Education

Mar 28, 2017

4K Video Wall Makes an Entrance at the Maritime Aquarium

A massive 32-panel 4K video wall is making quite a splash in the newly renovated entrance hall in the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Connecticut. Engaging visitors with a dynamic “Sketch and Release” interactive feature presented in ultra-high-definition by a RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processor, the video wall invites visitors to dive right in to an immersive sea life experience.

Walking in through what is now known as Newman’s Own Hall, guests of all ages are drawn in by the video wall’s creative approach to learning about Long Island Sound wildlife and conservation. Using interactive kiosks, visitors select and personalize a sea creature and then release it in 3D on the big screen. There it swims with up to 200 other visitor-designed Long Island Sound native sharks, fish, seals, sea turtles and squid in a virtual seascape.

Exhibit producers at Richard Lewis Media Group (RLMG) developed Sketch and Release as a virtual reality application, so the video wall technology had to have top-level processing capabilities. A robust solution was designed and implemented by AV integration specialist Everett Hall Associates.

RLMG’s VR content was written in Unity, and runs on a powerful multiprocessor outfitted with Matrox cards. To optimize the user-generated content and the 3D seascape for display on the 4x8 grid of Samsung 55-inch thin-bezel LED displays required a 4K-capable video processor. Enter RGB’s MediaWall V, the first truly 4K-capable video wall processor.

The MediaWall V processor enables the entire wall to be treated as a single seamless display, or positions multiple windows anywhere on the wall. This versatility is key, because in addition to Sketch and Release, the video wall displays educational videos, promotional content, and presentations for special events. A touch panel control system handles presets for signage, presentations, the VR interactive aquarium, or live video.

Using the MediaWall V for the first time on the Maritime Aquarium project, Everett Hall Associates General Manager Joel R. Rollins was impressed: “When you’re trying to push the edge with regard to software and the way it interacts with the public, the fact that the hardware pieces could be depended upon makes it work. We also knew that in addition to a VR-Based exhibit, we would have to accommodate expansion and future sources. We’ve had zero issues. I’ve programmed a lot of systems using previous MediaWall display processors, and they were always reliable, and this was no different.”

Jan 7, 2013

Advanced Surgical Training at the Pikos Institute

Located in Trinity, Florida, the Pikos Institute provides comprehensive training for dentists, oral surgeons and peridontists. The facility includes a new auditorium, exhibit area, administrative rooms and a specialized suite for dental implant surgery. This advanced training environment uses live patient teaching methods supported by high-resolution imagery, and RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 1900 processor is a vital part of this remarkable system. During live surgical procedures, group training of up to 40 people can take place in the auditorium. Here, images can be magnified on screen, computer sources can be displayed, and presenters can address multiple groups. Effectively, the facility offers modern surgical training, either live or via videoconference, for doctors, surgeons, faculty members and guest speakers.

The MediaWall 1900 processor was installed in September, 2012 by system integrator AVI-SPL. The product provides the Pikos Institute faculty with the ability to display up to four simultaneous windows in real time, with no dropped frames, at the highest resolution possible. For sources, users can select between a podium PC, laptop, two HD inputs, a LifeSize® videoconferencing codec, a document camera, and Vaddio HD cameras in the operatory. Control is provided by Crestron touchscreen interfaces and a custom Crestron iPad application. The system also includes two Panasonic ceiling-mounted DW-6300 WXGA projectors, arranged in a 1X2 blend on a 6' x 18' Da-Lite front projection screen. The key factor in the selection of the MediaWall 1900 was flexibility. The Pikos Institute required a system that could "window" and position sources at different screen resolutions, with very little setup and extremely simple operations - and the MediaWall 1900 was the ideal solution. In combination with the Crestron control system, the MediaWall 1900 enables presenters to focus on content and ideas, rather than on how to operate the technology.

"The MediaWall 1900 provided the functionality we were looking for - functionality that was not available in a traditional presentation system processor," said Mark Robinson, Pikos Institute Director of Technology. "The CEO, Dr. Michael Pikos, is extremely pleased with the installation, and how easy it is to operate and control the elements during a presentation." Rebecca Criswell with AVI-SPL in Tampa commented on the Pikos Institute project. "We turned to RGB Spectrum because the customer had very demanding goals that needed to be met in multiple areas of functionality," noted Criswell. "The MediaWall 1900 was the perfect fit for the application. It demoed flawlessly, it installed easily, and it solved many challenges that the customer required us to meet. I am very pleased with the outcome."

For further information about the MediaWall 1900, or to submit inquiries for MediaWall 1900 applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

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

Feb 22, 2013

Ancient History Meets High Technology in Indonesia

Malang is the second largest city in Indonesia's East Java province, with an ancient history dating back to the 10th century Mataram Kingdom. Within this vibrant and historically rich culture, high technology video is at work at the Southeast Asia Bible Seminary. Known locally as Seminari Alkitab Asia Tenggara (SAAT), the seminary provides a post graduate curriculum of ministry studies and functions as a strategic network for churches and church leaders.

The seminary recently opened a new 1500 seat auditorium, which serves as their educational centerpiece. The auditorium is a showcase for the latest in world-class A/V equipment. V2 Indonesia, the system integrator for the SAAT project, selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4200 processor to handle all video display requirements for the auditorium's large 3x13 meter projection screen.

Video is shown on screen via three Christie HD-10K projectors, and because of the MediaWall processor's wide range of overlap functionality, the three projectors are easily blended into one seamless display.

The MediaWall® 4200 was selected for its reliability and user friendly GUI, and for its powerful multi-window functionality. Because the facility hosts seminars, conferences, lectures, and concerts, the processor is required to handle a variety of input sources including cameras, computers, PowerPoint presentations, video playback and more - and the MediaWall 4200 meets these requirements perfectly. With the flexibility of 12 windows, dynamic scaling and positioning, and the ability to store and recall "presets" of screen layouts, the processor is easily controlled via laptop by SAAT's A/V professionals.

With the RGB Spectrum MediaWall 4200 processor, the result is a dynamic, intimate and visually rich environment in SAAT's new auditorium - whether the requirement is a classroom lecture or a multi-camera concert event.

"RGB Spectrum products are known the world over for the highest quality processing and utmost reliability," said Rudi Hidayat, managing director of V2 Indonesia. "These standards are completely in line with SAAT's desire for the very best equipment, and this, in turn, ensures the most effective teaching and event support."

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

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

Mar 22, 2017

Collaborative Video Wall Modernizes University Library

A major university has transformed its Fine Arts library into a collaborative facility. Students and faculty can connect with advanced new media tools on a video wall managed by RGB Spectrum’s Galileo display processor. The IP-enabled video wall system provides an unlimited number of windows for graphics and video for users to share content and experiment with interactive design.

In the design phase, the university envisioned a large-scale video display setup for use in video game development, student film screenings, project meetings and presentations. The school considered a projector setup, but seeking higher resolution and more flexibility, the choice was made to go with a video wall comprised of nine flat panel LCD displays.

To meet its objectives, it was essential that the video wall provide interactivity and connection with a variety of sources that could be displayed in multiple windows or full-screen. The video wall helps facilitate greater collaboration by tying together many elements to create an open canvas.

The video wall sees constant use for instruction and student project development, frequently showcasing the newest technologies explored in the curriculum. For example, when users need to compare dual-lens views of VR content or flip through digitized pages of archival printed content, the video wall provides granularity and the ability to display multiple images and move them around in any configuration.

