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Mar 26, 2013

Advanced Consumer Research at Time Warner Medialab

In today's highly competitive consumer marketing environment, the key to a successful campaign is a clear understanding of the target demographic and consumer behavior, coupled with an innovative approach to researching and gathering data. At the Time Warner Medialab, located across from Central Park in the heart of New York City, consumer research has reached its pinnacle in a remarkable, cutting-edge facility. Within the new 9600 square foot Medialab, RGB Spectrum SuperView® 5000 and QuadView® HDx multiviewers play a significant role.

For Time Warner and their partners, the Medialab's mission is to provide "an unmatched ability to test consumer engagement throughout the entire 360 degree media-to-retail experience." To this end, the facility includes eight testing labs and two observation rooms, which are designed to reveal how individual subjects view and interact with various forms of media such as websites, television commercials, applications and the mobile devices that carry them.

The RGB Spectrum SuperView and QuadView display processors are installed in both observations rooms. Each multiviewer is connected to a Samsung LCD 1080p monitor and controlled by a Crestron controller. In this manner, staff can view computer screens, video sources, participant images and audience reactions simultaneously on one display - for highly effective research and analysis. The lab's video sources run the gamut from smart phones to tablets to Blu-ray players and computers, and these sources can change on a test-by-test basis. Using the SuperView processor's input format flexibility, any device can be interfaced and displayed with ease.

Tom Yerkes is General Manager for CompView, the Medialab's system integrator. He noted that the RGB Spectrum products were selected for their ease of installation, ease of use, reliability, and their ability to instantly select different video sources and different multiviewer image layouts. "The customer is very pleased," noted Yerkes. "The room is booked solid and the reaction has exceeded their expectations."

"The selection of RGB Spectrum as the supplier for image manipulation was the obvious choice for both the windowing and streaming requirements, for several reasons," said Jeff Kaylor, CompView's Design Engineer on the Medialab project. "The image quality of the RGB Spectrum devices has always been the number one determining factor in using their equipment. Along with a full complement of supported resolutions, HDCP compliance and the ease of programming, these combine to make their equipment a desired item for any project, but one that was highly valued for the Time Warner experience."

For an advanced research facility, the Time Warner Medialab enables advertising agencies, app developers and web developers to view, capture, analyze and improve the consumer's experience - and RGB Spectrum is proud to play a part in the digital workflow.

For further information about the SuperView and QuadView processors, or to submit inquiries for multiviewer applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

About CompView

CompView specializes in comprehensive AV solutions, including audio video equipment, video conferencing and AV control systems. Founded in 1987, CompView has grown in product breadth and services along with the rapidly emerging audio visual and group communications marketplace. The company also provides audio visual design, engineering, programming, installation, consultation and contract services to nationwide clients from their headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, offices in seven major cities and through their expert network of AV partners. On the web, visit CompView at www.compview.com.

About RGB Spectrum

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® 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 31, 2007

Air National Guard Deploys Advanced Multi-Image Display Technology for Aircraft Training Simulators

To maintain air warfighting superiority, the U.S. Air Force's Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Reserves) fleet of aircraft are constantly upgraded with state-of-the-art weapons, radar, and navigational technology. Continuous innovation in the science and technology of combat flying training is essential to keep pilots up with these capabilities. To this end, the U.S. Air Force has embarked on revolutionizing training research and operational initiatives that offer realistic training environments to augment combat training and rehearsal.

The USAF has implemented the Distributed Mission Operating Training Research (DMOTR) program to research, design, and test the latest simulation technologies and learning methods and strategies. The DMOTR program is run by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Warfighter Readiness Research Division in Mesa, Arizona with a multidisciplinary team of government and private contractors. Its mission is to research, demonstrate, and transition leading-edge human performance methods and technologies that provide the Warfighter the necessary knowledge and skills to dominate the decision environment.

