Government

Jan 23, 2012

Baton Rouge Executives Keep Watch on City with Help of RGB Spectrum Switchers

 Responsible for a population of 230,000 within a metro area of 800,000, Baton Rouge's municipal executives deal with a wide range of potential or actual crises, from floods and tornadoes to civil disturbances.

To enhance situational awareness, an Executive Over Watch Conference Room was added in City Hall. Separate from the region's primary Emergency Operations Center, the executive center provides views tailored to the needs of the mayor, city council and key staff personnel. Originally equipped with a single projector, this recent upgrade includes multiple displays with selectable sources, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the facility.

An RGB Spectrum Linx® 800 DVI Matrix Switcher routes video from various sources to three high-definition flat-panel displays, allowing staff to monitor developments and manage the emergency responses.

"Image quality is great and it's been problem-free since install," Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Eddie Watkins said. "It allows us to do what we need to do: switch easily through the necessary video feeds."

Recommended and installed by Metairie-based area integrator Summit Integration Systems (formerly Creative Presentations), the system allows users to view available sources at the press of a button on a touch-screen controller. Sources include a video teleconference codec, a city map in grid style, news feeds from local, national and global broadcasters, a status board, and a geographic information system. With the Linx's ability to pass HDCP-compliant signals, any news feed via satellite or cable can be routed to one of the Sharp 1080p displays and viewed in high definition.

The system complements another emergency control room in East Baton Rouge driven by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4500, which presents video and graphics sources on a 3x4 array of plasma panels. This facility is run by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP), the coordinating agency for emergency and disaster activities for the region, pulling together governmental, law enforcement, medical, utility and other agencies. MOHSEP develops programs and emergency operation capabilities.

Fortunately, the system so far has only been used for an actual situation only once -- the recent flooding of the Mississippi River. But whether used for practice drills or the real thing, all have been pleased with its dependability, performance and ease of use.

For more info: http://brgov.com http://www.creativepresentations.com/company-profile.html

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

Jun 1, 2010

Bucharest Police Center

District 2 is one of six Bucharest Districts and is an important center of industrial, commercial and cultural activities. In 2009, the Local Council decided to improve the abilities of local police to prevent crime, increase public safety and improve police response time by building a surveillance system covering the most important areas of the District.

A critical function of the system is data and information delivery to the other National Security System departments (e.g. Gendarmerie, National Police, Fire Police, Protective Services and 911 response for the city's population). The system is also directly interconnected with the Traffic Police Monitoring System. The RGB Spectrum local distributor and integration partner, EES srl, developed the system, consisting of 90 video cameras installed in 31 "hot points" in the area, connected to the control room by a fiber optic communication system. Datek, a local communication company, installed the system which began operations in January, 2010.

The core of the system is a state-of-the-art control room where three video walls, each consisting of four 47" LCD panels display, display video and graphic content. Because the control room shows a large range of visual sources, the display processors need to handle every known computer and video format in use. RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 2000 was chosen for its ability to accept and lock to the broad range of digital and analog sources being presented. Due to the excellent image quality and processing, the system experiences no video interruption or loss of frames; the MediaWall processors display every frame of graphic and video information. Furthermore, the system is scalable for the future because the number and resolution of sources being presented does not affect real time performance.

According to Aurel Dobrila, District 2 Local Police Director, "The new system has improved our situational awareness and provides us with the ability to respond to incidents in an informed manner. The efficiency of our response to all situations has increased by more than 35% related to the same period of 2009. We are very satisfied with the global result of this installation."

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.

Sep 6, 2005

Chicago's Emergency Operations Center Deploys the Latest Digital Recording Technology

The City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) protects life and property by coordinating and managing all of Chicago's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs. OEMC's Operations Center (JOC) provides 911 communications and conducts continuous 24/7 citywide monitoring, tracking activity, events, and the location of vital assets in use. The Center handles communication and coordination of police, fire, emergency medical services and city, state, and federal command personnel.

Sam Tomlinson, Senior Project Manager for Electrosonic, explained, "The Operations Center maintains constant vigilance and provides unified interdepartmental coordination. One of the primary objectives of the new technology implementation was to establish an information network and command center where city agencies, the state, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and other federal officials can coordinate a united response to emergencies, terrorist attacks or other disasters. The mission critical JOC is designed to integrate real time monitoring from video surveillance with a variety of other media to provide a comprehensive situational awareness picture to command personnel."

"The JOC is contains a multi-image video wall comprised of a 2 x 8 display array of sixteen 50-inch rear screen cubes. One of the requirements was to digitally record all of these images for coordinating responses, after action review, training, forensic analysis, and to serve as a system backup. The key criteria was to achieve the highest quality, faithful reproduction of the original images. After extensive research, Electrosonic selected RGB Spectrum's DGy™ high resolution digital recording system and QuadView® multi-window display processor to replicate and record the entire video wall display."

Tomlinson continued, "We use four QuadView processors to reassemble the images displayed on the video wall. Each QuadView receives four DVI sources from a distribution amplifier which are combined into a quad display. The QuadView then feeds this combined output at 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution to four DGy recording systems. The DGy systems record these images at 30 frames per second in real time while preserving the fidelity of the original imagery. The DGy records in a 16 hour recording cycle, then automatically loops the recording. On demand, the DGy units can feed the recorded images back to the JOC's video wall, pre-configured to replay on the wall in the same size and location as when they were originally displayed. The DGy and QuadView units are operating continuously 24/7."

The video wall imagery includes surveillance feeds from over several hundred networked cameras emplaced throughout the city, local, national, and international cable TV broadcasts, digital uplink to the National Weather Service satellite imagery and Doppler radar, FAA O'Hare Airport flight information, PowerPoint presentations, maps, police communication networks, and agency personnel, equipment, and resource tracking data.

Tomlinson remarked, "the DGy delivers a perfect reproduction of the JOC video wall. It is the best digital recording product on the market. Its reproduction is superb. You cannot tell the difference between the original image and the recorded image. The RGB Spectrum products were the ideal solution to perform reliably in this mission critical environment."

Electrosonic is a global audio-visual company, providing turnkey solutions of large screen image processing for corporate communications, command and control rooms, museums, retail display, theme parks and exhibitions. Electrosonic is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota. For more information, call 952-931-7500 or visit www.electrosonic.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 www.rgb.com.

