Control Room

May 9, 2011

A Broad Range of RGB Spectrum Equipment Supports San Francisco Wastewater Enterprise Security Operations

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is responsible for water, wastewater, and municipal power services to San Francisco. Under the auspices of the commission, the SF Wastewater Enterprise processes 85 million gallons of sewage a day during dry weather and over 500 million gallons on rainy days through 1000 miles of pipe and 8,500 control and monitoring loops. Two treatment plants operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Methane captured during the processing of sewage is used to generate 30% of the total energy used by the treatment plants.

As part of one of the largest municipal water system improvement programs in the nation, the Wastewater Enterprise chose RGB Spectrum video technology for its security operations center. Sourced by surveillance cameras, satellite news feeds, and computers that line the walls of the center, a Linx 3300 CrossXFormat switcher distributes video and graphics to a MediaWall 4500 display processor which feeds the 3x4 wall of NEC monitors. A SuperView 5000 multi-viewer receives the twelve outputs from the MediaWall combining them into a single signal sent to a DGy 201HD for recording and a DSx IP video and graphics H.264 codec for transmission over the internet to remote locations.

From the command center, users can view, manage and record events throughout the San Francisco sewer system. During emergencies, staff from all departments convenes around the conference table to monitor the wastewater system and coordinate operations. At other times, the installation is used for meetings and preparedness drills.

All RGB Spectrum equipment can be controlled over Ethernet through the graphical user interface Web Control Panel of each device or over serial connection (RS-232), allowing operation of the entire system from a single PC or controller. In this installation, ease of use is attained through control of all of the equipment by an AMX Touch Panel.

Visitors to the facility can learn about wastewater collection and treatment through a 2x2 lobby display driven by a MediaWall 2000. Instructional videos and CCTV provide input to up to twelve windows on the wall.

"The integration of multiple RGB Spectrum components with the AMX controller yielded seamless interoperability. Great image quality is maintained throughout changes of source format, resolution, configuration and size," reported Chris Tarrice, project integrator with VMI in Sunnyvale, California. "RGB support from the design phase through post- installation is exceptional," he continued.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint™ KvM control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at www.rgb.com.

Oct 31, 2007

Air National Guard Deploys Advanced Multi-Image Display Technology for Aircraft Training Simulators

To maintain air warfighting superiority, the U.S. Air Force's Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Reserves) fleet of aircraft are constantly upgraded with state-of-the-art weapons, radar, and navigational technology. Continuous innovation in the science and technology of combat flying training is essential to keep pilots up with these capabilities. To this end, the U.S. Air Force has embarked on revolutionizing training research and operational initiatives that offer realistic training environments to augment combat training and rehearsal.

The USAF has implemented the Distributed Mission Operating Training Research (DMOTR) program to research, design, and test the latest simulation technologies and learning methods and strategies. The DMOTR program is run by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Warfighter Readiness Research Division in Mesa, Arizona with a multidisciplinary team of government and private contractors. Its mission is to research, demonstrate, and transition leading-edge human performance methods and technologies that provide the Warfighter the necessary knowledge and skills to dominate the decision environment.

According to researchers and engineers at the AFRL, "The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the predominant fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force (Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Reserves). Given this and the multirole capability for this airplane, one of our largest science and technology testbeds is based on the latest configuration and missions for the F-16 aircraft. One of the research program goals is to design and test a realistic strategies and learning methods that would provide combat pilots with more effective tactical training. The distributed mission training research testbed includes four cockpits with a high-fidelity 360 ° field of view which faithfully mimics the actual aircraft. We are also exploring less-than-full-fidelity environments and evaluating how much of what kinds of fidelity are required to train specific combat tasks. We have four of these cockpits as well and they enable us to manipulate the cockpit, tactical, and visual environments to evaluate alternatives and to quantify what those alternatives do to impact training and mission success."

"A key to successful research and application is how we visualize the fight during the research and on post mission debriefings", they further stated. "The actual mission simulations and debriefings are controlled and monitored in the Mission Control room. The challenge designing the displays system for the control room was that we had to accommodate a large number of visual data sources of varying types and centralize them on large screens for real-time viewing. To perform this task, we selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView multi-image display processor. The QuadView processor was the ideal solution for displaying the extensive image content we required."

The QuadView processors support up to 16 switched input sources. The processors are fed an array of high resolution computer imagery, including cockpit instrumentation data displays, navigation, threat assessment, target acquisition, weapons control, and battle damage assessment data, and communication and network IT information between fighter aircraft. The processors consolidate the image sources, up to four per screen, and output them to Barco rear screen projections. Operators can switch image sources, resize, and reposition each image, overlap images, and zoom and pan within each image to focus on a particular area of interest.

Additional feedback from the AFRL is "The QuadView performs admirably. The image quality is excellent, with crisp, readable imagery, down to the finest detail. The QuadView technology makes it finally possible to present intricate data to control center personnel and pilots during debriefings. It is a key component that allows us to provide improved training methodologies."

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Warfighters Readiness Division is located in Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to research, demonstrate, and transition leading-edge human performance methods and technologies that provide the Warfighter the necessary knowledge and skills to dominate the decision environment. For more information, visit www.mesa.afmc.af.mil.

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 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.

Jan 31, 2005

AOL/Time Warner Center Enhances Security Monitoring with SuperView Technology

The AOL/Time Warner Center in New York City is a landmark building. The 750 feet, twin-towered multi-use complex, also named Columbus Center houses the AOL Time Warner World Headquarters, a luxury hotel spaces for retail, entertainment, restaurants and offices, luxury apartments, as well as CNN live broadcast production studios, and a concert hall. Throughout the entire center, there are closed circuit televisions and cameras tied into the control room.

The AOL/Time Warner security control center is state-of-the art facility, built in line with a trend to more sophisticated systems in an age where there is an increased awareness of security issues. The facility is designed to be a "safe area" to protect and monitor sensitive security monitoring equipment during a disaster or security related incident.

ETC, the project integrator, chose the SuperView® 3000 processor for its real time multi display functionality. Its high quality video processing made it ideal. Additionally, the ability to easily save settings and window positions as "presets" met initial functional requirements.

The security room is set up so that the 250 cameras placed throughout the center plus CCTV signals are sent to a Panasonic 850 Switcher. From there the signals are switched into SuperView-12 processors, each capable of displaying up to twelve signals simultaneously on six wall mounted 50" plasma screens. The SuperView processors are controlled by a workstation created by ETC specifically for the center. At any given time, up to 72 images can be displayed. The SuperViews' presets allow the controller to display at the push of a button anywhere from one to twelve signals in a variety of window arrangements on any of the six screens.

Frank Lloyd of ETC said of the SuperView: "The response has been impressive. The quality of the video has been exceptional, and it met their expectations." He added that the SuperView, "was a very user friendly product."

The SuperView multi-input display processor accepts up to twelve real-time inputs and displays the combined output on a single high-resolution monitor or projector. The window inputs can be NTSC or PAL, composite or S-video, and high-resolution analog RGB with up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. Each window can be independently positioned, scaled to full screen, overlaid with computer graphics or overlapped with other windows. Additionally, the user can pan and zoom within each video image.

Time Warner Inc. is a leading global media and entertainment company with best-in-class businesses in filmed entertainment, interactive services, television networks, cable systems and publishing. They can be reached on the Internet at http://www.timewarner.com/corp/.

ETC is a non-proprietary provider of access control, security, CCTV, fire/life safety, and communication systems. They can be reached on the Internet at http://www.etc-us.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.

Mar 30, 2015

Applications of 4K UHD Technology in Control Room Design

Original photo courtesy of Viappy / Shutterstock

4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution offers considerable value in control room environments. Delivering 3840x2160 (8.3 million) pixels per display, it significantly enhances an operator’s ability to monitor finely detailed imagery. However, the limitations imposed by human vision raise some interesting questions about 4K deployment. What applications can benefit most from this higher pixel density and, by extension, in which situations is the incorporation of 4K UHD processing technology most effective?

Viewing Distance vs. Resolution

Human vision is confined to a narrow spectrum of wavelengths and resolutions. The eye is capable of resolving various densities and sizes of pixels, but this ability is greatly affected by the distance between the operator and display, the “viewing distance.”

Display devices are available in a wide range of sizes. The smaller the screen or monitor, the more densely packed its pixels will be, and the closer you would need to be to discern a visible difference between lower and higher resolutions.

The display size and the typical viewing distance are two critical criteria that help determine the situations in which 4K UHD resolution adds value to an application. The following chart compares screen size and pixel density and illustrates the ideal viewing distances for each combination:

This excellent chart was produced by Carlton Bale. Please read his full article on this topic.

As the chart shows, if you are viewing 4K signals on a small screen of ~50 inches, your ideal viewing distance is no more than about five feet. If you are farther away than this, imagery on a 4K display will effectively appear identical to that on an HD display. With 4K imagery on a larger screen, e.g. 105 inches, the ideal viewing distance increases to 12-15 feet. In contrast, the ideal viewing distance for a ~50 inch 1080p HD display is approximately 12-15 feet, and 15-20 feet for a 105 inch 1080p display.

Bezels and Video Walls

When constructing a multi-monitor video wall, another consideration is the total amount of continuous display space between monitor bezels. Bezels provide a rigid support structure for the panels (“glass”) in a display. However, on a video wall, bezels also break up the continuous appearance of images that may be scaled over multiple monitors. With a 4K UHD video wall, you can use larger format display devices, reducing the total number of bezels on the wall. If continuous imagery is important to your application, then 4K UHD resolution monitors offer this added benefit.

4K UHD Video Wall Placement

If you need to construct a video wall with the fewest bezels possible and your wall will likely be viewed from a maximum distance of 10-15 feet, then a very large format 4K UHD display (84”-104”) may be the best fit for your installation. In contrast, if you want to use smaller monitors, and/or plan to view the wall from farther away, then 1080p displays may be a more cost-effective choice for your application.

Most control room applications typically involve work stations located a specific distance from a central video wall, so the viewing distance/display size guidelines can help you choose what kind of a wall is most appropriate for your system. RGB Spectrum’s new MediaWall V display processor can configure a range of resolutions for display on either 4K UHD or 1080p HD video walls.

Notable Exceptions

Some video wall applications are apparent exceptions to the guidelines above because they often require close-up inspection of ultra high resolution imagery. These include:

  • Medical imaging
  • Simulation modeling such as oil & gas exploration
  • Manufacturing inspection systems
  • Aerial reconnaissance
  • Megapixel surveillance

In these cases, users needing more visibility are likely to walk right up to a video wall, shortening their viewing distance of imagery so much that it makes sense to choose the highest resolution displays. 4K UHD processing equipment and video wall monitors are a logical choice in applications like these where minute details matter and video wall imagery may be subjected to close-up inspection.

Don’t Forget About Inputs

If you choose to build a video wall out of 2K HD displays, does a 4K UHD processor still have value? Absolutely. Typically, a variety of input signals will feed into a processor for display on a video wall, and these images may be spread out across multiple monitors. The pixel density of the input will determine how large it can be expanded on a video wall without negatively impacting clarity.

For example, a 2K HD (1920x1200), 24-monitor video wall array offers a total of 55 million pixels, enough real estate to display seven 4K input signals at full resolution. However, the lower pixel density of the monitors means that those 4K UHD signals can be spread out across more video wall monitors (expanded to a larger size) while still maintaining image quality. This use case is particularly relevant for installations with very large walls that require the display of finely detailed imagery such as multi-megapixel surveillance, satellite telemetry, industrial control applications, and geospatial modeling.

With 4K UHD inputs you have the pixel density required to configure large windows on a large wall, regardless of whether that wall is built with 2K HD or 4K UHD displays.

Put a Wall On Your Desk

A 4K workstation monitor packs 8.3 million pixels into a desktop size display. What are the applications of this deployment of 4K technology?

Video wall imagery is typically composed of windows containing graphics or video content provided by a source system like a computer or set top box. Today, most source systems output 1080p video that would entirely cover one 1080p monitor if displayed unscaled.

However, if you have 4K UHD monitors and use an RGB Spectrum MediaWall V processor, you could display four full-resolution (unscaled) 1080p input windows on a single 4K UHD monitor. To take this further, you could divide each 1080p window into three D1 sub-windows, up to 24 CIF sub-windows, or 81 QCIF sub-windows. Thus, a single 4K UHD monitor could be used to display up to 324 QCIF images at full, unscaled resolution.

If you create a user workstation with three 4K UHD displays, then an operator could monitor 972 full resolution QCIF cameras feeds. That is a lot of data, and it could all be displayed on a single user workstation using the MediaWall V processor.

In fact, one MediaWall V processor could drive up to four such multi-monitor workstations. In this scenario, one large 4K wall would effectively be broken up into four smaller “desktop walls”, which would offer operators all of the benefits of 4K resolution. For added functionality, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS, a powerful control room system that allows operators to share keyboard and mouse control over system resources. The result is a customizable workstation-based control room solution with incredibly powerful UHD video display capabilities.

Who Needs a Desktop Wall?

A 4K desktop wall is appropriate for anyone who needs to track real time video/graphic information from a multitude of sources: e.g. traffic management centers, casinos, municipal emergency operations centers, central station surveillance companies, and more. The pixel density provided by a 4K desktop wall results in unsurpassed image clarity, no matter how closely an operator views the monitors.

Conclusion

With RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor for 4K UHD/2K 1080p video and graphics, you can support a variety of control room configurations: large 4K video walls, large 2K video walls, 4K “desktop walls”, 2K “desktop walls”, or a combination of video walls and “desktop walls”. The MediaWall V processor configures 4K UHD, 2K HD, and standard lower resolutions inputs to delivers superb image quality on large or small video walls.

Aug 9, 2008

Army Mobile Weapons System Deployed with Advanced Visualization Technology

The U.S. Navy's highly successful and effective Phalanx Close-In Weapons system has now been adapted by Raytheon for land-based Army mobile deployment. The new version is named the Centurion Land-Based Phalanx system (LPWS).

Over the course of the U.S. military's presence in Iraq, the characteristics of warfare have evolved with an increased threat from urban attacks. Most significant is the danger of an enemy quickly setting up a mortar tube, firing a handful of rounds and disappearing into the urban environment. Centurion was first deployed in Iraq in mid-2005. It represents a new approach to countering insurgent activities by intercepting rockets, artillery and mortar rounds in the air before impact, reducing or eliminating damage.

The Centurion system constantly monitors for incoming projectiles with an advanced search and track Ku-band radar featuring closed-loop spotting technology. The system identifies incoming threats, targets them, and fires explosive 20mm shells at a rate of up to 75 per second. Centurion systems in Iraq have successfully proved their ability to provide land-based protection, eliminating nearly eighty percent of the rockets and mortar shells fired within range of its cannon, an area up to four kilometers wide. In addition, Centurion is part of a protection and alert system that provides an audible warning that an attack is underway, thereby allowing people to quickly react and protect themselves.

To ensure high efficiency threat detection and reliable quick-response capability, Raytheon developed sophisticated operator consoles, called Local Control Stations, as part of the Centurion system. These utilize RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art RGB/View™ 8000 multi-image display processors.

The compact RGB/View™ 8000 multiple window display processor is ideally suited for the console's limited space. It combines high resolution computer and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) video inputs in real-time. The FLIR provides multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking. The computer presents graphical information, including a range table, target-acquisition imagery, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information. The RGB/View processor combines the two signals. The console's display windows can be resized, repositioned, zoomed, and panned as desired by the operator.

The RGB/View 8000 offers a unique benefit to the Centurion system with its ability to produce progressive scan video from the FLIR video camera with superb image quality. Advanced de-interlacing technique provides excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The processor gives console operators the ability to superimpose critical computer data over the thermal images.

