Video Wall Processors

Mar 28, 2017

4K Video Wall Makes an Entrance at the Maritime Aquarium

A massive 32-panel 4K video wall is making quite a splash in the newly renovated entrance hall in the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Connecticut. Engaging visitors with a dynamic “Sketch and Release” interactive feature presented in ultra-high-definition by a RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processor, the video wall invites visitors to dive right in to an immersive sea life experience.

Walking in through what is now known as Newman’s Own Hall, guests of all ages are drawn in by the video wall’s creative approach to learning about Long Island Sound wildlife and conservation. Using interactive kiosks, visitors select and personalize a sea creature and then release it in 3D on the big screen. There it swims with up to 200 other visitor-designed Long Island Sound native sharks, fish, seals, sea turtles and squid in a virtual seascape.

Exhibit producers at Richard Lewis Media Group (RLMG) developed Sketch and Release as a virtual reality application, so the video wall technology had to have top-level processing capabilities. A robust solution was designed and implemented by AV integration specialist Everett Hall Associates.

RLMG’s VR content was written in Unity, and runs on a powerful multiprocessor outfitted with Matrox cards. To optimize the user-generated content and the 3D seascape for display on the 4x8 grid of Samsung 55-inch thin-bezel LED displays required a 4K-capable video processor. Enter RGB’s MediaWall V, the first truly 4K-capable video wall processor.

The MediaWall V processor enables the entire wall to be treated as a single seamless display, or positions multiple windows anywhere on the wall. This versatility is key, because in addition to Sketch and Release, the video wall displays educational videos, promotional content, and presentations for special events. A touch panel control system handles presets for signage, presentations, the VR interactive aquarium, or live video.

Using the MediaWall V for the first time on the Maritime Aquarium project, Everett Hall Associates General Manager Joel R. Rollins was impressed: “When you’re trying to push the edge with regard to software and the way it interacts with the public, the fact that the hardware pieces could be depended upon makes it work. We also knew that in addition to a VR-Based exhibit, we would have to accommodate expansion and future sources. We’ve had zero issues. I’ve programmed a lot of systems using previous MediaWall display processors, and they were always reliable, and this was no different.”

May 9, 2011

A Broad Range of RGB Spectrum Equipment Supports San Francisco Wastewater Enterprise Security Operations

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is responsible for water, wastewater, and municipal power services to San Francisco. Under the auspices of the commission, the SF Wastewater Enterprise processes 85 million gallons of sewage a day during dry weather and over 500 million gallons on rainy days through 1000 miles of pipe and 8,500 control and monitoring loops. Two treatment plants operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Methane captured during the processing of sewage is used to generate 30% of the total energy used by the treatment plants.

As part of one of the largest municipal water system improvement programs in the nation, the Wastewater Enterprise chose RGB Spectrum video technology for its security operations center. Sourced by surveillance cameras, satellite news feeds, and computers that line the walls of the center, a Linx 3300 CrossXFormat switcher distributes video and graphics to a MediaWall 4500 display processor which feeds the 3x4 wall of NEC monitors. A SuperView 5000 multi-viewer receives the twelve outputs from the MediaWall combining them into a single signal sent to a DGy 201HD for recording and a DSx IP video and graphics H.264 codec for transmission over the internet to remote locations.

From the command center, users can view, manage and record events throughout the San Francisco sewer system. During emergencies, staff from all departments convenes around the conference table to monitor the wastewater system and coordinate operations. At other times, the installation is used for meetings and preparedness drills.

All RGB Spectrum equipment can be controlled over Ethernet through the graphical user interface Web Control Panel of each device or over serial connection (RS-232), allowing operation of the entire system from a single PC or controller. In this installation, ease of use is attained through control of all of the equipment by an AMX Touch Panel.

Visitors to the facility can learn about wastewater collection and treatment through a 2x2 lobby display driven by a MediaWall 2000. Instructional videos and CCTV provide input to up to twelve windows on the wall.

"The integration of multiple RGB Spectrum components with the AMX controller yielded seamless interoperability. Great image quality is maintained throughout changes of source format, resolution, configuration and size," reported Chris Tarrice, project integrator with VMI in Sunnyvale, California. "RGB support from the design phase through post- installation is exceptional," he continued.

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 www.rgb.com.

Mar 27, 2017

Advanced Display Processor Deployed in Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

The expanding Littoral Combat Ship fleet is being outfitted with the most effective naval defense technology devised, the SeaRAM® Rolling Airframe Missile and Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), manufactured by Raytheon Company. The SeaRAM Phalanx missile defense system provides the highest level of ship self-defense. It is designed to identify and destroy approaching supersonic and subsonic threats, such as cruise missiles, drones, small boats and helicopters.

The Phalanx CIWS incorporates RGB Spectrum’s high performance VIEW image processing technology in its fire control operator console. Raytheon commissioned RGB Spectrum to custom-design a multiple input, multiple window display processor, the VIEW 7000, for the Phalanx Block 1B fire control station. The Phalanx control station provides operators with display of target acquisition, identification, and tracking data.

Raytheon needed a solution that would allow the station operator to simultaneously view multiple disparate images from various sources in real-time on a single console monitor. One of the integration challenges was overcoming the limited space constraints in the operator console. RGB Spectrum’s ultra-compact VIEW 7000 integrated ideally into the console and fulfilled the system’s mission-critical display requirements.

More than 900 Phalanx systems have been deployed worldwide, with installations on all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 25 allied nations. The first LCS vessels deployed with Phalanx SeaRAM are the USS Independence and USS Coronado.

Phalanx CIWS Operator Console equipped with RGB Spectrum’s VIEW 7000 multi-image display processor

Phalanx CIWS Operator Console equipped with RGB Spectrum’s VIEW 7000 multi-image display processor

RGB Spectrum’s high performance VIEW 7000 processor combines high resolution computer sources and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imager video inputs in real-time. The Phalanx system computer provides the VIEW 7000 processor with visual data comprised of a range table, target searching, tracking and acquisition, weapons control and ordnance data.

The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system. The VIEW processor receives video from the thermal imager in a unique 1360 x 422 resolution, combines the various input signals, and resizes them to fit the resolution of the console monitor. Its advanced de-interlacing techniques provide excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The VIEW 7000 gives operators the ability to see critical computer data superimposed over the thermal images.

The VIEW 7000 processor accepts up to twelve inputs and displays them on a single screen. Inputs can be video, FLIR, and high resolution RGB signals. Each window can be independently positioned, scaled to any size, overlaid with computer graphics or overlapped with other windows. Users can pan and zoom within each video image to emphasize a particular area of interest.

Mar 30, 2015

Applications of 4K UHD Technology in Control Room Design

Original photo courtesy of Viappy / Shutterstock

4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution offers considerable value in control room environments. Delivering 3840x2160 (8.3 million) pixels per display, it significantly enhances an operator’s ability to monitor finely detailed imagery. However, the limitations imposed by human vision raise some interesting questions about 4K deployment. What applications can benefit most from this higher pixel density and, by extension, in which situations is the incorporation of 4K UHD processing technology most effective?