The Galileo chassis is fed by several computers and a Blu-ray player. Two HDMI inputs on the front of the wall enclosure allow for easy connection of additional sources. This being a multimedia lab, the video wall needed to support audio as well. The integrator on the project, Ford AV, provided a sound system and programmed a Crestron CP3 Control Processor to enable selection of an HDMI input with a direct audio out via a Crestron XPanel desktop interface.

To use the wall, collaborators can simply walk up and plug in a Xbox or Playstation 4, which the library has in its device library, or any HDMI output or USB 3.1 device. The Galileo processor also enables use of digital drawing pads for real-time illustrative input from one or more users.

The success of the video wall has inspired the university to make future plans for expansion into use of more inputs for the maker space. The capacity is there already, as the school is only using half the available inputs now. The user-friendly software and the flexible input card structure will also allow for the addition of new technologies as the curriculum evolves.

Oct 28, 2008

Czech Technical University Implements Innovative Audio-Visual Technologies

The Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague was established in 2005 to coordinate research and teaching activities in the field of biomedical engineering. The Faculty is focused on research dealing with a wide scope of scientific and biomedical engineering projects. The education program has been offering two specializations, "Equipment and Methods for Biomedicine" which trains biomedical engineers for research and development work and "System Integration Processes in Health Care" which prepares biomedical engineers for management positions.

Renown for its innovative, leading edge approach to higher education, the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering continues its tradition of being at the forefront of educational innovation with the reconstruction of its key teaching facilities. In the process, the main conference and convention halls have been upgraded with the most advanced audio-visual technologies available today to meet the objective of providing sophisticated, engaging multi-image display capability.

AV Media, a systems integrator specializing in advanced mulitmedia technology, was contracted by CTU to design and install the new audio-visual system. The design required a single control room that would operate and distribute multi- image visuals to two halls, supporting a variety of high resolution computer imagery and video sources. AV Media selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView® multiviewer to provide the core multi-image display capability. The AV Media design team concluded that the QuadView multiviewer was the optimal solution for this high profile project.

Previously, the Biomedical Engineering facility's meeting and conference rooms were limited to one image displayed at a time on a single screen. The faculty needed more versatility to support a growing number of disparate image sources. With the QuadView multiviewer they are now able to integrate an array of image sources and display up to four images simultaneously on each screen in the main conference and convention halls.

The QuadView multiviewer receives both computer and video sources. The video includes live feeds from cameras mounted throughout the facility, the University's video teleconferencing systems, and DVD players. The multiviewer also receives computer imagery consisting of PowerPoint presentations, scientific and medical data, and spreadsheets. The multiviewer combines computer and video sources and outputs them to five Panasonic PT-D series ceiling-mounted projectors.

Operators use a CUE central control system to select image sources, choose display configurations and route the multiviewer output. Each of the images can be resized and repositioned anywhere on-screen and panned and zoomed to focus on a particular area of interest.

The response from audiences and faculty alike has been overwhelmingly positive. The system has dramatically enhanced the education experience, increased comprehension and retention, and provided a more effective method of presenting complex information to the audience. Particularly impressive is the multiviewer's outstanding image quality, with sharp, crisp text and graphics that render even intricate spreadsheets readable to the audience.

The Czech Technical University's (CTU) in Prague, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, based in Kladno, Czech Republic, conducts research and teaching in the expanding field of biomedical engineering. The Faculty offers an interdisciplinary education on BSc and MSc levels and educates professionals and specialists in the fields of biomedical and clinical engineering. For more information, visitwww.fbmi.cvut.cz.

AV Media is an audio video technology systems integrator based in Prague, Czech Republic. AV Media provides audio- visual, presentation, and projection technology system integration for conference and meeting rooms, dispatch control stations, classrooms, training rooms, special simulation and 3D applications, trade fairs, and many other places. For more information, call 420-261-260-218, fax 420-261-227-648, or visit www.avmedia.cz.

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

Apr 21, 2010

DVI Switching for the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in Washington, D.C., with 550 physicians practicing in 47 clinical specialties. Among the MFA's more unique offerings is a Telemedicine service, offering instant and urgent medical counsel anywhere in the world - especially to doctors and other providers in remote locations lacking in medical resources. Subscribers range from cruise ship physicians, to oil riggers, to high net worth travelers. A subscriber to the service can speak directly to a physician without going through the typical nurse referral phase. Staffed by a team of ER-experienced MD's, MFA guarantees a minimum of three doctors available at any time.

In designing their Telemedicine system, the MFA chose to go beyond typical analog video signal quality and use pure digital DVI signals for patient information visualization. DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides the highest quality and color accuracy to support diagnostic images from fluoroscopy, MRI and CT scans.

When a subscribing member calls the service, the responding physician can view all the information required for diagnosis and treatment advice. Three secure computers with dual head DVI graphics cards allow tracking of client location, event monitoring and access to patient histories. This information is displayed on two 52" and one 37" high- definition LCD flat panel displays.

With multiple sources and displays, a DVI switcher was clearly required. The RGB Spectrum Linx became the obvious choice due to its robust feature set, including the most comprehensive EDID management system available. A physician controls the Linx 8x8 switcher from a wireless touch panel, calling up the desired patient information on specific displays. Alternatively, the Linx 8x8 switcher also offers an integrated front panel touch screen and built-in web server as additional forms of control. On-board cable equalizers eliminate the need for outboard devices simplifying design, installation and operation while supporting the 30-70 foot long DVI cable runs in the facility.

The system was designed and installed by CTSI, Chantilly, VA. According to the account executive in charge of the project, Steve Mills, CTS-D, ease of installation and programming were key benefits of Linx. According to Mr. Mills, "The Linx DVI Switcher from RGB Spectrum was a perfect fit for our requirements and from the beginning it has worked exactly as advertised." The MFA staff further added, "With Linx, we have easy to use, instant and seamless control of all diagnostic and patient information. We couldn't function at this level without it."

For more information, visit http://www.gwdocs.com and http://www.ctsi-usa.com

To see more information on the Linx 8x8 DVI Switcher, visit: http://www.rgb.com/products/LinxDVIMatrixSwitcher

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

Jul 15, 2013

Emergency Communications at Saint Louis University

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Missouri experiences over 30 tornados every year that can cause devastating loss of life and property. During extreme weather conditions, the ability to issue early notifications is a crucial part of minimizing risk and ensuring public safety.

With this aim in mind, Saint Louis University and TSI Global began installing digital signage on the campus to enhance the emergency communications system and provide early warnings to students and faculty about serious weather conditions. Over the past five years, the university has added video walls and expanded the signage system into a campus wide audio-visual network that allows emergency information to be distributed to classrooms, auditoriums, residence halls, lobbies and the student union building.

As part of this system, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 1900 Display Processor is used to control outputs to a large video wall, a 3 x 6 array of 46 inch LCD monitors, located in The Reinhart Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. The video wall is divided into two 3 x 3 sections, and the monitors are daisy chained so that each output from the processor can be scaled over the nine monitors. Inputs displayed on the wall include X20 Media System channels, media content and lecture material from PCs, DVR security cameras, video feeds from news and weather channels, an HDTV tuner, and Blu Ray players. The MediaWall processor composites four of these input signals into two outputs which are routed to the two sections of the video wall for display.

TSI Global and Saint Louis University chose the MediaWall processor because of its flexibility, reliability and ease of use. It allows up to eight source windows of any size or configuration to be displayed on the video wall, all without compromising signal clarity. In a crisis situation, the processer can display real-time inputs to support emergency decision-making. Signal integrity remains continuous even when operators switch sources or reposition windows. Operators are able to change sources and window layouts quickly and easily using a Crestron touch screen and preset configurations.

