Sep 22, 2014

Another Win for Galileo: Security Products’ New Product of the Year

RGB Spectrum’s Galileo Display Processor has won Security Products Magazine's New Product of the Year Award. The award for best new video management system was presented to RGB Spectrum at ASIS International 2014. Security Products Magazine is the leading resource for product information in the security market. The magazine ior s distributed to over 65,000 subscribers monthly, and its partner website, Security-Today.com, is visited by thousands of security professionals every week.

For the past six years, Security Products’ New Product of the Year Awards have honored manufacturers with the most outstanding product introductions geared towards the specific needs of the security market. Security Products Magazine chose their 2014 winners from more than 100 entries. “This year was by far the most exciting New Products competition we’ve ever had,” observed Ralph C. Jensen, editor-in-chief of Security Products Magazine. “Technology still reigns as the order of the day in the security industry. There are many compelling new products available in the security world, and I look forward to showcasing these new technologies.”

RGB Spectrum’s innovative new Galileo Display Processor is a powerful and performance oriented video wall system which incorporates high-performance PC computing. Galileo’s PC server capabilities support advanced application processing, such as decoding and displaying of IP video streams, or the ability to run validated application clients directly on the wall processor, with a hardware acceleration engine that ensures real-time performance and superb image quality.

The Galileo processor enables integrated control of multiple security systems, including VMS, alarm, mass notification, call box, building automation, and access control, without requiring custom software or complex integration. Client systems simply connect to the Galileo processor using HDMI or DVI video signaling. Optional remote desktop capabilities, with multicast functionality, allow operators to monitor and control these client systems, or other servers, located in other rooms, buildings or campuses. With an open architecture that is hardware and software agnostic, the Galileo processor is ideal for a range of security applications.

"RGB Spectrum is proud to have been recognized by the security industry for our product engineering," remarked Bob Marcus, President and CEO of RGB Spectrum. "Our Galileo display processor is ideal for even the most demanding control room applications. With the ability to display a range of inputs and applications on up to 56 displays, the Galileo processor provides security personnel with an enhanced level of situational awareness. Its advanced security features help ensure the integrity of all system resources.”

RGB Spectrum will exhibit a virtual demonstration of the Galileo Display Processor, along with its powerful Enterprise MCMS control room management system, at ASIS International 2014, booth number 3365. To learn more about RGB Spectrum’s solutions and to access the latest company news, please visit us at http://www.rgb.com.

About RGB Spectrum

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

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.

Sep 19, 2017

Exeter Hospital Video Wall Presents Moving Display of Orthopedic Health

A vibrant 3x3 video wall provides a unifying message about the numerous services offered by the new Exeter Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Movement in New Hampshire. Dynamic content maximizes the display real estate with both moving and still images presented by RGB Spectrum’s Galileo display processor.

Opened to the public in 2015, the Center for Orthopedics and Movement centralizes several musculoskeletal practices to enhance collaboration and convenience for patients. The team-based center combines Exeter Hospitals offerings with those of Coastal New Hampshire Neurosurgeons and Core Physicians. Together this combines 25 providers who see an average of 270 patients every day. Specialties include orthopedics, sports medicine, rheumatology, neurology, podiatry, physiatry, acupuncture, rehabilitation services, massage therapy, and aquatic rehabilitation.

Content is Critical

When the Exeter Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Movement was in need of a cohesive brand campaign to promote its multitude of practices, it engaged the Bennett Group of Boston. The award-winning healthcare marketing and advertising agency began with a research and discovery process to create a name for the new center. Then it translated the idea of movement into the “What Moves You” video, print, and community engagement campaign.

For the moving images component, the highly engaging videos incorporate action shots from various outdoors pursuits enjoyed by New Hampshire’s residents, as well as depictions of active family life. Each video segment was developed to capture the power and energy of movement.

Each of the video wall’s nine screens were utilized in a creative expression of movement. Individual panels flip in unison to create one full-display video, and vice versa. Then the Bennett Agency’s videos are presented on a 2x2 configuration in one corner of the display, with the remaining five surrounding displays showing stills from community life in the region.

Each screen plays a role in the depiction of active life. The video wall, as a whole, delivers a powerful message to patients and visitors on a path to healing and wellness. Soon after the video wall at Exeter Hospital went live in June 2016, the Bennett Group won its fourth consecutive Best of Show prize from the National Healthcare Advertising Awards.

With so many types of care provided in one location, the hospital sought to emphasize the central element of its patient-centric care: movement. To help assert that statement, the lobby video wall greets patients and visitors with information and motivational content from the hospital’s “What Moves You” brand campaign. Rapid visual transitions incorporate video produced by the Bennett Agency, with images submitted by patients on Exeter Hospital’s orthopedics microsite.