Viewing Distance vs. Resolution

Human vision is confined to a narrow spectrum of wavelengths and resolutions. The eye is capable of resolving various densities and sizes of pixels, but this ability is greatly affected by the distance between the operator and display, the “viewing distance.”

Display devices are available in a wide range of sizes. The smaller the screen or monitor, the more densely packed its pixels will be, and the closer you would need to be to discern a visible difference between lower and higher resolutions.

The display size and the typical viewing distance are two critical criteria that help determine the situations in which 4K UHD resolution adds value to an application. The following chart compares screen size and pixel density and illustrates the ideal viewing distances for each combination:

This excellent chart was produced by Carlton Bale. Please read his full article on this topic.

As the chart shows, if you are viewing 4K signals on a small screen of ~50 inches, your ideal viewing distance is no more than about five feet. If you are farther away than this, imagery on a 4K display will effectively appear identical to that on an HD display. With 4K imagery on a larger screen, e.g. 105 inches, the ideal viewing distance increases to 12-15 feet. In contrast, the ideal viewing distance for a ~50 inch 1080p HD display is approximately 12-15 feet, and 15-20 feet for a 105 inch 1080p display.

Bezels and Video Walls

When constructing a multi-monitor video wall, another consideration is the total amount of continuous display space between monitor bezels. Bezels provide a rigid support structure for the panels (“glass”) in a display. However, on a video wall, bezels also break up the continuous appearance of images that may be scaled over multiple monitors. With a 4K UHD video wall, you can use larger format display devices, reducing the total number of bezels on the wall. If continuous imagery is important to your application, then 4K UHD resolution monitors offer this added benefit.

4K UHD Video Wall Placement

If you need to construct a video wall with the fewest bezels possible and your wall will likely be viewed from a maximum distance of 10-15 feet, then a very large format 4K UHD display (84”-104”) may be the best fit for your installation. In contrast, if you want to use smaller monitors, and/or plan to view the wall from farther away, then 1080p displays may be a more cost-effective choice for your application.

Most control room applications typically involve work stations located a specific distance from a central video wall, so the viewing distance/display size guidelines can help you choose what kind of a wall is most appropriate for your system. RGB Spectrum’s new MediaWall V display processor can configure a range of resolutions for display on either 4K UHD or 1080p HD video walls.

Notable Exceptions

Some video wall applications are apparent exceptions to the guidelines above because they often require close-up inspection of ultra high resolution imagery. These include:

  • Medical imaging
  • Simulation modeling such as oil & gas exploration
  • Manufacturing inspection systems
  • Aerial reconnaissance
  • Megapixel surveillance

In these cases, users needing more visibility are likely to walk right up to a video wall, shortening their viewing distance of imagery so much that it makes sense to choose the highest resolution displays. 4K UHD processing equipment and video wall monitors are a logical choice in applications like these where minute details matter and video wall imagery may be subjected to close-up inspection.

Don’t Forget About Inputs

If you choose to build a video wall out of 2K HD displays, does a 4K UHD processor still have value? Absolutely. Typically, a variety of input signals will feed into a processor for display on a video wall, and these images may be spread out across multiple monitors. The pixel density of the input will determine how large it can be expanded on a video wall without negatively impacting clarity.

For example, a 2K HD (1920x1200), 24-monitor video wall array offers a total of 55 million pixels, enough real estate to display seven 4K input signals at full resolution. However, the lower pixel density of the monitors means that those 4K UHD signals can be spread out across more video wall monitors (expanded to a larger size) while still maintaining image quality. This use case is particularly relevant for installations with very large walls that require the display of finely detailed imagery such as multi-megapixel surveillance, satellite telemetry, industrial control applications, and geospatial modeling.

With 4K UHD inputs you have the pixel density required to configure large windows on a large wall, regardless of whether that wall is built with 2K HD or 4K UHD displays.

Put a Wall On Your Desk

A 4K workstation monitor packs 8.3 million pixels into a desktop size display. What are the applications of this deployment of 4K technology?

Video wall imagery is typically composed of windows containing graphics or video content provided by a source system like a computer or set top box. Today, most source systems output 1080p video that would entirely cover one 1080p monitor if displayed unscaled.

However, if you have 4K UHD monitors and use an RGB Spectrum MediaWall V processor, you could display four full-resolution (unscaled) 1080p input windows on a single 4K UHD monitor. To take this further, you could divide each 1080p window into three D1 sub-windows, up to 24 CIF sub-windows, or 81 QCIF sub-windows. Thus, a single 4K UHD monitor could be used to display up to 324 QCIF images at full, unscaled resolution.

If you create a user workstation with three 4K UHD displays, then an operator could monitor 972 full resolution QCIF cameras feeds. That is a lot of data, and it could all be displayed on a single user workstation using the MediaWall V processor.

In fact, one MediaWall V processor could drive up to four such multi-monitor workstations. In this scenario, one large 4K wall would effectively be broken up into four smaller “desktop walls”, which would offer operators all of the benefits of 4K resolution. For added functionality, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS, a powerful control room system that allows operators to share keyboard and mouse control over system resources. The result is a customizable workstation-based control room solution with incredibly powerful UHD video display capabilities.

Who Needs a Desktop Wall?

A 4K desktop wall is appropriate for anyone who needs to track real time video/graphic information from a multitude of sources: e.g. traffic management centers, casinos, municipal emergency operations centers, central station surveillance companies, and more. The pixel density provided by a 4K desktop wall results in unsurpassed image clarity, no matter how closely an operator views the monitors.

Conclusion

With RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor for 4K UHD/2K 1080p video and graphics, you can support a variety of control room configurations: large 4K video walls, large 2K video walls, 4K “desktop walls”, 2K “desktop walls”, or a combination of video walls and “desktop walls”. The MediaWall V processor configures 4K UHD, 2K HD, and standard lower resolutions inputs to delivers superb image quality on large or small video walls.

Sep 20, 2016

ASIS 2016 Wrap-Up

We hope you had the opportunity to see our latest products in action in our Security Operations Center (SOC) at ASIS 2016, the security profession’s premier education and networking event. Some 20,000 security professionals from around the world gathered in Orlando, Florida to discover the latest in security technologies.

We showcased our new Zio® encoders and decoders, an innovative family of products for AV over IP. Visitors admired the range of the Zio system’s advanced capabilities, particularly its intuitive interface. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.

Our award-winning MediaWall V® processor was on display at ASIS, too. The MediaWall V display processor delivers stunning visuals in real time. Visitors were treated to a spectacular 4K video wall mixing both HD and UHD resolutions in windows spread across the wall. MediaWall V display processor can handle an astounding 96 million pixels at 60 frames per second plus switching, routing, and real-time scaling of images. Its multiple wall option allows up to three walls to be independently controlled from a single processor, resulting in substantial cost savings.