According to Raytheon representatives, the Centurion LPWS provides high-value asset protection with immediate situational awareness, real-time targeting, precision threat elimination and kill assessment. The deployment of the Centurion and its ability to defeat rocket, artillery and mortar threats changes the face of security operations in urban settings.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, MA, Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

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 Linx® DVI Matrix Switcher, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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

Jan 23, 2012

Baton Rouge Executives Keep Watch on City with Help of RGB Spectrum Switchers

 Responsible for a population of 230,000 within a metro area of 800,000, Baton Rouge's municipal executives deal with a wide range of potential or actual crises, from floods and tornadoes to civil disturbances.

To enhance situational awareness, an Executive Over Watch Conference Room was added in City Hall. Separate from the region's primary Emergency Operations Center, the executive center provides views tailored to the needs of the mayor, city council and key staff personnel. Originally equipped with a single projector, this recent upgrade includes multiple displays with selectable sources, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the facility.

An RGB Spectrum Linx® 800 DVI Matrix Switcher routes video from various sources to three high-definition flat-panel displays, allowing staff to monitor developments and manage the emergency responses.

"Image quality is great and it's been problem-free since install," Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Eddie Watkins said. "It allows us to do what we need to do: switch easily through the necessary video feeds."

Recommended and installed by Metairie-based area integrator Summit Integration Systems (formerly Creative Presentations), the system allows users to view available sources at the press of a button on a touch-screen controller. Sources include a video teleconference codec, a city map in grid style, news feeds from local, national and global broadcasters, a status board, and a geographic information system. With the Linx's ability to pass HDCP-compliant signals, any news feed via satellite or cable can be routed to one of the Sharp 1080p displays and viewed in high definition.

The system complements another emergency control room in East Baton Rouge driven by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4500, which presents video and graphics sources on a 3x4 array of plasma panels. This facility is run by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP), the coordinating agency for emergency and disaster activities for the region, pulling together governmental, law enforcement, medical, utility and other agencies. MOHSEP develops programs and emergency operation capabilities.

Fortunately, the system so far has only been used for an actual situation only once -- the recent flooding of the Mississippi River. But whether used for practice drills or the real thing, all have been pleased with its dependability, performance and ease of use.

For more info: http://brgov.com http://www.creativepresentations.com/company-profile.html

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jun 1, 2010

Bucharest Police Center

District 2 is one of six Bucharest Districts and is an important center of industrial, commercial and cultural activities. In 2009, the Local Council decided to improve the abilities of local police to prevent crime, increase public safety and improve police response time by building a surveillance system covering the most important areas of the District.

A critical function of the system is data and information delivery to the other National Security System departments (e.g. Gendarmerie, National Police, Fire Police, Protective Services and 911 response for the city's population). The system is also directly interconnected with the Traffic Police Monitoring System. The RGB Spectrum local distributor and integration partner, EES srl, developed the system, consisting of 90 video cameras installed in 31 "hot points" in the area, connected to the control room by a fiber optic communication system. Datek, a local communication company, installed the system which began operations in January, 2010.

The core of the system is a state-of-the-art control room where three video walls, each consisting of four 47" LCD panels display, display video and graphic content. Because the control room shows a large range of visual sources, the display processors need to handle every known computer and video format in use. RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2000 was chosen for its ability to accept and lock to the broad range of digital and analog sources being presented. Due to the excellent image quality and processing, the system experiences no video interruption or loss of frames; the MediaWall processors display every frame of graphic and video information. Furthermore, the system is scalable for the future because the number and resolution of sources being presented does not affect real time performance.

According to Aurel Dobrila, District 2 Local Police Director, "The new system has improved our situational awareness and provides us with the ability to respond to incidents in an informed manner. The efficiency of our response to all situations has increased by more than 35% related to the same period of 2009. We are very satisfied with the global result of this installation."

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Sep 6, 2005

Chicago's Emergency Operations Center Deploys the Latest Digital Recording Technology

The City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) protects life and property by coordinating and managing all of Chicago's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs. OEMC's Operations Center (JOC) provides 911 communications and conducts continuous 24/7 citywide monitoring, tracking activity, events, and the location of vital assets in use. The Center handles communication and coordination of police, fire, emergency medical services and city, state, and federal command personnel.

Sam Tomlinson, Senior Project Manager for Electrosonic, explained, "The Operations Center maintains constant vigilance and provides unified interdepartmental coordination. One of the primary objectives of the new technology implementation was to establish an information network and command center where city agencies, the state, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and other federal officials can coordinate a united response to emergencies, terrorist attacks or other disasters. The mission critical JOC is designed to integrate real time monitoring from video surveillance with a variety of other media to provide a comprehensive situational awareness picture to command personnel."

"The JOC is contains a multi-image video wall comprised of a 2 x 8 display array of sixteen 50-inch rear screen cubes. One of the requirements was to digitally record all of these images for coordinating responses, after action review, training, forensic analysis, and to serve as a system backup. The key criteria was to achieve the highest quality, faithful reproduction of the original images. After extensive research, Electrosonic selected RGB Spectrum's DGy™ high resolution digital recording system and QuadView® multi-window display processor to replicate and record the entire video wall display."

Tomlinson continued, "We use four QuadView processors to reassemble the images displayed on the video wall. Each QuadView receives four DVI sources from a distribution amplifier which are combined into a quad display. The QuadView then feeds this combined output at 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution to four DGy recording systems. The DGy systems record these images at 30 frames per second in real time while preserving the fidelity of the original imagery. The DGy records in a 16 hour recording cycle, then automatically loops the recording. On demand, the DGy units can feed the recorded images back to the JOC's video wall, pre-configured to replay on the wall in the same size and location as when they were originally displayed. The DGy and QuadView units are operating continuously 24/7."

The video wall imagery includes surveillance feeds from over several hundred networked cameras emplaced throughout the city, local, national, and international cable TV broadcasts, digital uplink to the National Weather Service satellite imagery and Doppler radar, FAA O'Hare Airport flight information, PowerPoint presentations, maps, police communication networks, and agency personnel, equipment, and resource tracking data.

Tomlinson remarked, "the DGy delivers a perfect reproduction of the JOC video wall. It is the best digital recording product on the market. Its reproduction is superb. You cannot tell the difference between the original image and the recorded image. The RGB Spectrum products were the ideal solution to perform reliably in this mission critical environment."

Electrosonic is a global audio-visual company, providing turnkey solutions of large screen image processing for corporate communications, command and control rooms, museums, retail display, theme parks and exhibitions. Electrosonic is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota. For more information, call 952-931-7500 or visit www.electrosonic.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 www.rgb.com.

Jan 21, 2011

City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center Chooses MediaWall 4200

When the City of Los Angeles faced the challenge of implementing systems for a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), it turned to Spectrum Integrated Technology Consulting Group. Spectrum developed the overall Vision, provided the specialized audio-visual systems design and integration skills that did not exist within the City's own departments, and articulated the vital features and specifications for the solution.

The EOC facility is housed in an earthquake resistant, base-isolated building.

Facilities are shared by three stakeholders: the Emergency Management Department (EMD), the Los Angeles Police Department's Real Time Analysis and Critical Response (RACR) Division, and the Los Angeles Fire Department Operations Control Dispatch (OCD) and Department Operations Center (DOC).

In designing the EMD Main Coordination Room (MCR), Spectrum ITC Group chose the MediaWall 4200 Display Processor, based upon its proven track record in Military Command and Control and Emergency Control Centers. The MediaWall is an easy-to-use, flexible, high-performance, real-time display processor with dual-redundant power supplies.

"The design of the wall with the MW4200 allows the Emergency Management Department to meet their goal of sharing critical news and information with all EOC staff responding to major events" said John Bilar Jr., CTS, Vice President of Technology at Spectrum ITC Group. "To assure the images are deliverable to the screens in the event of primary matrix system failure, the MW 4200 is utilized both in a primary full-wall mode, and in a bypass mode for fallback capability" said Bilar.

The 20' wide display wall utilizes four high-resolution TITAN projectors from Digital Projection Systems. The rear-projection arrangement is mounted in a customized seismic-rated structure provided by RP Visuals of Santa Ana, CA. Distribution and display of data is all digital, making the EOC one of the largest and most AV-capable facilities in the world.

About SPECTRUM ITC Group:

SPECTRUM Integrated Technology Consulting Group is located in Oceanside and Los Angeles, California. Spectrum specializes in Audio Visual Systems Design, Engineering, Integration and Project Oversight/Technical Management as an end-user advocate. As a former AV Design/Build Contractor for top Aerospace, Defense and Corporate clients, Spectrum merges strong practical field experience with skillful application of technology, allowing its clients to view critical data, decide on a path of action, and execute their plans in support of their mission. Major projects have included Classified Command Centers, Corporate Flagship Buildings, Videoconferencing, Customized Presentation & Meeting Facilities, and Touch Panel Control Systems. For more information, please contact John Bilar, CTS jbilar@spectrumitc.net or visit www.spectrumitc.net.

Photo Credits:

[1] "Images provided courtesy Spectrum ITC Group". [2] "Radiation Plume Simulation image from Operation Golden Phoenix used with permission by NPS Center for Asymmetric Warfare."

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

May 9, 2011

Control Room Commissioning Assistance Program Announced by RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce a commissioning assistance program to support our worldwide network of control room dealers/integrators. This new program will provide the opportunity to contract with RGB Spectrum to provide on-site commissioning assistance of new control room installations.

RGB Spectrum's lineup of MediaWall processors, Linx switchers and MultiPoint KvM software has become an integral part of the design of major control rooms worldwide. The merger of analog, digital and IP data streams in the modern control room is creating the need for more sophistication and expertise on the part of the integrators installation team. To provide additional resources for its family of dealers/integrators, RGB Spectrum has introduced this new commissioning assistance service for on-site visits.

  • Fine tuning of each of the displays and other devices connected to RGB Spectrum video processors and switchers, to assure optimum performance and the highest quality imagery.
  • Assisting the installation team with resolving any issue that may be associated with RGB Spectrum products.
  • Working any punch list associated with the set-up of RGB Spectrum products.

To help provide this new service, the company has expanded its Application Engineering Team under the direction of William Little , Manager of Technical Services , with a new office on the East Coast to complement our headquarters facilities in California. Internationally, application engineers are now stationed in Europe and will soon be available in China.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at www.rgb.com.

Nov 20, 2014

Emergency Operations at UC Berkeley

In partnership with the US Department of Energy, the UC Berkeley Regents recently upgraded their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in a high-profile experimental facility in Berkeley, CA. Its new audiovisual system is built around RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS®, a collaborative control room solution.

The UC Regents commissioned Pacific Coast AV, an integration firm based in Northern California, to design a system that could link communications between the research facility’s security personnel, UC Berkeley’s Police Department, and municipal fire and police departments. Previously, the display system had consisted of individual monitors with minimal switching and collaborative capabilities. The main monitoring room of the EOC now features a 2x3 video wall of 55” monitors and four operator control stations.

Pacific Coast AV selected RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS system to enable multi-site collaboration and consolidate the EOC’s disparate resources. The new control room system integrates new and legacy computer systems, client/server systems, and direct video feeds on a central video wall. RGB Spectrum’s OmniWall® Display Processor controls the video wall display and enables collaboration amongst operators. When a wide-scale response is required, EOC supervisors can communicate directly with other campus and community agencies to coordinate the deployment of emergency personnel and equipment.

A typical monitoring scenario might include the display of cable broadcast channels (news, incident reporting and weather), surveillance video from VMS security systems, and/or content from visitors’ laptops or tablets. All system resources are routed through the OmniWall processor to the video wall or to any of the control stations.

For day-to-day operation, an operator uses presets to change displayed resources. The processor’s pan, zoom, and scaling capabilities allow the operator to focus in on particular areas of interest. A video conferencing codec enables collaboration with on-campus security personnel or other emergency organizations in the community. During emergency situations, the control arbitration features of Enterprise MCMS allow multiple operators to share control of all system resources without physically moving between separate control points.

The Enterprise MCMS system enables the centralized display and control of system resources for enhanced situational awareness. A “drag and drop” GUI design simplifies operation and allows users to easily route system resources to any display. The versatile system can also be reconfigured and expanded as needed to support future requirements.

RGB Spectrum’s products are manufactured in the US and provide 24/7 reliability. For mission critical applications, its powerful solutions deliver superb visual clarity, redundancy and real-time performance, while also enabling the collaborative coordination of emergency response.

For more information on Pacific Coast AV, please visit their website at www.pcavinc.com.

Oct 29, 2013

Enhancing Security Systems Monitoring

A leading provider of secure global commerce solutions for financial institutions, merchants and customers around the world recently opened a new Security Fusion Center designed to enhance the ability of its operators to monitor both internal security systems and customer accounts. RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 4200 Display Processor is a key component of their solution.

During a recent upgrade, the company specified the need to enhance their monitoring capabilities. Previously, operators viewed accounts and alarms on individual workstations, which limited their ability to analyze and display large amounts of information. They needed a more comprehensive solution to enable the simultaneous visualization of all threat reporting systems.

The integrator of the project, Tech Systems, Inc., designed a new system to improve situational awareness and enhance the ability of operators and supervisors to manage the security system collaboratively. The cornerstone of the system upgrade was a 2 x 4 array of thin bezel LCD monitors controlled by a MediaWall processor, enabling the collective display of multiple signal sources on a centralized, shared video wall.

At any time, 2-3 operators at the Center are logged onto multiple workstations that monitor various internal systems, surveillance cameras, and reporting tools. Inputs to the video wall via the MediaWall processor include signals from these PCs and information from a Corporate Server, which provides customer account information and access to news and other relevant broadcasts. In addition, operators can display mapping and GPS applications.

The MediaWall processor configures up to 12 of these signals in windows that can be displayed in any size and position on the 8 screen video wall. Individual images can be enlarged to fill the screen, or panned and zoomed to enhance detail and enable analysis. The processor supports a wide range of input resolutions, and processes them into high resolution outputs that enhance both text viewing and operator awareness.

Operators have two methods for controlling the video wall: the processor’s embedded Web Control Panel for setup and a BP-16 button panel to quickly access preset window layouts. The MediaWall processor’s simplified control options provide operators with real-time access to a variety of visual resources. System administrators have been pleased with the ease of use, signal quality, and the reliability of the processor since installation.

The security solution provided by the MediaWall processor is secure, flexible and cost-effective, and offers operators and supervisors a real-time, detailed, and in-depth view of customer accounts and potential security issues.

About Tech Systems

Since 1987, Tech Systems has been a leading provider of enterprise electronic security systems. Tech Systems provides design, integration, and maintenance solutions for security, compliance, liability prevention, and asset protection. With the convergence of logical and physical security, its Network Services Group provides complete solutions for people, processes, and technology.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall processors, matrix switchers, codecs, recorders, and integrated solutions for control room management. RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by major global organizations in industrial, security, medical, educational, commercial and military markets. RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com

 

Sep 10, 2013

Extending Mobile Health Care in Shanghai

The Shanghai Center for Disease Control (SCDC), established in 1998 as a consolidation of seven public health institutions, provides, among other services, high quality health care and disease control. The SCDC has established a fleet of mobile health care units which deliver medical services and support to residents that live in and around the Shanghai area. The command vehicle of the Mobile Laboratory for Disease Control is outfitted with RGB Spectrum's SuperView 5000 Multiviewer, which provides health care professionals and administrators with a comprehensive view of multiple sources of information.