According to researchers and engineers at the AFRL, "The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the predominant fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force (Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Reserves). Given this and the multirole capability for this airplane, one of our largest science and technology testbeds is based on the latest configuration and missions for the F-16 aircraft. One of the research program goals is to design and test a realistic strategies and learning methods that would provide combat pilots with more effective tactical training. The distributed mission training research testbed includes four cockpits with a high-fidelity 360 ° field of view which faithfully mimics the actual aircraft. We are also exploring less-than-full-fidelity environments and evaluating how much of what kinds of fidelity are required to train specific combat tasks. We have four of these cockpits as well and they enable us to manipulate the cockpit, tactical, and visual environments to evaluate alternatives and to quantify what those alternatives do to impact training and mission success."

"A key to successful research and application is how we visualize the fight during the research and on post mission debriefings", they further stated. "The actual mission simulations and debriefings are controlled and monitored in the Mission Control room. The challenge designing the displays system for the control room was that we had to accommodate a large number of visual data sources of varying types and centralize them on large screens for real-time viewing. To perform this task, we selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView multi-image display processor. The QuadView processor was the ideal solution for displaying the extensive image content we required."

The QuadView processors support up to 16 switched input sources. The processors are fed an array of high resolution computer imagery, including cockpit instrumentation data displays, navigation, threat assessment, target acquisition, weapons control, and battle damage assessment data, and communication and network IT information between fighter aircraft. The processors consolidate the image sources, up to four per screen, and output them to Barco rear screen projections. Operators can switch image sources, resize, and reposition each image, overlap images, and zoom and pan within each image to focus on a particular area of interest.

Additional feedback from the AFRL is "The QuadView performs admirably. The image quality is excellent, with crisp, readable imagery, down to the finest detail. The QuadView technology makes it finally possible to present intricate data to control center personnel and pilots during debriefings. It is a key component that allows us to provide improved training methodologies."

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Warfighters Readiness Division is located in Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to research, demonstrate, and transition leading-edge human performance methods and technologies that provide the Warfighter the necessary knowledge and skills to dominate the decision environment. For more information, visit www.mesa.afmc.af.mil.

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 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 27, 2009

Atlanta Sports Restaurant Dazzles Sports Fans With Award Winning Entertainment Systems

The STATS Sports restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia is a hit, winning PRO AV Magazine's "Best Hospitality/Restaurant AV Project" Award. The recently opened STATS Sport restaurant is a quintessential example of the application of sophisticated audio visual technology to create an exciting customer experience.

The STATS restaurant offers a stylish, chic ambiance with a sleek look unique amongst sports bars. Its dramatic style is attributed to the vision of its management and the audio-visual technology expertise of global systems integrator AVI-SPL, based in Tampa, Florida. STATS takes a novel approach to customer entertainment. It combines a number of large screens interspersed throughout the restaurant's common areas with personalized, individual sports viewing.

AVI-SPL project engineers were charged with designing an extensive array of display solutions for the restaurant's dining area and five sports bars. One of the key challenges was to devise a display system for the large screen venues that could display multiple sources on individual screens. AVI-SPL engineers chose RGB Spectrum's QuadView® multi-image display processors.

The QuadView multiviewer supports up to 24 sources, four of which can be displayed simultaneously. The QuadView processor receives live inputs from high definition satellite receivers, Blue Ray and HD DVD players, and video cameras placed throughout the venue, including the restaurant's own radio broadcast booth. They feed two Projection Design F30 vertically stacked projectors which project onto an 8-by-12-foot Da-Lite 74640C wraparound screen above the restaurant's main bar.

The QuadView multiviewers are controlled from a central station using a touch panel controller. Operators can select input sources and pre-set display configurations with one-touch selection.

AVI-SPL's project engineer, Bill Smedley, commented, "This amazing application of cutting edge audio-visual technology puts the Stats restaurant in a league by itself. The visual impact is stunning. The customer response from this dynamic, engaging multi-image technology has been overwhelmingly positive."