We exhibited another cost-effective solution at ASIS as well—the VIEW Controller. Those who stopped by our booth got a firsthand glimpse at our technology that streamlines operation of our MediaWall display processors. VIEW Controller is fast to implement and economical, replacing complicated third-party controllers that require custom programming. VIEW Controller features an easy-to-use GUI where you can drag-and-drop sources to quickly route them for display, live thumbnails of signal sources as convenient visual aids for managing workflow, real-time processing for immediate routing and window-resizing, preset recall of window layouts and routings, and the ability to scale sources across any part or all of the video wall.

Zio Networked AV, MediaWall V Display Processor, and VIEW Controller are a testament to RGB Spectrum’s position as an innovator in video and display processing technology for your SOC.

For more information about these and other RGB Spectrum solutions, visit our website or contact your Regional Sales Manager.

Mar 22, 2017

Collaborative Video Wall Modernizes University Library

A major university has transformed its Fine Arts library into a collaborative facility. Students and faculty can connect with advanced new media tools on a video wall managed by RGB Spectrum’s Galileo display processor. The IP-enabled video wall system provides an unlimited number of windows for graphics and video for users to share content and experiment with interactive design.

In the design phase, the university envisioned a large-scale video display setup for use in video game development, student film screenings, project meetings and presentations. The school considered a projector setup, but seeking higher resolution and more flexibility, the choice was made to go with a video wall comprised of nine flat panel LCD displays.

To meet its objectives, it was essential that the video wall provide interactivity and connection with a variety of sources that could be displayed in multiple windows or full-screen. The video wall helps facilitate greater collaboration by tying together many elements to create an open canvas.

The video wall sees constant use for instruction and student project development, frequently showcasing the newest technologies explored in the curriculum. For example, when users need to compare dual-lens views of VR content or flip through digitized pages of archival printed content, the video wall provides granularity and the ability to display multiple images and move them around in any configuration.

The Galileo chassis is fed by several computers and a Blu-ray player. Two HDMI inputs on the front of the wall enclosure allow for easy connection of additional sources. This being a multimedia lab, the video wall needed to support audio as well. The integrator on the project, Ford AV, provided a sound system and programmed a Crestron CP3 Control Processor to enable selection of an HDMI input with a direct audio out via a Crestron XPanel desktop interface.

To use the wall, collaborators can simply walk up and plug in a Xbox or Playstation 4, which the library has in its device library, or any HDMI output or USB 3.1 device. The Galileo processor also enables use of digital drawing pads for real-time illustrative input from one or more users.

The success of the video wall has inspired the university to make future plans for expansion into use of more inputs for the maker space. The capacity is there already, as the school is only using half the available inputs now. The user-friendly software and the flexible input card structure will also allow for the addition of new technologies as the curriculum evolves.

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.

Feb 24, 2014

Drag & Drop VIEW Controllers for Display Processors and Switchers

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the availability of an expanded range of VIEW™ Controllers, a new line of hardware/software solutions that simplify the operation of its switcher and video wall systems.

VIEW Controllers offer a range of user-friendly features. The intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) allows users to "drag and drop" sources to route them quickly for display. Live thumbnails of all sources provide visual aids for managing workflow. Real-time processing allows routing and window resizing changes to take effect immediately.

Advantages of VIEW Controllers include:

Integrated control of video wall processors and matrix switchers
Simple, "drag and drop" routing of any source to any output
Live thumbnails of all sources
Preset window layouts and routings
Sources organized by groups and categories
Sources easily scalable across video wall displays
Switched outputs organized into easily manageable display groups

A VIEW Controller can take the place of costly and complicated third-party controllers. This is a key benefit because unlike such control systems, the VIEW controller doesn't require custom programming to allow it to control system components, making it both quick to implement and cost-effective.

To ensure security, administrators can set up access control based on user privileges and profiles that allow or restrict access to features. This enables a single VIEW control station to support accounts for multiple users with configurable levels of access.

The enhanced visual display and streamlined design of VIEW Controllers simplify operation and help minimize the training time required for operators to understand how to use the system. The VIEWController ships with a mini tower PC pre-installed with software, so it is ready to use right out of the box.

Combining interactive features with an intuitive interface, VIEW Controllers offer an affordable yet highly integrated information management solution for RGB Spectrum's video wall processers and switcher systems.

RGB Spectrum's VIEW Controllers for OmniWall™ and MediaWall® display processors, Linx™ Primematrix switchers and Opto™ fiber optic matrix switchers are now shipping.

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the availability of an expanded range of VIEW™ Controllers, a new line of hardware/software solutions that simplify the operation of its switcher and video wall systems.

VIEW Controllers offer a range of user-friendly features. The intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) allows users to "drag and drop" sources to route them quickly for display. Live thumbnails of all sources provide visual aids for managing workflow. Real-time processing allows routing and window resizing changes to take effect immediately.

Advantages of VIEW Controllers include:

  • Integrated control of video wall processors and matrix switchers
  • Simple, "drag and drop" routing of any source to any output
  • Live thumbnails of all sources
  • Preset window layouts and routings
  • Sources organized by groups and categories
  • Sources easily scalable across video wall displays
  • Switched outputs organized into easily manageable display groups

VIEW Controller can take the place of costly and complicated third-party controllers. This is a key benefit because unlike such control systems, the VIEW controller doesn't require custom programming to allow it to control system components, making it both quick to implement and cost-effective.

To ensure security, administrators can set up access control based on user privileges and profiles that allow or restrict access to features. This enables a single VIEW control station to support accounts for multiple users with configurable levels of access.

The enhanced visual display and streamlined design of VIEW Controllers simplify operation and help minimize the training time required for operators to understand how to use the system. The VIEWController ships with a mini tower PC pre-installed with software, so it is ready to use right out of the box.

Combining interactive features with an intuitive interface, VIEW Controllers offer an affordable yet highly integrated information management solution for RGB Spectrum's video wall processers and switcher systems.

RGB Spectrum's VIEW Controllers for OmniWall™ and MediaWall® display processors, Linx™ Prime matrix switchers and Opto™ fiber optic matrix switchers are now shipping.

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.

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.

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.

Sep 19, 2017

Exeter Hospital Video Wall Presents Moving Display of Orthopedic Health

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

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

Content is Critical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 26, 2017

Explore Zio’s Powerful, Simple User Interface

RGB Spectrum’s Zio AV-over-IP technology delivers a complete turnkey solution for the distribution and display of video and audio over a conventional IP network.

Explore Zio’s innovative technology with a new video series called QuickShots. Each short video highlights a unique feature demonstrating the key benefits of Zio’s intuitive, easy to use Unified Management System.

