Meeting Room

Oct 25, 2011

Linx Switcher - A Boardroom Solution

FCCI is an insurance group serving markets in the southeast and midwest United States. Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Sarasota, FL, the company now has over 600 employees.

It was time to replace the old analog RGB video system in the executive boardroom. The room has 22 positions at the conference table where executives can plug in their laptops for display on the room's projection screen. The users have a mix of laptops, so the system had to accommodate VGA and DVI/HDMI video as well as additional sources such as a DVD player.

Enter RGB Spectrum's Linx 3300 CrossXFormat® switcher. With every input channel able to accept either analog or digital signals on the same connector, the number of discrete inputs was reduced and the cabling infrastructure dramatically simplified. Using the DVI-I input on the Linx switcher and a breakout cable, each of the 22 positions can connect to PCs with analog or digital output. All it takes is a single click on the wireless panel used for control. As older laptops with analog output are replaced with ones that offer HDMI, no re-cabling is necessary.

Another requirement was ease of use, allowing consistently dependable operation with non-specialized staff. The Linx switcher met this requirement, so Keith Gilliam, System Design Engineer with regional integrator Technical Resource Group specified it for the open architecture design. The system was installed in July, 2011.

Linx switchers use two-channel I/O modules, so it was also easy to meet the exact 22 input by 4 output configuration needed. Should more input or output channels be required in the future, additional modules can easily be installed in the chassis.

The Linx 3300 garnered praise for its smooth switching between different sources as well as its user-friendly interface and ease of programming. The increased efficiency of the system's design and reduced energy usage resulted in cost savings and smiles.

For additional information: Technical Resource Group FCCI

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.