Defense & Aerospace

Mar 27, 2017

Advanced Display Processor Deployed in Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

The expanding Littoral Combat Ship fleet is being outfitted with the most effective naval defense technology devised, the SeaRAM® Rolling Airframe Missile and Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), manufactured by Raytheon Company. The SeaRAM Phalanx missile defense system provides the highest level of ship self-defense. It is designed to identify and destroy approaching supersonic and subsonic threats, such as cruise missiles, drones, small boats and helicopters.

The Phalanx CIWS incorporates RGB Spectrum’s high performance VIEW image processing technology in its fire control operator console. Raytheon commissioned RGB Spectrum to custom-design a multiple input, multiple window display processor, the VIEW 7000, for the Phalanx Block 1B fire control station. 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 disparate images from various sources in real-time on a single console monitor. One of the integration challenges was overcoming the limited space constraints in the operator console. RGB Spectrum’s ultra-compact VIEW 7000 integrated ideally into the console and fulfilled the system’s mission-critical display requirements.

More than 900 Phalanx systems have been deployed worldwide, with installations on all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 25 allied nations. The first LCS vessels deployed with Phalanx SeaRAM are the USS Independence and USS Coronado.

Phalanx CIWS Operator Console equipped with RGB Spectrum’s VIEW 7000 multi-image display processor

Phalanx CIWS Operator Console equipped with RGB Spectrum’s VIEW 7000 multi-image display processor

RGB Spectrum’s high performance VIEW 7000 processor combines high resolution computer sources and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imager video inputs in real-time. The Phalanx system computer provides the VIEW 7000 processor with visual data comprised of a range table, target searching, tracking and acquisition, weapons control and ordnance data.

The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system. The VIEW processor receives video from the thermal imager in a unique 1360 x 422 resolution, combines the various input signals, and resizes them to fit the resolution of the console monitor. Its advanced de-interlacing techniques provide excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The VIEW 7000 gives operators the ability to see critical computer data superimposed over the thermal images.

The VIEW 7000 processor accepts up to twelve inputs and displays them 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. Users can pan and zoom within each video image to emphasize a particular area of interest.

Jun 24, 2009

Advanced JPEG2000 Recording Deployed For Helicopter Mission Simulators

Rockwell Collins, the prime contractor for the U.K. Army's Aviation Command and Tactics Trainer (ACTT), was contracted to execute the sixth phase upgrade of this simulator. The upgrade was designed to provide advanced command and tactical training capability for the Army's helicopter pilots for operation in high threat environments.

The ACTT is a tactics simulator that provides training, mission planning, and mission rehearsal against a dynamic enemy in a virtual environment. Using real-world, high-fidelity databases created by Rockwell Collins, the ACTT allows students to experience simulated maneuvers and battles while instructors evaluate their performance. The system features an instructor station networked together with up to twelve student stations.

The ACTT upgrade required a system to record the intricate symbology used in the simulated Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS) unit. Rockwell Collins selected RGB Spectrum's DGy™ digital recording system to meet this demanding requirement. The DGy system was chosen for its superior ability to reproduce intricate detail, achieved through advanced wavelet-based JPEG2000 near lossless compression.

The Rockwell Collins EPX-50 image generator is at the core of the simulator, producing a myriad of complex, sophisticated visuals for the out-the-window scene and for the sensors feeding the integrated helmet and sighting systems. The DGy codecs perform synchronized recordings at up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution of the navigational, avionics, target acquisition and weapons control simulated imagery. Instructors replay the exercises with the aircrews in post-simulation classroom debriefings, where they can take full advantage of the DGy's versatile playback capabilities: event marking, instant random access, variable speed fast forward and fast reverse playback, and frame-by-frame jog/shuttle.

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology has become the de facto standard in simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations centers and missile testing. 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.

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Rockwell Collins offers expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training. Rockwell Collins has almost 20,000 employees and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. For more information, visit www.rockwellcollins.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 www.rgb.com.

Apr 18, 2007

Advanced Visualization Technology For The U.S. Navy's New Littoral Combat Ships

To maintain its naval warfighting superiority, the U.S. Navy is building a multi-vessel fleet of lighter, faster ships. The first of these new vessels to be deployed will be the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a new family of high speed, extremely maneuverable, networked surface combat ships. The LCS is a shallow draft vessel designed to operate in coastal waters to counter such 'asymmetric' threats as mines, diesel submarines, and small, armed boats used by terrorists. In 2004, the U.S. Navy contracted General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin to design and build the first two LCS ships.

To achieve their combat mission, the LCS is being equipped with the SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense System, an advanced development of the Phalanx system, the most widely used naval defense system in the world. Raytheon, the manufacturer of Phalanx, has developed the new SeaRAM missile defense system that combines the field-proven technology of the original Phalanx system with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) guided missile system.

David Ray, SeaRAM Program Manager for Raytheon, explained, "the SeaRAM system is an integral part in the LCS ships' layered surface and anti-air defense capability. It provides the highest level of ship self-protection with extended 'keep out' capability and the ability to engage multiple targets. SeaRAM is designed to extend the inner layer battle space and enable the ship to effectively engage multiple supersonic and subsonic threats."

"SeaRAM provides ships with a "last-chance" defense against anti-ship missiles and other close-in-air and surface threats, including helicopters, surface mines, and terrorist aircraft that have penetrated other fleet defenses. The SeaRAM system combines the threat detection and high maneuverability of the Phalanx's high resolution search-and-track sensor technology with the accuracy and extended range of the RAM missile. An 11-missile RAM launcher assembly replaces the original Phalanx 20 mm gun."

Ray remarked, "SeaRAM is an affordable capability upgrade. The above-deck system fits the exact footprint of the Phalanx, uses the same power, and requires minimal shipboard modification. The first U.S. Navy deployment of SeaRAM will be on the General Dynamics built LCS USS Independence. SeaRAM has been deployed for sea trials and operational suitability tests on the English Royal Navy's HMS York. All SeaRAM exercises and trials have been completely successful."

To ensure high efficiency threat detection and reliable quick-response capability, Raytheon developed sophisticated operator consoles utilizing RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art RGB/View™ 7000 multi-image display processors. The SeaRAM system can be equipped with one or two operator consoles, a Local Control Station in the ship's main control center and a Remote Control Station in the ship's Command Information Center.

The compact RGB/View 7000 multiple window display processor is ideally suited for the console's limited space. It supports the SeaRAM system's thermal imager and combines high resolution computer and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) video inputs in real-time. The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system. The SeaRAM system computer provides graphical information, including a range table, target-acquisition imagery, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information displaying searching, tracking, and gun status. The RGB/View processor receives video from the FLIR thermal imager and combines the computer and infrared signals, displaying these in windows that can be scaled and placed as required on the screen.

The RGB/View 7000 offers a unique benefit to the SeaRAM 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.

Ray concluded, 'The RGB/View 7000 processor is a powerful visualization tool that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the SeaRAM system operation."

Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft. Raytheon Company is based in Lexington, MA and can be reached at 502-364-6760 and on the internet at www.raytheon.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.

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.

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

Mar 30, 2017

AV-over-IP Solution for Defense and Aerospace Applications

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio RT® AV-over-IP technology offers networked real-time video and audio distribution over an IP network. The system provides HD and 4K video encoding and decoding over conventional 1GB networks for defense, aerospace and military applications.

Zio RT codecs distribute any content, anywhere, providing a complete AV distribution solution. The system is fully scalable to any size deployment, from a battlefield shelter command post to a multi-building military base.

Offering the most advanced features of any codecs on the market today, Zio RT provides a choice of standards-based compression methods and parameters to optimize for the needs of any environment. Where bandwidth is sufficient, Zio RT supports all I-frame compression to achieve the highest quality and lowest latency. Signal sources and displays up to 4K resolution are supported. Zio RT also offers instantaneous seamless switching, overcoming one of the traditional limits of encoded video.