These new two-minute QuickShot videos allow you to see how the Zio Networked AV platform is both simple, yet powerful. Topics range from more advanced, administrative features to the simple basics of the user interface.

Zio product page video

The QuickShot video series topics include:

QuickShot videos can be found on the Zio product pages under the Video sections.

They are also available on a single page for quick, easy access at: www.rgb.com/zio-quickshots

More Zio QuickShot videos are planned for the coming months, so check back for the latest video.

 

The Zio AV-over-IP Architecture Advantage

RGB Spectrum’s novel Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video signals at resolutions up to 4K, and decoders for feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Both dedicated and shared networks are supported.

For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio’s transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, with exceptional user control and performance management. An AV-over-IP system with a distributed management platform avoids costly server architectures and “single point of failure” vulnerability.

A room, a building, a campus, a city, or the world – LANs, WANs, even satellite links – Zio is up to the challenge.

Jan 26, 2015

Formula 1 Video Wall Design

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

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

Video Backplane Design

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

 

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

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

Processing Isolation

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

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

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

Reliability

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

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

System Control

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

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

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

Application Support

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

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

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

Winning the Race!

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

 

1 "W12 Engine" by Saveferris888 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W12_Engine.jpg#mediaviewer/File:W12_Engine.jpg

Sep 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Adtech Systems

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

Apr 29, 2015

Houston Command & Control Experience Center

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce its new Command and Control Experience Center in Houston, TX. At this state-of-the-art facility, AV and security system integrators, energy company representatives and consultants can try out RGB Spectrum’s solutions for mission-critical control environments, and test their own applications on a live video wall. In partnership with iNetworks, ITAL D and Sharp Electronics, the center allows visitors to experience first-hand the power and ease-of-use of our versatile control room solutions.

The focal point of the Experience Center is RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS), a configurable architecture for managing visual information in control rooms and operations centers. Enterprise MCMS is a complete hardware and software system. It consolidates control of multiple systems and enables operators to share arbitrated keyboard/mouse control over connected resources. Our Linx Matrix Switcher is used to route video signals between sources, workstations, and the display wall, while our MediaWall® processor adds ultra high resolution visualization capabilities.

Our patented EDA technology uses a one-way communication system to provide an “air-gap” that keeps source computers and system resources separated from both operators and from each other. This “air-gapped” level of security protects sensitive data from external tampering and network threats like malware and viruses.

The Experience Center includes a 2x2 video wall of 60” displays plus two multi-monitor operator workstations. This setup can be configured to replicate a variety of real-world applications. Customers can test drive the intuitive Enterprise MCMS graphical user interface (GUI) under conditions similar to their actual work environments. Content is provided by three rack-mounted workstations, media servers, and a satellite receiver so that customers can display high-definition imagery related to various mission-critical environments. To get a realistic sense of how the system operates, visitors are also encouraged to bring in their own applications so they can see how these perform with the Enterprise MCMS system.

To demonstrate the system’s remote control capabilities, RGB Spectrum has created a broadband video link between the Houston Experience Center and our Alameda Headquarters using our VDA remote desktop adapter. VDA connectivity allows an operator at a Houston workstation to remotely control and view the Alameda demo room’s MCMS system including all of the video content from that system.

“Enterprise MCMS impresses everyone that comes in to try out the system” remarked Robert McInnis, RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager for TOLA – Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. “It provides unified operational control, bringing together dissimilar platforms and processes. Our new facility shows customers how easily that can be achieved.”

The facility is hosted by iNetworks and staffed full-time by iTAL D personnel. Sharp Electronics is the manufacturer of the video wall monitors.

Click here to schedule a visit to our Houston Command and Control Experience Center.

For more information about our partners, please visit their websites:

www.italsystems.com

www.inetworkusa.com

www.sharpusa.com

Oct 2, 2017

InterContinental Penthouse Dazzles with State-of-the-Art Video Wall

Image courtesy of InterContinental New York Barclay

The InterContinental New York Barclay hotel celebrated the culmination of its $180 million property-wide renovation with the debut of its luxurious two bedroom Penthouse. The top-story Penthouse exudes an opulent, contemporary design that is true to the hotel’s original 1920’s Federalist interior style. The Penthouse enhances its allure of glamour, elegance and distinction with the living room’s state-of-the-art video wall entertainment system powered by RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall® V 4K display processor.

The MediaWall V processor drives the large, touch-screen 3 x 3 display array which offers a wide variety of viewing content. The advanced video wall system is conducive to both business and leisure activities. Guests can keep apprised of news and sporting events, conduct video teleconferencing, access the internet, keep up with social media, enjoy entertainment from local and global television broadcasts and a selection of movies, and play video games.

The MediaWall V processor receives input from a variety of sources, including five cable television boxes, a blu-ray player, Xbox video gaming console, and multiple PCs. The MediaWall V processor consolidates these diverse sources and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. Guests can select inputs and choose display layouts from a selection of up to 60 presets from a touch panel. The processor’s advanced video wall features let guests overlap images and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.

Offering superior image quality, versatility and reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for entertainment, hospitality, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.

Feb 17, 2012

MediaWall 4200 Processors Drive Spectacular 90-Foot Wall at Kentucky Health Center

The University of Kentucky Health Care Center's immense new "Celebrate Kentucky" multimedia wall offers patients and employees an ever-changing, complex snapshot that amplifies the center's care for spiritual and emotional well-being beyond physical health. The Lexington center's wall is a ninety-foot, thirty-two screen visual spectacle commemorating life in Kentucky. The wall operates 18 hours a day, 365 days a year and features images and videos of people, places, animals and life from the microscopic to natural vistas. Local photographers and filmmakers refresh a constant stream of content for the high-impact wall.

"We were looking for a way to make a spectacular visual statement," said Tim Broekema, project creative director, "and that meant making sure we had the latest cutting-edge display technology available."

RGB Spectrum technical partner PGS Systems of Louisville, KY, designed and installed a display engine using five MediaWall® 4200 video wall processors that feed thirty-two Samsung forty-two inch LCD panels. In addition, seventy-six Duratrans forty-two inch rear-lit transparency enclosures are integrated with the LCD screens to create a 90-foot wide by 9-foot high display wall. With high-resolution photographic transparencies on display, the quality of the videographic images needs to be at its best.

"RGB Spectrum was selected based on overall image quality, configuration and adjustment capabilities and reliability under heavy use." According to Al Kirby of PGS Systems, "We worked closely with Solid Light, Inc., the project's exhibit design/ media production firm to create a solution that met both the physical requirements of the space and maintained the level of quality the media demanded."

Synchronized video playback is provided by an Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD eight-channel digital video player which is connected HDMI-to-DVI to the MediaWall 4200s. The outputs from the MediaWall 4200s are encoded for UTP transmission via Magenta Research HD-ONE digital video extension kits.