Integrated by HB Communications, the video wall is comprised of nine 55-inch Samsung displays fed by the Galileo GO 16 display processor with input from four Visix digital signage players. The system is operated by a touch panel controller.

Full wall sized videos are interspersed with images on individual screens creating a dynamic, moving display wall. The content transitions from images on each of the nine displays, to a single video wall image, and then to a video surrounded by still images from community members.

After one year of use, Exeter Hospital’s information systems support team continues to get positive feedback about the high-quality video presentations and ease of use of the video wall. Especially appreciated is the Galileo display processor’s ability to easily program presets and toggle on and off individual video windows. This makes it easy to refresh and add content around the “What Moves You” video and the community images, to provide brand messaging and information for the facility and its approach to patient care.

Jan 26, 2015

Formula 1 Video Wall Design

RGB Spectrum’s approach to video wall processors is much like Formula 1 racing. Formula 1 car racing is all about performance tuning, with stringent rules that define the components and design parameters. Although its components are similar to those used in commercial vehicles, an integrated race car system extracts maximum performance from those components with spectacular results. Synergy, where the performance of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, is as true for a Formula 1 race car as it is for an intelligently designed, high-performance wall processor.  

A professional grade intelligent video wall processer is as different from a typical PC system as a Formula 1 race car is from a family minivan. Though the components might be the same, their performance levels are worlds apart. We can better understand this by looking at differences in backplane construction, processing isolation, reliability, system control, and PC application support. 

Video Backplane Design

Just as a Formula 1 race car starts with a powerful engine, a high-performance video wall processor is built around a high-performance Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) backplane specifically designed to support video processing. A typical PC server backplane with 2 or 3 PCIe 16-lane slots does not have the power to support high-resolution video processing of multiple signals. To deliver this level of performance, an intelligent wall processor must have the maximum number of slots (17 PCIe 16-lane slots for a 19” rackmount unit), with each slot utilizing the maximum available bandwidth.


A fully loaded 16-lane PCIe 2.0 backplane should be able to support the simultaneous processing of 21 uncompressed 1080p video signals at 60 Hz, 24-bit, 4:4:4 color sampling or more signals (up to 56) if these specifications are lower. To properly process 4K video, however, a processor’s backplane would need to comply with PCIe 3.0 specifications (released in 2010), which would support up to 7.877 Gbps per lane, or up to 126.032 Gbps/slot on a 16-lane backplane.

In addition, the BIOS must support a wide array of advanced features such as bus arbitration, timing, and related features. All of these capabilities are integral to the functioning of an intelligent wall processor and simply beyond the reach of a typical PC server backplane.

Processing Isolation

Typical PC servers rely on the CPU to direct data across the backplane between peripheral cards, the GPU, and other computer subsystems. However, when required to process multiple video signals, system performance will be severely affected by the fact that the CPU lacks the bandwidth and computing capacity to process such large amounts of data effectively.

In contrast, a properly designed intelligent video wall system uses the CPU to send routing, scaling and layout instructions, and monitor system health (“control plane”), but not to drive the video processing and display functions of the system (“data plane”). Instead, video input and output processors communicate directly with each other over the PCIe backplane, so CPU limitations do not adversely impact the system’s video processing capabilities.

The driver of a Formula 1 car should never have to push his car to propel it forward. But he does need to be able to make sure that the engine, and all other components, are functioning appropriately, and responding to his commands when time is of the essence. Similarly, to ensure high-performance from an intelligent wall processor, its CPU (the “driver” of the system) should monitor the system and facilitate communication, but NOT control the functioning of the individual video processing components. 


The potential speed of a race car is irrelevant if the overall system is unreliable and unable to maintain top performance. Since a Formula 1 race can span multiple days, cars must be designed to perform over prolonged periods of time. Similarly, intelligent wall processors must be designed to deliver continuous performance with the highest degree of reliability. 

In case any component in a high-performance race car or wall processor fails, the system should be designed to allow rapid repair and quick reboot/recovery to minimize the “pit time” needed to restore functioning. Aspects to look for in the design of an intelligent wall processor include: modular design, removable covers, simple board layout, hot-pluggable drives and power supplies, and less dependence on “spinning” parts (which are more likely to fail). In addition, each component should have extended “Mean Time Between Failure” rates to boost the overall reliability of the system. When these design considerations are built into an intelligent wall processor, the result is a system that is both highly reliable and easily serviceable. 

System Control

Performance is a function of refinement and control. Users need to be able to sit down in front of a control console (typically a PC workstation which communicates with the intelligent wall processor over a network) and immediately understand how to get their work done. The user interface should provide them with all of the information they need: what the system is doing, what inputs/outputs are available, and how to route inputs to outputs and change a wall’s layout.

