Digital Signage

Jan 30, 2017

Galileo Helps Lunder Arts Center Engage On Campus and Beyond with Cambridge Community

Front and center in the glass-walled atrium lobby of the Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a vibrant 3x3 video wall comprised of 42” displays and powered by an RGB Spectrum Galileo display processor. Visible day and night from inside and outside the contemporary structure, the video wall serves as a community centerpiece, engaging students, faculty and passersby with a large-scale, high-res vision of the artworks created within the Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Created with a vision to provide cutting-edge educational facilities for future visual art and design professionals, the 74,000-square-foot Lunder Arts Center opened in 2015 following Lesley University’s consolidation of arts campuses in a structure that merged a historic church with a new four-story terra cotta and glass building. The atrium and other open shared spaces were built with community connection in mind, and the video wall’s designation as a centralized place to promote events, conferences and the work of students and faculty, is a critical part of that mission.

Students, faculty, guest speakers and event organizers are all keen to have their visual content displayed on the video wall, so part of the technology design brief was to streamline the process of keeping the display material up to date and refreshed. In the architectural design phase, the audiovisual design team from consultant firm Acentech worked with Lesley University to provide flexible infrastructure to support a video wall setup, and later during construction the video wall technology was specified and installed by local AV integrator Adtech.

The Galileo processor provides the ease-of-use and reliability needed to keep the video wall up and running, and always looking fresh with new images. The PC-based, IP-enabled video wall processor makes it easy for the school’s digital communications specialist and IT personnel to connect remotely and update its content. The Galileo’s support of a full range of inputs also makes it easy for visiting presenters to plug in to an accessible control panel to show their slides.

As the school ramps up use of the video wall, most content is comprised of still images delivered via a Keynote presentation loop. Some portion of the content is video, and there are plans to move toward more dynamic media in the future, including work from the school’s animation and digital film departments.

In addition to being a draw for students and community members, as well as providing support for various events, the video wall also plays a role in attracting and retaining talented students. New students will be pleased to find their work already on rotation when they arrive each semester, as the video wall content manager assembles presentations that include images from each new student’s work. The large-screen display is also center to fostering a community spirit with school-hosted movie nights. Refreshes of event material are ongoing, and a bevy of new images come with end-of-semester portfolio critiques, when professors share lots of new, high-res images of student work for display.

Response to the video wall has been enthusiastic, which keeps digital content specialist Abigail Michaud busy with a multitude of requests for content sharing and event planning. The Lunder Arts Center atrium is a popular location for Lesley University events and for those held by other community organizations. “One of the reasons they want to host an event here is the large screen and the high-quality presentation they’ll get,” Michaud explained.

In terms of student and community engagement, the video wall display is a success on a multitude of levels, she added: “It keeps everybody connected. It serves as not only a conversation starter but as a way for people to see others’ work and be inspired to learn how to create that type of project or have their own work featured up there. It’s not just the students, but the staff and faculty and everybody involved in the building. The level of work that is produced here is pretty outstanding, so it’s a nice way to display the work and show what’s going on in the Lunder Arts Center. The video wall is one more thing that helps the school stand out from the rest of campus and the rest of the university.”

Mar 23, 2009

Linx Found Between Patients and Hospital Staff

St. Joseph Hospital, in Orange County, California is a leading edge medical facility highly regarded for its innovative use of technology in patient care. They chose system integrator Spinitar to implement a unique digital signage solution that included RGB Spectrum's Linx™ DVI switchers. The Linx's 24/7 reliability and flexible control made it the obvious choice.

The St. Joseph staff wanted an effective method for monitoring real time activity throughout their Pre-Op, Clean Core, and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. They needed a way to centrally manage and disseminate real time patient tracking information in both direct and ancillary areas. Added convenience and improved operating efficiencies were the goal.

The two Linx 8x8 DVI Switchers were incorporated with servers, customized control software and Sharp 1080p displays. Fiber optic cables were used over the long runs to maintain a pure digital path from the source computers, through the Linx switcher, to the displays.

As clinical staff update each patient's status in the database, the system formats and displays each room's corresponding information on multiple displays throughout the facility. A color code system enables doctors and nurses to immediately view changes in a patient's status. Additionally, when an operating room is no longer in use, hospital staff can easily see this and prepare for the next procedure more quickly.

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.

Aug 27, 2010

MediaWall 4200 Installed in Benchmark Hospitality International Media Center

"Expect the Extraordinary" is the mantra that guides Benchmark Hospitality International. The company operates more than 20 convention and resort properties that appeal to both business and leisure guests. Benchmark recently relocated its headquarters to a new facility in The Woodlands, TX featuring a state-of-the-art media center.