The command vehicle is the core platform through which all mobile communications are coordinated. Used primarily by the SCDC's Immunization Team, this vehicle serves as the command center from which operators can direct mobile health vehicles to provide field treatment of patients. In addition, it serves as a meeting room where doctors and administrators discuss public health strategies and initiatives, as well as make crucial time-sensitive decisions in crisis situations.

The SuperView multiviewer is configured to display six signals in user-defined windows on a 65" monitor. Accommodating a mix of analog RGB and video signals, sources to the multiviewer include mobile cameras, epidemic assault vehicle cameras, 3G cameras, maps and GPS information, video conferencing signals from the China Health Bureau command center, as well as signals from local PCs. The multiviewer composites any six of these inputs into a single multi-window output for display.

The simultaneous display of multiple sources of information improves situational awareness and enhances the ability of operators to make critical health-care mobilization decisions. The multiviewer's portability and compact size allowed it to be installed in the command vehicle, and its outstanding reliability in demanding environments is another major advantage.

Insease Technology, the design company that installed the system, had high praise for the multiviewer. "The decision to select RGB Spectrum's products was definitely the right one," observed Qi Xie, the lead Design Engineer on this project. "This mobile unit project required high image quality, reliability, intuitive functionality, and vibration resistance, which were all key success factors. RGB Spectrum's SuperView multiviewer provided the excellent functionality and reliable quality that we needed, and our client is very satisfied with the product."

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge graphics and video processors, and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in commercial, industrial, medical, educational, and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com

 

Sep 27, 2011

Harnessing Wind Power with the Help of RGB Spectrum

Exelon is one of the world's largest power producers in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas. Wind power alone contributes over 735 mega-watts of clean energy to its customers. What does it take to manage 37 wind power generation projects in eight mid-western states? Answer: a central command and control room that monitors wind turbines, generation power, weather and its trends, wind speed and other operational data. Exelon Generation chose an RGB MediaWall 4200 display processor for the core of its visual control system.

Previously, its control room was made-up of individual single-source displays. It became clear that with the growth of projects, a more efficient display solution was needed. RGB Spectrum technology partner Media Resources of Lisle Illinois was tasked to come-up with a contemporary design and installation. "My job was to provide a way to give them access to as much data as possible and display it so that instantly you have the information to make informed decisions" stated Brian Maksa of Media Resources, who designed and oversaw the installation of the video wall in the Command Center at Exelon.

The wall itself is made-up of six Akira 46" LCD monitors arranged in a 2 x 3 array. The processor is an RGB Spectrum MediaWall 4200 6/8 video wall which displays PC inputs and satellite HD signals. These provide detailed information on weather, service requirements and other data in real-time. An RGB BP-16 remote control button set allows for up to sixteen preset windowing configurations to be recalled instantly.

"Video wall projects like this are cool to look at. They're made even more satisfying when they meet or exceeds a client's expectations," Maksa summed up.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 27, 2009

Helena Police Department Finds Car 54

 If you're old enough, you remember the 1960's television sitcom "Car 54 Where are You?" or any other cops & robbers show through the 1990's, where police cars had to radio their locations to a dispatch center.

Fast forward to now. The Helena, Montana Police Department upgraded its 911 Dispatch Center by installing a new system based on Global Positioning System tracking. Dispatch Center personnel monitor all law enforcement, fire department, and emergency services radio traffic. They are responsible for routing and dispatching all incidents and emergency calls received by the dispatch center. An RGB Linx™ 8x8 DVI Switcher provides the flawless, dependable switching this system requires to function properly.

Each emergency response vehicle is fitted with a GPS tracking device that relays its location to the dispatch center where it is overlaid on a projected map. When a call is received, the dispatchers can see the location of all the vehicles as well as other pertinent data. This allows the dispatchers to contact and assign the closest available assets.

Four computer workstations generate maps, GPS points, weather information and images from road-side cameras. The computer output signals are connected to the Linx 8x8 switcher and routed to two 1400x1050 Optima projectors. Any of the four computer sources can be assigned to one or both projectors. The Linx's Total EDID Manager's™ sophisticated abilities handle the switching without "Hot Plug" events causing graphics card shutdowns or other EDID issues. In addition, the integrated Web Control Panel and front panel touch screen provide all the control needed for set-up and operation. The touch screen allows the user to select one of the unit's 100 available presets as well as creating input-to-output crosspoints. .No third party control system is needed.

The system has been installed and operating for almost one year, running 24/7. As Capt. Dave Jeseritz stated, "The system does everything we want and has been very reliable. It's important to us that budget money is spent wisely on things that work like they are supposed to."

Find our more about the Helena Police Department 911 Dispatch Center here: http://www.ci.helena.mt.us/departments/police-department/support-services-division.htm

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Sep 2, 2015

High Definition Situational Awareness Keeps Traffic Flowing in Colorado

Effective traffic management is dependent on the ability of managers to monitor a wide range of visual information in real time. Being able to combine diverse video sources such as analog cameras, IP cameras, television news feeds, and/or live video streams into a single, comprehensive, situational overview greatly improves efficiency, responsiveness, decision-making, and ultimately safety.  The right display system can make all the difference in coordinating response to an emergency situation.

For Douglas County, a populous region located in the area of greater Denver Colorado, optimizing traffic flow requires real time decision-making based on a comprehensive understanding of traffic patterns, accidents, and resource allocation across the entire County. Video information is collected from an extensive system of analog and IP cameras along roadways, traffic flow sensors, cooperating agency resources (Colorado DOT, municipalities in the county, local sheriffs and police departments), and news reports.

RGB Spectrum’s advanced video wall display technologies were installed to consolidate diverse video inputs, improving communications and enhancing the ability of traffic managers to respond to critical situations.

The Park Meadows traffic management center (TMC), located in Lone Tree, CO, is the central monitoring and control facility serving as the communications hub for the greater Denver region.  A RGB Spectrum Galileo display processor, powering a 15 display HD video wall, allows the Park Meadows TMC to view CCTV feeds from the Colorado Department of Transportation, as well as from satellite TMCs in the region.  Additional video signals arrive from various departments and locations as IP streams that are first fed to a Wowza streaming media server, so that a single stream can be viewed by multiple destinations. One of the destinations for the video from the Wowza server is the Galileo display processor, which provides IP decoding and scaling for the video wall.

Real time performance and video clarity are essential. By bypassing typical VMS servers and decoding streams directly from cameras or encoders, the Park Meadows TMC architecture assures that video signals arrive with minimal transcoding or other processing which can degrade resolution, clarity, and introduces latency into the video.

The Galileo video wall processor allows operators to visually confirm and respond to situations that need attention during commute hours or whenever an emergency happens. Its remote desktop functionality provides operators with quick access to message sign control computers, providing for the quick rerouting of traffic and alleviating congestion.

Planning for the future, Douglas County selected the versatile Galileo processor which can be configured with an unlimited number of video windows displayed on arrays of up to 56 displays. Windows can be displayed anywhere on the video wall, at any size, within or across screens, and in correct aspect ratio or scaled over multiple monitors. Images within individual windows can be panned or zoomed to emphasize detail. The processor’s window layout options are endless, and users can use presets to recall preferred configurations and quickly change the appearance of the video wall.

The Galileo processor supports a combination of up to 48 analog video inputs, up to 56 digital video inputs, and IP decoding, all at the same time. A path for migration from analog to digital to IP is provided without the need of replacing the core chassis, processing architecture, or software, extending it’s useful life well beyond that of other wall processors.

The system is easy to set up and control. An advanced user GUI provides live thumbnails of sources that users can “drag and drop” to destinations. The GUI also allows operators to control and display PC applications running on the wall, such as VMS, SCADA and videoconferencing. The processor and applications can also be controlled through a tablet interface. And as noted above, the integrated remote desktop control enables integration with computer systems.

Galileo provides Douglas County traffic managers with the scale-able, reliable, and easy to use tool they need to consolidate and display all of their video information for better and faster decision making. The result: alleviating traffic congestion, speeding response to accidents, and saving lives, time and money for the people of their community.

Apr 29, 2015

Houston Command & Control Experience Center

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce its new Command and Control Experience Center in Houston, TX. At this state-of-the-art facility, AV and security system integrators, energy company representatives and consultants can try out RGB Spectrum’s solutions for mission-critical control environments, and test their own applications on a live video wall. In partnership with iNetworks, ITAL D and Sharp Electronics, the center allows visitors to experience first-hand the power and ease-of-use of our versatile control room solutions.

The focal point of the Experience Center is RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS), a configurable architecture for managing visual information in control rooms and operations centers. Enterprise MCMS is a complete hardware and software system. It consolidates control of multiple systems and enables operators to share arbitrated keyboard/mouse control over connected resources. Our Linx Matrix Switcher is used to route video signals between sources, workstations, and the display wall, while our MediaWall® processor adds ultra high resolution visualization capabilities.

Our patented EDA technology uses a one-way communication system to provide an “air-gap” that keeps source computers and system resources separated from both operators and from each other. This “air-gapped” level of security protects sensitive data from external tampering and network threats like malware and viruses.

The Experience Center includes a 2x2 video wall of 60” displays plus two multi-monitor operator workstations. This setup can be configured to replicate a variety of real-world applications. Customers can test drive the intuitive Enterprise MCMS graphical user interface (GUI) under conditions similar to their actual work environments. Content is provided by three rack-mounted workstations, media servers, and a satellite receiver so that customers can display high-definition imagery related to various mission-critical environments. To get a realistic sense of how the system operates, visitors are also encouraged to bring in their own applications so they can see how these perform with the Enterprise MCMS system.

To demonstrate the system’s remote control capabilities, RGB Spectrum has created a broadband video link between the Houston Experience Center and our Alameda Headquarters using our VDA remote desktop adapter. VDA connectivity allows an operator at a Houston workstation to remotely control and view the Alameda demo room’s MCMS system including all of the video content from that system.

“Enterprise MCMS impresses everyone that comes in to try out the system” remarked Robert McInnis, RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager for TOLA – Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. “It provides unified operational control, bringing together dissimilar platforms and processes. Our new facility shows customers how easily that can be achieved.”

The facility is hosted by iNetworks and staffed full-time by iTAL D personnel. Sharp Electronics is the manufacturer of the video wall monitors.

Click here to schedule a visit to our Houston Command and Control Experience Center.

For more information about our partners, please visit their websites:

www.italsystems.com

www.inetworkusa.com

www.sharpusa.com

Sep 18, 2012

Houston TranStar Relies on RGB Spectrum for Emergency Management

In Houston and the surrounding coastal areas in southern Texas, the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes often places the entire region on high alert. The region's transportation and emergency management agencies require constant, prompt and accurate information in order to ensure public safety. In both normal and crisis situations, the timely flow of real-time data is critical to enable multiple agencies to collaborate effectively - and RGB Spectrum equipment facilitates that collaboration.

The Houston TranStar consortium combines four government agencies under one roof to provide transportation and emergency management services to the greater Houston region. The facility is staffed by a team of traffic and emergency management professionals from Harris County, the City of Houston, and the Texas Department of Transportation. Serving as the first center in the nation to pioneer a combined emergency management approach, Houston TranStar monitors traffic incidents on a large, edge-blended projection video wall with the resolution to display all relevant visuals.

In addition to monitoring events, Houston TranStar personnel use the wall to facilitate a variety of vehicle dispatch requirements, such as debris or hazardous material removal, expediting communications with emergency vehicles, and selecting the most direct routes to accident scenes.

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4500 processor is the heart of Houston TranStar's video wall, with the ability to simultaneously display traffic cameras, maps, satellite images, and various feeds from state and federal agencies. In addition, the MediaWall 4500 processes video from a large number of network servers, which in turn receive over 1700 camera feeds from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and southern Louisiana.

In terms of functionality, the MediaWall 4500 provides Houston TranStar with the ability to display up to18 inputs simultaneously - each in its own window. Any input can be positioned and scaled as required, up to the full dimensions of the wall. If a key problem area within the region needs to be highlighted, special "presets" enable staff to instantly change the window layout. For example, if an evacuation is required due to a hurricane, the team can monitor all evacuation routes and make critical decisions regarding traffic flow and road closures.

For the video wall installation and integration, Houston TranStar selected Whitlock, a national solutions provider with long-standing AV expertise. Whitlock, in turn, selected RGB Spectrum for the facility's mission critical video processing needs.

"RGB Spectrum video wall processors have proven their reliability during critical 24/7 operations," commented Steven Surber, Account Manager for Whitlock. "We have never had a single issue with RGB Spectrum processors related to reliability or service. The ease of operation through the system's built-in GUI, coupled with the product's ability to change the on-screen layout at any time with almost instantaneous switching, provided the performance characteristics we sought."

For mission critical applications such as those at Houston TranStar, RGB Spectrum's full line of video wall products excel in both multi-monitor and projected wall environments. Key factors include an embedded processor (non PC-based), redundant power supply option, and fully real-time architecture. Coupled with features such as edge blending, HDCP support and RGB Spectrum's unique MultiPoint Control Room Management System (MCMS), reliability and flexibility are just some of the reasons why customers continue to select RGB Spectrum products.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 27, 2014

Keeping Oil and Gas Facilities Safe and Secure

Companies operating in high-risk geo-political locations that are violence-prone must take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their employees, assets and infrastructure. To this end, they often enlist the help of firms like the Risk Assistance Group, which provides turn-key security solutions for managing logistics and keeping the supply chain safe.

During a recent facilities upgrade at the headquarters of a high-profile client, one of the largest drilling companies in Mexico, the Risk Assistance Group chose to install RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 4200 Display Processor with SinglePoint KvM control to add advanced display processing capabilities to the client’s expanded security system.

For a drilling company located at the intersection of territories controlled by powerful drug cartels, the ability to securely monitor and control its oil and gas facilities is of the utmost importance. With 320 operational hydraulic fracturing wells, nearly 2000 employees, subcontractors and service providers, and miles of pipeline and other infrastructure, this oil and gas company relies on the state-of-the-art technologies deployed by the Risk Assistance Group to keep their workers and facilities safe.

According to President/Owner Pierre de Hail, both Risk Assistance Group and the customer have been thrilled with the capabilities of the MediaWall system. “When compared to other display processing products on the market, we found RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processor to be a feature-packed value proposition offering us all of the video wall functionality that we needed with the secure reliability needed to do business in Mexico” de Hail observed.

Located within the company’s Security Operations Center (SOC), the eight-monitor video wall is used to display video feeds from 30 IP-based CCTV cameras that monitor all areas of the facility. In addition, operators can display information from GPS systems tracking the movements of a fleet of 80 vehicles, as well as visualizations, live news feeds, web pages, and access control spreadsheets on the video wall.

System inputs are displayed in up to 12 windows of any size and configuration, and preset layouts allow operators to quickly and easily re-arrange the video wall output. For maximum flexibility, windows can be displayed anywhere on the video wall, including across monitor bezels, and can also be overlapped and resized as needed. The real-time nature of the MediaWall’s graphics and video processing ensures that every pixel that enters the system is displayed on the video wall with no delay or dropped frames.

The room is equipped with two control stations, each with two-24 inch monitors. The SinglePoint KvM functionality added to the processor provides a single operator with integrated control over the control station monitors and all displayed sources on the video wall using a single keyboard and mouse. In addition, the SinglePoint KvM system enables users to remotely control security system components as well as access required information from displayed computers and applications.

The SOC operates on a 24/7 basis to ensure that the facility’s security systems are not breached. To prevent unauthorized access and tampering, the MediaWall processor is installed in a highly-secure equipment room along with servers for the CCTV cameras and access control systems. In this highly restricted environment, the risk management company needed a video wall processor that was built from the ground up for continuous 24/7 operation, without any traditional PC vulnerabilities.

