Control Room

Jul 19, 2012

Traffic Flows in Temecula with the Help of a MediaWall 4500

Temecula, California has come a long way since the installation of its first traffic light in 1985. The city now has over 100 signalized intersections, more than half of which utilize CCTV or computer systems for monitor and control.

To keep up with the growing transportation needs of the city, Temecula built a Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in its new Civic Center. The city turned to Western Audio Visual (WAV) in Southern California to design a state-of-the-art display system that would handle its existing traffic management technology and provide the flexibility for future development. WAV supplied the specialized design and integration resources needed for this crucial installation.

WAV selected the RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 as the main display wall processor based on ease of use, reliability, expandability, and its long history in military command and control and emergency operation centers. "The MW4500 was a natural choice for this project" said Erik Wilson, CTS-D, Project Engineer for WAV.

The MediaWall 4500 is used to display video and graphics inputs on a 2x3 array of 70" Planar cubes with an active viewing area of 5760 x 2160 pixels. The flexibility of the MediaWall 4500 allows multiple sources to be displayed in windows at their native resolution. Its embedded, parallel processing architecture, robust 24/7 operation, and redundant power supply option help ensure the TOC will continue to operate during emergency situations.

Visuals can be displayed anywhere on the MediaWall 4500's outputs, allowing traffic engineers to monitor several intersections simultaneously in order to verify that control lights are functioning correctly and traffic is flowing unhindered. Signals at key intersections can be adjusted as required from the operations center to maintain an orderly flow of vehicle traffic.

The TOC is staffed by members of the Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division during normal operating hours. For special events or emergencies, the TOC provides information and support to law enforcement, fire, and other government agencies.

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 www.rgb.com.

Nov 20, 2009

U.S. Army's Bradley Operations Center Vehicle Improves Battlefield Situational Awareness with Advanced Multiviewer

The Paladin Operations Center Vehicle (OCV) is a variant of the U.S. Army's Bradley fighting vehicle. BAE Systems, a global military supplier, was contracted to upgrade the Paladin Operations Center Vehicle under the M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program.

The PIM program goal is to design and build a next-generation command-and-control vehicle increasing situational awareness, giving commanders a more comprehensive battlefield picture for improved assessment, decision making effectiveness, and warfighting lethality. To achieve this goal, BAE Systems enhanced the Paladin PIM Command Vehicle design to provide multi-data point integrated display for commanders. BAE Systems selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView® XLRT multiviewer to provide this capability.

The QuadView XLRT multiviewer is the core component in the vehicle's display system, presenting a correlated view of real time visuals and other data. The QuadView meets the objective of integrating and displaying an extensive range of mission critical data from all available sources onto a centralized screen.

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.

The QuadView multiviewer is fed a combination of computer and video signals. Video inputs include surveillance/ reconnaissance video cameras from land vehicles and UAVs. Computer sources include maps, topography, battlefield sensors, force tracking and resources databases, satellite down-linked surveillance, intelligence data, and fire control systems. The multiviewer consolidates these sources and outputs four selected images at a time to an Aydin Displays 52-inch LCD panel at 1920x1080p resolution.

The QuadView processor offers the most powerful image processing and manipulation versatility. The visuals can be depicted on the display according to the preference of each individual commander. Images are depicted in up to four-window quad arrangements or full screen. Each window can be any size, anywhere, providing a limitless combination of display configurations. Operators can select input sources, manipulate images, and choose from pre-set window display arrangements. Images can also be zoomed and panned to concentrate on a particular area of interest for commanders.

Bob Opsitos, Senior Engineer for BAE Systems and the Lead on the Paladin vehicle project, commented, "the QuadView display system delivered exactly what the U.S. Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (HBCTs) needed and asked for. It is an excellent solution for the most demanding mission critical applications where multiple visuals and data need to be presented in a unified way."

BAE Systems is a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense, security and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents, with customers and partners in more than 100 countries. BAE Systems' six home markets include Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For more information, call 717-225-3400 or visit www.baesystems.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.