System control is provided by an AMX NI-3100 Netlinx Integrated master and NXV-300 Modero Virtual Touch Panel. System Power On/Off and Playback are fully automated per a user-defined schedule. The system's electronics are located in the lower level of the facility and are housed in a Middle Atlantic MRK-4436 equipment rack provisioned with an RM-LCD-PNLK rack mount LCD panel, an RM-KB pull-out keyboard and a UPS-2200R uninterruptible power supply.

"One of the major design concerns was maintaining the image quality of video moving across large areas and multiple displays," Kirby said. "The MW 4200s allowed us to make fine adjustments to the mullion settings and window configurations to precisely fit the video playback to the displays. This resulted in a huge time savings and allowed the video editor to concentrate on the content."

RGB Spectrum video wall processors serve in sundry applications from control rooms to emergency operations centers to astonishing public displays such as the UK Health Care Center. Each installation demands extremely high quality and reliability. MediaWall processor is the preferred solution when there is a demand for the very best fit, ease of installation, exceptional value, unfailing image quality and worry-free operation.

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 www.rgb.com.

Dec 6, 2016

MediaWall Delivers Best-in-Class Video Wall Displays at the University of North Texas

Established in 1890, the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton is among the nation's top research institutions. It is also one of the country's largest public research universities, serving 37,000 students.

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® 2900 Display Processor is now front and center at the University Union Lyceum Theater, a 500-person multipurpose auditorium/classroom and meeting space. The Lyceum Theater caters to the university's internal clientele, holding student union events such as new student and parent orientations. The space is also used to host private events. Because the theater operates as a for-profit entity within the public university, the uses of the facility and its audiences vary greatly.

The MediaWall display processor allows for easy placement of source material so that presentation, training, and class materials can be shown anywhere on the screen, a major improvement over the single projector / single image paradigm used in the theater previously. BAI Austin, consulted for UNT and designed the system as a three projector edge blended display that could have several images placed on a full width background image. The architect chose a Screen Goo coated, curved wall behind the theater's stage area, as the display surface. Schoolhouse AV, the integrator, installed the system and worked with the school to take advantage of all of the systems capabilities.

The facility uses three modes of operation via presets. In "cinema" mode, the center projector zooms out and a single video from a Blu-ray player or live camera is shown on the display surface. In "presentation" mode, the two adjacent projectors are managed directly by a matrix switcher to display supporting images. In "wide screen" mode, all three projectors are connected directly to the MediaWall 2900 display processor which handles a number of signals from a variety of sources.

In the "wide screen" mode, a background image of approximately 4896x1080 pixels is generated from a high end Dell PC that has a 4 output HDMI video card which splits up the custom graphic size across 3 of the HDMI outputs. The MediaWall 2900 Screen Grouping feature is used to stitch together 3 HDMI outputs into a full width graphic. This full width graphic may either be used as a slide-by-slide, full width presentation or act as a thematic background upon which up to 5 additional picture-in-picture or PIPs may be displayed over the background. These 5 sources emanate from the AV matrix switcher outputs that can route AV signals from computers, floor box inputs, wall plate inputs and PTZ video cameras. Any of the PIPs may be sized, scaled and positioned anywhere on the entire background. The result is a giant canvas upon which the creativity of the UNT Union Tech Services may be unleashed to complement presentations with high impact image content.

Onsite personnel have given high praise to the system. They rate the image quality and performance as excellent, and they appreciate that the MediaWall display processor is simple to operate.

"Part of the driving force in selecting the MediaWall display processor was that it's HDCP-compliant. Many processors out there are not," said Blair McNair, Director of Operations at Schoolhouse Audio Visual.

"Plus its Web GUI is easy to use and its switching is seamless and clean," he added. He also commended RGB Spectrum's customer service, noting that "unlike other manufacturers, I can get help with a problem even if it's not due to an issue with an RGB Spectrum product. Customer support has been fantastic all along. The companies that provide good support are the companies that get our support!"

About Schoolhouse Audio-Visual

Schoolhouse Audio-Visual specializes in presentation hardware and audio visual equipment sales and rentals, providing design, integration, training, and service. Its specialties include turnkey solutions for houses of worship, conference and training rooms, council chambers and court rooms, emergency operations centers, and educational environments.

Schoolhouse Audio-Visual has been in business since 1974. As its name implies, Schoolhouse Audio-Visual began by servicing schools and other educational facilities. Its customer base has since grown to serve many corporations and government agencies.

May 30, 2017

MediaWall Unifies Telemetry Monitoring Operations for Wisconsin Medical Center

A large medical center in Wisconsin has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of care across three affiliated hospitals’ cardiac units with a new centralized Telemetry Heart Monitoring Hub. Now medical technicians can monitor up to 120 heart patients’ vitals using the advanced display capabilities of two 65-inch 4K LCD panel video stations enabled by RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processors.

Assisting nurses and physicians with data analysis, dedicated telemetry technicians use streamlined mouse and keyboard control integrated with the MediaWall V to zoom in on specific cases while maintaining an overview of patients’ vitals. Display presets give technicians a variety of visual configurations for keeping an eye on critical patient data.

The mission-critical nature of the patient monitoring led AV systems integrator Techteriors, LLC to RGB Spectrum for its robust MediaWall V Display Processor. When it came time to choose a processor to feed the commercial-grade NEC displays, RGB Spectrum was an ideal solution source. “One of the reasons we selected RGB Spectrum was because we knew it was top-tier equipment that was going to last for years and be very reliable,” said Jeremy Vierck, Director of Technology for Techteriors, LLC.

Two MediaWall V processors were used, one per monitoring station, to process the outputs of twelve GE Healthcare PCs connected to the hospital network. Each PC provides up to 10 patients’ vitals via GE Healthcare software.

Techteriors found that the MediaWall V processor provided excellent 4K video quality for the output of the PCs. With the MediaWall V output set to 3820x2160 resolution, “There was no need to scale anything, so there was no compression of the image, giving it lossless quality,” explained Matt Gliszczinski, System Engineer with Techteriors, LLC. Scaling only occurs when technicians zoom in on a specific piece of data. “The scaling looks fantastic as well,” he added, “When the tech has zoomed in to do measurements on heart signals, for example, the quality is excellent.”

The two viewing stations are set up in a redundant configuration; the use of two separate MediaWall processors helps eliminate any single point of failure. Each piece of equipment has a redundant power supply, with additional failure protection provided by the hospital’s generator.

Reaction to the Telemetry Monitoring Hub technology integration has been extremely positive. The efficiencies provided by the centralized monitoring approach produce significant return on investment. The hospital group is already considering plans to add more monitoring stations like the one in Grafton.

“The technicians who use it on a daily basis are very happy with the system,” Vierck noted. “It has really impacted their work. They have more capabilities than they had before, and that’s a big win.”

Jul 12, 2016

MediaWall V Display Processor – Even Better than Before

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall V® Display Processor showed off its new and improved capabilities recently at InfoComm. The 4K-capable video wall powerhouse, combined with the MultiPoint® Express control room solution, wowed crowds with its upgraded flexibility and improved ease of use.