As users get more comfortable with system control, they may want to automate repetitive processes, save system layouts and settings, and recall preferred settings quickly and easily. An intelligent wall processer must provide such tools that can be accessed by advanced users who require these capabilities.

System control needs to be responsive. Just like a car needs to immediately respond when a driver turns the steering wheel of a car, the controls of an intelligent video wall processor must respond with the same immediacy. When operating a well-designed, intelligent wall processor, layout changes, routing changes, window resizing, opening and closing will occur with real-time responsiveness.

Application Support

One of the most requested features of an intelligent wall processing system is the ability to run end-user applications directly on a video wall. In a control room environment, computers, IP cameras, networked applications, and other video sources all send data to the wall for display. An intelligent wall processor must be able to receive these video feeds in their native formats and allow operators to easily select which signals to display and in what form.

Designing a wall processor that can run applications while managing control of the video backplane is a complex and daunting challenge. This involves understanding what resources each application uses, what services are needed to support it, its resource priority, and how it interacts with other applications. As with Formula 1, it is up to the support team to evaluate applications to determine how to performance tune it. This requires painstaking attention to detail coupled with exhaustive testing to ensure that the intelligent wall processor will interact with applications as intended.

An additional challenge is that IP video decoding may compete with the video backplane for the same system resources. The intelligent video wall processor must be capable of fully isolating these resources from each other, and reserving sufficient resources for IP decoding so that a reasonable number of streams can be handled at a reasonable number of frames per second.

Winning the Race!

On race day, an intelligent video wall processor delivers the performance and reliability elements that allow an end-user to go the distance. For high-performance race cars and intelligent wall processors alike, intelligent design combines with a support team versed in its operation, optimization and maintenance to deliver a synergistic, high-performance system that wins every time.


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Sep 19, 2016

Galileo Display Processor Brings Superb Image Quality to GE Capital’s Executive Boardroom

GE Capital is the financial services unit of General Electric (GE). GE Capital provides commercial lending and leasing, and a variety of financial services for health care, media, communications, entertainment, consumers, real estate, and aviation companies. It has operations in 55 countries.

GE Capital recently completed an upgrade to its executive boardroom in Norwalk, CT. Its executive boardroom is primarily used by senior executives for telepresence, videoconferencing, audioconferencing, and presentations. The recent upgrade included replacement of a rear projection system with a 3x4 video wall array, plus 2x2 video walls on either side of the room. An RGB Spectrum Galileo Display Processor performs the display wall processing. Adtech Systems performed the installation of the Galileo display processor and other AV components in the room.

GE Capital extended compliments from everyone who has used the room. The technology is intuitive and gives them the dependability, real-time performance, and exceptional image quality they require. The new system adds a much-needed technology facelift to the room, impressing visitors while being fully functional and practical for communicating to GE’s businesses and partners across the globe.

The Galileo display processor is controlled by a 10” touchpanel and routes a variety of HDMI, VGA, and videoconferencing sources, including PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, and Word documents. The system configuration includes an audio DSP, table mics, and a wireless microphone for guests. A total of 20 46” LCD panels were used throughout the project, for both the front and side video walls.

The new system brings a host of benefits. The Galileo processor can easily support all three of their video walls simultaneously. This flexibility, as well as the image clarity and resolution that the Galileo display processor delivers, is instrumental to effective executive briefings.

About Adtech Systems

Adtech Systems provides audiovisual services – including system design, installation, programming, and support. Founded in 1988, Adtech Systems is one of the leading professional audio/visual integrators in New England. Today, it has 140 employees across three states and serves some of the largest institutions and companies in New England.

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.”

Oct 24, 2016

Galileo Makes a Striking Impression in Gray Television’s Corporate Headquarters

Gray Television, Inc. recently completed an AV project in the reception lobby of its corporate headquarters that features a video wall utilizing RGB Spectrum’s Galileo Display Processor. The Galileo processor enables Gray Television to display content for employees and visiting clients, customers, and dignitaries alike. Trending news and videos are presented, and the online media statuses of Gray Television and its clients are monitored daily on the 46” panels of the video wall. The wall is also used to showcase corporate videos, as well as other promotional videos. Additionally, the system doubles as video support for all-hands meetings at the headquarters.

The Galileo processor provides Gray Television with the technology to see multiple stations’ on-air broadcast feeds simultaneously in real-time. The Galileo processor routes sources, such as media playback from a PC in addition to live broadcast videos from Gray Television’s stations around the nation, to the video wall for display. The PC runs recorded media content produced especially for the space. Control for the new system, which was installed by Avyve, is managed through a custom-programmed touchpanel interface and an iPad app.

The system delivers the coverage, clear and color-accurate image quality, and artifact-free image reproduction on the video wall that Gray Television requires. The company rated the Galileo display processor excellent in all facets, including image quality, performance, and reliability. Best of all, RGB Spectrum’s solution “gives customers and visitors a striking first impression when walking into the reception area” of Gray Television’s corporate headquarters.