The Zio RT codec’s innovative peer-to-peer architecture maintains full 24/7 reliability, avoiding “single point of failure” vulnerability. For applications requiring the highest levels of reliability, there are redundant endpoints. An automated failover feature helps ensure continuous operation. End-to-end encrypted transmission is offered as an option.

The Zio RT codecs come packaged in a rugged, conduction-cooled enclosure to stand up to the rigors of challenging environments. They offer locking HDMI connectors with loop through. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported to simplify installation. The codecs can also be custom-built for even higher environmental and shock/vibration requirements, including MIL STD 901, 810, 461, 167 and DO160D.

Zio RT is an open system. It can accommodate externally generated video streams from third party H.264/H.265 IP cameras as well as streaming content to smart phones, IPTVs or display devices.

Other advanced IP-friendly features include automatic device discovery and integrated bandwidth management. For sharing video between domains, Zio RT encoders can produce multiple video streams with differing compression parameters, allowing a signal to be optimized to meet the stringent bandwidth, frame delay and jitter challenges of WAN links while keeping the highest quality in its original domain. Fully-integrated control is provided with a powerful, intuitive GUI. An API for control by third party devices is available. Options include KVM and recording. A USB port is standard but can be removed on special order.

The Zio RT endpoints are integrated with RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall and Galileo processors for multi-screen display, i.e. video walls, as well as multiviewers.

A command center, a simulator, a mobile TOC, a vessel, a base, a city, or the world - LANs, WANs, even satellite links - a Zio RT solution is up to the challenge.

Jul 27, 2007

DGy Digital Chosen for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Mission Simulators

Lockheed Martin has selected RGB Spectrum's DGy™ digital recording and streaming technology for use in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) mission simulators.

DGy units will be deployed in the F-35 mission simulator's multiple pilot pods, recording everything the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, navigation, and weapons control. Additional DGy units will be utilized in the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) and the After Action Review (AAR) facility. Mission simulations will be simultaneously recorded while streamed to DGy units throughout the simulator and to the RGB Spectrum Multicast Video Server. Following the mission simulation, DGy codecs in the AAR room will be used to replay scenarios to provide a post flight assessment of pilots' performance.

According to Tony Spica Jr., Vice President of RGB Spectrum, "RGB Spectrum has many years of close association with Lockheed Martin on a variety of mission critical military projects. We are pleased that Lockheed Martin's exhaustive and comprehensive technical evaluation has culminated in their selection of the DGy recording and streaming system for this major program."

"The F-35 simulators require the highest fidelity encoding and decoding of the most intricate detail on the cockpit displays. Advanced JPEG2000 compression scheme delivers faithful recording and viewing of the F-35 mission simulator's complex imagery and fine symbology. The DGy provides the optimal solution, with exceptional image quality, field proven reliability, and superior performance."

The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th generation stealth fighter designed to replace a wide range of existing aircraft, including AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers. Beginning in 2008, pilot-in-the-loop, multi-aircraft simulations will be conducted as the actual F-35 aircraft production and deployment stages commence.

The F-35 is the next generation strike fighter, bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future. The JSF aircraft's advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters across the globe. For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, visit: www.jsf.mil.

Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (STS) division is developing the training program for the F-35. STS is the preeminent supplier of training solutions across a variety of segments and is a leading provider of modeling, simulation and mission rehearsal tools.

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 www.rgb.com.

Apr 25, 2011

DGy Digital Recording and Streaming Technology for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the world's most advanced multi-role fighter providing pilots with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the F-35 is equipped with next-generation avionics, stealth capability, network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, and weapons systems. The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics division provides design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics recently expanded its Test Mission Control Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. One of the critical components of the technology upgrade is a state-of-the-art recording capability for post-test flight analysis and review. Lockheed selected RGB Spectrum's innovative DGy™ JPEG2000 recording system to deliver this mission-critical recording capability.

The DGy recording system was chosen for its superior reproduction of the most complex detail. Using JPEG2000 compression to achieve visually lossless recording, the wavelet-based codec provides results superior to other compression schemes by encoding every frame and the entire color spectrum.

One of the key advantages of the DGy system is that it can record a variety of disparate signals. The facility is equipped with any extensive array of visualization sources and recently expanded from 12 high-resolution workstations to a current total of 27. Image content consists of dynamic maps with aircraft positional tracking overlays, avionics data, and critical safety-of-flight parameters generated from the IADS (Interactive Analysis & Display System). Additionally, aircraft tests are monitored using various flight line, hangar, hover pit, aircraft on-board video cameras, and tracking antennae. The DGy codecs allow test system operators to record any of these signals at up to 1920 x 1200 resolution, at any time, for analysis and review at a later date.

In the analysis and review phase, operators control the codec using its embedded Web Control Panel GUI. Operators can place event marks at key instances during both record and replay for fast, convenient random access in the post-test review. The DGy codec offers unrivaled replay versatility with a bevy of capabilities including instant random access by time code and event marks, variable speed replay, and frame-by-frame jog/shuttle.

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in demanding applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations, 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.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, F-16, F-117, F-2 and C-5, C-130, and C-141 transports. For more information, call (817) 777-2000 or visitwww.lockheedmartin.com/aeronautics.

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.

Sep 15, 2008

Digital Recording and Streaming Deployed for Canadian Navy Crew Training

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ high resolution digital recording and streaming systems have been chosen by the Canadian Navy for crew training for its Halifax-class frigate fleet. The DGy systems are a key component in the Navy's new High Resolution Digital Audio Video Recording System (HRDAVRS). The award entails retrofitting the Canadian Navy's complete 14 vessel fleet plus equipping land-based training facilities in Victoria, British Columbia and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The integration will be conducted by systems integrator Integrys Limited based in Mississauga, Ontario.

The installation of the DGy-based HRDAVRS is part of the Canada Navy's overall frigate fleet modernization program. The Halifax Class frigates, built in early 1990, are undergoing upgrades and systems modernization, particularly in the areas of marine engineering, command, control and combat systems.

The DGy codecs are a key element in the frigate crew training, encompassing navigation, tactical maneuvers, target acquisition, surveillance, and weapons control. The codecs record and transmit high scan rate imagery consisting of radar, sonar, and bridge console graphics during these training sessions. Later, instructors and command personnel use the DGy codec on ship and at the land-based training facilities to conduct after-action-reviews (AAR) for assessment of the crew's performance. The DGy recordings are also retained for future debriefings and archival purposes.

The Canadian Navy is utilizing the DGy's newest capability, Automatic Backup, which simultaneously records to an internal hard disk storage system and an external network attached storage device. This feature gives Navy trainers the ability to transport recordings from the ship to its land-based training facilities while keeping copies of the recordings on-ship for further after-action reviews. Trainers take full advantage of the DGy codec's feature-rich performance, including random access, event marking, variable speed playback, frame-by-frame jog and shuttle, versatile recording storage and transmission capabilities, as well as non-linear editing and DVD distribution of recordings.

"The modernization of the Halifax Class frigates will ensure the Navy maintains its operational capability," said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "It will also ensure Canadian sailors have the best available equipment to continue ensuring the safety of our waters and ongoing cooperation with our allies."

According to Tony Spica Jr., Vice President of RGB Spectrum, "The frigate fleet's mission critical training systems require the highest fidelity encoding and decoding of the most intricate detail of graphics and video. The DGy's advanced JPEG2000 compression scheme delivers faithful recording and viewing of the frigates's complex imagery and fine symbology. The DGy provides the optimal solution, with exceptional image quality, field proven reliability, and superior performance. We are pleased that the Canadian Navy's exhaustive and comprehensive technical evaluation has culminated in their selection of the DGy recording and streaming system for this major vessel modernization program."

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology has become the de facto standard in mission critical applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations centers, missile testing, security, and telemetry. Noteworthy 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, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Integrys Ltd., headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is a leading supplier of specialized products and support services for OEMs and system integrators in Canada. Integrys specializes in providing integrated technology solutions for machine vision, industrial automation, telecommunications, aerospace and military applications. Integrys supplies stand-alone hardware and software solutions, integration and other value-added services. For more information, call 905-502-2070 or visit www.integrys.com/main.aspx.