Enhancements included an integrated (internal) switcher, which can obviate the need for an external switcher, and the ability to feed and control three display walls simultaneously.

MediaWall V system upgrades offer increased overall performance and improvements to the user interface. The VIEW Controller for MediaWall V is now more responsive and easier to use.

People who saw it said it performed like a whole new system. If you missed it at InfoComm you should schedule a demo with your local regional sales office.

We encourage you to see MediaWall V’s many dramatic enhancements for yourself. With offices and demo centers around the world, chances are you are a short distance away from seeing the true power of the MediaWall V video wall processor in person.

Jun 9, 2017

MediaWall V Processor Takes Off at Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral’s Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida has a long history in space exploration, commercial aerospace and military defense. Today, CCAFS is home to the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing. Its Morrell Operations Center (MOC) is the main command center for all missile and space launches from the Kennedy Space Center facilities, tracking space vehicles and missile tests and monitoring their performance. The Morrell Operations Center is now transitioning its activities to support commercial aerospace firms such as SpaceX.

The MOC is comprised of two rooms, the main command center and a redundant backup room, which serves as a failsafe. To meet increasing launch support demand, CCAFS is implementing a modernization effort aimed at renovating the visual display systems in both rooms.

In their search for the optimal display technology, CCAFS conducted an exhaustive evaluation of various video wall processors. In the stringent shootout, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall® V 4K processor was the overwhelming winner, outperforming the rest of the field with unmatched image quality and capabilities. CCAFS selected the MediaWall V processor as the core of their modernization project.

Each of the MOC rooms is equipped with a Mediawall V Model 550 processor. The processors also replace legacy matrix switchers and provide new, sought-after capabilities, such as higher resolution, in addition to advanced video wall features, including multi-window display, overlapping images, and pan and zoom. Each processor drives two edge-blended HD projectors in a 1x2 array. The processor supports image overlap for edge-blending, for a stunningly high quality, seamless display experience.

U.S. Air Force Space Command operations center

The MediaWall V processor receives feeds from the launch pad, long-range video cameras, and PCs covering weather conditions, data analysis of geo synchronization, telemetry, trajectory, and aerial traffic, launch pad security systems, and range detection. The processor consolidates these inputs and displays them, real-time, in multiple windows on the video wall. The processor allows operators to switch inputs and choose display layouts from a selection of up to 60 presets from a simple touch panel.

Images and data can now be viewed in higher resolutions on a brighter “visual canvas” to facilitate better decision making. The response from MOC management has been extremely favorable. Kyle Lee, Facility Operations Manager for USAF Morrell Operations Center, stated "We are very pleased with the system upgrade results and we have no doubt that this will enhance range operations."

Offering unsurpassed real-time performance, superior image quality and mission-critical reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for defense and aerospace applications.

Jan 27, 2014

MultiTouch Solution for the MediaWall 2900

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the availability of a new video wall solution that combines multi-touch functionality with its MediaWall 2900 Display Processor. Developed in collaboration with CyberTouch, a leading manufacturer of integrated touch screen displays, the system allows the MediaWall processor to support touch control and image manipulation on a video wall display.

CyberTouch’s Invidia MultiTouch video wall is comprised of four 55” 1080p HD monitors arranged in a 2x2 array. The TouchWall uses advanced infrared (IR) technology to recognize up to 32 simultaneous touches over the display surface. This touch screen functionality allows multiple users to interact directly with the video wall to select options, create content and manipulate images.

Up to eight input sources can be routed through the MediaWall processor for interactive display on the video wall. The system allows any of these input signals to be displayed and interacted with in real-time. The MediaWall processor’s image manipulation flexibility allows multiple users to select, swipe, resize, move, zoom, pinch and squeeze content on the MultiTouch video wall.

The MediaWall and Invidia MultiTouch system is simple to set-up and configure, and is virtually plug-and-play. After setting up and securing the video wall monitors, users simply plug the video output of each computer source into the processor using DVI cables. Each of the MediaWall’s four outputs is then plugged into a monitor of the video wall. This connection method eliminates the need to daisy-chain signals in the monitors; the processor’s outputs are displayed at full 1080p resolution without pixilation, loss of clarity or image distortion.

As shown in CyberTouch’s demonstration video, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall control app for touch screen devices makes it easy to control the video wall system as well as select specific sources for processing and display. The MediaWall control app is available for both Android and IOS devices.

According to Abraham Gohari, Chief Engineer, “CyberTouch was impressed with the responsive capabilities of RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall processor, particularly its ease of set-up, reliability and broad functionality for multi-source video wall applications. CyberTouch adds a dynamic and interactive presentation canvas that can be manipulated by one or more users. The MediaWall processor combined with a MultiTouch video wall results in a unique touch-screen display processing system that offer users outstanding features and functionality.”

Click to view CyberTouch’s full demonstration video on Youtube.

About CyberTouch

CyberTouch manufactures custom and integrated touch screen displays for walls, tables, and kiosks. CyberTouch designs turnkey displays from 1” to 40 feet using both resistive single-touch and advanced infrared multitouch technology. CyberTouch manufactures interactive video walls up to 40’, add-on touch frames and multitouch and single-touch tables. Products are available in desktop, wall-mount and open-frame configurations. Ideal for use in Corporate, Higher ED, Government, Courtrooms, Medical, Museum/Theme Parks, Gaming, and Hospitality environments. For more information about CyberTouch’s full line of products, please call 805-499-5000 or visit www.cybertouch.com.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. 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 industrial, security, medical, educational, commercial 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 rgb.com.

Mar 23, 2017

Networked AV on Display at ISC West

The upcoming International Security Conference & Exposition, ISC West, is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry. Attendees will get a chance to see RGB Spectrum’s control room solutions including the new Zio® Networked AV encoders, decoders, and multiviewer products integrated with the MediaWall V® video wall processor. The show runs from April 5 to 7 in Las Vegas, NV at the Sands Expo (Booth 2103).

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

Zio AV over IP products complement RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall V video wall processor. Wall outputs can be encoded for remote display, providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall or the video wall itself.

Make sure to stop by Booth 2103 for a demonstration and discussion about upcoming projects. More information on all of RGB Spectrum products and services can be found at www.rgb.com.

Jul 12, 2018

New Encoding Option Unleashes Any Content Anywhere Capability

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

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

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

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

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

May 27, 2014

New Galileo Display Processor: A Breakthrough in PC Walls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Galileo

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

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

Nov 19, 2012

New MediaWall Processor Configuration Specifically for 3x3 Walls

RGB Spectrum announces a new configuration of its popular MediaWall 4500 line of display wall processors. Designed for the popular 3x3 display configuration found in many control rooms, the MediaWall 4500 3x3 includes all of the features of the MediaWall 4500 series, including robust 24/7 operation with up to 30 graphic & video windows.