About Avyve

Avyve is a leading integrator of audio visual solutions that transform the way you present, communicate, and entertain. Since 1998, Avyve has helped universities, medical institutions, governmental organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations implement audio visual solutions that enhance the way they present their stories.

Sep 19, 2016

Galileo Processor Enhances Air Force Academy Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 2, 2015

High Definition Situational Awareness Keeps Traffic Flowing in Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 12, 2018

New Encoding Option Unleashes Any Content Anywhere Capability

RGB Spectrum continues to push the boundaries on capabilities for control rooms, operation centers, and other mission critical venues with the highly configurable Galileo video wall processor. The flexible Galileo display processor supports analog, digital, web browser, and IP-based sources displayed in windows anywhere on the video wall. The new input/output card for the Galileo system allows the user to select any content to be encoded as an IP stream for transmission across the network. This allows operators to push content to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Galileo video wall solutions offer unmatched flexibility of input and output possibilities demanded by today’s video-centric world. In addition to baseband video, the Galileo processor addresses network-based sources and destinations.

The new card offers both encoding as well as decoding of IP streams. The user can selectively stream the entire video wall, creating a true wall mimic, or any portion of the video wall. In addition, any baseband video source can be converted to an IP stream even if it is not displayed on the video wall.

Advanced options allow IT administrators the control they need to ensure the encoded video streams meet their needs. Parameters such as resolution, H.264 profile, GOP length, and bit rate can be set, allowing each stream to be tailored to specific network demands. Multiple networks can also be accommodated by adding additional cards.

The new input/output card with encoding capabilities brings the functionality of the Galileo system to a new level.

May 27, 2014

New Galileo Display Processor: A Breakthrough in PC Walls

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative new GalileoTM Display Processor, a powerful and economical video wall system designed around a PC-based architecture. It will be shown for the first time at InfoComm 2014, Booth #C8320.

RGB Spectrum is well-known for its purpose-built video wall solutions. The innovative Galileo processor adds the benefits of PC-based systems such as IP inputs and the ability to run applications natively on the processor, while maintaining the 24/7 level of reliability and real-time performance of all of RGB Spectrum’s solutions.

The system supports a full range of input and output types (IP, analog, DVI/HDMI, 3G/HD-SDI) with resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K). The Galileo processor can also deliver HDCP protected content to an unlimited number of displays, while other PC systems either do not support HDCP at all or impose severe limitations on wall size.

A proprietary driver enables the Galileo system to deliver real-time throughput and superb image quality, unlike other PC-based systems that can drop frames or cause image tearing when processing large amounts of HD content. The processor’s solid state drive and dual-redundant power supplies add an extra level of reliability.

The Galileo processor supports H.264 decodes for motion video. In addition, the incorporation of our exclusive VDA remote desktop technology, with integrated KVM capabilities, allows the Galileo processor to provide operators with low-latency control over remote systems and equipment via a LAN or WAN. System performance is demonstrably superior to the industry standard VNC, particularly at low bandwidth or with high motion graphics and video.  

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

The Galileo system is easy to set-up and control. An advanced GUI allows users to “drag and drop” inputs and applications, such as VMS, SCADA and videoconferencing, to the video wall. A convenient tablet interface is also available. In addition, an API allows operators to monitor remote alarms and create advanced scripts to recall layouts and control third-party equipment.

The Galileo processor is ideal for a range of applications including mission-critical operations/command centers and control rooms, as well as boardroom video walls, corporate lobby displays, and large-scale digital signage.

Stop by RGB Spectrum’s InfoComm B­ooth (#C8320) to experience the power of our new PC-based video wall processor. Combining enhanced reliability with the flexibility of a PC system, the new IP-enabled Galileo display processor is a PC wall done right.

Dec 6, 2016

New Galileo Input Card Enables 4K Inputs & 4K IP Decodes

RGB Spectrum announces the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the Galileo Display Processor. The new Galileo IP4K input card enables video input and IP decode resolutions of up to 4096x2160 @ 60Hz. The new software includes many additional features. The new input card and software combine to make Galileo systems more cost-effective and feature rich.

The award-winning Galileo video wall processor's expanded capabilities include both HDMI and IP inputs on the same, compact input card. Mini-HDMI connectors on the new input card permit a wide range of video input resolutions with expanded color subsampling up to 4096x2160 @ 60 Hz (4:2:0) and 4096x2160 @ 30 Hz (4:4:4).

In addition, the new input card enables advanced IP stream decoding. Up to twelve 1920x1080 @ 30 Hz, one 3840x2160 @ 60 Hz or other equivalent streams can be decoded on each card. Coupled with the existing CPU decode capabilities, the Galileo processor’s IP stream decode functionality is increased to an impressive 21 HD streams or equivalents.