Incorporating a MediaWall processor into the university's audio-visual system allowed the integrator to replace costly and inefficient projectors with LCD displays, which resulted in substantial cost savings, better image quality, and fewer maintenance issues. In emergency situations, RGB Spectrum's renowned reliability ensures that the processor will effectively display communications and updates in real-time.

Since the installation in November, 2012, both the client and the integrator have been happy with the performance of the MediaWall processor, particularly the high-resolution clarity and flexibility of the system. "Very pleased with the project," says Paul Murdick, president of TSI Technology Solutions. "Technically, graphically and, most of all, the client is happy."

About TSI Global

Based in St. Charles, Missouri, TSI Global is a full-service systems integrator whose mission is to help companies achieve their business goals. From baseball stadiums, to business schools, from concert halls to conference rooms, TSI makes buildings come alive with audio and video, networked communications and security systems. The company delivers solutions that provide value from day one and that can grow as you grow. TSI's team of specialized networked engineers, audio/visual experts, and certified installers and technicians bring years of experience to build the best and most reliable systems.

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.

Nov 20, 2014

Emergency Operations at UC Berkeley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Jan 27, 2009

How MediaWall Makes Neurosurgeons Happy

Recently the UCLA Medical Center commissioned their new high-tech Neurosurgical Operating Room Suite. Design criteria for the suite emphasized the need for new visualization capabilities. Leading edge Neurosurgery techniques expose the need for visual resource management technology that delivers flawless digital HD display images. To orchestrate the display of several medical telemetry and imaging sources, UCLA's integration partner, Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division specified a MediaWall® 2500 display processor.

Medical and diagnostic image sources include an endoscopic camera with a resolution of 1080p, surgical microscope, a room overview camera at 1080i, a surgical in-light camera, Stereo Tactile Surgical Navigation system, and a Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) PC for medical images like patient x-rays. Other computer images displayed include patient vitals, nurse charting/scheduling and the display of mandated time-out protocol.

Previously, placing information in front of the surgeons, nurses and medical technicians required many separate diagnostic and display systems, each rolled into the operating room on their own carts. The equipment carts and their monitors produced a crowded and confusing environment. The new operating theater is free of individual diagnostic and display systems. All visual signals are routed to the MediaWall display processor by an RGB Spectrum Linx 8x8 routing DVI switcher. The MediaWall processor manages the view of all images on a 2x3 LCD display panel array. The images can be arranged to give the medical team a centralized, comprehensive wall of critical information.

Other criteria for choosing the RGB Spectrum system solution included 24/7/365 robust operation, digital image quality, ease of control and low power and air conditioning demands. In addition, the MediaWall display processor, based on embedded system architecture, has none of the PC and hard disk drive system maintenance costs of other systems.

The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. This one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is located in Santa Monica, CA. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. http://www.uclahealth.org/

Karl Storz Endoscopy America provided endoscopic visualization equipment and instrumentation. Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division, provided system integration design. http://www.karlstorz.com

System integration was performed by AVI-SPL, a leading AV systems integrator involved in projects all over the globe. http://www.avispl.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.

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.

Mar 24, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Display Processor Keeps University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Informed

"Expertise. Influence. Impact." These are the words Natalie D. Eddington, dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, uses to describe the new 128,000 square-foot Pharmacy Hall campus addition opened in October 2010. "Our new building is a structural sign of our School's pre-eminence and leadership in the fields of pharmacy education, practice, research, and community service in the state of Maryland and beyond," she continued.

Founded in 1841, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest such school in the nation. With the opening of its new facility, it ranks in the top for innovative technology. The seven-story Pharmacy Hall includes lecture halls equipped with distance-learning technology, a new patient interaction laboratory, and four floors of space dedicated to clinical and translational research in pharmacogenetics, nanomedicine, and drug discovery.

But all is not work for students, faculty, and staff. A large lounge off the main corridor on the first floor provides a comfortable place to relax, gather for discussions, enjoy a meal, and stay current on events about campus and around the world.

To bring news and entertainment to lounge visitors, the experts at Nelson White Systems, Inc. installed nine NEC X461UN LCD monitors in a 3-by-3 arrangement. Sourced by digital media players, cable feeds, computers, and local TV, an RGB Spectrum MediaWall 4500 processor is used to select and arrange video windows on the wall. The flexibility to display multiple signal types simultaneously was a prime influence in the selection of the MediaWall 4500 processor.

While the display in Pharmacy Hall uses only nine of the MediaWall 4500 processor's twelve outputs, it can be expanded at anytime to a full 3x4 array with up to thirty input windows. HDCP support guarantees that digital content displays correctly and is protected throughout the signal path.

Dave Riordan, project manager at Nelson White Systems said, "The ease of installation coupled with the robust feature set made the selection of the MediaWall 4500 processor easy." Senior product manager at RGB Spectrum Mike Piper added, "Web-based control, a broad array of input and output types, and real-time performance drive this public display system to its best capabilities. Higher-education customers consistently give top marks to RGB Spectrum's system reliability."

Whether viewed by a captive audience or just those passing by, the high visual impact of the video wall catches the attention of all. Expertise. Influence. Impact. Sums up another great RGB Spectrum installation.

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

Jan 21, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Provides Vision for the Future

"See for yourself" is the invitation to the newly expanded W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, home to the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Guests are invited to tour the center, patients are offered services to improve their vision, and state-of-the-art display systems maximize the effectiveness of information presented during research seminars, staff meetings and public education programs.

Adding 230,000 square feet to the three existing buildings on the University campus, the new Brehm Tower houses seven eye care clinics with suites for refractive and cosmetic surgery. It also serves as the main laboratory component of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Designed to enhance collaboration among researchers as they move laboratory discoveries into treatment practices, the expansion utilizes cutting-edge technologies for communication and data sharing throughout the University of Michigan and beyond.

A large meeting room in the new building is capable of accommodating various configurations with portable furniture, easy laptop connectivity, video conferencing, and projection onto a curved wall from either a single or multiple projectors. The space is designed for presentations, meetings, and lectures.

An RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 creates the large 46:10 aspect ratio display wall made up of three edge-blended projectors. Able to display one to thirty windows, the MediaWall accepts both video and graphics signals. Superior scaling technology allows for high-quality presentation of one image source over the entire wall. The MediaWall 4500 offers complete flexibility of window layouts to meet any requirement. It also delivers overlapping outputs to the edge blending system creating a seamless display. The range and flexibility of the system accommodates both current and future meeting requirements.

The MediaWall product family continues to prove its value in large-venue applications by providing real-time performance regardless of resolution and frame rate. Unlike other display processors, the MediaWall is HDCP compliant removing all barriers to the use of protected content from such devices as Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. MediaWall processors couple perfectly with 8 and 10 megapixel projectors. NTSC video, graphics sources to 1920x1200, and high-definition resolutions to 2048x1080 are supported on inputs and outputs.

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.

Dec 6, 2016

MediaWall Delivers Best-in-Class Video Wall Displays at the University of North Texas

Established in 1890, the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton is among the nation's top research institutions. It is also one of the country's largest public research universities, serving 37,000 students.

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 2900 Display Processor is now front and center at the University Union Lyceum Theater, a 500-person multipurpose auditorium/classroom and meeting space. The Lyceum Theater caters to the university's internal clientele, holding student union events such as new student and parent orientations. The space is also used to host private events. Because the theater operates as a for-profit entity within the public university, the uses of the facility and its audiences vary greatly.