Jan 21, 2011

City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center Chooses MediaWall 4200

When the City of Los Angeles faced the challenge of implementing systems for a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), it turned to Spectrum Integrated Technology Consulting Group. Spectrum developed the overall Vision, provided the specialized audio-visual systems design and integration skills that did not exist within the City's own departments, and articulated the vital features and specifications for the solution.

The EOC facility is housed in an earthquake resistant, base-isolated building.

Facilities are shared by three stakeholders: the Emergency Management Department (EMD), the Los Angeles Police Department's Real Time Analysis and Critical Response (RACR) Division, and the Los Angeles Fire Department Operations Control Dispatch (OCD) and Department Operations Center (DOC).

In designing the EMD Main Coordination Room (MCR), Spectrum ITC Group chose the MediaWall 4200 Display Processor, based upon its proven track record in Military Command and Control and Emergency Control Centers. The MediaWall is an easy-to-use, flexible, high-performance, real-time display processor with dual-redundant power supplies.

"The design of the wall with the MW4200 allows the Emergency Management Department to meet their goal of sharing critical news and information with all EOC staff responding to major events" said John Bilar Jr., CTS, Vice President of Technology at Spectrum ITC Group. "To assure the images are deliverable to the screens in the event of primary matrix system failure, the MW 4200 is utilized both in a primary full-wall mode, and in a bypass mode for fallback capability" said Bilar.

The 20' wide display wall utilizes four high-resolution TITAN projectors from Digital Projection Systems. The rear-projection arrangement is mounted in a customized seismic-rated structure provided by RP Visuals of Santa Ana, CA. Distribution and display of data is all digital, making the EOC one of the largest and most AV-capable facilities in the world.

About SPECTRUM ITC Group:

SPECTRUM Integrated Technology Consulting Group is located in Oceanside and Los Angeles, California. Spectrum specializes in Audio Visual Systems Design, Engineering, Integration and Project Oversight/Technical Management as an end-user advocate. As a former AV Design/Build Contractor for top Aerospace, Defense and Corporate clients, Spectrum merges strong practical field experience with skillful application of technology, allowing its clients to view critical data, decide on a path of action, and execute their plans in support of their mission. Major projects have included Classified Command Centers, Corporate Flagship Buildings, Videoconferencing, Customized Presentation & Meeting Facilities, and Touch Panel Control Systems. For more information, please contact John Bilar, CTS jbilar@spectrumitc.net or visit www.spectrumitc.net.

Photo Credits:

[1] "Images provided courtesy Spectrum ITC Group". [2] "Radiation Plume Simulation image from Operation Golden Phoenix used with permission by NPS Center for Asymmetric Warfare."

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.

Jul 22, 2015

Delivering Visual Support for Critical Presentations

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi is a preferred venue when political leaders and influential academics meet to discuss key issues affecting the security of the Middle East. The ECSSR is a preeminent research institution which hosts academic conferences, symposia and lectures, as well as visits from celebrated intellectuals, high-ranking military personnel and notable dignitaries. These high-profile events are now supported by RGB Spectrum’s video display technology.

In the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall, the center’s largest presentation space, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processors provide multi-windowed visual support. The hall features two large LPD video walls and consists of three independent sections that can be joined together to accommodate up to 600 people. During critical presentations, attendees focus their attention on every detail, so it is imperative that the hall’s display equipment deliver both superb image quality and unparalleled reliability.

RGB Spectrum, in partnership with Prysm and AV integration firm Omnix International, provided the ECSSR with a video processing solution that keeps presentations flowing smoothly. This comprehensive audio-visual system supports various hall configurations, processes high-resolution graphics and video in a range of formats and from a variety of devices, and provides rapid switching of imagery.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall processors provide an ideal solution for the control of two liquid phosphor display (LPD) video walls. An 11m x 3.5m Prysm wall installed above the main podium functions as the primary display surface. The back of the room features a smaller Prysm wall (6m x 3.5m), which can display either additional imagery or a duplication of the main wall’s content.

MediaWall processors enable the high-resolution display of multiple images in any size or position. The content varies dramatically depending on the type of presentation, and may be changed frequently to keep pace with the speaker’s material. Typical imagery might include the king’s portrait, a variety of presentation support materials, and video feeds from on-site cameras. PC servers, signage servers, television broadcast streams and other direct camera feeds provide additional content options.

The video wall display is controlled by Omnix personnel, who use the processor’s presets to change the configuration of inputs on the walls and route them to the ECSSR’s studio for recording and archiving. According to Ezzat Kaddoura, Sales Director for Omnix International, “We use RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors in all of our video wall installations. The MediaWall processor is easy to operate and has no issues managing large bandwidth videos. The processor’s real-time performance is responsive and easily handles such video inputs. In fact, the MediaWall system is noticeably faster than competitive systems we’ve tested. The processors work seamlessly with Prysm’s LPD video walls to provide an impressive display system for this high-profile presentation hall.”

About Omnix International

Since 1987, Omnix International has been a leading provider of technology solutions for the MENA region. They specialize in utilizing information technology to help customers improve operational efficiency and achieve their business objectives. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Omnix International also has offices in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Iraq. Omnix serves customers in a wide range of vertical markets including government, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, financial services and hospitality.

May 11, 2016

Emergency Communications Management in Tornado Alley

In April 2014, the City of Moore, Oklahoma opened a state-of-the-art Public Safety Center as part of the City’s disaster recovery plan following a Category EF-5 tornado in May of 2013. RGB Spectrum solutions are a vital part of the new 1,050 square foot Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 9-1-1 Communications Center housed in the facility, which is located in the heart of “Tornado Alley.”

In the event of severe weather and other emergencies, key personnel including the chiefs of police and fire, director of emergency management, and the media, gather in the EOC to collaborate, view data, track, assess, and respond as the situation develops. During quieter times, Moore’s EOC is used for training local, regional, and federal emergency response teams.

The new EOC’s advanced capabilities are an enormous improvement over the prior setup with a separate 9-1-1 call center that had no access to visual data, only telephones, making rescue and recovery efforts difficult to coordinate.

The challenge for Jeff Brokaw, Audio\Video Designs systems consultant, was to design a unified AV system that could display a variety of information sources simultaneously to all concerned parties. The system had to deliver rock solid performance and clear images in any weather conditions. The system also had to recover quickly from power outages and be simple to operate.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 1900 video wall processor was chosen to meet the requirements, with proven 24/7 reliability. The MediaWall video wall processor supports two Panasonic edge-blended projectors feeding a 30-foot video wall. Up to eight inputs can be displayed simultaneously, including outdoor cameras, computers, a cable TV set top box, an Apple TV, and a DVD player. The system is controlled by presets on a computer control system and by iPad or iPhone. Video wall processor output can also be distributed to any of 24 flat panel displays mounted on flanking walls.