Software features on the Galileo platform have also been enhanced and reorganized to allow for new, lower-priced bundles as well as offerings for more advanced users. The Standard software bundle comes with an advanced client for setup and operation and an easy-to-use web client for tablet or PC control. Additional features in the Standard bundle include a revamped task scheduler and enhanced network scripting API for control via third-party devices.

Plus and Advanced software bundles build on the features of the Standard package, adding many new features. New thumbnail preview functionality of hardwired sources provides the user with more information and flexibility to instantly identify and preview sources. Expanded IP stream decoding from the new input card is offered in the new Advanced software bundle.

Another new feature in the Advanced package is the ability to define multiple video surfaces. For example, this feature allows outputs to be defined as video walls or multiviewers, accessing all the same sources. This enables the use of a single Galileo chassis to support multiple display walls and even multiple rooms – a very cost effective feature.

These new capabilities, combined with the wide range of existing features, make the Galileo processor the most versatile and powerful video wall solution on the market.

About Galileo

RGB Spectrum’s Galileo Display Processor is an IP-enabled, PC-based video wall processor with real-time throughput. A powerful and economical video wall system with remote desktop capabilities, Galileo adds the benefits of IP inputs and the ability to run applications natively, to the 24/7 reliability and real-time performance found in all of RGB Spectrum’s solutions. Galileo’s powerful features include an advanced user GUI and unlimited number of windows for graphics/video, a scripting interface for system control, up to 56 inputs and 56 displays, edge-blend overlap and bezel compensation, inputs up to 4K UHD resolution, and HDCP support.

Find out more about Galileo by visiting www.rgb.com/galileo.

Oct 28, 2014

New Options for Galileo Processor

RGB Spectrum recently released two new feature packs for its versatile Galileo Display Processor: the Security Pack Option and the Digital Signage Option.

The new Security Pack Option for the Galileo system offers enterprise-level security that meets the requirements of IT administrators. It includes a host of features designed to protect the integrity of system data and resources, including user profile security and event logging capabilities, as well as integration with Microsoft Active Directory authentication. With this feature, registered users login to the Galileo system with their MS Active Directory network user name and password, enabling a higher level of system security and IT oversight. In addition, Security Pack features allow administrators to restrict user access to layouts, scripts, schedules, and even limit user accessibility to specific areas of a video wall. The Security Pack Option also includes detailed event logging which can be used for after action reporting, training, and a host of auditing functions.

The new Digital Signage (DS) Option adds extensive image manipulation capabilities to the Galileo system. It offers an easy-to-use timeline editor that can animate video input windows. Adjustable parameters include window size, position, cropping, opacity, rotation, input source, brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. The DS Option’s powerful image editing capabilities allow users to create engaging and fully-customizable digital signage displays.

Depending on your requirements, these new options pack enhance the versatility of our Galileo system. Choose the options that are right for your project. For more information, please contact us at sales@rgb.com or (510) 814-7000, option 3.

May 25, 2017

Real-World Product Demos at InfoComm 2017

This year’s InfoComm will be like no other for RGB Spectrum! Stop by booth 1142 for unique environments that allow you to see and work with our products in real-life situations. On display will be our new Zio® family of AV/IP products, Galileo and MediaWall® V wall processors, and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Five areas representing a Lobby, Huddle Room, Medical Facility, Entertainment Venue, and Control Room depict real-life situations where our award-winning products are used every day.

RGB Spectrum’s Zio networked AV products deliver seamless AV over IP, replacing traditional dedicated switchers to deliver real-time video and audio over any size network. This intuitive, scalable, network video distribution and control system features powerful admin tools and an easy-to-use GUI with drag-and-drop capabilities and live thumbnails.

The Galileo wall processor is an IP-enabled, PC-based video wall processor with remote desktop capabilities. Galileo’s powerful features include an advanced user GUI and unlimited number of windows for graphics/video, a scripting interface for system control, up to 56 inputs and 56 displays, inputs up to 4K UHD resolution, and HDCP.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor’s 4K Ultra HD capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before. MediaWall V processors support 4K content and displays. Up to three walls and switching can be independently controlled from a single MediaWall V chassis, resulting in considerable cost-savings.

The QuadVidew UHD is a high performance quad screen splitter and presentation switcher/scaler designed for displaying up to four sources simultaneously on a single screen in a variety of layouts.

Contact your RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager to setup an appointment at the show or stop by booth 1142.

Apr 29, 2015

RGB Spectrum at the Offshore Technology Conference

RGB Spectrum solutions will be displayed at two partner booths at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) this year. Yokogawa Electric Corporation (booth 5901) will be demonstrating the capabilities of RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMSTM system for oil and gas control room management. Rice Electronics (booth 722) will be showcasing our GalileoTM Display Processor. The OTC conference will take place in Houston at NRG Park, May 4-7, 2015.