“The particular socio-political environment of Mexico means that we cannot rely on the government to assist with our security needs. Since we must operate single-handedly, the MediaWall Display Processor is the centerpiece of our security system. It is a powerful tool that helps us respond in a timely manner to even the most extreme security situations” remarked de Hail. “Secure reliability, exceptional visual quality and full layout flexibility coupled with stellar customer service, training and technical support make the MediaWall processor a winner! Everyone who sees our Security Operations facility is impressed with the system, and we look forward to adding a second RGB Spectrum video wall to monitor our operations in the near future.”

About Risk Assistance Group

The Risk Assistance Group is a risk management firm that specializes in providing security logistical assistance to corporations operating overseas, especially in high-threat environments. It provides services to protect ALL corporate interests against ANY outside threat (security, financial, political, cultural, labor related, etc.), by working with a network of international security sector, support service companies, and affiliate agencies. The Risk Assistance Group works only through referrals and does not release information about its clients. Because of the persistent threat caused by terrorists and transnational organized-crime groups seeking to target multinational corporations as well as their providers, the Risk Assistance Group keeps a very low profile and does not publicize its services other than through the referrals of existing clients. As a result, the Risk Assistance Group does not offer a website.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in industrial, security, medical, educational, commercial and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com.

Oct 27, 2009

Marie des Mureaux Homeland Security Control Room

Located near Paris, France, is the City of "Les Mureaux". It is home to over 32,000 citizens and is a vibrant center of cultural activities, sports associations, theatre, feasts and festivals. And yes, even here, Homeland Security is a key facet of civil services. In an effort to improve security, a state of the art control room for the management of video surveillance has been installed. RGB Spectrum's technology partner AGELEC, designed in and installed MediaWall® 2000 dual display processors as the key visual display system in the facility.

Known as the Urban Supervision Center, the control room operates in conjunction with the municipal police, local and national public safety. The facility is staffed 24/7, monitoring street and highway activity.

The previous facility utilized individual monitors plus one multiviewer to display the camera feeds. AGELEC designed a display solution around three sections. As before, there are fixed LCD monitors for individual video feeds, a total of 50. The dynamic portions of the wall consist of two 2x2 arrays of larger LCDs, each powered by a MediaWall 2000 processor. Input sources include computer and composite video, RGB analog, and DVI over IP decoders, which carry the network video feeds. Maps are displayed in the background and camera feeds in windows relative to their location on the maps. A custom control application configures the display as new situations and events present themselves.

The embedded system architecture of the MediaWall 2000 and its deterministic performance create a display processing solution that operates as a single display surface even though it is made up of discrete elements.

Homeland Security is an expanding requirement in municipalities throughout the world. In France, AGELEC sees this as a real growth market. Following the installation of the Urban Supervision Center, Jean Michel Lanco, CEO, remarked, "We are very satisfied with the global result of this installation. It will be a great reference for us."

RGB Spectrum produces a broad range of real-time video wall display processors to manage Homeland Security requirements. Its MediaWall display processors support input and output resolutions up to 1920x1200, analog and digital signals and background graphics up to the full resolution of the wall.

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Jun 6, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Helps Keep Baton Rouge "Red Stick Ready"

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is a thriving city that is home to both Louisiana State University and Southern University, and numerous businesses and industrial facilities. With great people, unique food, and a lively music scene, Red Stick has something for everyone - including a local government that cares.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is the coordinating agency for emergency and disaster activities for the region, pulling together governmental, law enforcement, medical, utility and other agencies. MOHSEP is responsible for developing programs and emergency operation capabilities. First order is to prevent disasters while reducing the vulnerability of parish residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented. MOSHEP supports recovery in the aftermath of any emergency involving extensive damage or other debilitating influence on the normal pattern of life within the community. The city and parish have become nationally known for its own brand of preparedness it calls being Red Stick Ready.

"East Baton Rouge is one of only two local programs in the United States to achieve national certification from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program," said JoAnne Moreau, director of MOHSEP. "All of the area's first responder agencies also have received the highest national rankings," she said.

MOHSEP Emergency Operations Center needed the ability to monitor multiple video and data images simultaneously to manage crises more efficiently. Viewing maps, news feeds, hospital status, and road closures concurrently became critical. They turned to Creative Presentations, Inc. in Metairie, Louisiana to provide an easily configurable video wall to replace a single projector display.

The RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 processor was selected to unify various video and graphics sources on a 3x4 array of Orion plasma panels. Video source selection and the arrangement of windows on the display are made using a Crestron controller.

In operation for more than a year, the MediaWall display receives great reviews from the EOC staff. Image quality, ease of use, speed of response, and reliability are cited as top features of the installation.

The MediaWall 4500 processor provides easy compensation for mullions allowing unrestricted size and position of windows across a near-seamless display. Eddie Watkins, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, says selecting the MediaWall 4500 was "the best decision we could have made."

Creative Presentations, Inc. offers design and integration of A/V systems. Creative enjoys the reputation as one of the top US companies in the dynamic LCD industry. Ready to recommend the very best in technology solutions, Creative provides its clients with in depth consultation, tailored designs, certified installation, service and support to assure a visual communications success. The corporate office can be reached at 504-454-2749 or www.creativepresentations.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Feb 22, 2007

MediaWall Multi-Screen Controllers for the NYC Office of Emergency Management

Among the devastation from the terrorist attacks on September 11 was the destruction of the headquarters for the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Given the opportunity to build a new headquarters, city officials knew that, in the words of Commissioner Joseph Bruno, "New York City is at the forefront of emergency management planning" and it needed a facility that "will continue to move NYC forward."

In meeting this objective, the new OEM headquarters located in Brooklyn became an architectural and audio-video masterpiece.

The OEM Head Quarters contains numerous AV-equipped training, conference, press briefing and meeting rooms. However, the most sophisticated technology and architectural design can be found in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and the Watch Command Center.

Watch Command Center

The Watch Command Center is a 24x7 station that uses dispatch systems and agency communications to monitor emergency activity throughout New York City. Watch Command provides first responders with necessary communications and logistical support during major emergencies.

The central display configuration for the Watch Command area, located in a portion of the building with severe vertical limitations and rooftop airhandlers directly above, consists of five side-by side 61" DLP rear projection units operating together as a unified display surface. A RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2000 processor allows numerous video, broadcast and computer generated images to be displayed in user controllable sizes and positions across the entire screen surface. On each side of the central display configurations are two 42" plasma displays. Audio coverage is provided by eleven ceiling speakers.

The EOC

After an emergency is identified in Watch Command, OEM declares an activation, the EOC is the central location where upwards of one hundred first responders from city, state and federal agencies gather to plan and execute response efforts. At the center of the EOC is a large uniquely-designed two-sided rear-projection enclosure. Fondly named "The Scoreboard", by the project team, each side of the enclosure contains two 160" diagonal rear-projection screens. Inside the enclosure are four (one for each screen) 8000 Lumens projectors in a 16x9 format. Two RGB Spectrum MediaWall 2000 multi-image processors allow a variety of video, broadcast and computer images to be displayed simultaneously across the screen surfaces, aiding emergency workers in situation analysis, monitoring, and resolution.

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.

Dec 15, 2008

MediaWall Processor Aids in Search for Oil

When Petroleum Geo-Services needed to monitor its seismic acquisition data in real time on board a custom-built marine vessel, it turned to RGB Spectrum and its technology partner, Global Control Center Design, for the solution.

PGS is a technology focused oilfield service company principally involved in providing geophysical services worldwide. The company provides a broad range of geophysical and reservoir services, including data acquisition, processing, interpretation and field evaluation. With headquarters in Oslo, Norway and regional offices in London, Houston and Singapore, the company has offices in 33 different countries. PGS has unrivalled experience in seismic data acquisition, reflected in the performance and efficiency of its marine seismic vessels.

In an effort to provide the best marine platform from which to gather seismic data, in 1995 PGS launched a revolutionary hull design, called Ramform. This new design satisfies three key attributes necessary to advance seismic data gathering.

1) Minimal engine noise entering the water.

2) A wide back deck providing an extremely flexible and safe platform for deploying equipment, personnel, and machinery (including helicopters).

3) Excellent stability at the stern, providing minimal pitch and roll. PGS launched the 3rd generation of this design, Ramform Sovereign this year. It is easily the most powerful seismic ship in the world and features many innovations, including the world's first roll compensated helideck, steerable sources, dual workboat capacity and unique gear handling systems.

Previously, in the shipboard geophysical control room, data was viewed on a wall of individual monitors. The challenge was to create a display environment where data could be viewed in a coherent manner and reconfigured as requirements changed. The solution for providing proficiency and flexibility of data acquisition and monitoring was made possible, in part, by GCCD's ergonomic design of the new shipboard Geophysical Control Rooms, featuring two curved display walls displaying an array of data. Each display wall is comprised of three edge-blended projectors fed by an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2500 display processor. The processor accepts RGB and DVI format inputs from a multitude of computers generating high-resolution graphics, maps and seismic images. The processor formats these into easily positioned and scalable windows.

Rolf Erik Leistad of Global Control Center Design states, "The MediaWall 2500 made it possible to create an ergonomic high resolution working environment for the management of the visual information." Leistad believes the capability of the installation is enhanced by the MediaWall's ability to flexibly combine the multiple high-resolution images as well as to provide the overlapped outputs needed for edge blending. When asked about the overall performance of the MediaWall 2500, Leistad responded, "Impressive! In the end, it's all about a satisfied user, happily working in a coherent ergonomic environment."

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.

Feb 22, 2007

Mobile Command Centers in Iraq Improve Tactical Situational Awareness

Modern warfare entails dynamic, split-second, tactical decision making, requiring battlefield commanders to have comprehensive situational awareness. Making this possible are tactical operations centers (TOCs), mobile, rapidly-deployable, forward command facilities where commanders and their staffs can assess battle conditions and developments and execute a wide range of strategic and tactical options. These battlefield TOCs must be able to acquire and present an extensive array of real-time data and audio/visual information to commanders.

The United States Army's 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), a major subordinate command of the Army's III Corps, provides top-level logistics services for troops in the Baghdad region. The Command recently contracted Azbell Electronics, of Waco, Texas, to design and build a new generation TOC for their deployment to Iraq. Azbell Electronics is a major audio-visual technology integrator with expertise in the manufacture of mobile command centers.

According to Barry Crum, Vice President of Business Development for Azbell Electronics, "Our engineering team designed and fabricated a 20-foot-long command and control support shelter, especially for use in Iraq. Transported on a truck bed, it contains permanently rack- mounted gear for audio, video, teleconferencing, and voice and video communications. The shelter provides communications support for a multinational force up to the "three star" command level. The TOC can be assembled and operational in as little as 30 minutes."

The core of the new TOC is Azbell's Mobile Video Audio Display System (MVADS) which uses RGB Spectrum's QuadView and DualView multi-input, multi-image display processors. "Commanders making warfighting decisions require 100% accuracy, reliability, and speed. One of the key challenges was providing the capability to display an extensive range of live signals from many sources into one centralized area for the commander and staff. The QuadView and DualView processors integrate, manipulate, and display all of the various real time signals, including battlefield sensors, communications, weapons control, surveillance, reconnaissance, and network operations into one centralized display system. They are the highest performance and most reliable video windowing processors on the market and are the image processing standard for our mission critical TOC and command center installations", commented Crum.

The TOC is equipped with a total of up to twenty four QuadView and DualView processors each feeding a separate screen. The processors are fed a combination of computer and video signals. Video inputs include DVD players, VCRs, and surveillance/ reconnaissance video cameras from land vehicles and UAV unmanned aircraft. Computer sources include battlefield video teleconferencing systems, remote digital feeds from an assortment of battlefield sensors, maps, force tracking and resources databases, satellite down-linked surveillance, intelligence data, weapons control, and enemy target acquisition.

The processors consolidate all of these sources and output them real time to a centralized group of plasma and LCD displays and ceiling- mounted LCD projectors. The processors automatically scale all of the disparate inputs and output the visuals at the native resolution of the routed display devices. The visuals can be depicted on the displays according to the preference of each individual commander. The QuadView and DualView processors provide the capability to simultaneously display up to 64 windows across an array of display devices. TOC personnel control operation of the processors using AMX touch screen control panels. At the simple push of a button, operators select input sources, manipulate images, and choose from pre-set window display arrangements. Images can be any size, anywhere and also be zoomed and panned to emphasize a particular area of interest for commanders.

The mobile TOCs are robustly designed to withstand the rigors and harsh conditions of combat. Crum explained, the "MVADS-based command center is transported in a container via truck, train, ship, and/or helicopter. Shock and vibration are an engineering challenge that must be addressed. The equipment had to be installed in a configuration that would prevent damage while traveling over rough terrain". Azbell Electronics meticulously ruggedized all of the delicate electronic equipment and built shock-mounted enclosures for the gear.

The U.S. Army 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based at Fort Hood, Texas, is the logistical backbone to III Corps. For more information, visit www.hood.army.mil/13sce/index.htm.

Azbell Electronics, established in 1945 and headquartered in Waco, Texas, is an audio-video technology integrator serving commercial, broadcast, recreation, government, and military applications with expertise in custom-design and integration and production of mobile command centers for homeland security and the Department of Defense. Azbell Electronics MVAD Systems have been deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Kosovo and also pressed into service in 2005 for the disaster recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. For more information, call (254) 285-6720 or visit them online at www.azbellelectronics.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.

May 9, 2011

MultiPoint KvM Helps Keep the Patients Safe in Their Beds

Recent expansion of a large U.S. hospital has necessitated improvements in its security system. To serve this dispersed, multi-building campus, Corporate Security Services, Inc. in Edison, New Jersey looked to RGB Spectrum technology in its design of a state-of-the-art security operations center. The MultiPoint KvM (MPKvM) was the solution supporting switching and display of graphics and video at resolutions up to 2048 by 1200 pixels, multi-screen displays, and flexible control station architecture for ease of navigation.

Under the MPKvM system, video from five source computers is input to a Linx™ 3200 DVI Matrix Switcher. The switcher routes video to a MediaWall 4500 processor for output on a 2x4 wall of monitors and to three control stations. Operators at the control stations select from fire, elevator, access, and other safety systems.

Control stations can operate in a collaborative mode with multiple users able to display the same content. Users can be assigned view-only access or control privileges on a computer-by-computer basis, with a system for hand-off. When an authorized user is identified and verified at a control station, it is reconfigured with the user's default assigned permissions and privileges.

MultiPoint KvM uses an innovative hybrid approach for display and control. Keyboard and mouse control signals are switched over IP while the video uses DVI switching. This architecture takes advantage of the intelligence inherent to IP, provides high-resolution, uncompressed video and graphics, and keeps network bandwidth demands to a minimum.

Bill McKool, vice president of business development for Corporate Security Services reports a successful installation and a satisfied customer. "After analyzing the client's needs, we looked at a lot of alternatives that could accomplish the goal. We settled on RGB. The systems work together and the pricing was favorable as compared to their competitors. The client couldn't be happier."

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Aug 9, 2013

NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center

NASA recently unveiled a newly upgraded Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Operators at the center monitor and coordinate all experimental activities on the International Space Station.

The state-of-the-art technologies incorporated into the new facilities are designed to enhance collaborative research and provide around-the-clock ground support for the space station crew. Teams of controllers manage experiments from the ground, monitor science activities, and connect astronauts aboard the space station with researchers from around the world.

The renovated center features a video wall comprised of a 2 x 12 array of monitors that uses RGB Spectrum's new OmniWall 32 Display Processor to route and display up to 32 input signals. The processor expands the ability of operators to share information in real-time, such as live video feeds, diagrams, photographs, results of experiments, and information on power usage.