The new system has enhanced communication across the emergency response community, making for better decisions and faster recovery. “The system works wonderfully!” said Gayland Kitch, the City of Moore’s emergency management director. “With all the extreme weather conditions we have here, it’s in constant use and never fails to deliver.”

Robert Rogers, Audio\Video Designs principal adds, “There’s no doubt the coordination is much better now that everyone has access to the same information. We can view data from satellites, helicopters, roof cameras, storm spotters – space, air, and ground – simultaneously and in real-time.”

Another satisfied customer.

Feb 24, 2014

Emergency Monitoring and Response in Hennepin County

Located in Medina, Minnesota, and serving a population of over a million residents, the Hennepin County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) monitors and responds to a range of potentially dangerous situations including extreme weather conditions, fires, hazardous materials spills and infectious disease outbreaks. The EOC oversees public and private disaster resources and acts as a hub from which city and county personnel can coordinate emergency response.

During a recent expansion and facilities upgrade, EOC officials turned to MSpace, a leading provider of AV solutions, to design a new emergency monitoring and response system. The new system, which features RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 4500 Display Processor and three QuadView HDx Multiviewers, provides a superior visual experience that enhances situational awareness and operator response.

“RGB Spectrum’s products are key components in the Hennepin EOC’s emergency management system” observed Keith Gustafson, Director of Technology at MSpace. “Combining unsurpassed quality with responsive features and quick installation, the MediaWall processor and QuadView multiviewers provide the client with powerful display capabilities and real-time processing of video and graphic inputs. These display processors were the only ones on the market capable of accommodating all of the EOC’s requirements, especially HDCP-compliance, which made them the logical choice,” Gustafson added.

Situational awareness activities are concentrated into three main areas of the facility. The newly-constructed EOC features a 60” x 384” (5ft x 32ft) projection video wall, and two rooms that make up the Situation Monitoring Station (SMS) provide personnel with a range of visuals to support emergency decision-making. The audio-visual system connects the three rooms, allowing video and graphics signals to be routed to any display device in the facility.

As the Training Room for Hennepin County’s Public Works Department, the EOC is used for a variety of purposes. In addition to emergency management and videoconferencing support, instructors use the facility to train Hennepin County staff on new technologies and equipment, and to teach certified emergency management and situational awareness training courses for city and county personnel. In addition, the room is used as the venue for quarterly city and county meetings.

To provide visual aids during meetings and presentations, a switcher is used to route 16 input signals to the MediaWall processor for windowing and display across the training room’s 1x4 screen projection video wall. For videoconference support, signals are also routed through the QuadView multiviewer to enable transmission of a composite of four sources to participants at the far end of the videoconferencing session.

Two QuadView multiviewers installed in the situation monitoring rooms are used to configure up to four signals for display on 90” monitors. Used primarily to facilitate decision-making during crisis situations, emergency personnel can display relevant sources on the main monitor for detailed review, analysis and action. EOC personnel use a third-party touch screen controller to choose preset window layout configurations and change the selected sources.

Available inputs include multiple desktop and laptop PCs, a Blu-ray player, an Apple TV, a video conferencing system, and a video management system (VMS) that processes video feeds from county-wide traffic cameras and security systems. In addition, PCs running Hennepin County’s specialized crisis management software, WebEOC, monitor extreme weather warning systems and weather maps, as well as non-weather emergency situations. Any of these inputs can be routed to display devices located in the main EOC facility or in either of the situation monitoring rooms.

Prior to the upgrade, operators could view only one source on a single monitor. In comparison, the SMS rooms now provide emergency management personnel with a comprehensive view of crisis situations in real-time. In addition, the newly added training room provides an effective instructional and meeting environment for city and county personnel.

Hennepin County EOC system administrators have been very happy with the reliability and capabilities of the system. Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator of Data Collaboration and Communication for Hennepin County Emergency Management, observed that the flexibility, quick response, and excellent quality of the source distribution and display processing were key benefits of using RGB Spectrum’s products. “In this line of business, it’s crucial that partners understand our demands and expectations” Anderson remarked. “For an Emergency Operations Center to function efficiently, personnel need to be able to access a range of visuals in real-time and at the highest resolutions. MSpace and RGB Spectrum provided – and continue to provide – exceptional partnership and service with a display system that has exceeded our expectations.”

About MSpace

MSpace is a full-service audiovisual systems integration company. MSpace’s designers, engineers, and sales professionals are experts in audio and video communications, as well as organizational communication and room design. With a thorough understanding of technology and business strategy, MSpace enables companies and organizations to effectively communicate with local or dispersed audiences using multimedia collaboration.

Jan 27, 2009

Helena Police Department Finds Car 54

 If you're old enough, you remember the 1960's television sitcom "Car 54 Where are You?" or any other cops & robbers show through the 1990's, where police cars had to radio their locations to a dispatch center.

Fast forward to now. The Helena, Montana Police Department upgraded its 911 Dispatch Center by installing a new system based on Global Positioning System tracking. Dispatch Center personnel monitor all law enforcement, fire department, and emergency services radio traffic. They are responsible for routing and dispatching all incidents and emergency calls received by the dispatch center. An RGB Linx™ 8x8 DVI Switcher provides the flawless, dependable switching this system requires to function properly.

Each emergency response vehicle is fitted with a GPS tracking device that relays its location to the dispatch center where it is overlaid on a projected map. When a call is received, the dispatchers can see the location of all the vehicles as well as other pertinent data. This allows the dispatchers to contact and assign the closest available assets.

Four computer workstations generate maps, GPS points, weather information and images from road-side cameras. The computer output signals are connected to the Linx 8x8 switcher and routed to two 1400x1050 Optima projectors. Any of the four computer sources can be assigned to one or both projectors. The Linx's Total EDID Manager's™ sophisticated abilities handle the switching without "Hot Plug" events causing graphics card shutdowns or other EDID issues. In addition, the integrated Web Control Panel and front panel touch screen provide all the control needed for set-up and operation. The touch screen allows the user to select one of the unit's 100 available presets as well as creating input-to-output crosspoints. .No third party control system is needed.

The system has been installed and operating for almost one year, running 24/7. As Capt. Dave Jeseritz stated, "The system does everything we want and has been very reliable. It's important to us that budget money is spent wisely on things that work like they are supposed to."