The STATS Sports Restaurant is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Simply put, STATS is serious food and serious sports. STATS features five action-packed sports bars under one roof and a classic American menu fusing seasonal ingredients with unique flavors to produce creative offerings. For more information, visit http://www.statsatl.com/home.php. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, AVI-SPL is the result of a merger between Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) and Signal Perfection, Ltd. (SPL). With more than 40 years of aggregate experience in the industry, AVI and SPL bring together long traditions of providing quality audio visual technology. AVI-SPL delivers the most comprehensive line-up of audio visual and presentation solutions including systems integration, sales and rentals, complete staging productions, managed conferencing, IP integration and event management. For more information, call 1-800-282-6733 or visit www.avispl.com.

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

Oct 28, 2008

Czech Technical University Implements Innovative Audio-Visual Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 22, 2007

MediaWall Multi-Screen Controllers for the NYC Office of Emergency Management

Among the devastation from the terrorist attacks on September 11 was the destruction of the headquarters for the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Given the opportunity to build a new headquarters, city officials knew that, in the words of Commissioner Joseph Bruno, "New York City is at the forefront of emergency management planning" and it needed a facility that "will continue to move NYC forward."

In meeting this objective, the new OEM headquarters located in Brooklyn became an architectural and audio-video masterpiece.

The OEM Head Quarters contains numerous AV-equipped training, conference, press briefing and meeting rooms. However, the most sophisticated technology and architectural design can be found in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and the Watch Command Center.

Watch Command Center

The Watch Command Center is a 24x7 station that uses dispatch systems and agency communications to monitor emergency activity throughout New York City. Watch Command provides first responders with necessary communications and logistical support during major emergencies.

The central display configuration for the Watch Command area, located in a portion of the building with severe vertical limitations and rooftop airhandlers directly above, consists of five side-by side 61" DLP rear projection units operating together as a unified display surface. A RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 2000 processor allows numerous video, broadcast and computer generated images to be displayed in user controllable sizes and positions across the entire screen surface. On each side of the central display configurations are two 42" plasma displays. Audio coverage is provided by eleven ceiling speakers.

The EOC

After an emergency is identified in Watch Command, OEM declares an activation, the EOC is the central location where upwards of one hundred first responders from city, state and federal agencies gather to plan and execute response efforts. At the center of the EOC is a large uniquely-designed two-sided rear-projection enclosure. Fondly named "The Scoreboard", by the project team, each side of the enclosure contains two 160" diagonal rear-projection screens. Inside the enclosure are four (one for each screen) 8000 Lumens projectors in a 16x9 format. Two RGB Spectrum MediaWall 2000 multi-image processors allow a variety of video, broadcast and computer images to be displayed simultaneously across the screen surfaces, aiding emergency workers in situation analysis, monitoring, and resolution.

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.

Feb 22, 2007

Mobile Command Centers in Iraq Improve Tactical Situational Awareness

Modern warfare entails dynamic, split-second, tactical decision making, requiring battlefield commanders to have comprehensive situational awareness. Making this possible are tactical operations centers (TOCs), mobile, rapidly-deployable, forward command facilities where commanders and their staffs can assess battle conditions and developments and execute a wide range of strategic and tactical options. These battlefield TOCs must be able to acquire and present an extensive array of real-time data and audio/visual information to commanders.

The United States Army's 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), a major subordinate command of the Army's III Corps, provides top-level logistics services for troops in the Baghdad region. The Command recently contracted Azbell Electronics, of Waco, Texas, to design and build a new generation TOC for their deployment to Iraq. Azbell Electronics is a major audio-visual technology integrator with expertise in the manufacture of mobile command centers.

According to Barry Crum, Vice President of Business Development for Azbell Electronics, "Our engineering team designed and fabricated a 20-foot-long command and control support shelter, especially for use in Iraq. Transported on a truck bed, it contains permanently rack- mounted gear for audio, video, teleconferencing, and voice and video communications. The shelter provides communications support for a multinational force up to the "three star" command level. The TOC can be assembled and operational in as little as 30 minutes."

The core of the new TOC is Azbell's Mobile Video Audio Display System (MVADS) which uses RGB Spectrum's QuadView and DualView multi-input, multi-image display processors. "Commanders making warfighting decisions require 100% accuracy, reliability, and speed. One of the key challenges was providing the capability to display an extensive range of live signals from many sources into one centralized area for the commander and staff. The QuadView and DualView processors integrate, manipulate, and display all of the various real time signals, including battlefield sensors, communications, weapons control, surveillance, reconnaissance, and network operations into one centralized display system. They are the highest performance and most reliable video windowing processors on the market and are the image processing standard for our mission critical TOC and command center installations", commented Crum.