Each operator uses a computer to monitor applications related to their areas of expertise, and signals from each computer are routed to the processor. Other inputs to the wall display include H.264 feeds from onboard video cameras, news broadcasts, weather information, and the NASA channel, as well as SCADA systems for machinery control. The OmniWall processor outputs these signals to local control stations, auxiliary displays, and to the main video wall.

The OmniWall processor provides 24/7 reliability and extremely fast source switching. In conjunction with the video wall, it enables the collaborative management of huge amounts of information and supports real-time decision making. With more than 200 experiments being conducted in the space station at any given time, the ability to share information rapidly among team members and the crew in space is essential to the success of these projects.

According to Aladin Bashir, a senior engineer with Colsa Corporation, the integration company that designed and installed NASA's upgraded system, the OmniWall processor's versatile features enable and enhance the video wall display. "RGB Spectrum has been very attentive to our needs and local support in the quest of providing NASA with better tools to accomplish its mission cannot be emphasized enough" said Bashir. "We look forward to implementing the new features of the OmniWall 32 as they become available in the future."

Indeed, NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center showcases how the most advanced audio-visual technologies can be used to further cutting-edge scientific research. In addition to the video wall, the team made several other changes that will help the ground team and the crew in space maximize scientific return.

"Over the course of the last 12 years, our team has learned much about how they can collaborate to maximize science return," said Jay Onken, manager of the Mission Operations Laboratory at Marshall. "They used this knowledge to redesign the control room to have the most modern technical equipment to support the most amazing international engineering and scientific endeavor of the century."

RGB Spectrum is proud that the OmniWall display processor is part of this innovative NASA facility, which provides critical support to science operations on the International Space Station.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge graphics and video processors, and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in commercial, industrial, medical, educational, and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com

 

Apr 5, 2016

Oil & Gas Industry Leader Chooses RGB for 24/7 Flexibility

Statoil Mariner control room mock-up showing MediaWall® 4200. Photo courtesy of GCCD.

Statoil is the largest operator of oil and gas fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Operating more than 50 fields on the shelf is no small feat; 24/7 reliability, safety, and stability are of critical concern. In the control rooms, prompt action in the first minutes of an emergency can save lives and protect the environment. Response time is critical.

Each platform maintains a control room. But with so many, the rooms vary greatly and much of the equipment is vintage. Operators must be trained on different user interfaces and control methods. This has an impact on performance, training time, skill level, and most importantly, the ability to respond quickly to an emergency.

For nearly a decade, Statoil has been working with Global Control Center Design (GCCD), a Norwegian control room specialist in Drammen, to upgrade these control rooms. Due to the inaccessibility of offshore platforms, Statoil’s most important criterion is 24/7 reliability with minimal need for service and support. GCCD relies on RGB Spectrum’s video processing to satisfy their client’s stringent requirements.

“I am very happy with RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Video Wall Processors,” said Børre Mortensen, Managing Director of GCCD. “The first rooms were installed more than eight years ago, and have been running faultlessly since installation. We find that RGB products consistently meet our high performance expectations.”

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 4200 and 4500 video wall processors are featured in the control rooms at Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen, Mariner, Åsgard B, Gudrun, and Valemon facilities. GCCD is currently upgrading other installations with RGB Spectrum’s newest processor, the MediaWall V, with 4K input and display capabilities. The rooms have varying configurations of four to eight projectors controlled by a Crestron panel supporting a variety of inputs including PCs and videoconferencing systems. Consistent user interfaces and system reliability produce faster operator response times without interruptions caused by maintenance issues.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWallfamily of video wall processors provide a powerful solution that is ideal for applications involving multi-screen video walls. Designed around an embedded processing platform that is optimized for high-resolution video and graphics, MediaWallprocessors consistently deliver flexibility, enhanced security, real-time signal throughput with no dropped frames, and 24/7 reliability in the most demanding environments.

Mar 25, 2008

Power Utility Control Center Keeps Electricity Flowing 24/7

The Palmetto Electric Cooperative, based in Ridgeland, South Carolina, is a customer-owned utility supplying electric services in South Carolina. To ensure that residences and businesses receive reliable 24/7 power, the Cooperative operates a centralized control center which continuously monitors and performs surveillance of Palmetto's power distribution network. This mission-critical control center performs its vital functions every day, every minute, without interruption.

The center's old display system began encountering maintenance issues which periodically truncated its monitoring and surveillance operations. To remedy the situation Palmetto enlisted the audio video technology expertise of Southern Media Systems, Inc., based in Charleston. David Major, President of Southern Media Systems explained, "The control center's display wall was comprised of six rear-projection cubes in a 2 x 3 array. This display worked well for some time, but when it came time to change a bulb, Palmetto personnel discovered that all six projection bulbs had to be changed at once to conserve color balance. They also found that the display wall had to be adjusted periodically for alignment, color, and brightness by a specialized, costly technician. Thus, the overall maintenance issues with their display wall became unacceptably expensive and burdensome."

"Palmetto Electric wanted to upgrade the control center wall. We recommended replacing the 2x3 video wall with a more pragmatic, less expensive solution that would meet their display needs while dramatically reducing maintenance costs and downtime. Our design replaced the cube array with a single, large screen capable of displaying multiple images simultaneously using RGB Spectrum's SuperView® display processor."

The SuperView processor provides control center personnel with a centralized, real time view of all system-wide data, activity, operational status, and security surveillance. Computer inputs include SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) data collected from various sensors at the utility plant and other remote locations throughout the distribution grid, maps, spreadsheets, and control system data and status. Video inputs include local and national weather and news broadcasts, two sets of security surveillance cameras, VCRs, and DVD players.

The SuperView processor integrates these visuals and outputs the combined multi-window image to a Projection Design CINE 3+ high resolution 1080p HD projector on a 139"x74" screen. The multi-image display is also routed to the adjoining the Dispatch room and displayed on a 65-inch plasma screen for resource allocation and response.

According to Major, operation of the processor's extensive display capabilities is remarkably easy. Control center personnel operate it using its embedded GUI and a pre-programmed ten-button controller. With a simple "click and drag" or push of a button, Operators can instantly switch input sources, re-size and reposition any image, and zoom and pan on an area of particular interest.

"The SuperView-based system optimizes data analysis and security monitoring efficiency. It centralizes a wide range of visual information sources and presents them in a correlated view so that operators can quickly assess and analyze pertinent data. The system is also designed for future expandability. The processor's high definition 1080p video input capability already meets display requirements mandated for 2009 deployment by the FCC."

Major concluded, "This system will fit Palmetto Electric Cooperative's needs for a long time to come with very low maintenance. They are very pleased with the results, the system's performance, and its ease of use."

Palmetto Electric Cooperative, based in Ridgeland, South Carolina, is a customer-owned utility supplying electric services in the southern section of South Carolina. Palmetto Electric Cooperative provides diversified, innovative energy and related services to its customers and serving its customer base in a community-building leadership role. This cooperative membership offers electricity at the lowest possible cost along with other membership benefits. For more information, visitwww.palmetto.coop.

Southern Media Systems, Inc., headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, sells, designs, installs and services leading edge audio, video and security products and systems. For more information, call 843-556-3112.

Feb 28, 2008

Public Safety Wall in China

Governments around the world are continually investing in new technologies and strategies for managing public safety. An example of a modern command and control center has recently been completed in China. The room features a large 1x3 rear-projection, edge blended video wall capable of displaying a variety of visual resources depending on the situation at hand. The wall can be reconfigured for various situations including public safety, traffic control, sporting and public events, weather and natural disasters.ionwide dealer network.

At the core of the display system is an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2000. Six computer graphics sources are displayed simultaneously. The combination of DVI and analog input connections make it possible to select from a multitude of video and computer graphic sources including weather, satellite, traffic information and other real time data.

The MediaWall display processor supplies overlapped digital outputs to a high performance edge-blending system. The rear-projection system is made-up of three live, high-resolution projectors and three back-up units to provide for uninterrupted service. It was determined that the MediaWall did not require a back up due to its robust 24/7 operational capability.

RGB Spectrum's technology and integration partner FICO supplied the design and installation services. Mr. Sunny Qi of FICO remarked about the choice of MediaWall, "Our customer chose RGB because of the excellent image quality and fastest processing without any interruption or loss of frames." With regard to the installation Mr. Qi said, "The ease and simplicity of operation saves us money in an otherwise complex installation."

Because the control room was going to display an extreme range of visual sources, the display processor needed to handle every known computer and video format in use. The MediaWall 2000 was chosen for its ability to accept and lock to the broad range of digital and analog sources being presented.

High on the list of selection criteria was real time performance. In a visual world, some events occur in "the blink of an eye." Lost frames of video translate into missed information that could affect life and death decisions. MediaWall displays every frame of graphic and video information delivered to its inputs. The number or resolution of sources being presented does not affect real time performance.

Jul 15, 2013

QuadView HDx Enhances City of Whittier EOC

The City of Whittier, CA recently opened a new multi-room Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located within its main police department complex. Funded by a $500,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, the facility added state-of-the-art equipment that has dramatically improved the ability of city managers and emergency personnel to monitor and respond to disasters or crisis situations. To facilitate decision-making during emergency situations, an RGB Spectrum QuadView HDx Multiviewer enables multiple video and computer sources to be displayed as a single source, which can be routed as required throughout the facility.

The EOC supports two operational modes: presentation and emergency. In the first mode, operators can use individual rooms for demonstration and training. In an emergency situation, however, the rooms are designed to operate together to support collaboration and coordination across government agencies.

The QuadView multiviewer is installed in the Head End room, which houses equipment for all audio and video routing, control processing, and system support. Inputs to the multiviewer include computers, cable tuners, and Blu Ray players. These input signals are processed and displayed on various monitors throughout the facility, including a large multi-screen display located in the main EOC. The interconnected system allows EOC operators to use the multiviewer to transmit information to any individual room in the complex or to all rooms simultaneously.

Integrated Media Systems, the company that designed and installed the system, selected the QuadView multiviewer because it consolidates up to four sources plus a background signal onto one screen. Sources can be labeled, sized and positioned with full flexibility, and operators can use presets to save and recall various layouts as required. The multiviewer provides real-time throughput and 24/7 reliability. These features all enhance the ability of emergency personnel to make time-sensitive decisions during crisis situations.

"The RGB Spectrum QuadView is the "Wow Factor" in this installation," says John Grubin, vice-president of sales and marketing at Integrated Media Systems. "The unit not only increases the number of sources that can be displayed in the EOC's Main Room from 5 to 8, but also greatly increases the flexibility and capabilities of the entire EOC."

The system has been operational since December 2012, and both the integrator and city officials are pleased with the image quality, performance and reliability of the multiviewer.

About Integrated Media Systems

Integrated Media Systems, based in Orange County, CA, was founded in 1987 to address audiovisual and communications system integration for corporations. The company has maintained this focus while continuing to evolve and adapt with emerging communication technologies and various vertical markets including corporate, healthcare, government/municipal, and higher education. IMS is a recognized leader in the design, integration, and support of video, audio, audiovisual, videoconferencing, presentation and communication environments for global enterprises.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge graphics and video processors, and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in commercial, industrial, medical, educational, and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com.

Feb 17, 2012

QuadView Multiviewer Lights the Way for North Carolina's Tri-County Electric

The Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) was founded, like many other Rural Electrification cooperatives, in 1940. The cooperative served rural North Carolina farms and homes with 304 miles of line. Today, Tri-County serves over 20,400 consumers with more than 2391 miles of electric lines and is based in Dudley. This April, RGB Spectrum technical partner, Integrated Visual Solutions designed and installed EMC's new Call Center. This, first of its kind, facility primarily serves as the overnight call center and system-wide operations monitoring facility.

The new call/command center location was created to allow customer service phone representatives to monitor critical systems that show power usage, outages and other problems throughout the EMC coverage area. A QuadView HDx multiviewer allows EMC's representatives to quickly and easily respond to customer calls and concerns while monitoring a multitude of information sources in real time (which is the real mission of the EMC). The facility also serves as a command center for the EMC during times of emergency and natural disaster as widespread power outages impact large numbers of people. Prior to the new Call Canter, EMC had no centralized location for managing calls and monitoring the electrical grid. During the planning of the new center a number of options were considered for gathering and displaying vital information. In the end, a system built around the RGB QVHDx and a single high resolution projector proved to be the best choice. An RGB BP-16 button control panel facilitates the change of views as situations dictate.

Ease of use was a primary design criterion for call center personnel. Simplicity reduces training time and staff supervision which lead to a more efficient and responsive operation. In times of emergency response uncomplicated operation reduces confusion and supports appropriate decision making. The system enables the simultaneous display of computer generated maps and proprietary applications for monitoring power usage/outages, a network of cameras plus broadcast news and weather feeds.

Tony Grantham, Manager of Engineering for EMC states, "The RGB multi-view system allowed us to create an AV solution in which multiple sources can be viewed in scalable windows using a single projector. Our users--without help from the IT staff-- can easily change the sources or presets using the simple BP-16. Our staff was able to create their own presets even before the completion of the initial training session. The objective of making a true call center/command room was achieved using the QVHDx/projector solution at a lower overall cost than a typical LCD video wall setup. That being said, the most important aspect is that we know the system will function whenever the need arises."

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Announces In-House Design Services

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of a new design services program to better meet the needs of our valued partners world-wide. As part of our expanded Technical Services department, a team of highly-qualified Applications Engineers now provide custom-designed system solutions for specific projects.

Launched in September 2014, the Design Services team has created over 500 system drawings in response to engineering services requests. A large number of these requests have been for applications involving our Galileo Display Processor and MultiPoint Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS), but system drawings have incorporated components from our extensive range of products.

Our Technical Services team members design real solutions in response to real projects. They understand the intricacies of our products, and are trained to design systems which best utilize their capabilities. In response to a request, the team will create CAD drawings embedded with full, detailed information/specifications related to each system component. Completed drawings are accompanied by an automatically generated Bill of Materials (BOM), a full listing of the included components that reduces the possibility of human error. By providing drawings that can easily be incorporated into a larger overall system, our design services program is intended to complement the work done by our partners’ design teams.

Guided by strong design principles and a process that combines extreme consistency with the creativity to design innovative system solutions, the team focuses on developing the most efficient system that meets a customer’s requirements. For example, the team often receives design requests which appear to be extremely complicated; in response, however, the team has been able to break down the requirements and design alternative solutions that are more simple and elegant, and that address the challenges of the project much more effectively, than the original system request.

“The new Design Services department combines RGB Spectrum’s “purpose-built” approach to system design with exceptional talent and the freedom to create system solutions that dramatically mitigate the element of human error” remarked Tim Carrigan, manager of Technical Services. “This program is effectively accomplishing a number of key goals: to increase accuracy, to illustrate signal flow and functionality, and above all, to increase awareness and educate our partners and customers about the full range of RGB Spectrum’s offerings.”    

To access this new resource, you must be an authorized RGB Spectrum partner (rep, integrator, specifier or consultant) with access to our website partner portal. If you do not currently have access, please click here to request an account. If you are already registered and would like design help with a specific project, please log into the portal and submit an Engineering Services Request.

Aug 21, 2012

RGB Spectrum Enhances Situational Awareness in Shanghai

As China's economy expands, a reliable and efficient power system is critical to the country's economic growth. Concurrent with that growth, Chinese electric utilities such as Shanghai Power have become more mature with regard to their selection of efficient control room monitoring solutions. Key decision factors in the evaluation process include reliability, real-time monitoring, and the ability to scale the overall system without impacting performance. In today's advanced control rooms, where accurate and prompt decisions take priority, low performance products are no longer acceptable.