Find our more about the Helena Police Department 911 Dispatch Center here: http://www.ci.helena.mt.us/departments/police-department/support-services-division.htm

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.

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.

Sep 18, 2012

Houston TranStar Relies on RGB Spectrum for Emergency Management

In Houston and the surrounding coastal areas in southern Texas, the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes often places the entire region on high alert. The region's transportation and emergency management agencies require constant, prompt and accurate information in order to ensure public safety. In both normal and crisis situations, the timely flow of real-time data is critical to enable multiple agencies to collaborate effectively - and RGB Spectrum equipment facilitates that collaboration.

The Houston TranStar consortium combines four government agencies under one roof to provide transportation and emergency management services to the greater Houston region. The facility is staffed by a team of traffic and emergency management professionals from Harris County, the City of Houston, and the Texas Department of Transportation. Serving as the first center in the nation to pioneer a combined emergency management approach, Houston TranStar monitors traffic incidents on a large, edge-blended projection video wall with the resolution to display all relevant visuals.

In addition to monitoring events, Houston TranStar personnel use the wall to facilitate a variety of vehicle dispatch requirements, such as debris or hazardous material removal, expediting communications with emergency vehicles, and selecting the most direct routes to accident scenes.

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 4500 processor is the heart of Houston TranStar's video wall, with the ability to simultaneously display traffic cameras, maps, satellite images, and various feeds from state and federal agencies. In addition, the MediaWall 4500 processes video from a large number of network servers, which in turn receive over 1700 camera feeds from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and southern Louisiana.

In terms of functionality, the MediaWall 4500 provides Houston TranStar with the ability to display up to18 inputs simultaneously - each in its own window. Any input can be positioned and scaled as required, up to the full dimensions of the wall. If a key problem area within the region needs to be highlighted, special "presets" enable staff to instantly change the window layout. For example, if an evacuation is required due to a hurricane, the team can monitor all evacuation routes and make critical decisions regarding traffic flow and road closures.

For the video wall installation and integration, Houston TranStar selected Whitlock, a national solutions provider with long-standing AV expertise. Whitlock, in turn, selected RGB Spectrum for the facility's mission critical video processing needs.

"RGB Spectrum video wall processors have proven their reliability during critical 24/7 operations," commented Steven Surber, Account Manager for Whitlock. "We have never had a single issue with RGB Spectrum processors related to reliability or service. The ease of operation through the system's built-in GUI, coupled with the product's ability to change the on-screen layout at any time with almost instantaneous switching, provided the performance characteristics we sought."

For mission critical applications such as those at Houston TranStar, RGB Spectrum's full line of video wall products excel in both multi-monitor and projected wall environments. Key factors include an embedded processor (non PC-based), redundant power supply option, and fully real-time architecture. Coupled with features such as edge blending, HDCP support and RGB Spectrum's unique MultiPoint Control Room Management System (MCMS), reliability and flexibility are just some of the reasons why customers continue to select RGB Spectrum products.

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

Aug 27, 2014

Making Flights Safer at NASA Ames Research Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About RGB Spectrum

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

Oct 27, 2009

Marie des Mureaux Homeland Security Control Room

Located near Paris, France, is the City of "Les Mureaux". It is home to over 32,000 citizens and is a vibrant center of cultural activities, sports associations, theatre, feasts and festivals. And yes, even here, Homeland Security is a key facet of civil services. In an effort to improve security, a state of the art control room for the management of video surveillance has been installed. RGB Spectrum's technology partner AGELEC, designed in and installed MediaWall® 2000 dual display processors as the key visual display system in the facility.

Known as the Urban Supervision Center, the control room operates in conjunction with the municipal police, local and national public safety. The facility is staffed 24/7, monitoring street and highway activity.

The previous facility utilized individual monitors plus one multiviewer to display the camera feeds. AGELEC designed a display solution around three sections. As before, there are fixed LCD monitors for individual video feeds, a total of 50. The dynamic portions of the wall consist of two 2x2 arrays of larger LCDs, each powered by a MediaWall 2000 processor. Input sources include computer and composite video, RGB analog, and DVI over IP decoders, which carry the network video feeds. Maps are displayed in the background and camera feeds in windows relative to their location on the maps. A custom control application configures the display as new situations and events present themselves.

The embedded system architecture of the MediaWall 2000 and its deterministic performance create a display processing solution that operates as a single display surface even though it is made up of discrete elements.

Homeland Security is an expanding requirement in municipalities throughout the world. In France, AGELEC sees this as a real growth market. Following the installation of the Urban Supervision Center, Jean Michel Lanco, CEO, remarked, "We are very satisfied with the global result of this installation. It will be a great reference for us."

RGB Spectrum produces a broad range of real-time video wall display processors to manage Homeland Security requirements. Its MediaWall display processors support input and output resolutions up to 1920x1200, analog and digital signals and background graphics up to the full resolution of the wall.

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.

Jun 6, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Helps Keep Baton Rouge "Red Stick Ready"

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is a thriving city that is home to both Louisiana State University and Southern University, and numerous businesses and industrial facilities. With great people, unique food, and a lively music scene, Red Stick has something for everyone - including a local government that cares.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is the coordinating agency for emergency and disaster activities for the region, pulling together governmental, law enforcement, medical, utility and other agencies. MOHSEP is responsible for developing programs and emergency operation capabilities. First order is to prevent disasters while reducing the vulnerability of parish residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented. MOSHEP supports recovery in the aftermath of any emergency involving extensive damage or other debilitating influence on the normal pattern of life within the community. The city and parish have become nationally known for its own brand of preparedness it calls being Red Stick Ready.

"East Baton Rouge is one of only two local programs in the United States to achieve national certification from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program," said JoAnne Moreau, director of MOHSEP. "All of the area's first responder agencies also have received the highest national rankings," she said.

MOHSEP Emergency Operations Center needed the ability to monitor multiple video and data images simultaneously to manage crises more efficiently. Viewing maps, news feeds, hospital status, and road closures concurrently became critical. They turned to Creative Presentations, Inc. in Metairie, Louisiana to provide an easily configurable video wall to replace a single projector display.

The RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 processor was selected to unify various video and graphics sources on a 3x4 array of Orion plasma panels. Video source selection and the arrangement of windows on the display are made using a Crestron controller.

In operation for more than a year, the MediaWall display receives great reviews from the EOC staff. Image quality, ease of use, speed of response, and reliability are cited as top features of the installation.