The TOC is equipped with a total of up to twenty four QuadView and DualView processors each feeding a separate screen. The processors are fed a combination of computer and video signals. Video inputs include DVD players, VCRs, and surveillance/ reconnaissance video cameras from land vehicles and UAV unmanned aircraft. Computer sources include battlefield video teleconferencing systems, remote digital feeds from an assortment of battlefield sensors, maps, force tracking and resources databases, satellite down-linked surveillance, intelligence data, weapons control, and enemy target acquisition.

The processors consolidate all of these sources and output them real time to a centralized group of plasma and LCD displays and ceiling- mounted LCD projectors. The processors automatically scale all of the disparate inputs and output the visuals at the native resolution of the routed display devices. The visuals can be depicted on the displays according to the preference of each individual commander. The QuadView and DualView processors provide the capability to simultaneously display up to 64 windows across an array of display devices. TOC personnel control operation of the processors using AMX touch screen control panels. At the simple push of a button, operators select input sources, manipulate images, and choose from pre-set window display arrangements. Images can be any size, anywhere and also be zoomed and panned to emphasize a particular area of interest for commanders.

The mobile TOCs are robustly designed to withstand the rigors and harsh conditions of combat. Crum explained, the "MVADS-based command center is transported in a container via truck, train, ship, and/or helicopter. Shock and vibration are an engineering challenge that must be addressed. The equipment had to be installed in a configuration that would prevent damage while traveling over rough terrain". Azbell Electronics meticulously ruggedized all of the delicate electronic equipment and built shock-mounted enclosures for the gear.

The U.S. Army 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based at Fort Hood, Texas, is the logistical backbone to III Corps. For more information, visit www.hood.army.mil/13sce/index.htm.

Azbell Electronics, established in 1945 and headquartered in Waco, Texas, is an audio-video technology integrator serving commercial, broadcast, recreation, government, and military applications with expertise in custom-design and integration and production of mobile command centers for homeland security and the Department of Defense. Azbell Electronics MVAD Systems have been deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Kosovo and also pressed into service in 2005 for the disaster recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. For more information, call (254) 285-6720 or visit them online at www.azbellelectronics.com.

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

Feb 17, 2012

QuadView Multiviewer Lights the Way for North Carolina's Tri-County Electric

The Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) was founded, like many other Rural Electrification cooperatives, in 1940. The cooperative served rural North Carolina farms and homes with 304 miles of line. Today, Tri-County serves over 20,400 consumers with more than 2391 miles of electric lines and is based in Dudley. This April, RGB Spectrum technical partner, Integrated Visual Solutions designed and installed EMC's new Call Center. This, first of its kind, facility primarily serves as the overnight call center and system-wide operations monitoring facility.

The new call/command center location was created to allow customer service phone representatives to monitor critical systems that show power usage, outages and other problems throughout the EMC coverage area. A QuadView HDx multiviewer allows EMC's representatives to quickly and easily respond to customer calls and concerns while monitoring a multitude of information sources in real time (which is the real mission of the EMC). The facility also serves as a command center for the EMC during times of emergency and natural disaster as widespread power outages impact large numbers of people. Prior to the new Call Canter, EMC had no centralized location for managing calls and monitoring the electrical grid. During the planning of the new center a number of options were considered for gathering and displaying vital information. In the end, a system built around the RGB QVHDx and a single high resolution projector proved to be the best choice. An RGB BP-16 button control panel facilitates the change of views as situations dictate.

Ease of use was a primary design criterion for call center personnel. Simplicity reduces training time and staff supervision which lead to a more efficient and responsive operation. In times of emergency response uncomplicated operation reduces confusion and supports appropriate decision making. The system enables the simultaneous display of computer generated maps and proprietary applications for monitoring power usage/outages, a network of cameras plus broadcast news and weather feeds.