Benchmark set out to create an eye catching experience for potential clients. To accomplish this goal, RGB Spectrum technology partner, Ford Audio-Video, designed and installed a video wall for the new facility utilizing a MediaWall 4200 display processor feeding six 50" LCD displays in a 2x3 array.

Versatility is provided by collection of audio and visual resources that can be selected to meet any presentation scenario. Among these resources are high resolution computers for display of presentation, spreadsheet and multimedia content, cable set-top boxes and BluRay players. In order to display content from the cable set-top boxes and the BluRay players in their native digital source resolutions, the display processor must be, and is, HDCP compliant. Rounding out the installation is a 7.1 surround sound system and a control system. These capabilities produce a video wall that is the focal point of a 10 minute immersive presentation of Benchmark's history and capabilities.

The MediaWall 4200 delivers uncompromising multi-window processing for computer graphics and digital video. An exclusive feature of the Media Wall 4200 is its support of HDCP (High Definition Content Protection), enabling the display of content protected sources. At Benchmark, multiple BluRay and digital cable programs are viewable and can be positioned over any portion of the LCD 2x3 wall. "We wanted a central canvas that would allow us to display all of our capabilities; and we wanted it from a proven company," said Bruce Burkhalter, senior vice president of technical services for Benchmark Hospitality. Burkhalter further added, "We are very happy with the system. It does everything we hoped it would do."

"Every customer wants his news, sports and private content in high definition on his marquee display walls, making the display of HDCP content critical to the success of the corporate display wall," said Scott Norder, Vice President of Marketing for RGB Spectrum. "The MediaWall 4200 display processor fulfills this requirement with resolutions up to 2048x1152, EDID management, HDCP support, and robust 24/7 operation. We are pleased to support Benchmark's objective for guests to expect the extraordinary."

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

Feb 17, 2012

MediaWall 4200 Processors Drive Spectacular 90-Foot Wall at Kentucky Health Center

The University of Kentucky Health Care Center's immense new "Celebrate Kentucky" multimedia wall offers patients and employees an ever-changing, complex snapshot that amplifies the center's care for spiritual and emotional well-being beyond physical health. The Lexington center's wall is a ninety-foot, thirty-two screen visual spectacle commemorating life in Kentucky. The wall operates 18 hours a day, 365 days a year and features images and videos of people, places, animals and life from the microscopic to natural vistas. Local photographers and filmmakers refresh a constant stream of content for the high-impact wall.

"We were looking for a way to make a spectacular visual statement," said Tim Broekema, project creative director, "and that meant making sure we had the latest cutting-edge display technology available."

RGB Spectrum technical partner PGS Systems of Louisville, KY, designed and installed a display engine using five MediaWall® 4200 video wall processors that feed thirty-two Samsung forty-two inch LCD panels. In addition, seventy-six Duratrans forty-two inch rear-lit transparency enclosures are integrated with the LCD screens to create a 90-foot wide by 9-foot high display wall. With high-resolution photographic transparencies on display, the quality of the videographic images needs to be at its best.

"RGB Spectrum was selected based on overall image quality, configuration and adjustment capabilities and reliability under heavy use." According to Al Kirby of PGS Systems, "We worked closely with Solid Light, Inc., the project's exhibit design/ media production firm to create a solution that met both the physical requirements of the space and maintained the level of quality the media demanded."

Synchronized video playback is provided by an Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD eight-channel digital video player which is connected HDMI-to-DVI to the MediaWall 4200s. The outputs from the MediaWall 4200s are encoded for UTP transmission via Magenta Research HD-ONE digital video extension kits.

System control is provided by an AMX NI-3100 Netlinx Integrated master and NXV-300 Modero Virtual Touch Panel. System Power On/Off and Playback are fully automated per a user-defined schedule. The system's electronics are located in the lower level of the facility and are housed in a Middle Atlantic MRK-4436 equipment rack provisioned with an RM-LCD-PNLK rack mount LCD panel, an RM-KB pull-out keyboard and a UPS-2200R uninterruptible power supply.

"One of the major design concerns was maintaining the image quality of video moving across large areas and multiple displays," Kirby said. "The MW 4200s allowed us to make fine adjustments to the mullion settings and window configurations to precisely fit the video playback to the displays. This resulted in a huge time savings and allowed the video editor to concentrate on the content."

RGB Spectrum video wall processors serve in sundry applications from control rooms to emergency operations centers to astonishing public displays such as the UK Health Care Center. Each installation demands extremely high quality and reliability. MediaWall processor is the preferred solution when there is a demand for the very best fit, ease of installation, exceptional value, unfailing image quality and worry-free operation.