The MediaWall 4500 processor provides easy compensation for mullions allowing unrestricted size and position of windows across a near-seamless display. Eddie Watkins, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, says selecting the MediaWall 4500 was "the best decision we could have made."

Creative Presentations, Inc. offers design and integration of A/V systems. Creative enjoys the reputation as one of the top US companies in the dynamic LCD industry. Ready to recommend the very best in technology solutions, Creative provides its clients with in depth consultation, tailored designs, certified installation, service and support to assure a visual communications success. The corporate office can be reached at 504-454-2749 or www.creativepresentations.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, 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.

Aug 9, 2013

NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center

NASA recently unveiled a newly upgraded Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Operators at the center monitor and coordinate all experimental activities on the International Space Station.

The state-of-the-art technologies incorporated into the new facilities are designed to enhance collaborative research and provide around-the-clock ground support for the space station crew. Teams of controllers manage experiments from the ground, monitor science activities, and connect astronauts aboard the space station with researchers from around the world.

The renovated center features a video wall comprised of a 2 x 12 array of monitors that uses RGB Spectrum's new OmniWall 32 Display Processor to route and display up to 32 input signals. The processor expands the ability of operators to share information in real-time, such as live video feeds, diagrams, photographs, results of experiments, and information on power usage.

Each operator uses a computer to monitor applications related to their areas of expertise, and signals from each computer are routed to the processor. Other inputs to the wall display include H.264 feeds from onboard video cameras, news broadcasts, weather information, and the NASA channel, as well as SCADA systems for machinery control. The OmniWall processor outputs these signals to local control stations, auxiliary displays, and to the main video wall.

The OmniWall processor provides 24/7 reliability and extremely fast source switching. In conjunction with the video wall, it enables the collaborative management of huge amounts of information and supports real-time decision making. With more than 200 experiments being conducted in the space station at any given time, the ability to share information rapidly among team members and the crew in space is essential to the success of these projects.

According to Aladin Bashir, a senior engineer with Colsa Corporation, the integration company that designed and installed NASA's upgraded system, the OmniWall processor's versatile features enable and enhance the video wall display. "RGB Spectrum has been very attentive to our needs and local support in the quest of providing NASA with better tools to accomplish its mission cannot be emphasized enough" said Bashir. "We look forward to implementing the new features of the OmniWall 32 as they become available in the future."

Indeed, NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center showcases how the most advanced audio-visual technologies can be used to further cutting-edge scientific research. In addition to the video wall, the team made several other changes that will help the ground team and the crew in space maximize scientific return.

"Over the course of the last 12 years, our team has learned much about how they can collaborate to maximize science return," said Jay Onken, manager of the Mission Operations Laboratory at Marshall. "They used this knowledge to redesign the control room to have the most modern technical equipment to support the most amazing international engineering and scientific endeavor of the century."

RGB Spectrum is proud that the OmniWall display processor is part of this innovative NASA facility, which provides critical support to science operations on the International Space Station.

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

 

Feb 28, 2008

Public Safety Wall in China

Governments around the world are continually investing in new technologies and strategies for managing public safety. An example of a modern command and control center has recently been completed in China. The room features a large 1x3 rear-projection, edge blended video wall capable of displaying a variety of visual resources depending on the situation at hand. The wall can be reconfigured for various situations including public safety, traffic control, sporting and public events, weather and natural disasters.ionwide dealer network.

At the core of the display system is an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2000. Six computer graphics sources are displayed simultaneously. The combination of DVI and analog input connections make it possible to select from a multitude of video and computer graphic sources including weather, satellite, traffic information and other real time data.

The MediaWall display processor supplies overlapped digital outputs to a high performance edge-blending system. The rear-projection system is made-up of three live, high-resolution projectors and three back-up units to provide for uninterrupted service. It was determined that the MediaWall did not require a back up due to its robust 24/7 operational capability.

RGB Spectrum's technology and integration partner FICO supplied the design and installation services. Mr. Sunny Qi of FICO remarked about the choice of MediaWall, "Our customer chose RGB because of the excellent image quality and fastest processing without any interruption or loss of frames." With regard to the installation Mr. Qi said, "The ease and simplicity of operation saves us money in an otherwise complex installation."

Because the control room was going to display an extreme range of visual sources, the display processor needed to handle every known computer and video format in use. The MediaWall 2000 was chosen for its ability to accept and lock to the broad range of digital and analog sources being presented.

High on the list of selection criteria was real time performance. In a visual world, some events occur in "the blink of an eye." Lost frames of video translate into missed information that could affect life and death decisions. MediaWall displays every frame of graphic and video information delivered to its inputs. The number or resolution of sources being presented does not affect real time performance.

Jul 15, 2013

QuadView HDx Enhances City of Whittier EOC

The City of Whittier, CA recently opened a new multi-room Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located within its main police department complex. Funded by a $500,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, the facility added state-of-the-art equipment that has dramatically improved the ability of city managers and emergency personnel to monitor and respond to disasters or crisis situations. To facilitate decision-making during emergency situations, an RGB Spectrum QuadView HDx Multiviewer enables multiple video and computer sources to be displayed as a single source, which can be routed as required throughout the facility.

The EOC supports two operational modes: presentation and emergency. In the first mode, operators can use individual rooms for demonstration and training. In an emergency situation, however, the rooms are designed to operate together to support collaboration and coordination across government agencies.

The QuadView multiviewer is installed in the Head End room, which houses equipment for all audio and video routing, control processing, and system support. Inputs to the multiviewer include computers, cable tuners, and Blu Ray players. These input signals are processed and displayed on various monitors throughout the facility, including a large multi-screen display located in the main EOC. The interconnected system allows EOC operators to use the multiviewer to transmit information to any individual room in the complex or to all rooms simultaneously.

Integrated Media Systems, the company that designed and installed the system, selected the QuadView multiviewer because it consolidates up to four sources plus a background signal onto one screen. Sources can be labeled, sized and positioned with full flexibility, and operators can use presets to save and recall various layouts as required. The multiviewer provides real-time throughput and 24/7 reliability. These features all enhance the ability of emergency personnel to make time-sensitive decisions during crisis situations.

"The RGB Spectrum QuadView is the "Wow Factor" in this installation," says John Grubin, vice-president of sales and marketing at Integrated Media Systems. "The unit not only increases the number of sources that can be displayed in the EOC's Main Room from 5 to 8, but also greatly increases the flexibility and capabilities of the entire EOC."

The system has been operational since December 2012, and both the integrator and city officials are pleased with the image quality, performance and reliability of the multiviewer.