The OTC is a preeminent educational and networking forum for offshore energy professionals. Since 1969, OTC has hosted an annual conference in the Houston area. In recent years, they have expanded globally to offer OTC Brazil, OTC Asia as well as an Arctic Technology Conference. The OTC includes an extensive technical program developed by its 13 sponsoring industry organizations. Session topics include technological developments, solutions that enhance safety and protect the environment, as well as the impact of economic and regulatory changes.

RGB Spectrum provides a range of control room management solutions for oil and gas applications that support integrated operations and aid in process control. Our visualization and control room solutions enable converged SCADA and video monitoring, HSE collaboration, and remote system management, to help ensure the security of oil and gas infrastructure.

Our powerful Enterprise MCMS is a non-intrusive, mission critical platform for control room management that uses video to seamlessly integrate control of local and remote sources, existing system infrastructure, and even legacy systems without the need for network connectivity. Enterprise MCMS makes all system resources simultaneously available for visualization on a video wall, multiviewer display, or at an operator’s workstation.  And system resources are easily controlled through Enterprise MCMS’s intuitive, easy-to-use graphical user interface.

In addition, the Enterprise MCMS system offers arbitrated keyboard/mouse (KVM) capabilities that support multi-site collaborative work environments. Responsive KVM control allows control room operators/supervisors to share access to system resources and remotely control off-shore equipment from consolidated operations centers.

RGB Spectrum’s Galileo display processor is ideal for control room environments where very large video walls are required or a PC-based architecture is desired. Galileo is a highly-capable, real-time display wall processor that offers the ability to run PC applications and control remote systems using an innovative multicast remote desktop protocol. The Galileo processor provides a set of sophisticated management tools that support multiple operators and workstations. However, if you require air-gapped security and real-time collaboration performance, then Enterprise MCMS is a better control room option.

Don’t miss RGB Spectrum at the OTC this year. If you stop by booths 5901 (Yokogawa) or 722 (Rice), please ask for Ken Pefkaros, Denis Carle or Guy LaBelle to learn more about RGB Spectrum’s oil and gas solutions. Click here to register for the conference.

For more information about our partners at OTC, Yokogawa Electric Company and Rice Electronics, please visit:



May 1, 2018

RGB Spectrum Powers Luxury Apartment Tower Video Wall

Chicago's luxury apartment rental market is extremely competitive. For developers, it is imperative to distinguish properties and appeal to high-end prospects. Chicago's new 25-story 3Eleven apartment tower, located in the River North section of downtown Chicago, differentiates itself with its elegant, contemporary design which it shows off with a video wall system powered by RGB Spectrum's state-of-the-art Galileo display processor.

3Eleven developers wanted an eye-catching video wall in the lobby to showcase its high-rise's sleek architectural features, entertain residents, impress visitors, and attract the attention of those walking by the building. The Galileo-based 6 x 5 video wall array, comprised of thirty 49-inch screens, is the visual centerpiece of the lobby, displaying stunning and entertaining imagery in scalable display windows. The windows can be any size and positioned anywhere on the video wall. The processor supports a diverse range of sources. Its leading-edge processing scales this content, as appropriate, up to dazzling 4K UHD resolution. Sources include video from streaming media players and cable TV boxes to entertain and inform with network broadcasts, movies, national and local news, and current event listings. A touch panel is used to select sources and choose preset display layouts.

Rick Muerman, AV Project Manager for Titan Electric, the audio-visual integrator for the project, stated, "RGB Spectrum's Galileo video wall processor was the ideal solution to meet the client's needs. They are ecstatic about the results and the capabilities of the system. We, as the system integrator, are pleased as well."

The innovative Galileo Display Processor is a powerful and economical video wall system. Its architecture offers IP and conventional baseband inputs, 4K input/output resolution, the ability to run applications natively, 24/7 reliability and real-time throughput. The processor offers up to 56 baseband inputs, 56 displays, and an unlimited number of windows for IP, graphics and/or video. It supports a full range of input and output types: IP, analog, DVI, HDMI, and 3G/HD-SDI.

The Galileo system delivers real-time throughput and superb image quality, unlike other systems that can drop frames or cause image tearing. Advanced features include IP stream decoding up to 4K / UHD, overlap for edge-blenders and bezel compensation, HDCP support, remote desktop technology, a scripting interface for system control, and automatic discovery of Zio® IP encoders.

To extend the video signals from the AV equipment rack to the lobby displays, Titan Electric used RGB Spectrum's CAT-Linx 2 4K HDBaseT extenders. CAT-Linx 2 extenders transmit signals up to 4K Ultra HD at 60Hz over conventional CAT 5e/6 cable.