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.

Jun 14, 2018

Eglin Air Force Base Deploys RGB Spectrum’s Leading-Edge Networked AV Technology

The U.S. Air Force's 96th Range Control Squadron (96 RNCS) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida provides real-time mission monitoring and control of the base's Test and Training Range. The 96 RNCS tracks and controls aircraft and weapons in flight, performs data collection and data processing for live and post-mission system performance analysis.

The 96 RNCS uses an array of information systems and applications that display sensor, telemetry and visual data to allow range operators to exercise control over range activities. To improve mission productivity, legacy infrastructure needed to be upgraded to a full networked audio/video solution.

AVI-SPL, the integrator for the project, chose RGB Spectrum's Zio® AV-over-IP technology. Zio codecs are used to decode more than 150 live visuals from test range cameras integrated with sensor, telemetry and tracking data. The D2004 codecs provided the capacity to handle the multicast IP camera feeds of varying resolutions up to 4K and decode them for viewing.

Zio codecs provide an easily manageable H.264 stream decoding platform for secure AV-over-IP transmission. The test range's 150 incoming camera streams are transmitted over a network to the control room's 24 Zio units for decoding and display. Customizable presets let operators select from the array of incoming streams and arrange them, on-the-fly, into applicable groups for real-time viewing. The codecs can be managed by both third-party control devices and Zio's built-in GUI, to provide multiple points of control during a testing event.

RGB Spectrum's Zio AV-over-IP technology offers enterprise-wide HD and 4K video and audio distribution over any size network. Zio's architecture bridges the gap across LANs and WANs, allowing users to pull in content from any location and distribute it is needed. It provides a fully scalable networked AV solution, with encoder and decoder endpoints, as well as multiviewers and video wall processors, Zio's unique WebView feature combines live video with web-based content. Web pages, tickers, analytics and anything that can be displayed in a web browser can be dragged and dropped into a window on the screen.

The Zio networked AV system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Automatic discovery of encoders makes it easy to add devices to the network. An intuitive user interface offers live thumbnails of Zio encoded streams and drag-and-drop functionality for routing.

AVI-SPL is a global business partner providing audio visual solutions and managed services. AVI-SPL's highly-trained team works with organizations to strategize, design, deploy, manage and support advanced audio visual solutions. For more information, visit avispl.com.

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for processing, distribution, and display of video and AV over IP data. 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 networked AV over IP, video wall processors, multiviewers, matrix switchers, codecs, extenders, and integrated solutions for control room management. For more information, visit rgb.com.

Jul 15, 2013

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Mission Simulators Train Pilots using DGy JPEG2000 Codecs

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the next generation multirole fighter aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, it is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ digital recording and streaming technology is deployed in the F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS). The DGy recording system was chosen for its superior reproduction. The system uses advanced JPEG2000 compression to achieve visually lossless recording, providing results superior to other compression schemes by encoding every frame and the entire color spectrum.

DGy units are used in the F-35's multiple pilot pods, recording everything the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, navigation, and weapons control. Additional DGy units are utilized in the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) and the After Action Review (AAR) facility. Mission simulations are simultaneously recorded and streamed to DGy decoders throughout the simulator and to a RGB Spectrum Multicast Video Server (MVS) for central storage and recording management. Following the mission simulation, DGy codecs are used in the debriefing facility to replay the simulations for assessment of pilots' performance.

The DGy codecs record, transmit, and stream at up to 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. The codecs offer an unparalleled feature set, including external time code synchronization (IRIG-B or Network Time Server), event marking, random access, variable speed playback, frame-by-frame jog/shuttle, and the exclusive recording failsafe feature which automatically protects recordings in a catastrophic system failure. A simultaneous record/replay option allows review of imagery while digital recording is still in process.

Event marks can be inserted at key instances during both record and replay for fast, convenient random access in the after-action-review. DGy codecs can be interconnected to support multi-channel, concurrent recording and replay. The Multi Channel Manager™ (MCM) is a stand-alone software package that controls multiple DGy codecs.

During F-35 mission simulations, DGy codecs record an array of sophisticated imagery with the highest-fidelity, visually lossless reproduction to enhance after-action-review with crews and instructors.

RGB Spectrum's DGy codecs are the de facto standard for mission-critical applications, including vessel and vehicle consoles, command and control, simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. High-profile installations include F35 Joint Strike Fighter mission simulators, P-8 Poseidon WST and PTT trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency THAAD and MEADS programs.

For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, visit: www.jsf.mil.

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.

May 11, 2016

F-35 Pilot Training Uses Advanced Simulation Technology

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Department of Defense's next generation strike aircraft weapon system for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and US allies. The fifth generation fighter brings cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future. On July 31, 2015, the first squadron was declared ready for deployment after training, an important part of which was accomplished with Lockheed Martin’s high-fidelity Full Mission Simulator (FMS). RGB Spectrum DGy™ recording and streaming codecs and multi-channel video servers are core components in the FMS.

To date, a dozen nations have requested over 3,000 F-35 aircraft, and as of January 19, 2016, 24 simulators carrying RGB Spectrum DGy codecs have been delivered to seven locations, with 63 more on contract. In 2018, pilot training systems will be in Japan, Norway, the UK and Australia with training scheduled to begin in 2019. The F-35 program requires simulation more than any other program in history in part due to the advanced capabilities of the aircraft, but also because training aircraft (two passenger version with one instructor and one pilot-in-training) are not available by design. Therefore, it is the FMS that provides pilots with a broad range of virtual experience in air-to-air, air-to-ground, and electronic warfare missions. When a pilot flies a combat mission for the first time in foreign territory, he will already have flown it many times in a simulator.

RGB Spectrum DGy codecs are ideally suited for deployment in advanced simulation training technology. The codecs offer an unparalleled feature set that includes external time code synchronization (IRIG-B or Network Time Server), event marking, random access, variable speed playback, and frame-by-frame jog/shuttle. Also standard on the DGy is an exclusive, failsafe feature that automatically protects recordings even during catastrophic system failure in the FMS. Event marks can be inserted at key instances during both the recording process and debriefing replay and provide easy access to desired marked points in the After Action Review (AAR). Other key advantages are the innovative JPEG 2000 compression that produces visually lossless streaming and recording and a unique ability to record each individual frame, thus preserving the most intricate detail of the training flight for the AAR.

At resolutions up to 1920x1200, the DGy codecs simultaneously stream and record all visuals and data the pilots observe during live simulation exercises including avionics, navigation, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, and weapons control. The codecs’ streams are transmitted to the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) where instructors view exactly what the pilots are seeing in real-time. Concurrently, these simulation visuals are recorded to the MVS for central storage and management and reviewed by instructors and mission crews at the AAR to assess the pilot’s performance.

The F-35 FMS brought pilot combat training into the 21st Century with its ability to network and share vital information with cyber assets and other aircraft. With the aid of RGB Spectrum DGy™ JPEG 2000 recording and streaming codecs and Multicast Video Servers, the sophisticated FMS allows a pilot to experience a greater variety of scenarios than live training. More than 50% of initial qualification flights will take place in the simulator.

For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, visit www.jsf.mil

Feb 24, 2015

Fighting Terrorism at the US Army Collaborative Briefing Facility

The King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) located in Amman, Jordan, provides training on counter-terrorism, special operations and irregular warfare tactics, techniques and procedures. Since 2009, KASOTC’s facilities have been available to elite Jordanian and allied military and law enforcement units. A newly added US Army briefing center at this facility features RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMSTM control room management system and OmniWall® Display Processor.

With the ability to accommodate 60 people, the collaborative briefing center is a key location for the gathering and exchange of mission-critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) information. It features two 3 x 4 video walls that face four U-shaped tiers of seating. This arrangement provides each attendee with a view of the presentation materials displayed on the two video walls.