About Integrated Media Systems

Integrated Media Systems, based in Orange County, CA, was founded in 1987 to address audiovisual and communications system integration for corporations. The company has maintained this focus while continuing to evolve and adapt with emerging communication technologies and various vertical markets including corporate, healthcare, government/municipal, and higher education. IMS is a recognized leader in the design, integration, and support of video, audio, audiovisual, videoconferencing, presentation and communication environments for global enterprises.

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.

Oct 25, 2012

RGB Spectrum Enhances Situational Awareness in Turkmenistan

Located due east of the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, the country of Turkmenistan covers an area slightly larger than the state of California. The country is using advanced video technology for a variety of security and monitoring applications.

In the capital city of Ashgabat, the Security Ministry was tasked with implementing a new monitoring system for the city's expanding network of roads and highways. In order to ensure an optimum state of awareness for any scenario, the system's top design priority was the monitoring and assessment of security conditions for the general population and for government officials. To this end, the Security Ministry turned to Avkom Technology, a leading systems integrator for the region, with the task of designing and installing video walls at two separate locations within the city.

Avkom selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 4200 processor as each facility's nerve center, feeding two video walls. One wall is L-shaped, comprising a12x3 array of narrow bezel Samsung 46" LCD monitors, each with a resolution of 1366x768. The second wall is of similar size, but U-shaped.

Each system receives, manages and monitors video streams routed from 12 specialized NVRs (Network Video Recorders). Every NVR, in turn, processes images from over 1000 IP-based security cameras located around the city. In terms of system flexibility, each video wall can display up to 300 IP cameras simultaneously. Any camera image can be scaled to any size - up to filling the entire video wall. For simplicity, one operator can drive the video wall and control all 12 NVRs.

Burhan Eker, Avkom's project manager for the Security Ministry's video wall project, commented on the selection process. "We selected RGB for several reasons. First, it is very stable, and second, the system is not PC based. Third, the system is capable of managing very big video walls." Mr. Eker also noted that the MediaWall 4200 processor's reliability was a key decision factor. "The installation requires little or no technical support on behalf of Avkom personnel."

For further information about the MediaWall 4200, or to submit inquiries for video wall and control room 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.

Oct 28, 2014

RGB Spectrum Helps India Explore Mars

“India has successfully reached Mars!” declared Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully placed a satellite into Martian orbit. “History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near-impossible. I congratulate all ISRO scientists as well as all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion” (“History Created as India Dares Unknown”; www.universetoday.com).

At ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility, a large crowd of onlookers, including the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, watched the historic events unfold on a 1x6 array of projector screens. Powered by RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processor, ISTRAC’s high-definition display system continually monitored the satellite’s trajectory to ensure the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).

RGB Spectrum partner Kiran Infosystems choose the MediaWall processor for its superior image quality and real-time performance. “This mission-critical control room is meant for demanding 24/7 requirements” remarked Ashish Shah, President of Kiran Infosystems. “Since 2010, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall processor has delivered an unmatched level of reliability and operational excellence. The processor provides real-time, crystal clear imagery that allows ISTRAC operators to collaborate and share mission data in an environment where every detail counts. It has been a key contributor to the success of the Mars mission. We are proud that our partnership with ISRO has allowed us and RGB Spectrum to be part of this ground-breaking historical moment.” 

India’s MOM began its journey on November 5, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. The $73 million, car-sized satellite took just over 10 months to travel a distance of 442 million miles before performing a complex maneuver to enter Mars’ orbit on September 23, 2014. The detailed, imagery provided by the MediaWall processor allowed ISTRAC operators to monitor the satellite during every stage of the journey.

For the next six months, the orbiting MOM probe will undertake a study of the Martian surface and atmosphere, sending high-definition video and telemetry information back to ISTRAC via a 105-foot diameter Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antenna.

The ISTRAC control room provides monitoring support for low-orbiting earth satellites as well as for launch missions like the MOM. ISTRAC receives satellite information from a network of Indian ground stations located in Bangalore, Lucknow, Sriharikota, Port Blair and Thiruvananthapuram, as well as from international stations in Mauritius, Russia, Brunei and Indonesia. Each ground station receives data from the IDSN antenna while a monitored satellite is within its range, and transmits this information to the ISTRAC facility for monitoring and analysis.

The display system consists of an array of six 120” rear projection screens mounted above operator stations. Signals from critical stations are routed through a switcher to the MediaWall processor for display on the video wall array. The control room is designed so that operators can monitor data at their own workstations and collaboratively view the most critical information on the video wall.

Offering unsurpassed power, clarity and reliability, our MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for mission-critical control rooms, including space launch facilities like ISRO’s in India and NASA’s in the US. RGB Spectrum is truly honored that our MediaWall processor was an integral part of this historic event.   

Dec 19, 2003

RGB Spectrum's Advanced Display Processor Is Enlisted for Real Time Monitoring of the U.S. Border

RGB Spectrum has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide advanced visualization technologies to enhance U.S. border security. Tony Spica Jr., Vice President of Sales for RGB Spectrum explained, "The mission critical situation room is designed to integrate real time monitoring from video surveillance with a variety of other media to provide a comprehensive situational awareness picture to Border Patrol agents. A key criteria in the room specification was the ability to display many different input signals on one large screen and be able to manipulate these images so that agents zero in on specific areas and data as the situation dictates. The display system was also required to provide high resolution output quality and support HDTV."

"RGB Spectrum's SuperView 3000 multiple window display processor was chosen for the situation room display system. The SuperView 3000 processor supports all the signal types needed, RGB computer, composite video, and S-Video, and provides high quality DVI output. The SuperView switches amongst all inputs and displays them in windows on a single screen. Operators have the flexibility to manipulate these windows so they can tailor the display configuration. The SuperView also has the versatility to support other signal formats down the road as their display needs grow."

The SuperView processor receives a variety of computer and video feeds. Computer inputs include seismic, infrared, and magnetic sensor data, visible and infrared surveillance video from remote-controlled cameras digitized by PCs, PowerPoint presentations, and pre-recorded DVR video streams. It also receives video inputs from a PictureTel video teleconferencing system, VCR and DVD evidence video, HDTV "off air" broadcast, digital satellite broadcast, and local television.

The SuperView processor combines these multiple inputs and outputs them to an HDTV-ready Sony 50-inch KE-50 XBR 900 plasma display in the unit's 16:9 aspect ratio and 1024x768 native resolution. Situation room personnel operate the SuperView processor with a dedicated PC running RGB Spectrum's Virtual Control Panel (VCP) Windows-based GUI application. Personnel use VCP to customize display settings, position and size display windows, select pre-set display configurations, and choose input sources.