For installation ease and convenience, CAT-Linx 2 extenders have integrated power (PoH) to supply endpoints over the same CAT5e/6 cable that carries the video and data signals. This eliminates the need for external power connections. A CAT-Linx 2 pair needs only one power supply connected to either the transmitter or the receiver end to power both devices. The CAT-Linx 2 extenders offer a bevy of advanced features, including HDCP 2.2, Dolby and DTS HD audio support, as well as serial and IR control of display devices.

Titan Electric LLC, based in Itasca, Illinois, is an AV and electrical systems integrator providing engineering, design build, communication services, installation, testing, long-term service and maintenance. For more information call 630-530-4422 or visit titan-elec.com.

3Eleven luxury apartment tower is located in River North Chicago, at 311 W. Illinois Street. For more information, visit 3eleven.com.

Nov 30, 2015

RGB Spectrum Powers the Canon Command Center at Canon Expo 2015

Once every five years, Canon U.S.A. organizes a world-class gathering of their subsidiaries and divisions designed to showcase their current products and future innovation. This year, the Canon EXPO 2015 was held in New York City with the help of technology from RGB Spectrum.

Canon brought together their most powerful products, most cutting-edge innovations and most inspirational ideas for one exhibition. The result was a showcase of the ways they strive to improve the lives of all who interact with their brand. From consumers to universities, businesses to hospitals, and stadiums to movie sets, people were able to see the power of Canon.

In the Imaging Journey pavilion Canon demonstrated their advanced video technologies including security products from Milestone Systems, Axis Communications and Canon Network Video Solutions. At the core of the pavilion was the Canon Command Center where over 100 security cameras throughout the entire Exposition converged into a state of art security operations center powered by a RGB Spectrum Galileo video wall processor.

“The RGB Spectrum Galileo video processor allowed us to combine the display from several Milestone Xprotect SmartWall clients streaming video from the Canon Network Video cameras onto one massive 2x7 video wall,” said Jay Skye, Senior Specialist for Systems Integration at Canon U.S.A.. “The Command Center was the centerpiece of the pavilion and allowed us to show how all Canon security products could be easily combined together for seamless interoperability.”

In addition to security cameras, there were also video feeds from Canon professional cameras coming from the baseball stadium in the next pavilion, and 4K media playing from files stored on the Galileo processor itself. All of this content was displayed on a video wall with over 28 million pixels supporting borders, labels, and scalable windows.

The Canon Command Center also served as the stage for twice hourly multimedia presentations about Canon’s security products offering. During these presentations the RGB Spectrum Galileo display processor changed purposes from running security operations to become a highly effective digital presentation system.

“The versatility of the RGB Spectrum Galileo system allowed us to showcase our products in exactly the way we wanted, quickly switching from control room, to presentation, and back,” Skye continued. “Throughout the entire Exposition, the RGB Spectrum Galileo never missed a beat delivering beautiful images from all of the security cameras as well as product presentations. The switching times were fast and the scaling of images was fluid.”

Thanks to Galileo’s advanced scripting and processing capabilities, Canon was able to automate all of the transitions between the layouts of the wall, and even added a countdown timer window to the wall indicating time remaining to the next presentation.

Canon Expo 2015 recently was rendered into a “virtual expo” where each pavilion was filmed in high definition. By visiting the Imaging Journey pavilion you will be able to view the Canon Command Center and see the RGB Spectrum Galileo processor as it looked at the Expo. Visit the site at www.expo.usa.canon.com to learn more.

While touring the virtual expo, be sure to visit all of the other pavilions where Canon demonstrated technologies from medical imaging to color printing to virtual reality. Truly at Canon Expo 2015 it was possible to SEE IMPOSSIBLE.

Sep 24, 2014

RGB Spectrum’s Galileo Display Processor: Video-based Systems Integration

RGB Spectrum will be demonstrating a range of control room solutions, including its award-winning Galileo Display Processor, a powerful and economical video wall system designed around a PC-based architecture, at ASIS International, Booth #3365.

RGB Spectrum is recognized in the security industry for its hardware-based control room systems, which use video to seamlessly link disparate systems. The Galileo processor provides integrated control of multiple security systems, including VMS and access control, as well as external devices, without requiring custom software.

The processor combines the benefits of PC-based systems, such as IP inputs and native applications, with a hardware acceleration engine that ensures real-time performance and 24/7 reliability. Featuring an open architecture that is hardware and software agnostic, the Galileo processor is ideal for a range of security applications.

The Galileo processor supports remote collaboration through two methods. It decodes H.264 graphic and motion video streams, allowing operators to view and control remote sources. In addition, RGB Spectrum’s exclusive VDA remote desktop technology provides operators with responsive keyboard/mouse control over remote systems and equipment via a LAN or WAN. VDA performance is demonstrably superior to the industry standard VNC, particularly at low bandwidth or with high motion graphics and video.