When designing the state-of-the-art briefing center for the US Army, AV integration firm Logic Integration chose RGB Spectrum’s products for their real-time performance, reliability, easy control, and advanced capabilities. “Logic Integration was extremely satisfied and customer expectations were exceeded by RGB Spectrum’s collaboration system,” observed Bill Craig, VP of Business Development. “The ease of use, fast switching, preset configurations, and preview capabilities of the system enable the client to conduct highly effective briefing sessions.”

During twice-daily briefing sessions that are conducted by the resident US Army General, subject matter experts from a variety of fields present updates about troop and ordnance intelligence, linguistic analysis, chat intelligence, meteorological reports, etc. to enhance the situational awareness of key decision makers. The collaborative design of the room is geared towards “BYOD” – allowing each presenter to bring their own device (tablet, laptop, etc.) and seamlessly connect to the video wall system.

Each presenter’s content varies and requires different supporting imagery. For this reason, the Army needed a video wall processor and control management system that could display a range of visual support materials: satellite images, ISR video, statistics, ground and weather maps, as well as PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets and other text-based documents.

RGB Spectrum’s OmniWall processor configures up to 28 input signals for display on the video wall, primarily from devices belonging to the various presenters. One input enables video conferencing with the Pentagon and other important command centers; another receives video feeds from military cable television.

The presentations in this room move very quickly. RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS system enables a single operator to quickly switch the high-resolution images displayed on the video wall by dragging and dropping live image thumbnails. Depending on the complexity of the specialist’s material, operators select and display video sources or utilize preset layouts with 2, 3 or 4 windows. Selected inputs are displayed simultaneously on both video walls (i.e. one mirrors the other) to ensure that all participants have a clear view of the supporting visuals.

One major advantage of the Enterprise MCMS system is its enhanced and highly intuitive user GUI. A key consideration for the integrator was the fact that the GUI seamlessly controls all system inputs and outputs while being simple to explain and easy to use. Craig remarked that after a 10 minute introduction, and about 20 minutes of exploring the GUI, he understood the system well enough to write a training manual for facility operators.

Craig’s experience with training further underscores the ease of use of RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS system. He recalls that “at the end of the training session, the operators asked if that was it…they thought it was too easy! They were expecting a much more complicated and cumbersome system and were thrilled with the end results.”

The words of Shawn Hansson, CEO and Founder, sum up Logic Integration’s positive experience: “Logic Integration has used a variety of video switchers and scalers over the years. For this project, the end user’s expectations were exceeded by the RGB Spectrum user interface, the switching speed and scaling on a large video wall. The setup was very manageable and we received excellent technical support from RGB Spectrum. I am very impressed with the quality of the RGB Spectrum system and the experience we had installing the product.”

RGB Spectrum is proud to play its part in this cutting-edge collaboration facility to help ensure the security of both troops and critical infrastructure in the Middle East.

About Logic Integration

Logic Integration is an award winning Colorado-based company that designs A/V systems for commercial and residential facilities, both local and nationwide. It has installed state-of-the-art audio and video systems for a range corporate, government, military, education, hospitality, health & fitness, retail, worship and residential applications throughout the continental United States. For more information, please visit http://www.logicav.net/

Jul 12, 2016

Fort Hood Prepares for a 4K Future with Quadview UHD

A newly updated and expanded conference room at Fort Hood features three RGB Spectrum QuadView®UHD multiviewers. The room is used daily for program status updates and briefings by military personnel ranging in rank from core staff to commanding general.

Previously, the room held 60 people and housed two projector screens with an analog (VGA) connection. The outdated AV equipment could no longer adequately display the scope or scale of information needed for review. The challenge was to design a modern conference room equipped with cutting-edge technology, and on a small budget.

Azbell Electronics, an AV integration firm established more than 60 years ago, designed a solution to fit the client’s budget and needs. RGB Spectrum’s QuadView UHD multiviewer was chosen for its performance, versatility, and value. “We’ve used RGB Spectrum’s products on military installations since the early 1990s,” said project manager Chris Anelundi, CTS. “We’ve never had a problem, nor have our clients.”

The room now accommodates 125 people seated at a U-shaped conference table and in rows along the perimeter. Each person has a clear view of several of the fifteen wall mounted displays. The primary focal points are three 2x2 display groups mounted in the front of the room. Each display group is connected to a QuadView UHD multiviewer. Additional displays in the room are suspended from the ceiling and mounted on the tabletop.

The scope and scale of imagery that is displayed has significantly increased, including ground and weather maps, satellite images, video, presentations, and spreadsheets. While only HD sources are currently in use, the trio of QuadView UHD multiviewers add value by future-proofing the base’s capital investment, as Fort Hood plans to upgrade to 4K when their budget allows.

“With RGB Spectrum as a partner, we delivered a remarkable solution,” said Anelundi. “It’s a booming success all around. In fact, the base has since ordered two more QuadViews!

Sep 19, 2016

Galileo Processor Enhances Air Force Academy Presentations

RGB Spectrum’s Galileo Display Processor is the focal point inside an architectural marvel at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Galileo powers a 5x6 LCD panel video wall at the Academy’s newly built Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), a massive meeting place for events.

The CCLD is accessible to the visiting public as well as to Academy cadets. The Academy is one of Colorado’s main tourist attractions, and the new building is utilized to showcase the Academy’s mission. Each cadet receives training through the CCLD program. The program is housed within a 105-foot glass tower skewed to the north to align with the North Star. The building is composed of a smooth glass skin covering an intricate structure of diagonal steel plates arranged in a triangular grid.

With the structure of the building being unique, the AV needs of the CCLD were challenging. Centrally located is a massive video wall consisting of a 5x6 array of 55” LCD panels.

The system installation was performed by LVW Electronics. The AV requirements of the facility include the ability to display up to eight DVI inputs at the same time from a group of presets. There are 32 possible sources routed through a matrix switcher, including computers with various graphics, presentations, and images, in addition to HDCP encrypted video from a DVR. Preset selection is carried out with a touch panel at the podium or in the back office.

The Galileo display processor brings superb image quality to the audience at the CCLD as well as the ability to show multiple images simultaneously arranged on the video wall. The installation has been described as the beautiful center piece of the facility. Users are highly satisfied with the technology, rating the Galileo outstanding for image quality and reliability.

About LVW Electronics Founded in 1974, LVW Electronics is a veteran-owned small business that provides advanced electronic systems to customers around the world. From their offices in Colorado Springs and Denver, as well as from field offices, LVW Electronics offers a wide range of technologies and services that include electronic security, professional and commercial audio, A/V, life safety systems, and custom-tailored control systems. This article does not imply an endorsement by the federal government or the US Air Force Academy.

Jan 27, 2014

Hydra Multi-Channel Scaler: Now Shipping

RGB Spectrum’s innovative new Hydra Multi-channel Scaler is now shipping.

The Hydra Multi-channel Scaler offers multiple capabilities including pan/zoom, format conversion, and even scaling of DVI dual-link to single-link. The compact multi-channel system consists of up to eight independent scaler/converter units housed in a 2RU chassis, which features a space-saving design and a single power connection.

An intuitive control interface streamlines control of the system, while internal switching allows the scaler to route any input to multiple outputs each with unique scaling, format, and timing settings. In addition, the HDCP-compliant Hydra scaler can both process content-protected DVI and HDMI signals and enable embedded audio pass-through.

Hydra scalers offer a number of additional features which simplify installation and operation. Users can add, store and recall pan/zoom presets as well as create custom timing settings for inputs and outputs. Built-in cable equalization improves performance and extends the maximum transmission distance. Finally, advanced EDID management technology ensures that source devices supply signals of the highest resolution, and optimize signal timings for display.

Hydra scalers are available in three basic configurations that can be customized depending on the requirements of the system:

  • 100 Series models offer four channels of DVI dual-link to single-link conversion, and support resolutions up to 4K (UltraHD).
  • 200 Series models support up to 8 channels of DVI/HDMI and/or analog RGB signals with resolutions of up to 1920x1200 and 2048x1152.
  • 300 Series models feature input cards that accept 3G/HD-SDI video from cameras and other devices up to 1080p.