With the advancement of high definition display technology and today's new generation of intelligent monitoring solutions, China's electric utilities have re-directed their focus on new ways to improve network control and efficient power distribution. To that end, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4200 display processor was recently integrated by Shanghai Power at their new Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

At Shanghai Power, the MediaWall 4200 functions as the engine for the EOC's Power Quality Management System (PQMS) - a remarkable high definition, multi-projector curved display. The PQMS collects data from multiple applications and displays that information in a clear, multi-window format - yet all on one large, seamless screen. This wide-area configuration provides all personnel with a high degree of situational awareness, and provides a collaborative environment in which EOC's skilled operators can easily change layouts and content in response to specific situations. Even when the maximum number of windows are displayed, information is always presented in real time, with no dropped frames.

PowerVision is the prime system integrator for the Shanghai Power installation. The Project Manager commented on the company's evaluation process, and the importance of selecting the right solution. "We went through many different systems but we found that RGB's MediaWall 4200 was the only product that met our requirement for displaying twelve windows plus a background on a single screen - and all in real time. We also found the RGB system to be the most user-friendly and the easiest to set up, without sacrificing any powerful features. The system also integrates easily via IP or RS-232, and RGB has an excellent reputation for 24/7 reliability. Overall, this is the best system we evaluated, and for Shanghai Power, the MediaWall 4200 continues to perform exactly as needed, and so much more."

"Both nationally and internationally, our fundamental goal is meeting and exceeding requirements," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "Shanghai Power's selection of the MediaWall 4200 for their new EOC truly underscores how our products offer creative and collaborative solutions across multiple industries."

For further information about the MediaWall 4200, or to submit inquiries for video wall and control room applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Oct 25, 2012

RGB Spectrum Enhances Situational Awareness in Turkmenistan

Located due east of the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, the country of Turkmenistan covers an area slightly larger than the state of California. The country is using advanced video technology for a variety of security and monitoring applications.

In the capital city of Ashgabat, the Security Ministry was tasked with implementing a new monitoring system for the city's expanding network of roads and highways. In order to ensure an optimum state of awareness for any scenario, the system's top design priority was the monitoring and assessment of security conditions for the general population and for government officials. To this end, the Security Ministry turned to Avkom Technology, a leading systems integrator for the region, with the task of designing and installing video walls at two separate locations within the city.

Avkom selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 4200 processor as each facility's nerve center, feeding two video walls. One wall is L-shaped, comprising a12x3 array of narrow bezel Samsung 46" LCD monitors, each with a resolution of 1366x768. The second wall is of similar size, but U-shaped.

Each system receives, manages and monitors video streams routed from 12 specialized NVRs (Network Video Recorders). Every NVR, in turn, processes images from over 1000 IP-based security cameras located around the city. In terms of system flexibility, each video wall can display up to 300 IP cameras simultaneously. Any camera image can be scaled to any size - up to filling the entire video wall. For simplicity, one operator can drive the video wall and control all 12 NVRs.

Burhan Eker, Avkom's project manager for the Security Ministry's video wall project, commented on the selection process. "We selected RGB for several reasons. First, it is very stable, and second, the system is not PC based. Third, the system is capable of managing very big video walls." Mr. Eker also noted that the MediaWall 4200 processor's reliability was a key decision factor. "The installation requires little or no technical support on behalf of Avkom personnel."

For further information about the MediaWall 4200, or to submit inquiries for video wall and control room applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jul 26, 2010

RGB Spectrum Helps Cap the BP Gulf Oil Well

RGB Spectrum, a leader in videographic processing technology, today announced its part in the successful installation of a replacement cap on the Deepwater Horizon Well in the Gulf of Mexico. The delicate work was handled by deepwater remote operating vehicles (ROVs) controlled shipboard by an integrated control system using RGB Spectrum MediaWall display technology.

Each ROV communicates video images from cameras mounted on it to a control ship where an operator manipulates the mechanical arms of the ROV. The MediaWall, by concentrating camera feeds with other operating data, provides enhanced situational awareness to the remote operator for the sophisticated work required more than 1500 meters underwater.

Recent estimates indicate that up to 180 million gallons of crude oil have leaked from the well since the fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on April 20, 2010. BP Plc, which is responsible for the disaster and clean up efforts, used remote operated vehicles during the evaluation of the well's status and to implement all recovery and repair procedures. Due to the extreme pressures of subsea operation, ROVs are the safest and most cost effective means of addressing seafloor operations. Without a robust and effective remote control solution, timely subsea operations would not be possible.

To underscore the importance of remote control and monitoring, BP vice president Kent Wells said, "Results monitored from control rooms on ships at sea and hundreds of miles away at the company's U.S. headquarters in Houston showed the oil staying inside the cap, rather than escaping through any undiscovered breaches."

"RGB Spectrum is pleased to have been an important link in the chain of the solution to this economic and environmental disaster," said Bob Marcus, RGB Spectrum founder and CEO. "Control rooms around the world, which monitor critical assets, operations and safety, are made possible through the use of RGB video processing technology providing faithful, real-time, high quality, visual display of monitored situations."

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Oct 28, 2014

RGB Spectrum Helps India Explore Mars

“India has successfully reached Mars!” declared Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully placed a satellite into Martian orbit. “History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near-impossible. I congratulate all ISRO scientists as well as all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion” (“History Created as India Dares Unknown”; www.universetoday.com).

At ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility, a large crowd of onlookers, including the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, watched the historic events unfold on a 1x6 array of projector screens. Powered by RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processor, ISTRAC’s high-definition display system continually monitored the satellite’s trajectory to ensure the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).

RGB Spectrum partner Kiran Infosystems choose the MediaWall processor for its superior image quality and real-time performance. “This mission-critical control room is meant for demanding 24/7 requirements” remarked Ashish Shah, President of Kiran Infosystems. “Since 2010, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall processor has delivered an unmatched level of reliability and operational excellence. The processor provides real-time, crystal clear imagery that allows ISTRAC operators to collaborate and share mission data in an environment where every detail counts. It has been a key contributor to the success of the Mars mission. We are proud that our partnership with ISRO has allowed us and RGB Spectrum to be part of this ground-breaking historical moment.” 

India’s MOM began its journey on November 5, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. The $73 million, car-sized satellite took just over 10 months to travel a distance of 442 million miles before performing a complex maneuver to enter Mars’ orbit on September 23, 2014. The detailed, imagery provided by the MediaWall processor allowed ISTRAC operators to monitor the satellite during every stage of the journey.

For the next six months, the orbiting MOM probe will undertake a study of the Martian surface and atmosphere, sending high-definition video and telemetry information back to ISTRAC via a 105-foot diameter Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antenna.

The ISTRAC control room provides monitoring support for low-orbiting earth satellites as well as for launch missions like the MOM. ISTRAC receives satellite information from a network of Indian ground stations located in Bangalore, Lucknow, Sriharikota, Port Blair and Thiruvananthapuram, as well as from international stations in Mauritius, Russia, Brunei and Indonesia. Each ground station receives data from the IDSN antenna while a monitored satellite is within its range, and transmits this information to the ISTRAC facility for monitoring and analysis.

The display system consists of an array of six 120” rear projection screens mounted above operator stations. Signals from critical stations are routed through a switcher to the MediaWall processor for display on the video wall array. The control room is designed so that operators can monitor data at their own workstations and collaboratively view the most critical information on the video wall.

Offering unsurpassed power, clarity and reliability, our MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for mission-critical control rooms, including space launch facilities like ISRO’s in India and NASA’s in the US. RGB Spectrum is truly honored that our MediaWall processor was an integral part of this historic event.   

Mar 25, 2014

RGB Spectrum Helps Secure the Statue of Liberty

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29, 2012, the Statue of Liberty was on the frontlines. The storm surges and high winds caused extensive damage to the utilities infrastructure on both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It took over eight months of renovations and repairs before the Statue of Liberty could be reopened to the public on July 4, 2013. As part of the reconstructive efforts, Lady Liberty received a state-of-the-art security system from Total Recall Corporation, a New York-based security integration company.

The new security system covers both Liberty Island, where the Statue is located, and Ellis Island, the site of the new security operations center. Total Recall designed the system using equipment provided by a team of industry-leading technology partners which included RGB Spectrum. The company's MediaWall 2900 Display Processor adds powerful image processing capabilities to the installation by enabling the high-resolution display of camera feeds on a 2x2 video wall.

"Our MediaWall processor configures real-time information display on the video wall" said Bob Marcus, president and CEO of RGB Spectrum. "Operating with 24/7 reliability, the processor enhances operator awareness, essential for a security system tasked with protecting such an important part of America's culture and history. RGB Spectrum is honored to be part of the system protecting the Statue of Liberty," added Marcus.

Over 150 network cameras, supplied by Axis Communications, are used to monitor the park and monument. Additional cameras with a 200 degree panoramic view were provided by Scallop Imaging to ensure the security of all perimeters. A robust broadband network allows the high-resolution IP cameras to wirelessly communicate with the central command center, which was moved to a protected location on Ellis Island above flood elevation. Milestone and BriefCam servers take in the camera feeds and convert them to DVI signals that are input to the MediaWall processor, and Milestone's XProtect Video Management System (VMS) integrates the various systems used in the installation.

The MediaWall processor works with the VMS and servers to enable an expanded range of display possibilities, from a single video feed scaled across all monitors, to mosaic images of 4, 9 or 16 cameras feeds displayed in each of up to eight windows of any size and configuration. These windows can be located anywhere on the video wall, including across monitor bezels. Operators use a BP-16 panel to quickly recall preset window layouts and change the on screen display with the touch of a button. The video wall display's real-time reliability and versatility enhance both public safety and operational efficiency.

Previously, the Statue of Liberty and surrounding grounds were monitored by an analog system composed of five separate sub-systems; technicians were required to know how to operate each of them. U.S. Park Police Captain Greg Norman observed that the new digital system is now fully integrated and allows operators "to identify any problems and quickly take action [as well as] make critical decisions to better manage the park."

According to Jordan Heilweil, CEO of Total Recall, the contrast between the old system and the new is more than night-and-day. "It's like going from Mr. Magoo who couldn't see his hand in front of his face, to Superman with x-ray vision" observed Heilweil. After seeing the National Park Service struggle for years to get funding for a new security system, Heilweil decided that he would design and donate a cutting-edge system to the Statue of Liberty. With an estimated value of over $4 million, the solution provided to the park by Total Recall and its team of technology partners was "not restricted by budget. It has all the features and benefits that the Park Service and police needed [including] wireless connectivity, video synopsis [software], ample camera coverage, and [excellent display processing capabilities]."

"The new system is used [to ensure] the day-to-day safety and security of park visitors while also helping monitor traffic flow, expand people management capabilities, assist ferry services operation, reconnect parents with misplaced children, verify theft, loss or accident claims and effectively respond to medical emergencies " said Captain Norman. "The ultimate goal: to keep the visitor experience enjoyable while at the same time being able to respond optimally to incidents or emergencies."

The Statue of Liberty's new security system is so innovative that it has been honored with multiple industry awards, including the 2013 GSN Homeland Security Award and Security Technology Executive's Security Innovation Award (2013). RGB Spectrum is proud to play a part in this unique installation.

For more information about RGB Spectrum's full line of products, please visit our website at www.rgb.com.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall processors, matrix switchers, codecs, recorders, and integrated solutions for control room management. RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by major global organizations in industrial, security, medical, educational, commercial and military markets. RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at http://www.rgb.com.

Dec 19, 2003

RGB Spectrum's Advanced Display Processor Is Enlisted for Real Time Monitoring of the U.S. Border

RGB Spectrum has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide advanced visualization technologies to enhance U.S. border security. Tony Spica Jr., Vice President of Sales for RGB Spectrum explained, "The mission critical situation room is designed to integrate real time monitoring from video surveillance with a variety of other media to provide a comprehensive situational awareness picture to Border Patrol agents. A key criteria in the room specification was the ability to display many different input signals on one large screen and be able to manipulate these images so that agents zero in on specific areas and data as the situation dictates. The display system was also required to provide high resolution output quality and support HDTV."

"RGB Spectrum's SuperView 3000 multiple window display processor was chosen for the situation room display system. The SuperView 3000 processor supports all the signal types needed, RGB computer, composite video, and S-Video, and provides high quality DVI output. The SuperView switches amongst all inputs and displays them in windows on a single screen. Operators have the flexibility to manipulate these windows so they can tailor the display configuration. The SuperView also has the versatility to support other signal formats down the road as their display needs grow."

The SuperView processor receives a variety of computer and video feeds. Computer inputs include seismic, infrared, and magnetic sensor data, visible and infrared surveillance video from remote-controlled cameras digitized by PCs, PowerPoint presentations, and pre-recorded DVR video streams. It also receives video inputs from a PictureTel video teleconferencing system, VCR and DVD evidence video, HDTV "off air" broadcast, digital satellite broadcast, and local television.

The SuperView processor combines these multiple inputs and outputs them to an HDTV-ready Sony 50-inch KE-50 XBR 900 plasma display in the unit's 16:9 aspect ratio and 1024x768 native resolution. Situation room personnel operate the SuperView processor with a dedicated PC running RGB Spectrum's Virtual Control Panel (VCP) Windows-based GUI application. Personnel use VCP to customize display settings, position and size display windows, select pre-set display configurations, and choose input sources.

Spica continued, "SuperView offers flexible window manipulation capability. Display windows can be any size, from a small thumbnail to full screen, and the windows can be moved around anywhere. This is a powerful capability enabling personnel to enlarge a window and to focus on a particular area."

For more information on the Department of Homeland Security, visit www.dhs.gov and for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, visit www.cbp.gov.

The SuperView™ 3000RT combines multiple computer and video inputs on a single screen, allowing personnel to monitor in real time. The SuperView displays up to 12 video and computer windows on a single screen. Inputs can be NTSC or PAL composite, component, or S-Video, and high resolution RGB with up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. All SuperView windowed inputs can be independently positioned, scaled from icon size to full screen, overlaid with computer graphics, and overlapped with other display windows. Additionally, the user can pan and zoom within each video image to focus on a particular area of interest.

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 DGx™ digital recording system, 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.

Sep 22, 2010

RGB Spectrum's Multiviewers Improve Situational Awareness for Missile Defense System Operators

The Swedish Armed Forces utilizes an advanced ground-to-air defense missile system, the RBS 23 BAMSE manufactured by Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics. The BAMSE system is designed to combat a wide range of threats, including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft, air-to-ground missiles, cruise missiles, anti-radiation missiles, and guided bombs. It offers a target range exceeding 10 miles and coverage to an altitude up to 50,000 feet.

The BAMSE battery comprises a Surveillance Coordination Center (SCC) and two to four Missile Control Centers (MCC). The mobile truck-transported SCC system can be deployed and prepared for firing in less than ten minutes and can coordinate MCCs up to 10 miles away. The SCC automatically selects the optimum missile control center to engage the target and disseminates target data.

The MCC, operated by a crew of one or two, executes continuous real-time threat evaluation and combat coordination, including target acquisition, identification, tracking and prioritization. It is housed in armored vehicles designed to be protected from projectiles and nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.

The MCC is also equipped with embedded simulators allowing training and mission planning using a large library of simulation scenarios.

The operator consoles require the real-time display of graphics and video imagery in a correlated arrangement. To fulfill this mission critical requirement, Saab Bofors Dynamics equips the BAMSE MCC consoles with RGB Spectrum's RGB/View® multiviewers.