Spica continued, "SuperView offers flexible window manipulation capability. Display windows can be any size, from a small thumbnail to full screen, and the windows can be moved around anywhere. This is a powerful capability enabling personnel to enlarge a window and to focus on a particular area."

For more information on the Department of Homeland Security, visit www.dhs.gov and for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, visit www.cbp.gov.

The SuperView™ 3000RT combines multiple computer and video inputs on a single screen, allowing personnel to monitor in real time. The SuperView displays up to 12 video and computer windows on a single screen. Inputs can be NTSC or PAL composite, component, or S-Video, and high resolution RGB with up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. All SuperView windowed inputs can be independently positioned, scaled from icon size to full screen, overlaid with computer graphics, and overlapped with other display windows. Additionally, the user can pan and zoom within each video image to focus on a particular area of interest.

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, 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 2, 2015

Securing Justice: Network Operations at Brazil’s Superior Court

For judicial facilities the ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of system information is a key priority.

Based in Brasilia, the Superior Labor Court or Tribunal Superior do Trabalho (TST) is one of five high courts in Brazil. Its primary purpose is to standardize Brazilian labor laws and develop guidelines for the implementation of labor processes. For their new technology center, the court required a control management and display system that would securely protect system data, control operator access to resources, and enable the processing and monitoring of system data, including remote sources, related to the TST and regional labor courts.

Display4, RGB Spectrum’s Brazilian partner, developed a comprehensive network operation center (NOC) to address all the court’s needs.  At the core of this system is Enterprise MCMSTM which allows security specialists to monitor and protect all aspects of the court’s network and security operations. The system is used to control a shared video wall and all signal routing.  In addition to the Enterprise MCMS system, the TST installation uses RGB Spectrum’s wire-based signal extenders and IP streaming codecs.

“RGB Spectrum is renowned for the reliability of their hardware products, and the Enterprise MCMS system provides a way to integrate control of all system resources” remarked Marcos Pires, Director of Display4. “An air-gapped architecture provides operators with KVM control over computers and servers without allowing them to “touch” or tamper with the data itself. For this government facility, the level of information security provided by the Enterprise MCMS system was one of the biggest benefits.”

The Enterprise MCMS system is compatible with a range of RGB Spectrum hardware and software components that can be combined into a custom-designed solution. In the system developed for the TST, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Display Processor is used to drive a 5x2 video wall array of 55” monitors while a RGB Spectrum Linx Matrix Switcher routes signals throughout the system.

RGB Spectrum’s CAT-Linx HDBaseT extenders enable operators to send data to rooms across the facility.  In addition, its DSx Codecs stream imagery to displays located out of HDBaseT transmission range. This extension/streaming enables the vault-like NOC room to be monitored from four remote locations for added security. 

Enterprise MCMS integrates system resources and provides shared, arbitrated keyboard and mouse control of the TST’s data and facility management systems.  Specialists typically use the video wall and workstations to monitor a combination of analytics dashboards, graphics, text, and live video from a variety of sources:

  • Zabbix - a monitoring platform that gathers and visualizes data from multiple servers
  • VMS systems - with live video feeds of the equipment racks, access control points, power supplies, physical maintenance
  • System information on data usage and back-up events
  • Indicators of potential network threats/data breaches
  • Physical/environmental factors - temperature, alarms, health of system components      

The RGB Spectrum and Display4 designed NOC solution provides the TST with a number of benefits. With the ability to be expanded and reconfigured, the Enterprise MCMS system offered the court a long-term value proposition. In addition to the air-gapped security to protect system resources, Enterprise MCMS uses integration at the video level to consolidate control of all systems, even legacy systems with no network connectivity. It provides operators with access to real-time video feeds, graphics and data, which helps them maintain the integrity of the networked system. Finally, its intuitive, easy-to-use interface with live thumbnails and “drag-and-drop” signal routing capabilities minimizes the time required to train new operators.

Offering operators the ability to simultaneously monitor multiple video and graphics feeds, and share control over system resources, RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS system helps secure and protect the network and information resources of Brazil’s Superior Labor Court. 

Oct 25, 2012

Sophisticated Monitoring in Mairie de Colombes

Mairie de Colombes is a suburb located in the northwest corner of Paris, France. With over 83,000 citizens, the town has a sophisticated municipal EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for surveillance and security. RGB Spectrum plays a major part.

For a new video wall project at police headquarters, city managers turned to French AV integrator AGELEC to design a sophisticated system for monitoring IP-based security cameras located around the city. AGELEC selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 4200 as the foundation of the system.

The EOC's video wall is comprised of eight narrow bezel NEC 46-inch panels, each with 1366x768 pixel resolution, arranged in a 4x2 array. Video from each security camera is routed via fiber cable to the EOC, decoded, and then sent to eight network video recorders (NVRs). Each NVR connects to the MediaWall processor, which allows security personnel to monitor groups of 48 cameras at a time. Control of the video wall is provided by AGELEC software.

AGELEC selected the MediaWall 4200 because of its module architecture, picture-in-picture (PIP) capability, ease of use, and high degree of reliability. These advantages stem from the fact that the MediaWall 4200 is based on a dedicated architecture, rather than a PC. This was a key factor in its selection.

Jean Michel Lanco, CEO of AGELEC, saw a comprehensive demonstration of the MediaWall 4200 at a Paris exhibition, and convinced the Mairie de Colombes police department that this was the right product. "I invited members of the department to the trade show to see for themselves," said Mr. Lanco. "They agreed that the MediaWall 4200 was extremely simple to use, with the ability to display more images on fewer screens than competitive products, with real-time display capability. Their response was very positive."

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.

Dec 15, 2008

Space Center monitors launches with MediaWall 2500

RGB Spectrum's technology partner, VIJU Sweden, recently completed the installation of a MediaWall® 2500 display processor at Swedish Space Corporation's (SSC) launch facility Esrange Space Center.

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is a comprehensive space company covering the entire field, from the definition of innovative business concepts and space projects to the development, tests and operation of the systems. SSC designs, develops and tests various types of space systems - satellites, sounding rockets, space subsystems and experiment equipment for research in microgravity. Thirty years' experience of designing comprehensive space missions and delivering them in orbit, in close cooperation with the users, makes SSC unique as prime contractor in space technology. SSC also designs, develops and installs maritime surveillance systems that are used by coast guard authorities around the world and offers reliable solutions for satellite operations worldwide.