The MediaWall display processor allows for easy placement of source material so that presentation, training, and class materials can be shown anywhere on the screen, a major improvement over the single projector / single image paradigm used in the theater previously. BAI Austin, consulted for UNT and designed the system as a three projector edge blended display that could have several images placed on a full width background image. The architect chose a Screen Goo coated, curved wall behind the theater's stage area, as the display surface. Schoolhouse AV, the integrator, installed the system and worked with the school to take advantage of all of the systems capabilities.

The facility uses three modes of operation via presets. In "cinema" mode, the center projector zooms out and a single video from a Blu-ray player or live camera is shown on the display surface. In "presentation" mode, the two adjacent projectors are managed directly by a matrix switcher to display supporting images. In "wide screen" mode, all three projectors are connected directly to the MediaWall 2900 display processor which handles a number of signals from a variety of sources.

In the "wide screen" mode, a background image of approximately 4896x1080 pixels is generated from a high end Dell PC that has a 4 output HDMI video card which splits up the custom graphic size across 3 of the HDMI outputs. The MediaWall 2900 Screen Grouping feature is used to stitch together 3 HDMI outputs into a full width graphic. This full width graphic may either be used as a slide-by-slide, full width presentation or act as a thematic background upon which up to 5 additional picture-in-picture or PIPs may be displayed over the background. These 5 sources emanate from the AV matrix switcher outputs that can route AV signals from computers, floor box inputs, wall plate inputs and PTZ video cameras. Any of the PIPs may be sized, scaled and positioned anywhere on the entire background. The result is a giant canvas upon which the creativity of the UNT Union Tech Services may be unleashed to complement presentations with high impact image content.

Onsite personnel have given high praise to the system. They rate the image quality and performance as excellent, and they appreciate that the MediaWall display processor is simple to operate.

"Part of the driving force in selecting the MediaWall display processor was that it's HDCP-compliant. Many processors out there are not," said Blair McNair, Director of Operations at Schoolhouse Audio Visual.

"Plus its Web GUI is easy to use and its switching is seamless and clean," he added. He also commended RGB Spectrum's customer service, noting that "unlike other manufacturers, I can get help with a problem even if it's not due to an issue with an RGB Spectrum product. Customer support has been fantastic all along. The companies that provide good support are the companies that get our support!"

About Schoolhouse Audio-Visual

Schoolhouse Audio-Visual specializes in presentation hardware and audio visual equipment sales and rentals, providing design, integration, training, and service. Its specialties include turnkey solutions for houses of worship, conference and training rooms, council chambers and court rooms, emergency operations centers, and educational environments.

Schoolhouse Audio-Visual has been in business since 1974. As its name implies, Schoolhouse Audio-Visual began by servicing schools and other educational facilities. Its customer base has since grown to serve many corporations and government agencies.

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.

Jan 12, 2018

Research and Collaboration Advances at University of Oregon with State-of-the-Art Visualization Technology

In the past, libraries emphasized quiet spaces for individual study. Not anymore. The University of Oregon's newly renovated Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library has upgraded its visualization lab with leading-edge audio-visual technology to dynamically engage students and foster collaboration. The UO's visualization lab provides multiple information access points from all scientific fields.

The core of the visualization lab is its new 50-million pixel video wall powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® V 4K display processor. The visualization lab's massive MediaWall-based 24-screen video wall allows researchers to gain new insights into huge datasets, build 3D simulations and explore vistas ranging from nanoparticles to vast expanses of outer space.

The MediaWall V processor receives input from two high-resolution, multi-head workstations. These feed the processor with content from multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, human physiology, geology, and physics. Astrophysicists observe and study images of distant galaxies, neuroscientists examine brain scans, computer scientists design and render 3D visualizations, and social scientists depict graphical data plots to review behavioral patterns and trends. The processor consolidates these diverse source signals and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the 4 x 6 wall array. Researchers and faculty can select inputs and choose display layouts from a touch panel from a selection of up to 60 presets.

MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, HDCP, and ease of use. Moreover, they offer 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.

Observers are amazed at the lab's energy, activity level, and impressive increase in numbers of participants. Students engage in small collaboration groups, often with most seating areas completely full. Students are excited by the new educational technology. Faculty members are quickly finding new ways to utilize it in their teaching and research.

The Sextant Group was the technology consultant for the Alan Price Science Commons and Research Library Visualization Lab. The Sextant Group, founded in 1995, is a national independent, technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of collaboration, presentation, communication, healing, and entertainment spaces. The Sextant Group works with architects, interior designers, owners and facility planners as technology adviser and consultant. Principal Tim Waters CTS and Senior Designer Dan Nelson CTS-D, RCDD contributed to this article.

the Alan Price Science Commons and Research Library Visualization Lab

Photos courtesy of The Sextant Group.

The UO's Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library earned the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Additional firms involved in this project: Architect: Opsis Architecture (opsisarch.com); General Contractor: Andersen Construction (andercon.net); Audiovisual Contractor: Compview (compview.com), a Diversified Company (diversifiedus.com).

Offering superior image quality, versatility and reliability, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall display processors are the ideal choice for education, training, corporate boardrooms, meeting facilities, entertainment, hospitality, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Technology in Service to Education

In recent years, Washington University in St. Louis has strengthened its impact and reputation by expanding facilities, recruiting top-notch faculty, and developing new and innovative educational programs. As a result, demand has surged for the educational experience provided by Washington University in St. Louis. Each year, over 30,000 prospective students compete for approximately 1,500 places in the freshman class. Enrollment has increased from 13,761 students during the 2009-2010 academic year to over 14,500 students.

Like most institutions of higher learning, Washington University in St. Louis understands that the most valuable commodity is time in class with a tenured professor. To meet the educational needs of the rapidly-growing student body, it is essential to leverage that commodity as much as possible. And, to ensure that a postsecondary education remains affordable and accessible to all who aspire to it, this must be done in the most cost-effective manner possible. To that end, Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School has partnered with AVI Systems, a leading audio/visual, telepresence and broadcast systems integrator headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, to provide ongoing technology renovations, upgrades and support for the facility’s technology infrastructure.

One example of this partnership at work is the recent expansion of the 102,000-square-foot Olin Business School. Over time, the school made significant investments in technology for each teaching facility to eliminate the need to move equipment from place to place. One of the goals of this project was to transform the existing A/V Control Room in the Charles Knight Executive Education Center into a centralized facility for managing and distributing educational visual content from a wide variety of sources to multiple facilities.

Other key project requirements were low latency in transmission, high performance, and the ability to support legacy, analog video formats as well as current technologies such as 4K/UltraHD, dual-link DVI and HDCP-protected content. To provide the foundation for a state-of-the-art, fiber-based video network, AVI Systems chose the RGB Spectrum Opto 320 Fiber Optic Matrix Switcher. The Opto 320 is the largest of a family of high-performance, non-blocking, modular matrix switchers that provide complete, end-to-end routing of video and peripheral signals over single-mode or multimode fiber optic cable.

In each facility, Opto Stand-Alone Transmit Modules (Model FS-T1S-AD) extend copper (HDMI or DVI) signals from local sources over fiber optic cable. Sources include PCs, video conferencing systems, satellite receivers, document cameras, and video cameras. Opto Stand-Alone Receive Modules (Model FS-R1S-AD) convert the fiber optic signals back to copper (HDMI or DVI) for output on projectors and/or flat-panel displays.