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 18, 2012

Orlando's Translational Research Institute Welcomes Visitors with RGB Spectrum

Based in Orlando, Florida, the Translational Research Institute (TRI) for Metabolism and Diabetes is a joint venture between Florida Hospital and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Housed in a new 37,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in early 2012, TRI is dedicated to the study of obesity, metabolism, diabetes, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease. As the public focal point and centerpiece for their new facility, TRI sought a bold and contemporary method to inform their visitors and researchers about the institute's research mission - and that's where they turned to RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2900.

At the project's inception, TRI initially discussed installing a static, architectural glass mural that would never change. Yet as the development stage evolved, RGB's video wall proposal priced out equally - but with the added element of flexibility, and the ability to dynamically change the wall's content as required.

TRI selected Sound Stage Inc. of Winter Park, Florida as their integration partner for the project. The goal was a 6 high by 5 wide video wall to be installed above the staircase in the main lobby, and purpose-built for interactive ease-of-use by the facility's staff and tour guides. With RGB's MediaWall 2900 at the core, the project was completed in mid-April 2012, and is now used regularly by Dr. Smith, the institute's founder - with a unique system that uses an iPad to display their custom app conveying their mission and research.

Overall, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2900 allows users to create video content in a seamless environment, and manipulate that content as required, anywhere across the wall's array of displays - and this inherent flexibility proved to be key to TRI's decision. Using the RGB system, TRI has an un-ending palette of creative visual alternatives that can change regularly based on the Institute's messaging needs.

Several additional key features factored into TRI's decision. The MediaWall 2900 accepts both digital and analog signals, with the ability to place windows anywhere on the video wall - even across the display's mullion lines. This allows content from synchronous players to be used, plus content from iPad and Apple TV applications. During installation, setting up the wall and creating various layouts was extremely easy, which in turn allowed the Sound Stage integration team to minimize programming and configuration time.

From a configuration standpoint, TRI's video sources consist of three 720p media players, two computer inputs (running at 1920 x 1080), live TV, and the Apple TV player. Using the MediaWall 2900, these units are routed to the windows on the 6 high x 5 wide array of NEC 46" LCD displays. Overall control is provided by AMX, using a 5" graphic touchscreen specifically programmed for TRI.

Providing a very cost effective solution, Sound Stage combined the processing power of the MediaWall 2900 with the internal scaling and signal distribution capability of the NEC monitors, resulting in a 30 monitor wall with only a four output video wall processor.

Chet Neal, Vice President of Sound Stage, commented on the installation. "Having used RGB in the past, my initial reaction was that the MediaWall was extremely easy to use, and for setup, the product's web interface is simply great," said Neal. "Picture quality was extremely good, and their scaling engine eliminated a lot of pixelation that could have been problematic in the output array. In fact, this contributed to a very clean picture that was surprisingly good for splitting one image over 30 displays. Also, with the MediaWall's eight available inputs, we did not require a matrix switcher - and this saved the client a tremendous amount of cost while adding value that the competition simply could not achieve. Based on this installation, I'm certainly looking forward to the opportunity to use RGB Spectrum's wall processors again soon."

"The key word is flexibility," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "TRI's selection of the MediaWall 2900 is another great example of how our products offer creative and flexible solutions, with the right feature set and the right tools to solve any installation challenge."

For further information about the MediaWall 2900, or to submit inquiries for video wall and control room applications, please email info@rgbspectrum.com.

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

Aug 12, 2012

RGB Spectrum Switcher Helps Global Travel IT Company Find AV Paradise

When Amadeus, the leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, built its new North America headquarters in Miami, Florida the company wanted an interactive presentation area to show off its technology in a space conducive to customer-employee interaction. To handle the varied and fluid mix of sources and displays, Ft. Lauderdale based integrator Xerox Audio Visual Solutions, chose an RGB Spectrum Linx Prime Matrix Routing Switcher.

Amadeus, which boasts nearly 10,000 employees, provides travel providers, sellers and buyers with distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions in more than 195 countries. Amadeus also lists many of the Fortune Top 100 companies as its clients. RGB's Linx Prime switcher is used throughout several areas of Amadeus North America's headquarters. The interactive Amadeus Executive Briefing Center is a space for staff to entertain and demonstrate IT capabilities to existing and prospective customers. The primary meeting areas use a series of 10 LCD touchscreens. There are also two conference rooms off the main area that can either function independently or be joined to the main area for a larger event.

The Linx Prime 3400 Matrix Routing Switcher is set up in a 24x8 configuration, leaving ample room for future expansion (up to 32x32). This was a key factor in the selection of the switcher, along with its patented EDID management and pass through capability for HDMI embedded audio.

The touch panel controlled system has total on-the-fly flexibility of how images are sent to specific screens, along with embedded audio-follow-video. With remote control, and IP accessible devices such as tablets and smartphones, users can select sources in real time.