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall family of processors allows images to be displayed anywhere, any size, within or across screens, in correct aspect ratio or stretched to fit, in whole or zoomed to emphasize details. Input alternatives include RGB/DVI, HD/3G-SDI and analog video modules. An HDCP option allows the display of protected content.

The MediaWall 4500 line of processors provides buyers with a system that can be sized according to requirements, resulting in an attractive price point. All MediaWall processors have a custom, high-performance architecture rather than a PC, with faster updates, more display flexibility, robustness, and security. Real-time display of inputs is guaranteed under all conditions, without dropped frames.

Nov 30, 2015

New MediaWall Video Wall Processor Model Now Shipping

RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V display processor now includes a second, larger chassis and expanded features bringing more flexibility and capability to the product line.

The new Model 550 MediaWall V wall processor offers more inputs and outputs in high definition (HD) and 4K/ultra high definition (UHD) formats.  Input capacity has been doubled to 36 direct sources plus IP inputs.  Increased output capacity supports wall arrays of up to 24 HD/2K displays or up to 12 4K/UHD displays. 

Functionality is further expanded with new switched output modules.  These can take the place of an external matrix switcher, providing up to 18 additional outputs, a convenient, cost-effective way to route sources to other displays, operator control stations, conference rooms, or other downstream devices such as digital video recorders.  Any input can be routed to any number of outputs, providing significant switching flexibility built right into the display processor.

These expanded input and output capabilities enhance RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (MCMS™) which adds arbitrated KVM control over system resources for the ultimate in control room management.

An optional Application Processor decodes incoming IP streams. IP camera and other H.264 streams at resolutions up to 4K/UHD (3840x2160/30) are decoded on a separate processor embedded in the MediaWall V chassis.  This unique dual-processor architecture guarantees adequate CPU resources to video wall operations while the second processor handles IP decoding.

MediaWall V’s unique architecture combines real-time, reliable processing, with integrated IP and application capabilities, and an intuitive control interface. The result is a video wall processor with unsurpassed power and versatility.

To learn more or schedule a demonstration, please call 510-263-0638, email sales@rgb.com or visit www.rgb.com.

Mar 26, 2013

New OmniWall Display Processor from RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum announces the new OmniWall™ display processor. designed to meet the need for flexible wall sized displays in applications ranging from digital signage to command centers, control rooms, and other mission critical venues.

It's a new kind of video wall processor, which accommodates wall arrays of virtually any configuration. High-resolution graphics and video sources up to 4K (UltraHD) resolution are displayed at full resolution. Multiple walls can be managed from the same processor. An image can be scaled across any number of displays.

A user simply defines the wall configuration, window layouts, and source routing. The OmniWall processor automatically sends the proper scaling information to each output - including bezel compensation. Multiple layouts and routings can be saved and recalled using presets.

The processor is available in two chassis sizes. OmniWall 16 has up to 16 inputs and 16 outputs - ideal for 2x2, 3x3, or 3x4 screen arrays, or linear configurations from 1x16 to 16x1. For larger video walls, the OmniWall 32 offers up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs. For even larger walls, multiple chassis can be connected in parallel. A wide selection of modular fiber and copper inputs include digital and analog sources - DVI, HDMI, 3G/HD-SDI, RGB and component signals. The system supports DVI resolutions up to 1920x1200, and 4K (UltraHD) up to 4096x2160. HDCP compliance allows the processor to accommodate content-protected HDMI signals and provide embedded audio passthrough. An HDCP encoded signal can be routed to all outputs.

System integration is simplified by design. Built-in cable equalization extends input cable lengths without the need for external signal extenders. In addition, each output connector can supply pin power, eliminating the need for external power supplies for extenders. Unused outputs can be used for switching signals for other uses.

Multiple control options are available allowing a wide range of functionality. Remote control (RS-232, TCP/IP), allows quick and easy setup, configuration, and preset recall. An embedded Web Control Panel can be accessed by virtually any computer with a web browser. Setup and configuration is a snap. Presets can be saved and recalled with the click of a button. RGB Spectrum's BP-16 button panel or a phone/tablet device can also be used to recall presets.

An optional OmniWall Control Station provides a rich Graphical User Interface (GUI) to provide the user an easy way to interact with the wall with drag and drop capability for source selection. The Control Station option also offers video capture, providing thumbnails of each source connected to the processor.

And of course the OmniWall processor provides RGB Spectrum's industry renowned reliability based on an embedded system architecture, without PC vulnerabilities, offering 24/7 operation and real time video processing with no dropped frames.

For further information about the OmniWall processor 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

New Options for Galileo Processor

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

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

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

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

Apr 5, 2016

Oil & Gas Industry Leader Chooses RGB for 24/7 Flexibility

Statoil Mariner control room mock-up showing MediaWall® 4200. Photo courtesy of GCCD.

Statoil is the largest operator of oil and gas fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Operating more than 50 fields on the shelf is no small feat; 24/7 reliability, safety, and stability are of critical concern. In the control rooms, prompt action in the first minutes of an emergency can save lives and protect the environment. Response time is critical.

Each platform maintains a control room. But with so many, the rooms vary greatly and much of the equipment is vintage. Operators must be trained on different user interfaces and control methods. This has an impact on performance, training time, skill level, and most importantly, the ability to respond quickly to an emergency.

For nearly a decade, Statoil has been working with Global Control Center Design (GCCD), a Norwegian control room specialist in Drammen, to upgrade these control rooms. Due to the inaccessibility of offshore platforms, Statoil’s most important criterion is 24/7 reliability with minimal need for service and support. GCCD relies on RGB Spectrum’s video processing to satisfy their client’s stringent requirements.

“I am very happy with RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall Video Wall Processors,” said Børre Mortensen, Managing Director of GCCD. “The first rooms were installed more than eight years ago, and have been running faultlessly since installation. We find that RGB products consistently meet our high performance expectations.”

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall 4200 and 4500 video wall processors are featured in the control rooms at Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen, Mariner, Åsgard B, Gudrun, and Valemon facilities. GCCD is currently upgrading other installations with RGB Spectrum’s newest processor, the MediaWall V, with 4K input and display capabilities. The rooms have varying configurations of four to eight projectors controlled by a Crestron panel supporting a variety of inputs including PCs and videoconferencing systems. Consistent user interfaces and system reliability produce faster operator response times without interruptions caused by maintenance issues.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWallfamily of video wall processors provide a powerful solution that is ideal for applications involving multi-screen video walls. Designed around an embedded processing platform that is optimized for high-resolution video and graphics, MediaWallprocessors consistently deliver flexibility, enhanced security, real-time signal throughput with no dropped frames, and 24/7 reliability in the most demanding environments.