Ideal for simulators, visualization rooms, and other mission-critical applications, the new Hydra multi-channel scaler combines multi-format conversion with unmatched signal quality and versatility. The new unit replaces RGB Spectrum’s popular Quadra scaler, while offering double the processing capacity and many additional features.

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.

Aug 27, 2014

Making Flights Safer at NASA Ames Research Center

For over 60 years, the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, has been the site of cutting-edge avionic and aeronautical research and development. From concept to testing to final design, the facility supports a wide range of research related to aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems and operations, and aviation safety.

During a recent upgrade, NASA enhanced the display capabilities of their Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS) with the addition of an RGB Spectrum matrix switcher and a number of multiviewers. The new equipment helps improve workflow and increase the efficiency of the AFCS system.

Commissioned in the mid-1980s, the AFCS is a highly customizable, reconfigurable aircraft simulator mounted on a six-degree-of-freedom synergistic motion system, which provides pilots with a highly realistic test flight experience. The AFCS is presently used to simulate two aircraft models: a generic narrow body transport vehicle (similar to a Boeing 757) and a C-17 transport.

The audiovisual system of the AFCS is built around RGB Spectrum’s 32x32 Linx matrix switcher, which routes input signals to various display devices. PC inputs to the system include unique flight profiles, avionics, target acquisition, weapons control and radar maps, as well as database inputs that depict specific airports and their surroundings under a variety of temporal and meteorological conditions. These pass through a distribution amplifier, which sends one set of signals to the simulator cockpit display, and the other to the Linx switcher for routing to multiviewers or directly to display devices.

Two separate console systems are used to control the flight simulation. The primary console consists of four single-monitor work stations where operators can view flight simulation data or video from cockpit cameras. Located directly above these workstation monitors are four repeater monitors, which display the glass cockpit avionics.

Two large 46” display devices mounted above these eight monitors provide the entire operator team and additional observers with a full view of the simulation imagery. The switcher routes imagery from the cockpit to two QuadView multiviewers, each of which configure up to four signals for display on the 46” monitors. Operators monitor the displayed information and can make changes to the flight simulation to test the pilot’s response to different variables.

A secondary control station, designed for supervisory use, features a 36” 4K monitor with a spectacular 8 megapixels of resolution. A SuperView 4K multiviewer enables the display of multiple HD images on this monitor without downscaling in a very compact architecture. The supervisor can view the same signals as the operators at the same level of precision and clarity but in a reduced size format. Alternatively, they can zoom in on particular areas of the display to analyze information in more detail or monitor pilot response.

RGB Spectrum is honored to have been a part of the cutting-edge aviation research conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center, as a long-standing supplier to this NASA facility over the past twenty years.

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 contact us online.

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.

May 19, 2011

MediaWall Processor Enhances Development of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the world's most advanced multi-role fighter. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the F-35 is equipped with next-generation avionics, stealth capability, network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, and weapons systems.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics recently expanded its Test Mission Control Facility in Fort Worth, Texas to support the development of the F-35 JSF. The facility is equipped with an extensive array of visualization sources, including a total of 27 high-resolution workstations. Image content consists of dynamic maps with aircraft positional tracking overlays, avionics data, and critical safety-of-flight parameters generated from the IADS (Interactive Analysis & Display System). Additionally, aircraft tests are monitored using various flight line, hangar, hover pit, and aircraft on-board video cameras. Previously, only a single computer source could be routed to each of three projectors via a matrix switch or patch panel. With the installation of the RGB Spectrum® MediaWall 2000® video processor, up to twelve inputs can be displayed simultaneously, with images contained within user definable windows across a seamless screen fed by up to four projectors. Inputs include RGB, DVI, and SD and HD video sources at resolutions to 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Source image flexibility and the proven reliability of the MediaWall 2000 led to its selection for this mission-critical program. Ease of installation and image quality provided the high performance expected of RGB Spectrum products from day one of operation.

The MediaWall processor's embedded pipeline architecture dedicates a unique pixel processing path to each input, assuring that each signal is given the computing capacity for real-time display, regardless of resolution and frame rate. In addition, each input signal is totally isolated from the Ethernet and serial port, offering secure image processing.

RGB Spectrum's technology is the de facto standard in demanding applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations, missile testing, security, and telemetry. Installations include the F-35 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.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, F-16, F-117, F-2 and C-5, C-130, and C-141 transports. For more information, call (817) 777-2000 or visit www.lockheedmartin.com/aeronautics.

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 9, 2017

MediaWall V Processor Takes Off at Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral’s Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida has a long history in space exploration, commercial aerospace and military defense. Today, CCAFS is home to the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing. Its Morrell Operations Center (MOC) is the main command center for all missile and space launches from the Kennedy Space Center facilities, tracking space vehicles and missile tests and monitoring their performance. The Morrell Operations Center is now transitioning its activities to support commercial aerospace firms such as SpaceX.

The MOC is comprised of two rooms, the main command center and a redundant backup room, which serves as a failsafe. To meet increasing launch support demand, CCAFS is implementing a modernization effort aimed at renovating the visual display systems in both rooms.

In their search for the optimal display technology, CCAFS conducted an exhaustive evaluation of various video wall processors. In the stringent shootout, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall® V 4K processor was the overwhelming winner, outperforming the rest of the field with unmatched image quality and capabilities. CCAFS selected the MediaWall V processor as the core of their modernization project.

Each of the MOC rooms is equipped with a Mediawall V Model 550 processor. The processors also replace legacy matrix switchers and provide new, sought-after capabilities, such as higher resolution, in addition to advanced video wall features, including multi-window display, overlapping images, and pan and zoom. Each processor drives two edge-blended HD projectors in a 1x2 array. The processor supports image overlap for edge-blending, for a stunningly high quality, seamless display experience.

U.S. Air Force Space Command operations center

The MediaWall V processor receives feeds from the launch pad, long-range video cameras, and PCs covering weather conditions, data analysis of geo synchronization, telemetry, trajectory, and aerial traffic, launch pad security systems, and range detection. The processor consolidates these inputs and displays them, real-time, in multiple windows on the video wall. The processor allows operators to switch inputs and choose display layouts from a selection of up to 60 presets from a simple touch panel.

Images and data can now be viewed in higher resolutions on a brighter “visual canvas” to facilitate better decision making. The response from MOC management has been extremely favorable. Kyle Lee, Facility Operations Manager for USAF Morrell Operations Center, stated "We are very pleased with the system upgrade results and we have no doubt that this will enhance range operations."

Offering unsurpassed real-time performance, superior image quality and mission-critical reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for defense and aerospace applications.

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.

Jan 7, 2013

NASA's UAV Flight Testing Simulator Uses Advanced Keying Technology

NASA's Aviation Safety Program at the Langley Research Center has developed the Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) flight test facility to investigate flight dynamics and control of large transport aircraft. The AirStar system is an integrated flight test simulator based upon an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) testbed. The goal is to develop technologies that increase flight operation efficiency and reduce accident rates due to loss-of-control in adverse flight conditions.

AirSTAR consists of a remotely piloted UAV, the Mobile Operations Station (MOS) ground control room, and a test range. The research pilot executes the flight test plan from a cockpit in the MOS, which utilizes synthetic vision displays driven by sensor data from the UAV.

The research pilot's Primary Flight Display (PFD) is an out-the-window view with a Heads-Up Display (HUD). The HUD display presents the pilot with an extensive array of graphical data in intricate detail, including flight telemetry, avionics, and navigation. To provide the most realistic simulation possible, NASA is planning to deploy a sophisticated overlayer/ keyer for image blending capability graphics in real time at 1920x1080 resolution. RGB Spectrum's SynchroMaster™ 555 overlayer/keyer was sourced to combine the out-the-window (OTW) video from a UAV camera with the high resolution foreground. The result provides the composited HUD over OTW view for the pilot.

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 26, 2017

RGB Spectrum Deploys Leading Video Wall Processors for North America Defense Monitoring

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) provides aerospace and maritime monitoring and warning for North America. The U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) provides homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests. NORAD and USNORTHCOM are located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado with command centers located at both Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain.