The RGB Spectrum multiviewer is a compact VME board that displays multiple computer and video imagery on a single console monitor. It is fed multiple high resolution computer and video inputs and combines these in real-time on the operator's console screen. The computer imagery includes target data, maps, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information on searching, tracking and missile status. Video imagery consists of thermal imaging and targeting video. The multiviewer consolidates the various input signals and resizes them to fit the console monitor. Signals are displayed in windows that can be scaled to any size and placed anywhere on the screen. RGB Spectrum's multiviewers are available in both stand-alone and VME board configurations.

The multiviewer's advanced de-interlacing delivers excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. It has proven to be a powerful visualization tool that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the BAMSE system operation.

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Feb 29, 2016

RGB Spectrum’s Display Processor Enhances the Latest Naval Weapons Defense System

U.S. and allied naval forces continue to expand deployment of the most effective naval defense technology devised, the Phalanx SeaRAM Close-In Weapon System (CIWS). The Phalanx SeaRAM, manufactured by Raytheon Company, incorporates RGB Spectrum’s powerful VIEW™ image processing technology in its fire control operator console.

Phalanx SeaRAM is an integral element of a vessel’s self-defense capability. It is a radar and infrared guided weapons system that provides vessels with “last chance” defense against deadly threats, including rotary and fixed-wing aircraft , anti-ship missiles and surface combatants.

The latest Phalanx SeaRAM upgrades enlarge its keep-out defense range against incoming threats. The enhancement replaces the 20mm gun of the original Phalanx system with an eleven round missile launcher . Phalanx uses advanced radar and computer technology to acquire, identify, track, engage and destroy enemy risks that have penetrated other ship defense systems.

The Phalanx control station provides operators with display of target acquisition, identification, and tracking data. Raytheon needed a solution that would allow the station operator to simultaneously view multiple images from various inputs in real-time on a single monitor. One of the challenges faced in system integration was overcoming the limited space constraints in the existing operator console. RGB Spectrum’s ultra-compact VIEW 7000 integrated ideally into the console and fulfilled the system’s mission-critical display requirements.

Raytheon commissioned RGB Spectrum to provide a multiple input window display processor, the VIEW 7000, for the Phalanx fire control station. The latest upgrade allows ships to engage with surface or airborne targets and enhances the ship's self-defense capabilities against a multitude of threats.

RGB Spectrum’s advanced VIEW 7000 processor combines high resolution computer sources, radar and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imager video inputs in real-time. The Phalanx system computer provides the View processor with graphical information comprised of a range table, target acquisition imagery, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information displaying target searching, tracking, and weapons status. The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system. The VIEW processor combines the various input signals and resizes them to fit the console monitor. Advanced de-interlacing techniques provide excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The VIEW 7000 processor also gives operators the ability to see critical data superimposed over thermal images.

RGB Spectrum’s VIEW processors accept multiple inputs for display on a single screen. Inputs can be video, FLIR, and high resolution RGB signals. Each window can be independently positioned, scaled to any size, overlaid with computer graphics or overlapped with other windows. Additionally, users can pan and zoom within each video image to emphasize a particular area of interest.

More than 900 upgraded Phalanx systems have been deployed worldwide, with installations on all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 25 allied nations. The Phalanx SeaRAM is now onboard the US Navy's newest fighting ships, the Littoral Combat Ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4).

Nov 25, 2013

Secure Monitoring of Power Generation Facilities

A large, international electricity and gas company that provides power to millions of people across the United States depends on an East Coast monitoring complex to secure their power generation and distribution facilities. As part of the state-of-the-art system designed and installed by Alliance System Integrators, RGB Spectrum’s OmniWall 32 Display Processors work with its MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (MCMS) to enable the integration of multiple security platforms.

The facility operates on a 24/7 basis. Operators monitor alarms and respond to access breaches, security threats, and other potentially problematic situations. The two hundred sites monitored here include power generating stations, operating yards, liquid natural gas plants, electrical substations and the company’s corporate headquarters. “Our client needed a system with the highest level of responsiveness across multiple systems with full keyboard and mouse control” observed Tony Damico, a Senior Systems Engineer with Alliance Systems. “RGB Spectrum’s MCMS and OmniWall Display Processors provide an outstanding level of functionality and reliability, and uncompressed visuals result in pixel perfect image quality.”

The main control room contains two identical monitoring systems for redundancy. Each side of the room has an MCMS system that includes three control stations, each with seven local monitors, plus a shared 2 x 4 video wall. An OmniWall processor enables the real-time routing of video feeds from security subsystems or news broadcasts to any display device in the room. This set-up is mirrored on the other side of the room, with a second OmniWall processor and MCMS, for a total of six control stations. The complete redundancy built into the installation ensures that, if necessary, either half of the room can operate the full monitoring system.

MCMS integrates all displays under a single unified interface accessible at each control station. The intuitive GUI allows operators to access information from any source computer in the system. KlickSimple™ technology enables each array of control station monitors to function as one continuous display, controlled by a single keyboard and mouse. MCMS enables a collaborative work environment through a user-configurable system of permissions and priorities. Operators can request and take control of specific system resources while a supervisor can immediately assume full control over the system to coordinate response.

The primary advantage of the MCMS is its ability to seamlessly integrate disparate security systems, without time-consuming and expensive custom software. In this installation, MCMS consolidates control of a Verint video management system (VMS), which integrates over 2500 camera feeds; an Amag access control system, which monitors 2000 card readers; and 100 Videofied motion detection systems, which monitor access to critical areas.

Each side of the room has a total of 22 computers which process incoming video streams from the security systems. Eleven of the computers are installed with a VMS client station that accesses analog video camera feeds over the IP network. Six computers are dedicated to the access control system. Another receives signals from the motion detection systems. The remaining four computers function as operator workstations and provide access to alarm reporting forms, email and other applications. An identical set of 22 computers are used with the equipment on the other side of the room. Every computer is installed with an External Desktop Adapter (EDA), a hardware device that enables remote access to source computers without requiring software installation. These allow the MCMS to provide operators with highly secure KVM control of the computers and immediate access to visuals.

When the security system detects a potential breach, operators use a combination of audible alarms and video streams to determine the necessary response. An IP audio system extracts audio from incoming video streams and feeds the audio into a switch, which consolidates them into a single output. A squawk box located at every control station receives this signal and gives off different tones depending on the type of alarm sounded. Operators are trained to recognize and respond to these alarms, and use the MCMS interface to access and display information to determine how to respond.

For example, the motion detection systems generate approximately 1000 alarms/week. When an alarm sounds, an operator can access a 10 second video clip of the alarming location. Most of these are false alarms; viewing the video clip allows operators to determine whether the alarm was triggered by an animal, wind, etc. and helps operators dismiss the alarm in 80 percent of the cases.

For the remaining alarms, an operator will check the video feed and make a determination about whether or not a situation is suspicious. If a situation is deemed to be problematic, the operator will notify security guards, the local police department and an in-house investigator who works with the police to resolve the situation. In the event of a serious threat or emergency situation, operators can use the OmniWall processor to scale a video or computer signal source across multiple monitors of the video wall for a shared view by all personnel.

The MCMS provides an extremely effective way to consolidate the monitoring of multiple power generation and distribution facilities. Although sophisticated in design, it is easy to use. It offers an integration platform that simplifies control of all security systems with an intuitive GUI that makes it easy for operators to access critical information.

Tony Damico observed that the performance of the installed system has exceeded the client's expectations. "The system has the power to handle a wide range of inputs, but is streamlined enough to minimize the time required to train operators," he remarked. "RGB Spectrum’s KVM control is extremely responsive, and the MCMS GUI is intuitive, reliable and easy to use. The client became convinced of the robustness of MCMS after trying unsuccessfully to break the GUI for over an hour. If I could offer one word to sum up this installation it would be…brilliant."

About Alliance System Integrators

Alliance System Integrators provides clients with specialized installations of security and communication systems. We evaluate and implement new technologies in response to changing client needs and technological advancements within the industry. Continually building on the deep technical knowledge of our staff, we provide exceptional value for customers, by delivering innovative security solutions with professional integrity. Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through superior performance and knowledge within our industry.

Sep 2, 2015

Securing Justice: Network Operations at Brazil’s Superior Court

For judicial facilities the ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of system information is a key priority.

Based in Brasilia, the Superior Labor Court or Tribunal Superior do Trabalho (TST) is one of five high courts in Brazil. Its primary purpose is to standardize Brazilian labor laws and develop guidelines for the implementation of labor processes. For their new technology center, the court required a control management and display system that would securely protect system data, control operator access to resources, and enable the processing and monitoring of system data, including remote sources, related to the TST and regional labor courts.

Display4, RGB Spectrum’s Brazilian partner, developed a comprehensive network operation center (NOC) to address all the court’s needs.  At the core of this system is Enterprise MCMSTM which allows security specialists to monitor and protect all aspects of the court’s network and security operations. The system is used to control a shared video wall and all signal routing.  In addition to the Enterprise MCMS system, the TST installation uses RGB Spectrum’s wire-based signal extenders and IP streaming codecs.

“RGB Spectrum is renowned for the reliability of their hardware products, and the Enterprise MCMS system provides a way to integrate control of all system resources” remarked Marcos Pires, Director of Display4. “An air-gapped architecture provides operators with KVM control over computers and servers without allowing them to “touch” or tamper with the data itself. For this government facility, the level of information security provided by the Enterprise MCMS system was one of the biggest benefits.”

The Enterprise MCMS system is compatible with a range of RGB Spectrum hardware and software components that can be combined into a custom-designed solution. In the system developed for the TST, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processor is used to drive a 5x2 video wall array of 55” monitors while a RGB Spectrum Linx Matrix Switcher routes signals throughout the system.

RGB Spectrum’s CAT-Linx HDBaseT extenders enable operators to send data to rooms across the facility.  In addition, its DSx Codecs stream imagery to displays located out of HDBaseT transmission range. This extension/streaming enables the vault-like NOC room to be monitored from four remote locations for added security. 

Enterprise MCMS integrates system resources and provides shared, arbitrated keyboard and mouse control of the TST’s data and facility management systems.  Specialists typically use the video wall and workstations to monitor a combination of analytics dashboards, graphics, text, and live video from a variety of sources:

  • Zabbix - a monitoring platform that gathers and visualizes data from multiple servers
  • VMS systems - with live video feeds of the equipment racks, access control points, power supplies, physical maintenance
  • System information on data usage and back-up events
  • Indicators of potential network threats/data breaches
  • Physical/environmental factors - temperature, alarms, health of system components      

The RGB Spectrum and Display4 designed NOC solution provides the TST with a number of benefits. With the ability to be expanded and reconfigured, the Enterprise MCMS system offered the court a long-term value proposition. In addition to the air-gapped security to protect system resources, Enterprise MCMS uses integration at the video level to consolidate control of all systems, even legacy systems with no network connectivity. It provides operators with access to real-time video feeds, graphics and data, which helps them maintain the integrity of the networked system. Finally, its intuitive, easy-to-use interface with live thumbnails and “drag-and-drop” signal routing capabilities minimizes the time required to train new operators.

Offering operators the ability to simultaneously monitor multiple video and graphics feeds, and share control over system resources, RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS system helps secure and protect the network and information resources of Brazil’s Superior Labor Court. 

Oct 27, 2009

Situational Awareness Enhanced on U.S. Aircraft Carrier Bridge Display Systems

Continual modernization of the aircraft carrier fleet helps the U.S. Navy maintain its edge as the most advanced and effective naval force in the world. One important element of this methodology is the enhancement of existing technology. The Situational Awareness Bridge Display System (SABDS) is a sophisticated video system that consolidates critical data to a centralized display. Utilizing RGB Spectrum's QuadView® XLRT multiviewer, SABDS assimilates electronic information from a range of systems, including: Command and Control, Threat Detection, Navigation, Surveillance, and Air Control. Incorporating this data into an exclusive display console eliminates redundancy, displacing an excess of single-purpose displays. Designed and implemented by DOD contractors, with specific experience to the needs of today's carrier mission, SABDS significantly improves situational awareness, and enhances decision-making resources for the Commanding Officer and Navigation Team.

RGB Spectrum's multiviewers were first installed in 2001 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) for the carrier fleet's prototype deployment. The U.S. Navy contracted Prism Maritime, LLC a maritime support services provider, specializing in government projects, and based in Virginia Beach, Virginia to design and install the SABDS upgrade. Keith Hurban, Director of Engineering for Prism Maritime explained, "The initial SABDS upgrade phase, required deployment of ruggedized equipment that would display real-time imagery from a variety of sources, to simultaneously track multiple systems. One of the challenges we encountered, involved processing the ship's various and exotic video signals, as well as radar imagery, poorly supported with the hardware being utilized. Through extensive research, we determined that RGB Spectrum's QuadView® XLRT multi-viewer was the only available product that provided the necessary signal support requirements, durability, and flexibility for this application".

SABDS includes two QuadView® XLRT multi-viewers, with each multi-viewer supporting up to 16 inputs from a wide range of tactical and navigation sources. The shipboard system converts all composite and S-video signals to RGB. The SABDS QuadView® processors are supplied with multiple types and resolutions of RGB signals. Imagery includes navigation radars, electronic charting, flight deck cameras, electronic status boards, ship status displays, surveillance video, workstation computer graphics and ship's television.

The ruggedized QuadView® XLRT is designed for mobile and harsh environments, including tactical operations centers, naval and airborne consoles, and military vehicles. It incorporates a number of structural augmentations for dependable performance under severe conditions, including a stiffened enclosure, front loaded air filters, and enhanced air flow.

Prism Maritime LLC is continuously working with the Navigation\Steering Control In-Service Engineering Agency (NAVSSES Philadelphia, Code 966) to increase situational awareness and integrate today's most advanced equipment into the Navy. Prism Maritime LLC is a full service provider of maritime support services to the United States Government. Prism Maritime provides consulting, program management, installation, and technical services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), in support of testing and life cycle support of new technologies / systems in the DOD maritime environment. Prism Maritime is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For more information, call 757-460-8800 or visit www.prismmaritime.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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Oct 25, 2012

Sophisticated Monitoring in Mairie de Colombes

Mairie de Colombes is a suburb located in the northwest corner of Paris, France. With over 83,000 citizens, the town has a sophisticated municipal EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for surveillance and security. RGB Spectrum plays a major part.

For a new video wall project at police headquarters, city managers turned to French AV integrator AGELEC to design a sophisticated system for monitoring IP-based security cameras located around the city. AGELEC selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 4200 as the foundation of the system.

The EOC's video wall is comprised of eight narrow bezel NEC 46-inch panels, each with 1366x768 pixel resolution, arranged in a 4x2 array. Video from each security camera is routed via fiber cable to the EOC, decoded, and then sent to eight network video recorders (NVRs). Each NVR connects to the MediaWall processor, which allows security personnel to monitor groups of 48 cameras at a time. Control of the video wall is provided by AGELEC software.

AGELEC selected the MediaWall 4200 because of its module architecture, picture-in-picture (PIP) capability, ease of use, and high degree of reliability. These advantages stem from the fact that the MediaWall 4200 is based on a dedicated architecture, rather than a PC. This was a key factor in its selection.

Jean Michel Lanco, CEO of AGELEC, saw a comprehensive demonstration of the MediaWall 4200 at a Paris exhibition, and convinced the Mairie de Colombes police department that this was the right product. "I invited members of the department to the trade show to see for themselves," said Mr. Lanco. "They agreed that the MediaWall 4200 was extremely simple to use, with the ability to display more images on fewer screens than competitive products, with real-time display capability. Their response was very positive."