Jan 24, 2007

U.S. Electronic Warfare System Deploys Advanced Digital Recording Technology

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, contributes to the Army's success on future battlefields by conducting experiments and operational tests on weapons, equipment, and doctrine. USAOTC tests focus on the areas of battlefield intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); information assurance (IA); and electronic warfare (EW) intelligence processing systems. It devises robust synthetic operational environments, along with realistic battlefield situations, to test proposed systems in development. Testing encompasses how well a new piece of equipment works within a C3ISR architecture and its performance in IA environments exposed to complex and evolving threats.USAOTC assessed that it needed to upgrade its after-action review (AAR) systems, in particular systems used to capture and record data and visuals for subsequent analysis. USAOTC deployed the RGB Spectrum DGy™ high resolution digital recording systems in this AAR system upgrade. The DGy recording systems use advanced JPEG2000 wavelet-based compression to provide the highest fidelity recording of the most intricate, precise detail.

USAOTC performs battlefield systems tests at Army ranges all over the United States using specially equipped HMMWV tactical vehicles to serve as mobile command and data capture units. The HMMWVs are designed to capture data from ground and airborne sensors that examine every communication on the battlefield. As the sophistication of battlefield communications and intelligence technology has evolved, USAOTC tape-based recording equipment needed to be replaced with a higher quality, higher performance solution. USAOTC equipped each HMMWV with two DGy disk-based digital recording systems.

The first DGy records NTSC composite surveillance video or FLIR from an airborne unmanned aerial system (UAS). The second DGy is fronted with an RGB Spectrum QuadView® image combiner. The processor is fed a variety of computer visuals that include UAS flight statistics, aircraft speed, and navigational information from the UAS ground control station, real-time targeting, reconnaissance and surveillance data, and radio frequency intercept information from ground sensors. The QuadView processor integrates up to four of these computer visuals and feeds the combined image to the second DGy recorder, which records it at 1280 x 1024 resolution along with audio.

Following the battlefield tests, recorded information is analyzed and then transferred to the video data reduction cell installed at an on-base facility for posttest review. The cell is equipped with up to three DGy playback systems.

Operators use the RGB Spectrum Web Control Panel GUI to control the full range of operations, to include placing event marks during recording and playback. Recordings are time- stamped with military-standard IRIG time code. Operators have immediate random access to any point in the recording, eliminating the previous time-consuming task of traversing through tape.

The RGB Spectrum DGy digital recording systems are deployed in every United States military branch and are used in a number of major military programs, including Future Combat Systems (FCS), Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), and National Missile Defense (NMD).

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 1, 2004

U.S. Missile Defense Agency Conducts Missile Test Evaluations with Advanced Digital Recording Technology

The United States faces an expanding threat of missile strikes as more countries gain the capability to launch offensive missiles at the U.S. and its allies. Presently, there is no national missile system in place to protect the Continental U.S. from long-range missile threats. The directive of the U.S. National Missile Defense Act of 1999 is to deploy as soon as is technologically possible an effective National Missile Defense system capable of defending the territory of the United States against limited ballistic missile attack, whether accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) mission is to develop, test and prepare for the deployment of a national ballistic missile defense system (BMDS). The BDMS plan incorporates an array of complementary missile interceptors, land, sea, air and space-based sensors, and battle management command and control systems to engage all classes of ballistic missile threats. BDMS involves the Army, Navy, and Air Force to provide a comprehensive, multi-pronged defense system. MDA's role includes the BMDS system design, proof of concept assessment, and continuous evaluation of production, deployment and operational alternatives to provide emerging warfighting capability.

One of MDA's key functions is to devise and perform live missile system test missions. Live viewing and after action review of these test missions are conducted at the Remote Mission Monitoring facility in MDA's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Participants include generals, command personnel, program managers and engineers. MDA enlisted the IT and multi-media technology expertise of systems integrator Layer 8 Technology Inc. of Huntstville, Alabama, to equip the Remote Mission Monitoring facility (RMM) with a sophisticated multi-image display system and command and control IT infrastructure.