RGB Spectrum recently installed new video wall systems equipped with its advanced MediaWall® V 4K UHD video wall processors at the command centers in Cheyenne Mountain. The RGB Spectrum video wall systems adhere to stringent display requirements, including the ability to display disparate visual sources in real-time, with no dropped frames.

MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, ease of use and an embedded architecture for 24/7 reliability. The processors deliver unmatched display versatility with the ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall array, overlap windows, and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.

In the first command center room, a MediaWall processor drives a 2 x 6 wall array of 55-inch LCD displays. In the second, a MediaWall processor feeds a smaller 2 x 2 wall array of similar displays.

Each processor receives inputs from a variety of situational awareness and video teleconferencing (VTC) feeds. The MediaWall processor consolidates these signals and displays them, real-time, in scalable windows on the video wall. Operators can instantly switch input sources and choose from up to 60 customizable display layouts.

RGB’s MediaWall processors have the highest overall ratings from average consumers, with notation for exceptional image quality, top-level performance, and reliability.

"No Federal endorsement, express or implied, by the United States Department of Defense or the Canadian Armed Forces of RGB Spectrum intended."

Aug 9, 2013

RGB Spectrum Develops Advanced Windowing Display System for Naval Weapons Defense System

The U.S. and allied naval forces are enhancing their defense capabilities with the deployment of an advanced weapons system, the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), manufactured by Raytheon Company, which incorporates RGB Spectrum’s powerful image processing technology.  

The Phalanx CIWS is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and gun system that provides ships with a "last-chance" defense against anti-ship missiles and other close-in-air and surface threats, including helicopters, surface mines, and terrorist aircraft that have penetrated other fleet defenses. Phalanx is currently installed on all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 20 allied nations.

Raytheon commissioned RGB Spectrum to custom-design a multiple input, multiple window display processor, the View 7000, for the Phalanx Block 1B fire control system. Block 1B allows ships to engage with surface or low slow-moving airborne targets and also enhances the ship's self-defense capabilities against high-speed threats.

To accomplish this, a thermal imaging sensor and video-tracker were integrated into the existing Ku band radar suite. "The Phalanx Block 1B control station provides surface mode controls, including the display of the thermal imaging with superimposed system and target data,” observed Mark Roe, Raytheon’s Block 1B Production Manager. “We had to find a solution that would allow the station operator to simultaneously view multiple images from various sources in real-time. RGB Spectrum custom-built a multiple windowing display processor that fulfilled our mission-critical requirements."

The Block 1B Surface Mode Upgrade adds an advanced surface-mode search and track radar system integrated with a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor to provide Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) capability. The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system, significantly increasing Phalanx's anti-air warfare capability and allowing the engagement of surface targets.

Roe further states: "One of the hurdles was overcoming the limited space constraints in the operator console. The system required a space-saving board-level device that would be able to display all of these incoming images on a single console monitor. RGB Spectrum developed the ultra-compact View 7000, a sophisticated multiple window display processor capable of handling both computer and video input sources and supporting the Phalanx system's unique thermal imager input specifications."

RGB Spectrum’s custom-built View 7000 processor combines high resolution computer and FLIR 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 searching, tracking, and gun status. The View processor receives video from the thermal imager in a unique 1360 x 422 resolution, combines the various input signals, and resizes them to fit the resolution of the console monitor. Signals are displayed in windows that can be scaled to any size and placed anywhere on the screen.

The View 7000 processor offers RGB Spectrum’s powerful multi-window functionality. These processors accept up to twelve real-time inputs and display them on a single high resolution monitor or projector. Inputs can be NTSC or PAL, composite or S-Video, FLIR, and/or high resolution RGB signals. Each window can be independently positioned, scaled to full screen, overlaid with computer graphics or overlapped with other windows. Additionally, users can pan and zoom within each video image. These display processors are designed for system integration and are available in stand-alone configurations or as VME boards.

"One of the unique benefits that the View 7000 provides in the Phalanx system is its ability to produce progressive scan video from the FLIR video camera with superb results,” Roe further explains. “Its advanced de-interlacing techniques provide excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The View 7000 gives operators the ability to see critical computer data superimposed over the thermal images. This is a powerful visualization tool that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the Phalanx system operation."

About Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft. Raytheon Company is based in Lexington, MA and can be reached at 502-364-6760 and on the internet at www.raytheon.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 www.rgb.com.

Oct 10, 2018

RGB Spectrum Represents Small Business on U.S. Air Force Procurement Panel at Air, Space and Cyber Conference

RGB Spectrum was honored to represent concerns of small businesses on a panel convened during the recent Air, Space & Cyber conference in National Harbor, MD. A distinguished panel of Air Force personnel included RGB Spectrum to discuss issues facing small businesses working with the Air Force and the federal acquisition process.

Moderated by Brigadier General Cameron Holt, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, the panel included Lt Gen John F. Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Lt Gen Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Lt Gen Charles R. Davis, USAF (Ret.), Senior Vice President Reconnaissance Systems, L3 Technologies, Valerie Muck, Director, Air Force Small Business Programs, and John Lee, Sales Manager, Aerospace and Defense, RGB Spectrum.

The panel noted that the Air Force’s success is closely intertwined with small business capabilities. In 2017 and 2018, nearly 20% of the eligible Air Force budget, approximately $11 billion, went to small businesses.

Mr. Lee articulated the military procurement challenges facing small companies like RGB Spectrum. Identifying the proper military contact personnel is a fundamental difficulty, due to the layers of bureaucracy that exist in the Armed Forces. The Air Force is addressing these challenges head on.

The Air Force Small Business Program, under the direction of Valerie Muck, has a team of 158 professionals to help small businesses establish a relationship with the proper command and base. Additionally, they help the Air Force gain an understanding of the differing incentives and pain points for small businesses.

Equipment viability over the extended project length in military programs is a concern. To allay this concern, RGB Spectrum advocates for multiple design reviews. Typically design reviews come early in the procurement process to ensure all program requirements are met. However, with an extended period from initial design requirements to installation, an additional design review allows newer technology introduced during the timeline to be included in the program fulfillment.

RGB Spectrum’s expertise is being able to modify products to meet specific mission requirements. We build modularity into all our products to allow for a longer lifespan. Our support and maintenance programs offer on-site options as well as telephone support when needed.

RGB Spectrum has been the key supplier for many military programs throughout its over 30-year history. Our products are deployed in mission-critical applications for all branches of the military, including vessel and vehicle consoles, command and control, simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. Installations include F35 Joint Strike Fighter FMS and P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk/Triton UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and deployments on the U.S. Navy AEGIS destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency THAAD and MEADS missile defense programs.

To hear the audio recording of the panel, visit afa.org.

For more information on RGB Spectrum’s commitment to the Defense and Aerospace market, visit rgb.com/defense.

Jul 22, 2015

RGB Spectrum's DGy Codecs Deployed in F-35 Simulators

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the next generation multirole fighter aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our global allies. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft to date. The state-of-the-art aircraft is equipped with next-generation avionics, stealth capability, network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, and weapons systems.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ digital recording and streaming technology is deployed in the F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS). The DGy recording system was chosen for its superior reproduction. The system uses advanced JPEG2000 compression to achieve visually lossless recording, providing results superior to other compression schemes by encoding every frame and the entire color spectrum.

RGB Spectrum’s DGy™ JPEG2000 recording systems are deployed in F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Full Mission Simulators to deliver the recording capability for after-action-review.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is based upon a global consortium of program partners, parts suppliers, and additional allies. While the United States is the primary customer and financial backer, the consortium includes the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway and Denmark with additional cooperative participants, Israel and Singapore. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35 aircraft and its mission simulators is now supplying these simulators globally to the consortium countries and selected allies.

RGB Spectrum DGy recording systems are used in the F-35’s multiple pilot pods, recording everything the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, navigation, and weapons control. Additional DGy units are utilized in the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) and the After Action Review (AAR) facility. Mission simulations are simultaneously recorded and streamed to DGy decoders throughout the simulator and to a RGB Spectrum Multicast Video Server (MVS) for central storage and recording management. Following the mission simulation, DGy codecs are used in the debriefing facility to replay the simulations for assessment of pilots' performance.