Signal sources include six computers with software for USB control over each of the ten 1920x1080p Smart touchscreens that range in size from 42" to 70." There are also two each Apple TV units, Blu-ray players and satellite receivers. With the Linx switcher's CrossXFormat® input cards, additional sources, whether analog or digital, are easily accommodated.

Content includes demonstrations of software packages for airlines, travel agents, hotels, cruise lines and more . Video is a mix of sizzle reels, streamed Apple TV, iPad example applications and live TV feeds. Whatever the mix, the Linx Prime switcher provides exceptional flexibility and ease of use.

Jeff Parrish, System Sales Engineer for Xerox AV stated, "Installation had to take into account EDID, HDCP compliant devices, and digital signal management, so technical support was key to the success of the project. We are very pleased with how the Linx Prime seamlessly handled analog to digital video format conversion, embedded audio, HDCP compliance, and advanced EDID management in an elegant, modular package that reduced points of failure, and created a very simple- to-control interface."

For more information:

http://www.xeroxaudiovisual.com/

http://www.amadeus.com

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

RGB Spectrum, MediaWall, and SynchroMaster are registered trademarks of RGB Spectrum. View, Linx, DGy, DSx, and Multipoint KvM are trademarks of RGB Spectrum.

Apr 22, 2014

University of Aberdeen: A Showcase for Educational Technology

An institute of higher education is an ideal place to showcase technological innovations for distributing information and enhancing the learning experience. The University of Aberdeen in Scotland is one of the oldest universities in Europe. When constructing a new library building, the University sought to create a visually engaging lobby that would provide students, staff and visitors to the Library with an immersive educational experience while also keeping them informed about university news. RGB Spectrum's switching and display processing products are an important part of this unique installation.

Streamtec, a leading provider of audio-visual solutions, designed the Sir Duncan Rice Library's display system, which consists of two video walls installed on the library's exhibition space. RGB Spectrum's Linx 1800 Matrix Switcher provides flexible routing of signals throughout the system, while its MediaWall 4500 Display Processor and QuadView HDx Multiviewer enable multi-windowing capabilities on the video walls.

Visitors entering the library are greeted by a huge 5x5 video wall of 46" monitors. Twelve digital signage players provide input signals that are routed through the Linx switcher to the MediaWall processor. These signals may be displayed in up to twelve windows of varying sizes and positions which are scaled across the 25-screen array of monitors. Library staff can select a different preset window layout to quickly change the appearance of the video wall.

Information displayed on this video wall includes university announcements, emergency alerts, information about library sponsors and quotations, as well as historic photographs, artifacts and rare manuscripts from the University's collection. In addition, video feeds of important University events, such as graduation ceremonies or speeches, can be streamed into the system for broadcast over the video wall. An interactive console located in front of the large video wall allows viewers to search for and display information about donors to the Library.

On the opposite side of the exhibition area facing the rear entrance of the library, is a smaller 3x3 video wall surrounded by a seating area for up to 50 people. This area is often used for lectures, seminars, and presentations during school visits. A lectern located beside the wall allows presenters to input sources from a desktop or laptop computer. The lectern directs these signals to the switcher, which routes them through the QuadView multiviewer and then to the wall for display.

The Quadview multiviewer configures up to four sources plus a background into a multi-window display which is scaled over the video wall by the monitors' internal scalers. Presenters can change the sources displayed by choosing a different preset layout. When the video wall is not being used for presentations, the digital signage players provide signals, such as images of paintings or artifacts from the university's impressive collection, for display on the video wall.

The switcher can also route signals to the exhibition area that is located between the two video walls. This room is typically used to display rotating collections of the University's art and artifacts. The room supports both projectors and monitors, and specific display devices are installed as required for particular exhibits. Cameras mounted within the exhibition space also provide images for display on the video walls outside.

Both Streamtec and University representatives have been pleased with the performance of the installation. The Linx switcher offers unprecedented flexibility, accommodates a range of inputs, and provides EDID and HDCP management. The MediaWall processor offers real-time performance, remarkable image clarity and color depth, and complete flexibility for window layout and positioning. The display system works seamlessly with the video walls' LCD monitors and has room to expand as the University's signal routing and display processing requirements increase.

"RGB Spectrum's products helped us create a multi-media solution for the University that is both impressive and effective" remarked Ian McMillan, the integrator of this project. "The Linx switcher, MediaWall processor, and QuadView multiviewer work together to deliver real-time processing and outstanding image quality for the video wall displays. The University has been pleased by the steady, reliable performance of RGB Spectrum's products and by the display flexibility enabled by this unique solution."

About RGB Spectrum

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