According to George Koepplinger, Director of Layer 8 Technology Huntsville operations, "The primary function of the RMM facility is conduct live monitoring and review of a remote missile systems test. One mission-critical element of the RMM display system is the ability to record multiple high resolution signals tracking the missile test in action. MDA required a digital recording technology that would record in real time, provide faithful reproduction and provide immediate replay capability. Following extensive research and evaluation, we selected RGB Spectrum's DGx™ multi-channel digital recording system. We have deployed three DGx units in the RMM facility".

Koepplinger continued, "the DGx units met our desire for a complete COTS, turnkey recording solution that was cost effective and provided the high level of performance required. Their compact footprint works well in our space constrained environment. We installed the DGx units in a portable rack system giving us the mobility we need."

Each DGx unit records four high resolution input signals simultaneously for a total of 12 concurrently recorded sources. The DGx units record missile telemetry animation generated from graphic workstations, a variety of sophisticated space- based, ground-based, and airborne sensor and instrument data, radar images, satellite-downlinked high-speed photographs, ground based infrared and video cameras, missile-mounted video cameras, as well as audio.

The Remote Mission Monitoring facility display system consists of six 55-inch Clarity Visual Systems UXGA display cubes a nd two 50-inch Panasonic plasma displays. In after action review in the RMM, the recordings from the three DGx units are routed through a video wall controller, providing display configuration flexibility and crop, pan, and zoom functions. The recorded outputs from the DGx units are displayed either full screen or in quad mode on each of the cubes and plasma screens. The result is an expansive, comprehensive replay of all pertinent live test data and visuals for more effective evaluation and assessment.

Koepplinger concluded, "Overall, we are very pleased with the DGx systems. The reproduction of symbology, small text, and intricate graphics looks really good. The audio playback is also high quality. The DGx's ability to immediately replay recordings with random access is a critical benefit."

Layer 8 Technology Inc. designs, installs, and maintains information technology systems for military applications such as command and control, telecommunications networks, data distribution and analysis, and communications. Layer 8 Technology is based in Huntsville, Alabama with an additional office in Colorado. For more information, call 256-656-9608 or visit www.layer8technology.com.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) operates under the Department of Defense with the mission to develop and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BDMS) capable of providing a layered defense against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight. For more information, visithttp://www.acq.osd.mil/mda/mdalink/html/mdalink.html.

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

U.S. Missile Testing Control Center Deploys Advanced Multi Image Display Technology

The Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR), located on a tiny island in an atoll in the Marshall Islands 2500 miles West South West of Hawaii, is part of the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command. KMR is the only treaty-approved launch site from which the United States can test and provides a major role in research and development for America's defense and space programs. The KMR mission is to provide multi-level strategic and ballistic missile defense system testing and to conduct space operations including space object identification, space surveillance, and new foreign space launch tracking in support of the U.S. Strategic Command and NASA.

Recently, the Kawajalein Missile Range embarked upon a four-year modernization program that entailed equipping the facility's Operations Control Center (OCC) with leading edge real time display technology. KMR enlisted the services of Matrix Audio Visual, an audio-video and computer systems design/integration firm based in Burbank, California.

According to Hovik Mirzakhanian, President of Matrix Audio Visual Designs, "KMR is a virtual "catcher's mitt" for a whole spectrum of missile systems. Its sensors track ICBMs fired from Vandenberg, medium-range missiles fired 2,400 miles away at Hawaii's Barking Sands Missile Range, and theater missiles fired 700 miles away on Wake Island. KMR radars provide continuous first orbital revolution coverage of most Chinese, Russian, Japanese, French Guinea, Indian, and other Asian continent launches within one hour after launch."

"KMR has the most sophisticated radar and optical sensors in the world. This project was critical to maintain the success of missile test missions and Space Surveillance Network and Space Object identification operations. Range operators wanted the ability to display data that appeared on seven computer screens onto two plasma panels in the facility's Operations Control Center (OCC). Additionally, range operators wanted to display redundant information onto a single plasma display in quad, four image mode in an adjoining conference room. We needed to present a correlated view to operators of KMR's highly sophisticated radars, optical sensors, telemetry stations and other instrumentation on these individual screens."