The DGy codecs record, transmit, and stream at up to 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. The codecs offer an unparalleled feature set, including external time code synchronization (IRIG-B or Network Time Server), event marking, random access, variable speed playback, frame-by-frame jog/shuttle, and the exclusive recording failsafe feature which automatically protects recordings in a catastrophic system failure. A simultaneous record/replay option allows review of imagery while digital recording is still in process.

Event marks can be inserted at key instances during both recording in the simulation exercise and replay for fast, convenient random access in the after- action- review. DGy codecs can be interconnected to support multi-channel, concurrent recording and replay.

During F-35 mission simulations, DGy codecs record an array of sophisticated imagery with the highest-fidelity, visually lossless reproduction to enhance after-action-review with pilot crews and instructors.

RGB Spectrum’s DGy codecs are the de facto standard for mission-critical applications, including vessel and vehicle consoles, command and control, simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. Other high-profile installations include P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk/Triton UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and deployments on the U.S. Navy AEGIS destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency THAAD and MEADS missile defense programs.

For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, visit: www.jsf.mil.

Feb 21, 2012

RGB Spectrum's JPEG2000 Recorders Are On Target for Hit-to-Kill Missile Program

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army missile defense system that uses a hit-to kill approach to destroy in-flight short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles. A THAAD missile carries no warhead but instead relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to eliminate its target.

Over the past year, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has been testing the THAAD system's intercept and destroy capability. To analyze the missile system's performance and effectiveness, the MDA uses RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art DGy™ recording systems. Deployed successfully in numerous missile systems worldwide, the RGB Spectrum DGy recording systems deliver visually lossless recording with superior ability to reproduce the most intricate details using advanced JPEG2000 compression. Additionally, DGy codecs offer the unique advantage of recording every frame across the gamut of the visible color spectrum. DGy systems accurately preserve the THAAD system's complex symbologies for post-test analysis.

The THAAD system provides the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles either within or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal phase of flight. The fully-mobile land-based THAAD can be rapidly deployed to react quickly to emerging threats and priorities.

During low-endo-atmospheric live-fire missile tests, the DGy systems record multiple test variables, including; telemetry measurements, missile trajectory and intercept data, radar, and more. The DGy recordings are used to assess the test elements of target acquisition, lethal object discrimination and target engagement. The DGy recordings are then replayed in post-test after-action-reviews to analyze the performance, capabilities and efficacy of the missile system.

Test system operators can directly record sophisticated imagery at resolutions up to 1920x1200 at a real-time rate of 30 frames per second. Operators control the DGy codecs from a PC using an embedded web-based graphical user interface (GUI). They can place event marks at key points during the test or in the after-action-review for immediate random access to any point in the recording. Additionally, operators can transfer the test recordings over the facility's network to other locations such as the Pentagon for remote analysis.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in mission-critical applications in command-and-control, missile testing, simulation, emergency operations, security, and telemetry. High-profile installations include the F-35 Lightning III Joint Strike Fighter simulator 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. Army MEADS missile defense program.

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.

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.

Apr 26, 2013

RGB Spectrum's Recorders Support U.S. Missile Defense Program

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army missile defense system that destroys short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles while in flight using a hit-to-kill approach. A THAAD missile carries no warhead but relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to eliminate its target. THAAD is part of the U.S.'s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) which is designed to protect the United States, U.S. forward deployed forces, and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. The U.S. has recently deployed the THAAD system to Guam in response to North Korean missile launch threats.

Over the past few years, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has been conducting flight tests on the THAAD system's intercept and destroy capability. To analyze the missile system's performance and effectiveness, the MDA uses RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art DGy™ recording systems that have been deployed successfully in numerous missile system programs worldwide.

The RGB Spectrum DGy systems use advanced JPEG2000 compression to deliver visually lossless recording with the ability to reproduce intricate details. DGy codecs offer the unique advantage of recording every frame and the entire visible color gamut to preserve the THAAD system's complex symbologies for post-test analysis.

The THAAD system provides the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight. The land-based THAAD is rapidly deployable and fully mobile to react quickly to emerging threats and priorities.

During low-endo-atmospheric live-fire missile tests, the DGy systems record test parameters, including telemetry measurements, missile trajectory and intercept data, radar, and other test variables. The recordings are then replayed in post-test reviews to analyze the performance, capabilities, and efficacy of the missile system.

Test operators can directly record imagery at up to 1920x1200 resolution at a real-time rate of 30 frames per second. Operators control the codecs from a PC using an embedded web-based graphical user interface. They can place event marks at key points during the test or in the after-action-review, for later random access to any point in the recording. Additionally, operators can transfer the test recordings over a network to other locations, such as the Pentagon, for further analysis.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in mission-critical applications in command-and-control, missile testing, simulation, vessel and vehicle consoles, training, and C4ISR. High-profile installations include the F35 Joint Strike Fighter mission simulators, P-8 Poseidon WST and PTT trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency THAAD and MEADS programs.

About RGB Spectrum

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.

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).

Mar 21, 2018

RGB Spectrum’s Recording and Matrix Switching Technology Helps Ensure Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Success

The evolving role of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) includes a growing volume of services for private companies, such as SpaceX, for commercial aerospace and space exploration. Ensuring a successful spacecraft launch requires meticulous planning, monitoring and execution with zero-failure tolerance and the KSC is undergoing an upgrade of its launch systems and facilities.

Monitoring weather conditions is a mission-critical component in the pre-launch process. KSC’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring systems deploy advanced sensor technology, including the most accurate lightning detection capability.

The weather (WX) instrumentation includes synchronized high-speed video cameras and electromagnetic/electrical current sensors throughout the complex. When the WX system’s sensors are activated by qualified triggers, the cameras are initiated to capture high-speed video of lightning activity.

A key component of the WX system is RGB Spectrum’s Linx 3400 video matrix switcher, which receives visuals from the WX monitoring/controlling workstations and video cameras and routes them to the COF displays, operator consoles and to recording devices, RGB Spectrum’s DGy codecs. These record the high speed video cameras for post-action review, forensic analysis, and archival storage.

The DGy codec’s JPEG 2000 compression produces visually lossless streaming and recording, preserving the most intricate detail. A key advantage is the codec’s ability to record every single frame. This capability is ideally suited for frame-by-frame review during post-recording analysis.

DGy codecs stream and record at up to 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. The codecs offer a rich feature set, including external time code synchronization, random access, variable speed playback, frame-by-frame jog/shuttle, and the exclusive recording failsafe feature which automatically protects recordings in a catastrophic system failure. Event marks can be inserted at key instances both during the recording and replay processes. These event marks provide fast, convenient random access in the after-action-review to the desired marked points.

NASA Launch multi-monitors

The Kennedy Space Center’s Central Operations Facility deploys RGB Spectrum’s Linx 3400 video matrix switchers and DGy codecs to route, monitor, and record Weather Instrumentation Subsystem high-speed video and lightning sensor data for Launch Pad Complex 39B.

RGB Spectrum’s DGy codecs are the de facto standard for mission-critical applications, including simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. Other high-profile installations include P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Triton/Global Hawk UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and operational deployments on the U.S. Navy AEGIS destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the THAAD and MEADS missile defense programs.

RGB Spectrum’s Linx multi-format video matrix switchers support any combination of HDMI, DVI, RGB and/or component signals, which can be single-link, dual-link, fiber, HDMI or HDBaseT. The Linx matrix switcher system’s modular input and output (I/O) cards accommodate a versatile range of signal types over a variety of transmission media, accommodating a mix of copper, fiber or twisted pair connections. It provides connectivity solutions for applications requiring signal distribution within rooms, and across buildings and campuses.