For further information about the MediaWall 4200, or to submit inquiries for MediaWall 4200 applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Dec 15, 2008

Space Center monitors launches with MediaWall 2500

RGB Spectrum's technology partner, VIJU Sweden, recently completed the installation of a MediaWall® 2500 display processor at Swedish Space Corporation's (SSC) launch facility Esrange Space Center.

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is a comprehensive space company covering the entire field, from the definition of innovative business concepts and space projects to the development, tests and operation of the systems. SSC designs, develops and tests various types of space systems - satellites, sounding rockets, space subsystems and experiment equipment for research in microgravity. Thirty years' experience of designing comprehensive space missions and delivering them in orbit, in close cooperation with the users, makes SSC unique as prime contractor in space technology. SSC also designs, develops and installs maritime surveillance systems that are used by coast guard authorities around the world and offers reliable solutions for satellite operations worldwide.

In 1966 the Esrange Space Center was inaugurated in Kiruna and the first rocket launch took place before year-end. The Swedish Space Corporation purchased the Center in 1972. Since then there have been over 500 rocket launches and 500 balloon launches.

SSC is now investing in new technology to monitor rocket and balloon launch missions. Previous control rooms were built around individual PCs and their monitors plus video monitors for the launch pad cameras. The new control room was designed for efficient, flexible, uncluttered viewing. The focal point of the control room is a 2x3 LCD array, with each panel offering 1920x1080P resolution. A MediaWall 2500 display processor drives the array. Connected to the MediaWall processor are the computers that display maps, spreadsheets and other essential launch data as well as video inputs for the launch pad cameras as well as broadcast and DVD feeds. Control of the display is facilitated through the MediaWall's WCP (Web Control Panel) which provides an easy method for creating and recalling presets as well as changes in the display walls appearance as circumstances dictate.

The efficiency and effectiveness of the display system is enhanced by RGB Spectrum's exclusive Integrated Control System. This KVM system offers a unified system for the display and control of computers and computer controlled cameras. Using direct connection for the video coupled with IP connection of the keyboard and mouse functions, this hybrid solution allows for the benefits of both high quality video transport and flexible control. Video quality, including resolution, response time, and frame rate is dramatically superior to alternatives relying on video over IP. The system is operated with a single mouse controlling an on-screen cursor, with an optional keyboard for data entry. The novel hybrid approach coupled with the equally novel user interface offers seamless, real-time control and unparalleled responsiveness.

A number of factors were considered in the choice of the MediaWall 2500. According to Ola Widell, project leader for the new control room, "The MediaWall 2500 is for us an important tool. Its flexible image handling allows us to display pictures from our liftoffs in an efficient and useful manner." The MediaWall fulfilled all the demands placed on it by the control room designers. A key reason for selecting the MediaWall," Widell explains, "is the value proposition of price vs. performance. The fact that MediaWall is a pure hardware solution with no software or PC maintenance issues was of real importance."

Viju is headquartered in Goteburg, Sweden and is a provider of advanced communications and visualization solutions. Viju continues to work towards a shared goal of becoming the leading source of cutting-edge visualization and interactivity solutions in Northwestern Europe by 2010. www.Viju.se

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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

Jan 22, 2008

Strategy Room for San Francisco Disaster Relief Activities

Not so long ago, the Loma Prieta Earthquake quite literally shook the city to its foundations. Countless disasters have befallen San Francisco and the Bay Area, often requiring the immediate response of multiple city services and departments.

The San Francisco Emergency Communications Department recently turned to RGB Spectrum technology partner Snader & Associates to create a state-of-the-art Strategy Room - a first of its kind for the city - in which chiefs of staff can meet and coordinate relief activities during a disaster. Funded by the Homeland Security Act, the project was 'soup to nuts' with Snader attending all design and preconstruction meetings with the end users, City architects and contractors to ensure the team fully understood system needs and to enable the design and integration of all necessary technology and features.

As anyone - victim or rescuer - who has lived through a major disaster will attest, during an emergency accurate information and speedy communication are critical to addressing the multiple 'fronts' of any civil crisis. It was essential that the new system include various computer and video feeds simultaneously displayed for quick access by decision makers.

The $165 million turnkey room incorporates dual 67" Planar DLP displays forming a 1x2 video wall with an RGB Spectrum MediaWallsystem with custom designed interface provided by Snader, officials in the Strategy Room can access instantaneously a wide variety of information, including TV broadcasts (both cable and off-air), 911 audio and video data sources, and CAD maps of the city. Equipment is housed neatly in racks within the custom wall cabinetry designed for the room.

The system proved a total success as, during the first emergency trials drill, Mayor Newsom and the Chiefs of Fire, Police and other civil services were able to meet in the Strategy Room to make decisions based on the visual information displayed.

Snader and Associates Inc. is an independent reseller and integrator serving production, post-production, audio visual presentation, 3D animation and Federal Government professionals around the globe. Snader is acknowledged for its expertise in the Broadcast and AV design build business.www.Snader.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 Linx® DVI Matrix Switcher, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Apr 27, 2009

Sweden Records Missile Tests Using JPEG2000 Technology

Alameda, CA - The Swedish Armed Forces deploys a sophisticated, medium-range ground-to-air defense missile system, called RBS 23 BAMSE, manufactured by Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics (SBD). The BAMSE system is optimized to combat small targets such as air-to-ground missiles as well as cruise missiles and is highly effective against a diverse range of threats including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft and guided bombs, with a target range exceeding 10 miles and coverage to an altitude up to 50,000 feet.

The BAMSE battery, as a default, includes three Missile Control Centers (MCC) and a Surveillance Coordination Center (SCC). The mobile, truck transported system can be deployed and prepared for firing in less than ten minutes. The SCC automatically selects the optimum missile control center to engage the target and disseminates the target data. One SCC can coordinate up to six MCCs up to 10 miles away.

Saab Bofors Dynamics continuously tests and evaluates the BAMSE system to optimize the performance and efficacy of the system. To facilitate the test system, SBD utilizes RGB Spectrum's advanced DGy™ ultra high resolution recording systems. The DGy recorders were selected based upon their superior ability to record and reproduce the most intricate details using advanced JPEG2000 compression. Previously, SBD used scan converters and conventional VCRs which rendered "soft" imagery with difficult to discern text and graphics. The DGy recorders preserve the system's complex symbologies and provide sharp graphics and alpha-numerics for after-action-review.

Test system operators can directly record sophisticated imagery at 1280 x 1024 resolution at a real time rate of 30 frames per second. Two DGy units record the imagery displayed on the operator console screens. The complex imagery i ncludes fire control systems, radar, weather sensors, maps, threat identifiers, and a thermal imager.

Operators control the DGy codecs from a PC using an embedded web-based graphical user interface. They can place event marks at key points in the test to allow fast random access during after-action-reviews, and transfer recordings over the facility's network to other PCs for remote analysis.

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology has become the de facto standard in numerous mission critical applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations centers, missile testing, security, and telemetry. High profile installations include the F-35 Lightning III Joint Strike Fighter simulator program, the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems program, the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

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 Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and 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.

Jul 28, 2004

Tennessee Water Utility Adopts RGB Spectrum's Security Monitoring Technologies to Combat Terrorist Threat

Protecting America's infrastructure from terrorism is a critical objective of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS). DHS has appealed to public entities to implement preemptive safeguarding plans. One area of concern is the public water supply.

Tennessee's largest rural water utility district, Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County (CUDRC), based in Murfreesboro, has accepted the challenge and is pioneering efforts for the security of the public's water supply against intrusion and contamination. CUDRC took proactive measures by executing an infrastructure security plan using state-of-the-art technology. The core of the plan was the design and construction of a centralized command center operating 24/7 to continuously monitor the utility's water reservoirs, pump stations, flow meters, pressure zones, storage tanks, and distribution lines.

CUDRC contracted with audio-visual system integrator Multi-Media Solutions in Alcoa, Tennessee to design and construct the A/V display system in the new command center. Larry McElroy, General Manager for CUDRC explained, "The goal of the new security and monitoring command center is to enable personnel to know everything occurring system-wide by displaying all of surveillance and data components throughout the entire system on a central video wall."

Mike White, President and CEO of Multi-Media Solutions added, "the challenge was to integrate a myriad of incoming data and visuals of varying types. The system specifications required true real time display of all signals and the ability to manipulate the size and position of these images on the screens. We designed a wall-sized display system composed of three rear projection screens. The left and right screens are 7.5 by 10-foot. The center screen dimension is 9.5 by 12 feet. We incorporated RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art Quadra™ multi-screen and QuadView® multi-image display processors to give CUDRC staff the ability to view all of the system-wide visuals and data simultaneously on the video wall."

The Quadra receives four high resolution computer inputs from a matrix switcher connected to six computers and four video sources. The Quadra concurrently outputs these four images to four rear screen projectors on the center screen. The Quadra's "wall" function is enabled to display a 2 x 2 array on the screen, creating a massive, composite image. The center wall images consist of a system-wide map, topographic map, or flow chart depicting pumping stations. The most frequently used image is the system-wide map which depicts every reservoir, distribution pipe, valve, pump station, pressure monitoring station, water meter, and service vehicle. The security center's computers continuously receive live status data from transducers throughout the system and GPS transmissions from the service vehicles, which are fed into a computer program that generates easily understood visuals. The Quadra displays the updated visuals for real time monitoring of reservoir levels, flow production, operating pressure, and resource deployment.

The right screen is used to monitor live video surveillance. The system supports up to 32 IP-based video surveillance cameras positioned at critical perimeter detection points at the reservoirs and pump stations. The cameras' signals are converted via MPEG PC-boards to RGB analog signals. The QuadView receives any four of these camera feeds at a time and outputs them to a rear screen projector.

The left screen displays feeds from weather stations and local television broadcasts. Frigid temperatures, high winds, thunderstorms, and tornadoes can damage the water distribution systems, so weather conditions are continuously monitored. The QuadView processor is fed up to four live video signals from satellite and local cable television sources and sends them to the rear screen projector for simultaneous display.

The wall-size display system uses six Christie Digital Systems DS-30 rear-projection DLP projectors, four in the 2 x 2 array center screen and one each in the left and right screens. The Quadra and QuadView processors output to these projectors in their native 1280 x 1024 resolution. Command center operators select desired inputs, switch image feeds, and control the display configurations for all three screens using a simple pre-programmed touch- screen controller situated on the main console.

White continued, "The Quadra and QuadView processors give CUDRC personnel the powerful display versatility they needed in this mission-critical environment. Personnel can view any visual and data point system-wide in real-time. Operators can resize, zoom, and pan any image for greater detail and to focus on a particular area. The processors deliver exceptional image quality with sharp, crisp display of the high resolution graphics."

According to McElroy, "The district's entire distribution system can be monitored and controlled, and coordinated by a single person. Our personnel have the ability to assess and respond to critical situations and needs as they arise. We can respond to system defects, disruptions, damage, and incidents more quickly and effectively. If an intrusion is detected, the center operator can immediately turn off the pumps to prevent potentially contaminated water from being distributed. The center's innovative display capabilities gives us a quantum leap in preparedness, situational awareness, resource coordination efficiency, and response capability."

Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County is the largest utility district in Tennessee. For more information, call 615-225-3310 or visit www.cudrc.com.

Multi-Media Solutions is a premier designer and integrators of audio-visual technology solutions for commercial, industrial, educational, and government markets. For more information, call 800-968-7907 or visit www.m-media.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 DGx™ 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.

Dec 20, 2004

Tesoro Petroleum NOC Enhanced with QuadView Technology

Tesoro Petroleum of San Antonio, Texas recently upgraded its network operations center (NOC) to improve operational efficiency for the monitoring and analysis of refinery operations nationwide.

The NOC needed to display a combination of twelve workstation signals and a DVD or cable television signal on wall mounted NEC HLO Projectors and desk mounted LCD monitors positioned around the center.

Digital Display Solutions, the project integrator, chose RGB Spectrum's QuadView® XL multi-input, multi-window display processor. According to Roger Harbert of Digital Display Solutions, the QuadView processor was selected because it supports computer sources at up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution and displays up to four sources simultaneously while maintaining excellent image quality.

Digital Display Solutions used an Extron Crosspoint 12 x 8 matrix switcher and distribution amps, combined with the RGB QuadView XL image processor. With this system, NOC personnel can display a combination of PC and video signals on either or both of the NEC HLO Projectors as well as the LCD displays.

Roger Harbert said of the QuadView XL: "The RGB Quadview is performing perfectly. We gave an IP address to the Quadview and set it up on the Tesoro network, which allows Tesoro personnel to access it from their workstations. This makes it possible for any NOC personnel to control the QuadView processor remotely, so they can change inputs or display configurations."

The QuadView® XL is the first of a new generation of windowing systems, providing the most powerful image processing available and outstanding image quality. The QuadView processor accepts up to sixteen sources, four of which can be displayed simultaneously. It supports high resolution RGB, HDTV 1080i/720p, S-Video, component, and composite video and optional DVI inputs. Each input can be independently sized and positioned anywhere on the screen, as well as panned and zoomed to emphasize particular areas of interest. Leading-edge features include smooth zooming and panning, fast image processing with dynamic window sizing and instant display setting changes, built-in Web-based graphical user interface, dual RGB/DVI outputs, titling, borders, fade effects, and colored backgrounds.

Tesoro Corporation is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Tesoro is a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating six refineries in the Western United States. For more information, visit their website: http://www.tsocorp.com.

Digital Display Solutions, Inc specializes in providing audiovisual system design and integration services. DDS is based in San Antonio, Texas and can be reached at 210- 404-1233 or via the internet at www.digitaldisplaysolutions.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 DGx™ 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.

Dec 19, 2006

Traffic and Security Monitoring at the Lincoln Tunnel

The tunnel carries about 120,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest tunnels in the world. It is comprised of three tubes, of two lanes each. The center tube is used for two-way operation, with traffic direction alternated to accommodate the morning and evening commutes. This flexibility provides three or four lanes in either direction as traffic flows require, thus easing traffic congestion during peak times.

The goal of the Port Authority is to provide safe and efficient transport for millions of travelers who use the Lincoln Tunnel each year and to this end it has invested substantial capital resources. One of the critical projects in this process is the enhancement of the Lincoln Tunnel's Traffic Management Center which monitors all of the approach ramps and roadways inside the tunnel to assure safety and security.

A key element of the Traffic Management Center upgrade project was a new display system that would monitor all tunnel cameras at one centralized facility. The plan was to enhance operators' situational awareness and ability to detect traffic problems, collisions, stalled vehicles, accidents, fires, chemical spills, suspicious activity, and other incidents. The overall objective was to significantly improve incident response time, minimize impact on traffic, and boost traffic flow.

The core of the Center's new display system is RGB Spectrum's 4View™ multi-image display processor. The Center uses twenty-two 4View processors throughout the facility. Each processor receives and combines four live video feeds from cameras covering approach roadways and lanes inside the tunnel. The images are then displayed on twenty-two Hitachi 42-inch HD plasma screens, providing operators with eighty-eight real time camera views of the tunnel complex.

The 4View processors display the live video images in four-image, quad mode on each plasma screen. Operators can also view any of the four video feeds full screen at the push of a button for more in-depth analysis. The multi-image display wall has become an invaluable monitoring tool, enabling operators to maintain comprehensive vigilance and improve safety and security.

Unlike traditional video quad processors that display each video signal at 25% of true resolution, the 4View displays all four video inputs at full resolution on a screen up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The improvement in visual quality is dramatic. 4View's advanced artifact free motion rendering makes it the ideal solution for applications such as traffic management.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages and maintains the bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, airports, and seaport that are critical to the New York and New Jersey region's trade and transportation capabilities. For more information, call 212-435-7000 or visit www.panynj.gov.

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.

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