A modular design allows the processor to support a full range of input and output types (IP, analog, DVI/HDMI, 3G/HD-SDI) with resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K). The Galileo processor can also deliver HDCP protected content to an unlimited number of displays, while other PC systems either do not support HDCP at all or impose severe limitations on wall size.

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

The Galileo system is easy to set up and control. An advanced user GUI provides live thumbnails of sources that users can “drag and drop” to destinations. The user GUI also allows operators to control and display PC applications running on the wall, such as VMS, SCADA and videoconferencing. The processor and applications can also be controlled through a convenient tablet interface.

Combining integrated system control with enhanced reliability and the flexibility of a PC system, the new IP-enabled Galileo display processor is a PC wall done right.

Visit Booth #3365 to experience first-hand the power of RGB Spectrum’s innovative control room solutions. 

Jul 14, 2017

San Antonio Regional Operations Center Relies on Flexible Video Wall

The new Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Regional Operations Center (REOC) unifies the emergency operations of three Texas counties in one cutting-edge facility. The new call center is connected with an EOC and NOC utilizing two RGB Spectrum Galileo display processors, MultiPoint® Enterprise control room manager, and an Opto™ fiber optic matrix switcher.

Built to accommodate 104 operator consoles, the 13,878-square-foot Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) call center handles 9-1-1 operations formerly managed across 25 different locations. A large array of video displays at the front of the room provides vital visual data and call analytics. The main display area contains a total of 88 Planar 55-inch LCD displays, configured as a central 4x14 video wall with a 4x4 wall on each side. Flanking the main display area are two more arrays of six Samsung 75-inch LCD displays.

The Galileo display processor provides the flexibility to show the PSAP’s vital array of 43 inputs, including PCs, cable TV tuners and IP cameras, on any or all of the 104 displays. The Opto 160 switcher handles the task of routing the diverse mix of sources to any output.

Display presets are recalled via touchscreens at two supervisor stations and two additional stations in the EOC and NOC. MultiPoint Enterprise is used for keyboard/mouse control of 26 source PCs also allowing the operator to preview each source before routing it to the desired destination.

“The ability to have multiple supervisor control stations is a key feature, providing access to sources and allowing supervisors to manipulate the wall and change presets as needed,” said Art Salinas, Technologies Manager with Alterman Technologies, the integration company that installed the Bexar REOC system designed by the consultant firm of Technical Design Services, Inc.

With the Bexar Metro 9-1-1 REOC online, PSAP operators are pleased with the flexibility of the video wall technology. “It’s a great system with no real limitations,” Salinas observed. “The client has been pleased with the capability to control and preview the content before it goes onto the wall. As of now, they have about 30 display presets. They could have all 40 sources on the wall if they wanted.”

As operators become more familiar with the system and how to use the flexibility provided by the technology, additional presets will be set up to encompass new configurations. The technology is already in place to support that evolution.

Oct 11, 2018

Wall Processor Encoding Option Now Available

RGB Spectrum announces the availability of a new encoding option for the award-winning Galileo display wall processor. The new input/output card for the Galileo system allows the user to select any content available to the processor to be encoded as an IP stream for transmission across the network. This unique capability permits operators to push any content anywhere in the world right from the display wall processor – no external encoder is required.

The new Galileo IP4K-E card offers both encoding and decoding of IP streams up to 4K resolution. The user can selectively stream the entire video wall, creating a wall mimic, or any portion of the video wall. In addition, any baseband video source available to the processor can be converted to an IP stream even if it is not displayed on the video wall.

Advanced options allow IT administrators the control they need to ensure the encoded video streams meet their needs. Parameters such as resolution, H.264 profile, GOP length, and bit rate can be set, allowing each stream to be tailored to specific network demands. Multiple networks can also be accommodated by adding additional I/O cards.

Supporting multiple walls and individual displays, Galileo video wall solutions offer unmatched flexibility of input and output possibilities demanded by today’s video-centric world.

For more information, contact your RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager, rgb.com/contact.

Mar 16, 2017

Zio Shines Bright at ISE Conference

More than 73,000 people from around the world converged in Amsterdam for the 2017 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in February. RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV products, video wall processors and multiviewer products were on display.

Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through a unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches. Encoders accept standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources; decoders drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network.

Attendees were impressed by the integration of Zio products with RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V and Galileo video wall processors and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Zio encoded IP streams can be decoded directly on the Galileo wall processor. Signals distant from the processing equipment can be encoded, sent across the network and decoded for input. Outputs from a wall processor can also be encoded for remote displays providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall including the entire video wall.

To find an upcoming event near you, visit www.rgb.com/events.