Linx’s Total EDID Manager optimizes output quality, even when an input signal is routed to multiple display devices with different resolutions. HDCP-compliant Linx switchers accommodate content-protected HDMI signals, including embedded audio pass-through, on all channels. HDCP-encoded signals can be routed to all displays simultaneously, regardless of source device key limitations. The switcher also has the unique ability to turn off the HDCP feature for non-protected content.

Linx switchers provide users with an unprecedented degree of flexibility. Building on RGB Spectrum's long tradition of quality and reliability, our digital DVI matrix switchers are ideal for 24/7 operation in applications that require the routing of multiple inputs with uncompromising speed and quality.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 21, 2018

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Fleet Deploys RGB Spectrum’s Multi-Image Processors and Codecs

The U.S. Navy’s Integrated Launch And Recovery Television Surveillance System (ILARTS) provides the Landing Signal Operators aircraft lineup data—glide-slope information—to support aircraft recoveries. Likewise, ILARTS provides other key activities on the ship situational awareness to support the launch and recovery of aircraft. The system records all movement of aircraft on the flight deck for training, investigation and pilot debriefings. The ILARTS system monitors and records day and night flight operations via LLL (Low Light Level) cameras placed at key locations on the carrier.

RGB Spectrum provides two components to the ILARTS control room, the QuadView® multi-image display processor and DGy® recording codec.

The QuadView multi-image processor displays up to four inputs simultaneously on a single screen from a selection of layouts. The processor receives a variety of feeds from low light cameras overlaid with key aircraft parameters presented together to better support specific activities. The processor’s ability to provide multiple favorite/saved presentations from the operator thru the system PC’s browser allow it to be quickly reconfigured to support a different activity.

The QuadView processor consolidates these inputs and displays them on a single monitor, providing real-time, correlated view of the action.

The QuadView UHD processor can mix and match input resolutions at up to 4K, scale any video/graphic input and route any input to any window. HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA analog inputs are supported. Likewise, the QuadView control is simple with its built-in intuitive GUI. Landing Signal Operators can choose from a variety of preset display layouts, select inputs, and route sources to the desired windows.

The ILARTS system required that the multi-window visuals displayed by the QuadView processor be recorded with visually lossless quality. RGB Spectrum’s DGy recorder/codec was chosen because it offered advanced JPEG2000 encoding in a COTS product able to meet this demanding requirement. Its advanced JPEG 2000 compression records at up to 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. A key advantage of the DGy codec is its ability to record every frame, ideally suited for frame-by-frame review during pilot debriefings and post-event analysis.

DGy codecs offer an unparalleled feature set, including time code synchronization (IRIG-B or Network Time Server), event marking, random access, variable speed playback, and its exclusive recording failsafe feature which automatically protects recordings in case of a catastrophic system failure. Event marks can be inserted both during recording and playback to provide random access to the desired points.

Nimitz class

According to Ken Snuffin, Lead ILARTS Engineer, NAVAIR, "Over the last 8 years, RGB Spectrum’s QuadView and DGy components have successfully supported the entire entire Nimitz Class U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fleet’s ILARTS systems with superior reliability, functionality and performance."

RGB Spectrum’s DGy codecs are the de facto standard for mission-critical applications, simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. Other high-profile installations include P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk/Triton UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and operational deployments on the U.S. Navy AEGIS destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the THAAD and MEADS missile defense programs.

Mar 14, 2007

U.S. Navy Deploys RGB Spectrum's DGy Recording System

The Navy's Guided Missile Destroyers require operating complicated systems in extremely diverse and challenging environments. To contend with these requirements, training must keep pace with rapid technological advances and evolving warfighting tactics. One of the roles of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme, California is to improve the pace of technology insertion and related training.

Michael Prokosch, a NSWC Project Lead, explained, "The destroyers perform multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. The Navy is committed to investing in cutting edge technology to guarantee continued operation primacy. NSWC integrates the latest state-of-the-art technology to enhance crew safety, situational awareness and training with the Integrated Video Data Distribution System (IVDDS)."

"A key requirement in this new system was the implementation of recording technology that would be used for recording various video sources for after action review and archival purposes. We selected RGB Spectrum's advanced DGy recording systems for this project. The DGy™ system utilizes leading edge digital recording technology to preserve the image quality of the original source images and reproduce even the most complex detail. This was essential for the intricate symbologies used in these systems."

The destroyers are equipped with the Aegis Combat System which integrates the ship's sensors and weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats. Ships Force conducts several exercises that involve target acquisition, weapons control and firing, and tactical warfighting. During these exercises, three DGy units record feeds from Aegis close-in threat sensors, FLIR, and live video cameras at 30 frames per second and 1280 x 1024 pixel resolutions. These recordings are reviewed in post-exercise analysis with crew members, examined by command personnel, and archived for future review. The DGy systems also record visual sensors and surveillance when in port.

Operators can control the DGy using its embedded browser-based GUI interface and a pre-programmed button controller. Prokosch commented, "The DGy's playback flexibility is ideal. We can control the replay, move forward and backwards, and traverse from recording to recording at the push of a button. We can also access any point in the recording instantly."

Prokosch continued, "One of the added benefits of the DGy systems is the ample storage capacity. We can record multiple inputs simultaneously and have many hours of recording capacity. The DGy units integrate easily into the vessels' shipboard systems via IVDDS. Previously, we used VCRs for recording at video resolution. By comparison, the DGy delivers far superior quality, as good as the original. The command level response to these recording systems capabilities has been extremely positive."

The Port Hueneme California Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Division is part of a larger Navy organization called the Naval Sea Systems Command. NSWC Port Hueneme focuses on the successful operation of surface combat and weapons systems. For more information, visit www.phdnswc.navy.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 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.

Jan 21, 2011

U.S. Navy Deploys RGB Spectrum's JPEG2000 Recording Systems

The U.S. Navy's new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) program, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAM UAS), is the next generation of the Defense Department's high-altitude, long-endurance system for coverage of oceanographic and littoral areas. Supplied by Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, the Navy will deploy the maritime derivative of the RQ-4B Global Hawk aerial vehicle designated the MQ-4C BAMS UAS. A key advantage of the MQ-4C is its ability for continuous, sustained operations over an area of interest at great distances, enabling it to deliver all-weather, persistent "eye in the sky" ISR directly to the maritime commander.

Northrop Grumman developed an advanced Ground Control Station (GCS) operator training system for the BAMS UAS program. A key requirement is recording video at up to 1920x1200 pixels resolution for after-action-review. To maximize effectiveness, Northrop Grumman devised realistic imagery making the simulated ground stations indistinguishable from the real thing.

RGB Spectrum's DGy™ high-definition digital recording and streaming systems were selected to reproduce the intricate detail necessary for debriefing sessions. The GCS training system utilizes three DGy 201HD codecs, each recording one of three PCs generating the simulated visuals, including complex telemetry, avionics, navigation, radar, HD video, geo-specific terrain imagery, and other related information.

The DGy system achieves near lossless image compression with a leading-edge JPEG2000 wavelet-based codec. Northrop Grumman recognized the benefits of the DGy's versatile playback capabilities, including its ability to export recordings for data dissemination, post-training analysis, and archiving.

The operator training system simulates aircraft performance, communications systems, sensors, datalink operations, video feeds, and environmental conditions as encountered in real-world operation. The system provides scenarios to enhance operator decision-making, image analysis skills, and task proficiency.

Following a training session, instructors convene trainees for after-action-reviews. Recordings are replayed from the DGy system for debriefing and analysis utilizing the DGy's flexible playback capabilities, including event marking, instant random access, variable speed, and frame-by-frame jog/shuttle.

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in mission-critical applications in command-and-control, emergency operations, missile testing, security, and telemetry. High-profile installations include the F-35 Lightning III Joint Strike Fighter simulator 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 at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to the nation's security. Key products include the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-8B Fire Scout and X-47B UCAS-D unmanned aircraft systems; B-2 Stealth bomber; E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; Space Tracking and Surveillance System; Airborne Laser Test Bed; and ICBM Prime Integration Contract. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is based in El Segundo, California. For more information, call 310-812-4321 or visitwww.as.northropgrumman.com/index.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 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 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.