AVI Systems deployed the Opto 320 in the Control Room. Source signals from each facility – which include an auditorium, learning lab, forum room, and several classrooms – connect to the Opto switcher in the Control Room via single-mode fiber. Each of sixteen Opto outputs is connected to an Opto Stand-Alone Receive Module (Model FS-R1M-AD) that converts the multimode fiber signal to copper (DVI) for display.

The DVI signals connect to an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 Display Processor for high-impact display on a 1 × 4 video wall that Control Room personnel can use to monitor network activity and resource usage.

Washington University AV diagram

Figure 1: Olin School of Business/Knight Center Simplified System Diagram

To provide a tactile user interface for controlling and routing both local and remote network elements, an AMX® control system ties everything together.

AVI Systems reports that the Olin Business School is pleased with the performance and ease of operation of the new system, and that the RGB Spectrum Opto solution will continue to play a significant role as the system continues to expand throughout the Olin Business School. 

Feb 25, 2009

RGB Spectrum Technology Partner Wins DIGI Award

Digital Signage Magazine has presented RGB Spectrum technology partner, Digital Display Group, a DIGI Award for a video wall installation at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Business. The DIGI Awards recognize the most successful and innovative digital signage deployments within the past year.

The new conference room is in the recently refurbished Financial Center. The room creates a "trading floor" look and feel to give students a real world experience with real-time news, data, financial information and high definition broadcast feeds. The system can be configured for different operational scenarios as well as a lecture mode. The wall can also display PowerPoint presentations, document camera feeds and media playback, and CastNET and Scala InfoeChannel 5 software for stock and news tickers.

At the heart of the installation is an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2500 display processor. Oriion PDP narrow mullion panels make up the 2x5-display array. A Crestron touch panel system is used for recalling different layouts and to choose other display resources.

Key considerations for the choice of MediaWall were reliability and technical support. Brigit Davidson, project manager for Alpha's Digital Display Group said, "This is a terrific opportunity for students at the University to learn in a state-of-the-art environment and benefit from real-time financial information. The video wall in the new Financial Center provides the University with a user-friendly technology that enables professors to teach with live data, while students can enjoy a more 'real world' financial atmosphere."

"The video wall has created an excellent classroom and the seamless wall of displays incorporates our existing system," said Josh Saiz, analyst/programmer, Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. "We are so happy with how it increased student moral and enhanced the learning environment."

About Digital Display Group

For over ten years, Digital Display Group (DDG), a division of Alpha Video & Audio, Inc., has been a leader in managing and implementing visual communication networks and digital signage solutions. Digital Display Group provides turnkey solutions for any size network, with revolutionary technology and best-in-class service. Digital Display Group has established over 600 networks for Fortune 500 companies, entertainment venues, cable advertising, retail outlets, schools and universities. It's revolutionary CastNET digital signage solution is backed by over 35 years of experience in audiovisual and IT integration.

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

Oct 28, 2008

RGB's MediaWall Makes Nano Seem Larger Than Life

The University of California, Los Angeles's (UCLA) new California NanoSystems Institute theater/auditorium provides a wide range of AV technology. The theater is used for a diversity of science and technology lectures, presentations, seminars and symposia. Nanoscience comes out of the laboratory's electron microscopes and onto the theater's widescreen via digital projectors.

Integration of the California Nanosystems Institute theater was provided by Avidex AV, a west coast AV systems integrator and RGB Spectrum technical partner. The MediaWall 2000 was the display processor of choice. According to Mike McLean, CTS-D, integrated systems sales account manager at Avidex, "A dual projector side-by-side display was developed to make maximum use of the available screen area. An image-processing device was needed to allow multiple media devices and imagery to be shown simultaneously in a widescreen, picture-in-picture display. The MediaWall 2000 display processor allows users to make computer images as big as the screen will allow, then place those images anywhere on the screen surface. This allows side-by-side comparisons and provides the ability to monitor multiple events."

The theater presents a challenging, ever changing presentation venue with a broad variety of signal types and sources are presented on a daily basis. According to Jimmy Suo of UCLA's Academic Technology Services, "The RGB Spectrum processor was chosen because it has a good reputation for 24/7 operation, redundant power supplies and the wide range signals it takes in."

Suo emphasized, "This is a very advanced, collaborative space. We're using off-the-shelf AV gear to provide a very advanced platform for teaching, research and collaboration. The MediaWall met this requirement."

Our thanks to Jim Stokes for excerpts from his article entitled, "Wide World of Nano" from the May, 2008 issue of Sound & Communications Magazine. The article examines the sophisticated design and integration of the new California Nanosystems Institute theater. Please visithttp://www.soundandcommunications.com/applications/2008_05_apps.htm for the complete article.

Avidex AV, headquartered in Bellevue WA, is a leading provider of audio and video solutions. Its qualified staff provides full design, installation, integration, training and support services for a wide range of products and systems tailored to the customer's application.

For additional information, go to www.avidexav.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 29, 2013

Supporting International Studies at Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University (SLU), located in St. Louis, Missouri, recently opened a new Center for Global Citizenship, a 70,000 square foot facility that consolidates the university’s Office of International Services, the International Studies Program, the English as a Second Language Program, as well as a number of smaller departments dedicated to cultural and community studies. The highlight of the center is a 1000-seat auditorium that features a 5x5 video wall controlled by RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 1900 Display Processor.

The auditorium provides a space for large-scale presentations, meetings, speeches, training and university events. Saint Louis University approached TSI Global to design a cost-effective audiovisual system that would enable the display of multiple high-resolution windows over a large video wall. TSI Global and SLU chose a MediaWall processor to enable this multi-window display.

Input sources to the video wall processor include PCs, laptops (analog or digital), Blu-ray players, satellite broadcasts, media players, digital signage, videoconferencing codecs, and HD cameras. These signals feed into a matrix switcher, which sends the selected signals to the MediaWall processor.

The MediaWall processor configures these inputs according to customer preset window layouts and feeds the signals back to the switcher. The switcher, in turn, routes them to the wall where LCD monitors scale the multi-windowed image over a selected array of monitors.

A single output from the processor can be scaled over the entire wall. Alternatively, the wall can be sub-divided into smaller sections, with outputs from the processor scaled over each section. Additional signals can also be routed by the switcher to any individual monitor. In operation, signals from the processor are sent via distribution amplifier to the LCD panels, and supplementary scaling takes place in the monitors themselves, for a very cost effective video wall implementation.

According to the integrator, the key benefits of the MediaWall processor include ease of use, system flexibility, 24/7 operational reliability and minimal maintenance. In addition, TSI Global appreciated the processor’s ability to ensure continuous signals during switching and preset recall. The MediaWall processor also got high marks for its versatility, enabling highly-flexible video wall layouts that can be easily modified to suit the requirements of the space.

“The auditorium is the highlight of the Center for Global Citizenship” said Paul Murdick, president of TSI Global. “RGB Spectrum has provided the University with cutting-edge technology, and the video wall is an example of a highly-visible project that showcases such innovative display technologies.”

About TSI Global

Based in St. Charles, Missouri, TSI Global is a full-service systems integrator whose mission is to help companies achieve their business goals. From baseball stadiums, to business schools, from concert halls to conference rooms, TSI makes buildings come alive with audio and video, networked communications and security systems. The company delivers solutions that provide value from day one and that can grow as you grow. TSI’s team of specialized networked engineers, audio/visual experts, and certified installers and technicians bring years of experience to build the best and most reliable systems.

