers Technical Representative) for many of the very projects that, in great part, became today’s internet and cable system.
Much of what happened during this period of Lipkind’s life remains unknown and unknowable, because of his Top Secret clearances that remain in effect today. “I won an award inside the CIA for a distributed data management system I developed to combine 4 systems into one, which saved 90% of the response time by reducing the overlapping data from the 4 stems”. Harry continued “This development added to the basis for all modern “Tree” information systems, beyond that I am not permitted to discuss the project, even though it was many years ago.”
As a contributor the AJN Group, Harry Lipkind was an advisor to Novell Products and helped developed the first privet innovations in his illustrious career. “Speedy systems can get trapped by a slow system; I developed a way to side step and re-approach the “reads” of multiple speed queries to streamline data search.”
Eric Schmidt, then Novell head, now of Google fame, took notice. “Harry’s ideas allowed the entire novel system to change for the better” Harry was brought in to “Brain Share” a Novel sponsored think tank to create what is now the common search engine. When Schmidt went to Google, Harry Lipkind’s Ideas went with him; the distributed theories put into use on a massive scale and proved once again, the genius of Harry Lipkind and his innovations.
Other innovations from Lipkind for Novell through AGN and brain share included a system that allowed servers to be moved intact rather than how it was done in the past. Before Lipkind’s innovations, when a Novell server had to be moved, it had to be destroyed and re-built. Lipkind’s answer was to move the existing server through a migration process, a method that is still used in part today, for large servers. “It saved immeasurable time, cost and labor, and the idea was relatively simple” Lipkind mused.
Novell and Eric Schmidt said the idea was impossible, but Harry Lipkind did what he had become famous for, made the impossible possible and in the process moved computer science forward a quantum leap. “My whole life I have looked for “it can’t be done and made it work”, Harry commented.
A lot is heard in the news today about the CDC, and its massive information gathering efforts. Harry Lipkind made a massive distributed video solution work for the CDC in the past. Another situation of “it can’t be done” and another situation of “making the impossible possible” for Harry and his team.
In short, with Harry Lipkind’s latest work he has developed a system for his firm Advanced Datastor that “makes the impossible possible”. Long thought to be “fantasy” the Digital Concierge 360 can do right now, today what many still say cannot be done.
“This does for distributed video what other systems have done for distributed audio, and it works right now, it is proven, viable and deliverable now” said Alan Shafer president of Alliant Marketing Solutions. “We showed it working at CEDIA last month; we can show it to you today, anywhere any time”.
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