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University Business School Enrolls Multi-Image Display Technology

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the largest university in Virginia, recently completed a quarter-billion-dollar campus addition, the largest construction project in VCU history. A major element of this expansion was the addition of a new building for the VCU School of Business.

The new facility features a novel stock exchange trading center. The Whitlock Group, a systems integrator based in Richmond, Virginia, was hired by VCU to equip the new trading center with the latest audio visual technology. Tom Jenkins, Account Manager for The Whitlock Group explained, "The objective was to design a stock trading display system that presents multiple live images that are correlated, side-by-side on a single screen. We also needed a solution that had the flexibility to support high resolution computer imagery as well as video. Because the image content was predominantly composed of financial data in fine detail, image clarity was a key concern. Following rigorous evaluation, we selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView™ 2+2 multi-image display processor. The QuadView processors are the best-in-class, delivering outstanding sharpness and image processing performance at a cost-effective price."

The VCU Business School's stock trading center is designed to realistically mimic actual exchanges so students get the experience of real stock traders. The center is equipped with nine QuadView 2+2 processors. The processors receive inputs from multiple computers, comprised of live data feeds from all the major stock exchanges, as well as Excel spreadsheets, internet pages, and PowerPoint presentations. The QuadView processor provides the added versatility to display video from DVD players along with internet and television broadcasts from CNBC, CNN, Moneyline, local news stations, and other national financial broadcasts. The processors consolidate the input feeds and output the source images either full screen or in side-by-side windows to a ceiling-mounted Christie DS+5K front projection display system and multiple large-screen LCD displays.

Instructors use a touchscreen control panel to switch sources, choose pre-set display arrangements, and manipulate the individual display windows. Display windows can be any size, anywhere on screen and images can also be panned and zoomed to focus students on an area of particular interest.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research. VCU enrolls nearly 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. For more information, visit www.vcu.edu or www.business.vcu.edu.

The Whitlock Group is a systems integration firm focused on the design, procurement, engineering, installation and service of audiovisual, videoconferencing, video-streaming, digital signage, video-production and broadcast solutions. As a systems integration firm, The Whitlock Group delivers complete solutions that seamlessly integrate the audio, video, display and system controls to create unique and compelling multimedia solutions. For more information, call (800) 726-9843 or visitwww.whitlock.com

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and SuperWall™, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.