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

Apr 24, 2007

The National University of Mexico Enhances Learning with Sophisticated Visualization Technology

The National University of Mexico (UNAM) has established the Observatory of Visualization, referred to as IXTLI, an Aztec word that means face and eye. The innovative IXTLI facility allows professors and researchers to study real or abstract objects, scientific phenomena, theoretical concepts, and complex models in a three dimensional immersive virtual reality environment. IXTLI is used to conduct scientific research and instruction in multiple disciplines, including archeology, medicine, molecular chemistry, geography, biochemistry, architecture, topology, psychology, and microbiology.

According to Dr, Genevieve Lucet, Director of Computing Facilities for Research at UNAM, "The goal is to maximize the educational experience for students and provide a powerful investigative tool to researchers. The IXTLI's use of state-of-the-art immersive visualization technology is unique in Latin America. This room's advanced display technology allows participants to visualize and simulate complex objects and images in 3D with real time image control and manipulation."

UNAM contracted Fakespace Systems, a pioneer in the development of immersive visualization and virtual reality, to design and install this novel display system. Malcolm Green, Senior Account Executive for Fakespace Systems, commented, "The centerpiece is a massive 30-foot long by 8.3-foot high 140-degree curved, contiguous screen designed to provide a stimulating, engaging educational experience. The large screen is an incredible "canvas" on which multiple monoscopic image windows can be presented simultaneously.

RGB Spectrum's SuperView multi-image display processors were selected to provide high performance image integration to display multiple visuals as they are being generated from different sources. The SuperView allows manipulation of all on-screen windows, creating dynamic user interaction. The display is also designed for immersive virtual reality. The system's projectors are also capable of presenting stereoscopic, computer generated images with three dimensional depth perception."

Dr. Lucet explained, " The visuals are dynamic, allowing instructors and researchers to naturally interact with and manipulate images in real time. The individual is outfitted with a movement tracking system composed of a wireless glove with finger sensors, head sensors, and a sensor that analyzes motion of a wand or three-dimensional mouse device. As the individual moves their body and head, the image generation system regenerates the visuals to match their position and viewing perspective as if they were moving in the real world. Stereoscopic, three-dimensional depth sensation is generated by projecting distinct images for each eye and alternating these at high speed. The audience views the imagery through electronic glasses that shutter open and closed to match the alternating presented by the projector. The shuttering is imperceptible to the user and creates the two-perspective view that is necessary to create the three dimensional experience. The center's sophisticated multi-channel audio system complements the visuals and stimulates 3-D auditory sensations in the audience."

The system required intensive, real-time image processing to deal with the extremely complex computer-generated imagery. Three SuperView® processors receive both computer and video inputs. Computer sources include imagery generated from an SGI Onyx 350 supercomputer and PC and Macintosh computers. The content is mainly comprised of three-dimensional models, and has the possibility to include animation, graphs, internet pages, PowerPoint presentations, and spreadsheets. Video sources include five robotic cameras, VCR and DVD players, and videoconferencing.

The SuperView processors integrate these computer and video signals and output the consolidated multi-window images to three ceiling- mounted 3-chip DLP™ projectors at their native 1280 x 1024 SXGA pixel resolution. Each projector produces one-third of the overall screen and an electronic blending technology overlaps and balances the three sections into one contiguous image. The combined screen image has a viewable resolution of 3840 x 1024 pixels.

Instructors and researchers use an AMX touch screen control panel to operate the SuperView processors and select the visual sources to be displayed. Display windows can be resized and positioned anywhere on screen to allow viewers to compare and correlate visuals. Pre-set display configurations can be selected at the push of a button.

Dr. Lucet remarked, "the vanguard facility is a showcase for exciting, dynamic use of visual technology. The SuperView processors deliver outstanding image quality and performance. The response from instructors, researches, colleagues, and students has been excellent." The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), located in Mexico City, is a public corporation providing higher education and conducting research in a number of disciplines. Ranked 76 amongst the top 100 universities in the world, UNAM is the oldest University in the Americas and the largest university in Latin America with. Since its opening in March 2004, IXTLI received over 24,000 people who attempted 673 work sessions, 548 presentations, 391 classes, and 80 projects for the realization of 3D models. For more information, call (55) 56-22-85-20, or visit: www.ixtli.unam.mx

Fakespace Systems, the display division of Mechdyne Corporation, headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, is a pioneer in the development of immersive visualization and virtual reality technologies for research and commercial market applications. Fakespace created many industry firsts, including the first PC driven immersive CAVE environment, the first reconfigurable displays, and innovative interaction enabling hardware and software technologies. For more information, call 641-754-4649 or visitwww.fakespace.com.

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

Mar 30, 2015

Training the Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers

“UPDC is more than a facility…more than a training program. It is Saudi Aramco’s proactive decision to stay ahead of the times” – Amin Nasser, Upstream senior vice president1.

To meet the skyrocketing global demand for oil and gas products in an era of dwindling resources, petroleum companies are increasingly refining their upstream processes to increase extraction efficiency. Saudi Aramco is the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and liquid natural gas, involved in all stages of hydrocarbon exploration and production (upstream activities), as well as refining and distribution. Producing one out of every eight barrels of the world’s crude oil, Saudi Aramco understands the vital importance of training upstream employees, those involved in exploration and production, to effectively manage this finite resource.

Saudi Aramco’s Upstream Professional Development Center (UPDC), inaugurated in 2011, provides hands-on training for thousands of oil and gas professionals every year. RGB Spectrum’s video processing and display technologies are used throughout the facility to support the UPDC’s primary goal: to deliver immersive, high-tech training in a collaborative learning environment. Programs range from intensive training for new college graduates to continuing education courses for petroleum engineers and geoscientists. Courses are taught by Saudi Aramco subject matter experts who focus on replacing lectures with practical, experiential seminars that replicate the challenges faced by professionals in upstream work environments.

“The UPDC is designed to address unprecedented professional development needs. We have aggressive targets of higher hydrocarbon discovery and recovery factors that require more complex activities and technologies to achieve” observed Abdullatif Al-Ghanim, director of Upstream Continuing Excellence. “The technologies used during routine operations will continue to evolve, with new tools and advancements appearing at a rapid pace. With the advent of enormous amounts of real-time data…, engineers and geoscientists [must be able to take] multidisciplinary collaboration and joint decision processes to a new level.”2

To ensure that oil and gas professionals are able to make such high-stakes operational decisions, Saudi Aramco, in partnership with integration firm Saudi Media Systems, equipped the UPDC facility with the most advanced educational technologies. These include RGB Spectrum’s Linx Matrix Switchers for signal routing and MediaWall Display Processors for video processing. According to Dr. Claude Wells, Managing Director of Saudi Media Systems, “We have used RGB Spectrum’s Linx switchers and MediaWall processors in a number of our installations and have been very impressed with their performance and reliability. The technologies are invisible to the user…everything in this system works together to allow instructors and students to use the equipment effortlessly.”

The Center features 18 classrooms of three basic types: 2D classrooms, interactive 2D classrooms, and 3D classrooms. In addition to these, there is a four-sided, reconfigurable 3D cave that enables detailed analysis of site data. Every classroom in this facility (2D and 3D) uses a Linx Switcher for signal routing, while a large fiber switcher distributes signals throughout the facility. Every 2D classroom uses a MediaWall Processor for video processing and edge-blending of multi-windowed layout configurations on either a 1x2 or 1x3 array of projection screens.