"After extensive technology review, we selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView® real-time multi-image display processors. The QuadView was the ideal solution for this project. It delivers the best-in-class feature set with support for the broadest range of computer and video signals, true real-time display, superior-quality image scaling, and versatile image manipulation capability."The KMR command and control center provides consolidated operational and sensor control for all KMR sensors. Instrumentation throughout the atoll collects metric, signature, and science data to track multiple targets, perform intercept trajectory reconstruction, characterize missile re-entry systems, support intercept missions, and monitor data from instrumented targets. The sensor information, radar, and instrumentation data are fed and processed by Sun and VAX workstations. The OCC is equipped with three QuadView display processors.

Each QuadView receives inputs from up to four workstations at 1280 by 1024 pixel resolution. The processors consolidate these high resolution computer sources and output them in a correlated quad window mode to two 50-inch Pioneer plasma displays in the OCC and one identical plasma display in the adjoining conference room. The computer-generated content includes tracking radar, optical and telemetry sensors, range timing data, meteorology information, flight and ground safety logistics.

Operators use a simple touch screen controller to select and route workstation sources to any of the QuadView display windows, as well as reposition and resize each window independently. Windows can viewed side-by-side, overlapped, and full screen. Operators are also able to zoom and pan within each window to monitor information of particular interest. The Matrix Audio Visual designed system, allow test personnel and command-level observers to view the screens from a further distance without interfering with operators in the control center.

For more information on the Kwajalein Missile Range, visit http://www.smdc.army.mil/RTS.html Defense Command Public Affairs Office at 256-955-3887, fax 256-955-1214, or email atwebmaster@smdc.army.mil.

Matrix Audio Visual Designs Inc., based in Burbank, California, is an audio, video, lighting, and computer systems design/integration firm. Matrix Audio Visual Designs provides system integration of the latest audio visual technology for commercial and residential markets. For more information, call 888-883-4VDO, 818-841-4700, or visit www.matrixav.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.

Apr 8, 2008

Using a Videowall to Control an Underwater ROV

Most people think of a videowall as an array of projectors displaying imagery in large venues, often public spaces serving multiple viewers. Today, video wall processors are also finding use as multi-monitor display systems serving a single operator. Perhaps one of the most extraordinary instances of this is the control of undersea remotely piloted vehicles or ROVs. Here the objective is the delivery of critical information to a single decision-maker, the ROV operator or a small team of operators. Hence the displays are likely to be flat panel monitors rather than projectors and the total display space measured in a few square feet rather than the dozens or hundreds of square feet of traditional video walls.

The monitor array may be considered to comprise the "display real estate" available to the operator. Even where individual images never span more than a single monitor, the advantage of a display wall processor is that it offers unified control far more efficiently than if the task were relegated to separate processors feeding individual monitors.

Underwater vehicles are used for a variety of missions, including the laying of cable and pipelines. To pilot an undersea ROV effectively requires the processing of information from a variety of sensors and data sources. Data must be delivered in a logical and efficient manner to the operator to facilitate decision making. Advanced subsea control systems improve the ability of operators to operate remote vehicles under a variety of operating conditions which can affect vehicle stability and visual systems.

In the info rich environment of an ROV control center a videowall processor is a major component of the overall control system, providing for the visualization, navigation and analysis of data. This is where "the rubber meets the road". The control interface allows the user to determine what information is displayed, and where and at what scale on the monitors. The display processor needs to be flexible enough to change according to the situation, allowing information sources to be selected and positioned according to their relevance in a given situation as well as to accommodate the preferences of individual operators or teams.

What makes for an optimal multiple screen processor for ROV control? Real-time display of inputs, without dropped frames or time lag is essential in highly dynamic situations. Another consideration is reliability. So is flexibility in display. RGB Spectrum is proud that its MediaWall multi-image display system meets the requirements for such mission critical systems.

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