MediaWall 4500

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.

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

Sep 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.

Mar 24, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Jan 21, 2011

MediaWall 4500 Provides Vision for the Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 9, 2011

MultiPoint KvM Helps Keep the Patients Safe in Their Beds

Recent expansion of a large U.S. hospital has necessitated improvements in its security system. To serve this dispersed, multi-building campus, Corporate Security Services, Inc. in Edison, New Jersey looked to RGB Spectrum technology in its design of a state-of-the-art security operations center. The MultiPoint KvM (MPKvM) was the solution supporting switching and display of graphics and video at resolutions up to 2048 by 1200 pixels, multi-screen displays, and flexible control station architecture for ease of navigation.

Under the MPKvM system, video from five source computers is input to a Linx™ 3200 DVI Matrix Switcher. The switcher routes video to a MediaWall 4500 processor for output on a 2x4 wall of monitors and to three control stations. Operators at the control stations select from fire, elevator, access, and other safety systems.

Control stations can operate in a collaborative mode with multiple users able to display the same content. Users can be assigned view-only access or control privileges on a computer-by-computer basis, with a system for hand-off. When an authorized user is identified and verified at a control station, it is reconfigured with the user's default assigned permissions and privileges.

MultiPoint KvM uses an innovative hybrid approach for display and control. Keyboard and mouse control signals are switched over IP while the video uses DVI switching. This architecture takes advantage of the intelligence inherent to IP, provides high-resolution, uncompressed video and graphics, and keeps network bandwidth demands to a minimum.

Bill McKool, vice president of business development for Corporate Security Services reports a successful installation and a satisfied customer. "After analyzing the client's needs, we looked at a lot of alternatives that could accomplish the goal. We settled on RGB. The systems work together and the pricing was favorable as compared to their competitors. The client couldn't be happier."

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.

Apr 19, 2012

RGB Spectrum MediaWall 4200 Highlights Action at P.J. Clarke's Las Vegas Saloon

 P.J. Clarke's is the self-proclaimed "Vatican of Saloons" because of its 125-year old history. The bar has locations in New York, Washington, D.C., and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Its latest saloon in Las Vegas boasts the majestic "Phoenix" bar, acquired from the Rothschild estate in Bordeaux, France. This restored bar is the centerpiece of P.J. Clarke's at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

P.J. Clarke's asked Las Vegas, Nevada-based integrator FBP Systems to build a giant display wall as a backdrop for the historic bar. When turned off, the display wall is concealed behind a one-way mirror, preserving the bar's historic "saloon" ambiance. FBP chose a 2 x 4 array of Planar 46" flat panels for the displays. To drive them, they selected RGB Spectrum's MediaWall 4200 processor. To provide content, a bank of satellite receivers and digital signage players are fed into the processor. An HDCP option on the MediaWall processor allows for the display of protected content.

The MediaWall 4200 provides the reliability of an embedded operating system and the absence of hard drives. With a parallel video processing architecture, real-time display of inputs is guaranteed under all conditions without dropped frames. The processor can display up to 12 graphics and video signals on the 2x4 array of monitors, with signals displayed in windows anywhere, at any size, within or across screens, in correct aspect ratio or stretched to fit, in whole or zoomed in to emphasize details. MediaWall processors can provide unlimited display alternatives. For dramatic effect, any source image can be scaled to fill the entire wall, measuring over 160 inches wide with a combined resolution of 5464 x 1536 to create a stunning display.

According to Brad Jones, operations manager at FBP Systems, the MediaWall 4500 was a breeze to set up with its browser-based "Web Control Panel". Once presets were set they could be easily recalled from a Crestron control panel. This is Caesar's Palace and there is a lot of foot traffic. You can see the action on the video wall while walking along the main aisle through the Forum. The display is designed to attract passersby and draw them into the restaurant.

About FBP Systems:

FBP Systems Inc, a subsidiary of The Morse Group, is the leader in cost-effective sound, lighting video design and integrated solutions. With its unlimited contractor's license, FBP Systems has implemented its solutions locally in Las Vegas and throughout the world for both start-up companies and industry leaders. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, FBP Systems can be reached at 702.257.4490 or on the web at http://www.fbpsystems.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.

Apr 22, 2014

University of Aberdeen: A Showcase for Educational Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About RGB Spectrum

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