In each classroom, these technologies are used to support HD video streaming, HD video conferencing, and video-on-demand applications. Typical imagery includes material for lectures and presentations, site visualizations and simulations of different environments/activities, as well as analytical programs that graphically present data from actual exploration sites for discussion. Site imagery can also be generated in the central server room and distributed to any classroom in the facility. In addition, the system’s collaborative capabilities allow information from an instructor’s laptop and/or multiple student workstations to be selected for display on the screens.

“To ensure the best educational experience, the system had to meet the client’s stringent requirements, including zero detection of blend-area over a much wider area than normal. RGB Spectrum created custom software to deliver on this requirement, and their products exceeded all other specifications for both capabilities and ease of use” Dr. Wells further observed. “From sales and design assistance to commissioning, support and on-site training of personnel, RGB Spectrum’s response has been extraordinary. We will continue to choose RGB Spectrum both for the extreme reliability of their products and for the superb level of support that they provide.”

1, 2  Aramco's major upstream training facility opens

About Saudi Media Systems

Saudi Media Systems designs and integrates multimedia systems and advanced technology facilities. They provide a full range of design, engineering, and technical support services that extend from project concept, through implementation, training and operational support. Saudi Media Systems provides practical and innovative solutions for all types of applications: control centers, data visualization, integrated security and facilities management, networked media and data centers, video conferencing and eLearning. www.smediasys.com

Jul 28, 2004

UCLA Equips Its New Medical Center Operating Rooms with Multi-Window Display Technology

When the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center embarked upon the construction of a new hospital, one goal was to incorporate the latest visual communication technologies. The hospital's Neurosurgery Department was targeted for this state-of-the-art technology integration. The UCLA Medical Center selected Karl Storz Endoscopy America to provide the department's endoscopy systems and audio video equipment for the project.

According to Roderick Plummer, A/V Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America, "During neurological surgery, the surgical team must have access to a variety of surgery visuals, patient vitals data, and historical medical information of the patient. These visuals and information have been decentralized. Different members of the surgical team had access to different visuals and data, requiring surgical team members to constantly inquire and communicate this information between them. In complex, intricate neurological surgery, time is critical. The objective was to centralize all of the operating room visuals and data so the entire surgical team had comprehensive, immediate access to them, significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the surgery."

Plummer added, "The challenges involved supporting a number of different signal sources, limited space, and the requirement for displaying high resolution imagery. After extensive research, we designed a system for the neurology operating room using RGB Spectrum's QuadView multiple window display processor with two flat panel screens. The QuadView receives live video feeds from an endoscopic camera inserted into the patient during surgery, a wall-mounted operating room camera, and a camera placed inside the main surgery room light fixture. The QuadView also integrates computer-generated inputs comprised of patient radiology images from the hospital's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), real-time patient vital signs displaying patient heart rate, blood pressure, blood gas levels, oxygenation measurement of the blood going to the patient's brain from the profusionist's patient monitor, EEG electroencephalogragh data depicting numerical values for cerebral activity, patient medical history, and lab results.

The QuadView processor combines these signals and outputs them to a distribution amplifier which feeds an 18" LCD display suspended on a mechanical boom above the operating table and a wall-mounted Sony 50" plasma display. Surgical personnel use a pre-programmed AMX touch screen controller to operate the display system, selecting signal sources, routing images to the QuadView processor, and choosing display configurations. The surgical team can view any of the inputs in four window quad mode or full screen.

Plummer concluded, "QuadView was the ideal solution for the hospital. It supports the variety of signals required and displays up to four of these at a time on the operating room displays with exceptional clarity and quality. The QuadView's feature set allowed me to meet the expressed functional desires of different surgical specialties such as neurosurgery or urology.

The QuadView XL is the first of a new generation of windowing systems. With the most powerful image processing available and outstanding image quality, plus new features such as web-based control, dynamic window sizing, borders, titling, and smooth zoom/pans functions. The QuadView XL is ideal solution for any application requiring the display of multiple images on a monitor or projector. The QuadView XL accepts high resolution RGB, HDTV, S-Video, component, and NTSC/PAL composite video, and optional DVI inputs. Up to sixteen sources can be connected; four of which can be displayed simultaneously.

Karl Storz Endoscopy is a worldwide organization that manufactures high quality instruments and medical devices to support minimally invasive surgical techniques in addition to consulting, design, and installation of audio-visual technology in surgical operating room environments. Karl Storz Endoscopy America is based in Culver City, California and can be reached at 310-338-8100 and on the internet at www.ksea.com. Roderick Plummer is AV Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America and has been involved with integration design for Karl Storz since 1999.

The UCLA Medical Center has been awarded "the Best Hospital in the West" for the 15th consecutive year. For more information on the Center, visit www.ucla.edu.

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 or contact us online.

Dec 15, 2008

UCLA Medical Center specifies Linx 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher

When the UCLA Medical Center designed their Neurological Operating Suite the mission requirement was for an all-digital HD path between sources and displays. High-tech medicine demands top quality video and graphics imaging. To route high resolution digital signals form sources to displays, Roderick Plummer, Chief Design Engineer at Karl Storz Endoscopy, specified a Linx™ 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher. Sources include an Endoscopic Camera with a resolution of 1080p, a Room Overview camera at 1080i, a Surgical In-light camera, a Stereo Tactical Surgical Navigation system, and a PACs PC for medical images like patient x-rays. Content includes video, images from the medical cameras, computer images such as three-dimensional renderings of human anatomy. The equipment previously used had proven inconsistent in performance as well as difficult to use. One major issue was that the various signal sources presented a wide range of resolutions and EDID protocols. So a switcher with advanced EDID management capabilities was needed. The Linx's Total EDID Manager™ software tremendously simplified the operation. With the signals routed through the Linx to an RGB Spectrum Media Wall processor, it provides UCLA accurate, jitter-free images 24/7, 365 days a year. The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. This one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is located in Santa Monica, CA. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The endoscopic equipment system integration was provided by Karl Storz, a leading manufacturer of surgical equipment and instrumentation. http://www.karlstorz.com/cps/rde/xchg/SID-11839CCA-F8393A65/karlstorz-en/hs.xsl/31.htm System installation was performed by AVI-SPL, a leading AV systems integrator involved in projects all over the globe. http://www.avispl.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.

Mar 14, 2007

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Presents Advanced Immersive Visualization

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) strives to improve understanding of the brain in health and disease. LONI is a leader in the development of advanced computational algorithms and scientific approaches for the mapping of brain structure and function. The lab develops the framework and tools to rigorously evaluate dynamic changes in brain structure and function particularly on processes such as development, aging and the progression of specific diseases. The complexity of contemporary neuroscience demands sophisticated image data visualization systems to enable neuroscientists to do research on large, complex data sets.

LONI contracted with Fakespace Systems, an integrator of immersive visualization and virtual reality technologies, to develop a multi- dimensional visualization system for LONI's innovative Data Immersive Visualization Environment (DIVE).

Fakespace used its Curved-Screen Virtual Reality system for the DIVE. Malcolm Green, Senior Account Executive for Fakespace, explained, "The system provides the visual impact, high immersion, and field of view useful for interactive research and collaboration. It features cutting-edge projection technology, including proprietary image distortion and correction to accommodate the systems' curved-screen geometry. The LONI lab required real-time multi-image projection of extremely sophisticated, multi-dimensional computer-generated graphics."

"To support this demanding requirement, the MD-CSVR utilizes RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art SuperView multi-input, multi-image display processors. After reviewing other alternatives, we found the SuperView to be the best solution."