Tony Grantham, Manager of Engineering for EMC states, "The RGB multi-view system allowed us to create an AV solution in which multiple sources can be viewed in scalable windows using a single projector. Our users--without help from the IT staff-- can easily change the sources or presets using the simple BP-16. Our staff was able to create their own presets even before the completion of the initial training session. The objective of making a true call center/command room was achieved using the QVHDx/projector solution at a lower overall cost than a typical LCD video wall setup. That being said, the most important aspect is that we know the system will function whenever the need arises."

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 23, 2010

The QuadView HDx - Increased Power at a Reduced Price, Available Now

RGB Spectrum announces the immediate availability of the new QuadView® HDx providing the most powerful image processing in a compact multiviewer. The QuadView HDx offers outstanding image quality, plus web-based control, dynamic window sizing, borders and titling, smooth zoom/pans and more. With greater than a 20% price reduction, it is ideal for every application requiring display of multiple images on a monitor or projector.

The QuadView HDx accepts high resolution DVI, RGB, and HD, and optionally, S-Video, component and NTSC/PAL composite video signals, any four of which can be displayed simultaneously. It produces the highest quality graphics and HD rendition, with state-of-the-art deinterlacing and scaling. Picture quality sets a new standard for the industry. The new QuadView HDxv model includes the optional video switcher which accepts up to sixteen video inputs, user configurable as sixteen composite, eight S-Video or five component video inputs, in any combination. Up to sixteen video inputs can be cycled through a single window at user selected timing intervals. The Quad View HDx line supports real-time, dynamic movement and resizing of windows. Each input can be scaled and positioned anywhere on the screen, as well as panned and zoomed to emphasize areas of interest. Display alternatives are virtually infinite, and include quad split, side-by-side, picture-in-picture, and overlapping windows. User-selectable output resolutions of up to 1920x1200, 2048x1152, and 2048x1080p ensure a perfect match with any display. With DVI inputs and outputs, a completely digital signal path can be maintained from signal source to display. A live background can be input via a DVI interface. An optional KVM capability provides control of any computer or network controllable device displayed. SinglePoint™ KvM™ is RGB Spectrum's patent pending implementation of traditional KVM. With full bandwidth video directly connected to the processor, only control signals are passed over the network. This implementation guarantees real time video performance, unavailable in other systems. All functions are easily set up and controlled using a command line interface from either an RS-232 or Ethernet port, or graphically via a standard web-browser. Built on RGB Spectrum's long tradition of quality and reliability, the QuadView HDx is an excellent solution for all multimedia display, including the most demanding mission critical applications. It is packaged in a space saving 1 RU enclosure.

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 24, 2007

U.S. Electronic Warfare System Deploys Advanced Digital Recording Technology

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, contributes to the Army's success on future battlefields by conducting experiments and operational tests on weapons, equipment, and doctrine. USAOTC tests focus on the areas of battlefield intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); information assurance (IA); and electronic warfare (EW) intelligence processing systems. It devises robust synthetic operational environments, along with realistic battlefield situations, to test proposed systems in development. Testing encompasses how well a new piece of equipment works within a C3ISR architecture and its performance in IA environments exposed to complex and evolving threats.USAOTC assessed that it needed to upgrade its after-action review (AAR) systems, in particular systems used to capture and record data and visuals for subsequent analysis. USAOTC deployed the RGB Spectrum DGy™ high resolution digital recording systems in this AAR system upgrade. The DGy recording systems use advanced JPEG2000 wavelet-based compression to provide the highest fidelity recording of the most intricate, precise detail.

USAOTC performs battlefield systems tests at Army ranges all over the United States using specially equipped HMMWV tactical vehicles to serve as mobile command and data capture units. The HMMWVs are designed to capture data from ground and airborne sensors that examine every communication on the battlefield. As the sophistication of battlefield communications and intelligence technology has evolved, USAOTC tape-based recording equipment needed to be replaced with a higher quality, higher performance solution. USAOTC equipped each HMMWV with two DGy disk-based digital recording systems.