In 1966 the Esrange Space Center was inaugurated in Kiruna and the first rocket launch took place before year-end. The Swedish Space Corporation purchased the Center in 1972. Since then there have been over 500 rocket launches and 500 balloon launches.

SSC is now investing in new technology to monitor rocket and balloon launch missions. Previous control rooms were built around individual PCs and their monitors plus video monitors for the launch pad cameras. The new control room was designed for efficient, flexible, uncluttered viewing. The focal point of the control room is a 2x3 LCD array, with each panel offering 1920x1080P resolution. A MediaWall 2500 display processor drives the array. Connected to the MediaWall processor are the computers that display maps, spreadsheets and other essential launch data as well as video inputs for the launch pad cameras as well as broadcast and DVD feeds. Control of the display is facilitated through the MediaWall's WCP (Web Control Panel) which provides an easy method for creating and recalling presets as well as changes in the display walls appearance as circumstances dictate.

The efficiency and effectiveness of the display system is enhanced by RGB Spectrum's exclusive Integrated Control System. This KVM system offers a unified system for the display and control of computers and computer controlled cameras. Using direct connection for the video coupled with IP connection of the keyboard and mouse functions, this hybrid solution allows for the benefits of both high quality video transport and flexible control. Video quality, including resolution, response time, and frame rate is dramatically superior to alternatives relying on video over IP. The system is operated with a single mouse controlling an on-screen cursor, with an optional keyboard for data entry. The novel hybrid approach coupled with the equally novel user interface offers seamless, real-time control and unparalleled responsiveness.

A number of factors were considered in the choice of the MediaWall 2500. According to Ola Widell, project leader for the new control room, "The MediaWall 2500 is for us an important tool. Its flexible image handling allows us to display pictures from our liftoffs in an efficient and useful manner." The MediaWall fulfilled all the demands placed on it by the control room designers. A key reason for selecting the MediaWall," Widell explains, "is the value proposition of price vs. performance. The fact that MediaWall is a pure hardware solution with no software or PC maintenance issues was of real importance."

Viju is headquartered in Goteburg, Sweden and is a provider of advanced communications and visualization solutions. Viju continues to work towards a shared goal of becoming the leading source of cutting-edge visualization and interactivity solutions in Northwestern Europe by 2010. www.Viju.se

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

Jan 22, 2008

Strategy Room for San Francisco Disaster Relief Activities

Not so long ago, the Loma Prieta Earthquake quite literally shook the city to its foundations. Countless disasters have befallen San Francisco and the Bay Area, often requiring the immediate response of multiple city services and departments.

The San Francisco Emergency Communications Department recently turned to RGB Spectrum technology partner Snader & Associates to create a state-of-the-art Strategy Room - a first of its kind for the city - in which chiefs of staff can meet and coordinate relief activities during a disaster. Funded by the Homeland Security Act, the project was 'soup to nuts' with Snader attending all design and preconstruction meetings with the end users, City architects and contractors to ensure the team fully understood system needs and to enable the design and integration of all necessary technology and features.

As anyone - victim or rescuer - who has lived through a major disaster will attest, during an emergency accurate information and speedy communication are critical to addressing the multiple 'fronts' of any civil crisis. It was essential that the new system include various computer and video feeds simultaneously displayed for quick access by decision makers.

The $165 million turnkey room incorporates dual 67" Planar DLP displays forming a 1x2 video wall with an RGB Spectrum MediaWallsystem with custom designed interface provided by Snader, officials in the Strategy Room can access instantaneously a wide variety of information, including TV broadcasts (both cable and off-air), 911 audio and video data sources, and CAD maps of the city. Equipment is housed neatly in racks within the custom wall cabinetry designed for the room.

The system proved a total success as, during the first emergency trials drill, Mayor Newsom and the Chiefs of Fire, Police and other civil services were able to meet in the Strategy Room to make decisions based on the visual information displayed.

Snader and Associates Inc. is an independent reseller and integrator serving production, post-production, audio visual presentation, 3D animation and Federal Government professionals around the globe. Snader is acknowledged for its expertise in the Broadcast and AV design build business.www.Snader.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 Switcher, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Dec 19, 2006

Traffic and Security Monitoring at the Lincoln Tunnel

The tunnel carries about 120,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest tunnels in the world. It is comprised of three tubes, of two lanes each. The center tube is used for two-way operation, with traffic direction alternated to accommodate the morning and evening commutes. This flexibility provides three or four lanes in either direction as traffic flows require, thus easing traffic congestion during peak times.

The goal of the Port Authority is to provide safe and efficient transport for millions of travelers who use the Lincoln Tunnel each year and to this end it has invested substantial capital resources. One of the critical projects in this process is the enhancement of the Lincoln Tunnel's Traffic Management Center which monitors all of the approach ramps and roadways inside the tunnel to assure safety and security.

A key element of the Traffic Management Center upgrade project was a new display system that would monitor all tunnel cameras at one centralized facility. The plan was to enhance operators' situational awareness and ability to detect traffic problems, collisions, stalled vehicles, accidents, fires, chemical spills, suspicious activity, and other incidents. The overall objective was to significantly improve incident response time, minimize impact on traffic, and boost traffic flow.

The core of the Center's new display system is RGB Spectrum's 4View™ multi-image display processor. The Center uses twenty-two 4View processors throughout the facility. Each processor receives and combines four live video feeds from cameras covering approach roadways and lanes inside the tunnel. The images are then displayed on twenty-two Hitachi 42-inch HD plasma screens, providing operators with eighty-eight real time camera views of the tunnel complex.

The 4View processors display the live video images in four-image, quad mode on each plasma screen. Operators can also view any of the four video feeds full screen at the push of a button for more in-depth analysis. The multi-image display wall has become an invaluable monitoring tool, enabling operators to maintain comprehensive vigilance and improve safety and security.

Unlike traditional video quad processors that display each video signal at 25% of true resolution, the 4View displays all four video inputs at full resolution on a screen up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The improvement in visual quality is dramatic. 4View's advanced artifact free motion rendering makes it the ideal solution for applications such as traffic management.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages and maintains the bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, airports, and seaport that are critical to the New York and New Jersey region's trade and transportation capabilities. For more information, call 212-435-7000 or visit www.panynj.gov.

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.

Jul 19, 2012

Traffic Flows in Temecula with the Help of a MediaWall 4500

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

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

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

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

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

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

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers.

RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at www.rgb.com.

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.