According to Rico Magsipoc, Chief Technology Office for UCLA's LONI Lab, "the DIVE facility is used for research, professional collaboration, and presentations. The DIVE allows scientists to investigate multi-dimensional neuro-imaging data through a unique ability to visually immerse themselves inside their data. Our audience includes researchers and scientists, biologists, neurologists, and medical doctors. The DIVE is also used for educational outreach on neuroimaging and neuroinformatics to K-12 students and National Youth Scholarship program participants."

The DIVE room is dominated by a 28-foot wide by 8-foot tall, 150-degree floor-to-ceiling curved screen. The facility uses three SuperView display processors to feed real-time computer graphics, high-definition video, and pre-recorded demonstrations to drive this massive screen. The processors receive computer and video inputs, including 2-D and 3-D neurological imagery generated from powerful visualization workstations equipped with the latest in 3-D graphics, SGI Onyx mainframe supercomputers, virtual reality stereoscopic imagery, neuroinformatics containing data mining and statistics, digital disk recorders, and PowerPoint presentations. The processors also receive component, S-Video Y/C, and composite video inputs from cameras, VCRs, and DVD and DV players.

The SuperView processors integrate these various inputs and output the combined images to three ceiling-mounted DLP projectors at their native 1280 x 1024 SXGA resolution. The resulting projection is a 3480x1024 immersive image. Operators control the SuperView processors' signal selection and versatile image manipulation capability with an AMX wireless touch screen controller. Images can be either stereo or mono, any size and positioned anywhere in real time, overlapped, correlated side-by-side, and zoomed and panned to emphasize a particular area of interest.

Magsipoc commented, "the SuperView units offer the highest level of image processing performance enabling us to display intricate 3-D imaging with real-time movement and rotation. The response has been great. The SuperViews' real-time performance and image quality is excellent."

The Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), directed by Arthur W. Toga, is located in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The research facility is dedicated to the development of scientific approaches for the comprehensive mapping of brain structure and function. For more information, call (310) 206-2101 or visit http://www.loni.ucla.edu/.

Fakespace Systems, headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, is a pioneer in the development of immersive visualization and virtual reality technologies for research and commercial market applications. Fakespace Inc. created many of the industry's first major interactive breakthroughs, including the first commercially available virtual reality system and the first commercially available gesture recognition system. For more information, call 641-754- 4649 or visit www.fakespace.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.

Sep 29, 2008

University Business School Enrolls Multi-Image Display Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Jun 14, 2018

University’s New Event Center Captivates Audiences with Dazzling Video Wall

A renowned university in California has expanded its facilities with a new 300-person event center to host alumni and donor events. The visual centerpiece of the event center is its massive video wall, designed by audio-visual consulting firm TEECOM. The video wall consists of 42 LED microtiles in a 6 x 7 array powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® V display processor.

The MediaWall V processor is the ideal choice for increasingly popular LED video walls. LED displays have unconventional pixel resolutions. Unlike other video wall processors, MediaWall V has the ability to support LED displays' unusual requirements with customizable resolution settings.

TEECOM's engineers selected the MediaWall V processor for its exceptional image quality and its 4K UHD input and output support. They also liked the MediaWall processor's embedded architecture which avoids the kind of vulnerabilities to hacking and tampering a PC-based processor would risk.

The video wall was designed to present an impressive visual experience to enthrall viewers and inspire donors. The MediaWall-based system delivers the stunning visual impact the university was looking for. The processor allows the University to use any content source, such as PowerPoint presentations, local and national broadcasts, coverage of university sporting events, and promotional videos of the university and campus life. It consolidates the sources and displays them in multiple windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. The versatile processor can even display overlapping windows and offers pan and zoom to view areas of particular interest within a source image. Presenters can select inputs and choose display layouts using a simple third-party touch panel controller.

Offering superior image quality, reliability, and feature-rich capability, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall display processor is an ideal choice for entertainment, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.

TEECOM is an engineering design and project management firm headquartered in Oakland, California. TEECOM provides an array of services including strategic consulting, technology project management, and engineering services for the IT infrastructure, wired and wireless networks, immersive environments, acoustics, audio-visual, safety and security systems. For more information, visit teecom.com.

Project Audio-Visual Integrator: ICS – Integrated Communications Systems. ICS is a multi-disciplined communications contractor/integrator serving audio-video, fire/life safety, enterprise security, and voice/data and IT support. For more information, visit ics-integration.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.

Sep 22, 2014

Video Walls Modernize Texas Tech Petroleum Research Facility

Texas Tech University's petroleum engineering department recently celebrated the grand opening of the Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building. The new 42,000 square foot facility is equipped with the latest educational technologies including smart classrooms, integrated teaching laboratories, and collaborative study environments.

When planning the facility, the university sought to create an atmosphere that would support both interactive research and real-world analysis. As key components of the technological infrastructure, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processors are used to control two Prysm video walls. Texas Tech University's facilities department executed the construction project for the new building. 4B Technology Group specified the preferred audio-visual technologies, and the system was designed and installed by Lubbock Audio Visual Inc., a Texas-based integration company.

"RGB Spectrum's MediaWall processor marries up perfectly with Prysm’s video wall to provide outstanding image uniformity and stability," said Mark Basford of 4B Technology Group. "The images generated during the evaluation process, using 4K content from the RGB Spectrum processor, were exceedingly crisp and pixel perfect. The RGB Spectrum processor was a fantastic performance leader and provides exceptional value for this project."

The MediaWall processors enable Texas Tech students and faculty to view, analyze and discuss a range of material. The two 23’ x 5’ video walls function as an extended canvas for multi-window presentations. With the ability to configure multiple high-resolution inputs for display, the processors allow instructors and students to review and discuss GPS, seismic and geophysical data routed from an array of workstations and servers. The rich, multi-window displays enable students to experience the types of computer simulations, geological data modelling and video monitoring scenarios that are common in real-world oil and gas control rooms. This method of hands-on preparatory learning is becoming increasingly common for students in the energy, medical, and security fields.

Students can also send their own data, video, and visualization models to the instructor for real-time display and discussion. A touchscreen panel installed on the podium allows instructors to customize the video wall display by selecting, arranging and re-sizing up to 12 graphics or video inputs. This simultaneous access to multiple streams of information enables instructors and students to participate in the collaborative analysis of experimental research and data. 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, national production of oil and natural gas have increased by 43% and 21% respectively, a trend that is expected to continue as extraction technologies improve. Texas Tech’s technologically-enhanced classrooms empower its students to undertake research that formerly could only be conducted in field studies. In fact, the in-depth collaborative analysis that occurs at this facility actually helps improve the efficiency of exploration methods and production techniques.

The Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building is a source of pride for the university, which aims to provide students with real-world training using the most technologically-advanced tools. “We like to emulate, as much as we can, what students will see when they get out into the industry,” said Marshall Watson, chair of the Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering. “I've been to all of the other universities and there is nothing like this. Everything that you could possibly think of in terms of state-of-the-art technology, we've got it.”

Founded in 1923, Texas Tech University is a leading supplier of petroleum engineers to facilities in the Permian Basin, one of the world's thickest deposits of oil-rich sedimentary rock, as well as to major global energy companies. By incorporating the latest technologies and experience-based curricula into their undergraduate through doctoral programs, the university delivers world-class training to the next generation of petroleum engineers.

For more information, visit:

Texas Tech University

http://www.ttu.edu/

4B Technology – design and engineering of IT/audio visual / security solutions

http://4btechnology.com/

Lubbock Audio Visual, Inc. – total system solutions providers since 1978

http://www.lav.com/

 

About RGB Spectrum

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