The first DGy records NTSC composite surveillance video or FLIR from an airborne unmanned aerial system (UAS). The second DGy is fronted with an RGB Spectrum QuadView® image combiner. The processor is fed a variety of computer visuals that include UAS flight statistics, aircraft speed, and navigational information from the UAS ground control station, real-time targeting, reconnaissance and surveillance data, and radio frequency intercept information from ground sensors. The QuadView processor integrates up to four of these computer visuals and feeds the combined image to the second DGy recorder, which records it at 1280 x 1024 resolution along with audio.

Following the battlefield tests, recorded information is analyzed and then transferred to the video data reduction cell installed at an on-base facility for posttest review. The cell is equipped with up to three DGy playback systems.

Operators use the RGB Spectrum Web Control Panel GUI to control the full range of operations, to include placing event marks during recording and playback. Recordings are time- stamped with military-standard IRIG time code. Operators have immediate random access to any point in the recording, eliminating the previous time-consuming task of traversing through tape.

The RGB Spectrum DGy digital recording systems are deployed in every United States military branch and are used in a number of major military programs, including Future Combat Systems (FCS), Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), and National Missile Defense (NMD).

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.

Dec 19, 2006

U.S. Missile Testing Control Center Deploys Advanced Multi Image Display Technology

The Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR), located on a tiny island in an atoll in the Marshall Islands 2500 miles West South West of Hawaii, is part of the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command. KMR is the only treaty-approved launch site from which the United States can test and provides a major role in research and development for America's defense and space programs. The KMR mission is to provide multi-level strategic and ballistic missile defense system testing and to conduct space operations including space object identification, space surveillance, and new foreign space launch tracking in support of the U.S. Strategic Command and NASA.

Recently, the Kawajalein Missile Range embarked upon a four-year modernization program that entailed equipping the facility's Operations Control Center (OCC) with leading edge real time display technology. KMR enlisted the services of Matrix Audio Visual, an audio-video and computer systems design/integration firm based in Burbank, California.

According to Hovik Mirzakhanian, President of Matrix Audio Visual Designs, "KMR is a virtual "catcher's mitt" for a whole spectrum of missile systems. Its sensors track ICBMs fired from Vandenberg, medium-range missiles fired 2,400 miles away at Hawaii's Barking Sands Missile Range, and theater missiles fired 700 miles away on Wake Island. KMR radars provide continuous first orbital revolution coverage of most Chinese, Russian, Japanese, French Guinea, Indian, and other Asian continent launches within one hour after launch."

"KMR has the most sophisticated radar and optical sensors in the world. This project was critical to maintain the success of missile test missions and Space Surveillance Network and Space Object identification operations. Range operators wanted the ability to display data that appeared on seven computer screens onto two plasma panels in the facility's Operations Control Center (OCC). Additionally, range operators wanted to display redundant information onto a single plasma display in quad, four image mode in an adjoining conference room. We needed to present a correlated view to operators of KMR's highly sophisticated radars, optical sensors, telemetry stations and other instrumentation on these individual screens."

"After extensive technology review, we selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView® real-time multi-image display processors. The QuadView was the ideal solution for this project. It delivers the best-in-class feature set with support for the broadest range of computer and video signals, true real-time display, superior-quality image scaling, and versatile image manipulation capability."The KMR command and control center provides consolidated operational and sensor control for all KMR sensors. Instrumentation throughout the atoll collects metric, signature, and science data to track multiple targets, perform intercept trajectory reconstruction, characterize missile re-entry systems, support intercept missions, and monitor data from instrumented targets. The sensor information, radar, and instrumentation data are fed and processed by Sun and VAX workstations. The OCC is equipped with three QuadView display processors.

Each QuadView receives inputs from up to four workstations at 1280 by 1024 pixel resolution. The processors consolidate these high resolution computer sources and output them in a correlated quad window mode to two 50-inch Pioneer plasma displays in the OCC and one identical plasma display in the adjoining conference room. The computer-generated content includes tracking radar, optical and telemetry sensors, range timing data, meteorology information, flight and ground safety logistics.

Operators use a simple touch screen controller to select and route workstation sources to any of the QuadView display windows, as well as reposition and resize each window independently. Windows can viewed side-by-side, overlapped, and full screen. Operators are also able to zoom and pan within each window to monitor information of particular interest. The Matrix Audio Visual designed system, allow test personnel and command-level observers to view the screens from a further distance without interfering with operators in the control center.

For more information on the Kwajalein Missile Range, visit http://www.smdc.army.mil/RTS.html Defense Command Public Affairs Office at 256-955-3887, fax 256-955-1214, or email atwebmaster@smdc.army.mil.

Matrix Audio Visual Designs Inc., based in Burbank, California, is an audio, video, lighting, and computer systems design/integration firm. Matrix Audio Visual Designs provides system integration of the latest audio visual technology for commercial and residential markets. For more information, call 888-883-4VDO, 818-841-4700, or visit www.matrixav.com.

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

Apr 22, 2014

University of Aberdeen: A Showcase for Educational Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About RGB Spectrum

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

Oct 27, 2009

Winning Formula for Sports Patrons

Providing captivating viewing of sporting events is the winning entertainment formula for Oklahoma City's popular BRiX restaurant and Sports Lounge. The contemporary BRiX is the ultimate place for patrons to eat and drink while catching exciting action from their favorite teams.

To deliver the most appealing sports bar experience, BRiX envisioned a dynamic multi-media, multi-screen concept utilizing the latest audio visual technology. BRiX utilized the audio visual technology skills of Oklahoma City integrator, Pro Presenters LLC, to implement its vision.

The project's objective was to present eye-catching HD sports content from satellite receivers to displays interspersed throughout the restaurant. Pro Presenters designed a massive 14-foot screen in the lounge to display four sporting events simultaneously and selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView® multi-image display system.

According to Steve Patrick, President of Pro Presenters, "BRiX desired a high-quality display system that gave them the multi-image, windowing functionality in a key focal point of the lounge. We specified RGB Spectrum's QuadView display processor, which we have installed in many other projects. It offers a number of benefits. It accepts multiple signal formats. Its interface is easy to use and program. It also offers unparalleled display flexibility, with limitless choices of window options. Staff can easily change content sources to accommodate customer requests."

The QuadView multiviewer receives HD feeds from four Direct TV satellite systems. Content includes local broadcast stations for viewing favorite teams in the area, national sports broadcasts, and ESPN. BRiX offers the widest variety of sports action for all enthusiasts, including baseball, football, auto racing, basketball, soccer, boxing, horse racing and major events such as World Cup soccer, the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship, March Madness tournament, Indy 500, and Triple Crown horse racing. The QuadView multiviewer integrates these HD sources and outputs the combined, quad image to the ceiling-mounted Panasonic PT-DW5100U projector at its native 1280 x 768 resolution. The result is a dynamic four window display packed with sports action on a 14-foot screen.

The restaurant's Managers operate the QuadView multiviewer from a notebook computer using its built-in, web-based graphical user interface. With the simple, intuitive control, managers can change sources and chose from a number of display layouts programmed by Pro Presenters. Individual display windows can be any size, anywhere with zoom and pan capability.

Jackson Price, General Manager for the BRiX Restaurant and Sports Lounge commented, "I think its great! We've had nothing but compliments about it. We have been told this is the best place to watch sports in all of Oklahoma City. Our clients love the clarity. People are in awe of it."

The BRiX Restaurant and Sports Lounge is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. BRiX is a contemporary restaurant and sports lounge that features a large dining room, cozy lounge area, indoor/outdoor patio. BRiX presents both a fun and casual atmosphere along with a wide variety of menu items catering to families, business professionals, students and people of all ages. For more information, call 405-702-7226 or visit www.brixokc.com.

Pro Presenters LLC is a full service audio, visual, and presentation systems company in Oklahoma, in business since 2002. Pro Presenters, specialists in instructional technology and home theater, offers a complete line of electronic components and products to improve communications, enhance instruction, and to entertain. For more information, call 405-364-5400 or visit www.ProPresenters.com.

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