May 25, 2017

Real-World Product Demos at InfoComm 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 12, 2018

Research and Collaboration Advances at University of Oregon with State-of-the-Art Visualization Technology

In the past, libraries emphasized quiet spaces for individual study. Not anymore. The University of Oregon's newly renovated Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library has upgraded its visualization lab with leading-edge audio-visual technology to dynamically engage students and foster collaboration. The UO's visualization lab provides multiple information access points from all scientific fields.

The core of the visualization lab is its new 50-million pixel video wall powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® V 4K display processor. The visualization lab's massive MediaWall-based 24-screen video wall allows researchers to gain new insights into huge datasets, build 3D simulations and explore vistas ranging from nanoparticles to vast expanses of outer space.

The MediaWall V processor receives input from two high-resolution, multi-head workstations. These feed the processor with content from multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, human physiology, geology, and physics. Astrophysicists observe and study images of distant galaxies, neuroscientists examine brain scans, computer scientists design and render 3D visualizations, and social scientists depict graphical data plots to review behavioral patterns and trends. The processor consolidates these diverse source signals and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the 4 x 6 wall array. Researchers and faculty can select inputs and choose display layouts from a touch panel from a selection of up to 60 presets.

MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, HDCP, and ease of use. Moreover, they offer an embedded architecture for 24/7 reliability. The processors deliver unmatched display versatility with the ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall array, overlap windows, and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.

Observers are amazed at the lab's energy, activity level, and impressive increase in numbers of participants. Students engage in small collaboration groups, often with most seating areas completely full. Students are excited by the new educational technology. Faculty members are quickly finding new ways to utilize it in their teaching and research.

The Sextant Group was the technology consultant for the Alan Price Science Commons and Research Library Visualization Lab. The Sextant Group, founded in 1995, is a national independent, technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of collaboration, presentation, communication, healing, and entertainment spaces. The Sextant Group works with architects, interior designers, owners and facility planners as technology adviser and consultant. Principal Tim Waters CTS and Senior Designer Dan Nelson CTS-D, RCDD contributed to this article.

the Alan Price Science Commons and Research Library Visualization Lab

Photos courtesy of The Sextant Group.

The UO's Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library earned the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Additional firms involved in this project: Architect: Opsis Architecture (opsisarch.com); General Contractor: Andersen Construction (andercon.net); Audiovisual Contractor: Compview (compview.com), a Diversified Company (diversifiedus.com).

Offering superior image quality, versatility and reliability, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall display processors are the ideal choice for education, training, corporate boardrooms, meeting facilities, entertainment, hospitality, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.

Aug 21, 2012

RGB Spectrum and projectiondesign Demonstrate Video Wall Display Technologies at InfoComm 2012

RGB Spectrum and Norwegian high-performance projector manufacturer projectiondesign demonstrated their respective innovative technologies for the control room projection market at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. On the RGB Spectrum booth RGB's MediaWall 2900 video wall processor was integrated with two dual-link projectiondesign F35 wqxga projectors and WB2560 Multi Image Processors. A similar set up was displayed on the projectiondesign booth, but using FL35 wqxga LED DLP® projectors.

"The InfoComm displays proved that RGB and projectiondesign are perfect complements to each other," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "Both companies share a history of award winning imaging technologies that coalesce to realize our customers' visions."

On the RGB booth, the MediaWall 2900 supplied two uncompressed 2560x1600 dual-link outputs to the projectiondesign F35 wqxga projectors and WB2560 Multi Image Processors. Critical to the seamless blend of projected images, the MediaWall added a 512 pixel overlap to each dual-link output so that the final display had a resolution of 4600x1600 pixels.

Jorn Erikson, CEO at projectiondesign enthuses: "Critical to our annual trade show activity is to partner with complimentary and cutting-edge technology manufacturers to demonstrate and communicate to customers how our technology is used in real-world applications. This enables them to make faster decisions and technology choices for upcoming projects.

"In the case of our exhibition trade-show activity with RGB Spectrum at InfoComm 2012, the integrated large-screen video wall on their booth reflected the benefits of high-resolution, broad bandwidth, flawless image quality, accurate imaging and 24/7 operation for use in simulation and training, collaboration suites, control rooms and monitoring. InfoComm 2012 was a continuation of the success we enjoyed with RGB Spectrum at InfoComm Asia ISE and I/ITSEC throughout 2011 and 2012. What's even more exciting, there are many more future trade shows in the pipeline."

RGB's renowned MediaWall 2900 multi-screen processor offers the robustness and processing speed of an embedded architecture along with flexibility to display images anywhere, any size. Up to eight graphic or HD video sources can be displayed within one or across multiple screens, in correct aspect ratio or stretched to fit, in whole or zoomed to emphasize details. For edge blend requirements, the MediaWall 2900 provides adjustable x and y axis overlap controls.

About projectiondesign:

projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Amongst its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign's award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world's first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company's first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600) projector, and revolutionary patented Remote Light Source technology. The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 20 offices throughout the world, and regional headquarters in New York and Beijing.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Announces In-House Design Services

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of a new design services program to better meet the needs of our valued partners world-wide. As part of our expanded Technical Services department, a team of highly-qualified Applications Engineers now provide custom-designed system solutions for specific projects.

Launched in September 2014, the Design Services team has created over 500 system drawings in response to engineering services requests. A large number of these requests have been for applications involving our Galileo Display Processor and MultiPoint Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS), but system drawings have incorporated components from our extensive range of products.

Our Technical Services team members design real solutions in response to real projects. They understand the intricacies of our products, and are trained to design systems which best utilize their capabilities. In response to a request, the team will create CAD drawings embedded with full, detailed information/specifications related to each system component. Completed drawings are accompanied by an automatically generated Bill of Materials (BOM), a full listing of the included components that reduces the possibility of human error. By providing drawings that can easily be incorporated into a larger overall system, our design services program is intended to complement the work done by our partners’ design teams.

Guided by strong design principles and a process that combines extreme consistency with the creativity to design innovative system solutions, the team focuses on developing the most efficient system that meets a customer’s requirements. For example, the team often receives design requests which appear to be extremely complicated; in response, however, the team has been able to break down the requirements and design alternative solutions that are more simple and elegant, and that address the challenges of the project much more effectively, than the original system request.

“The new Design Services department combines RGB Spectrum’s “purpose-built” approach to system design with exceptional talent and the freedom to create system solutions that dramatically mitigate the element of human error” remarked Tim Carrigan, manager of Technical Services. “This program is effectively accomplishing a number of key goals: to increase accuracy, to illustrate signal flow and functionality, and above all, to increase awareness and educate our partners and customers about the full range of RGB Spectrum’s offerings.”    

To access this new resource, you must be an authorized RGB Spectrum partner (rep, integrator, specifier or consultant) with access to our website partner portal. If you do not currently have access, please click here to request an account. If you are already registered and would like design help with a specific project, please log into the portal and submit an Engineering Services Request.

Jul 12, 2016

RGB Spectrum Boosts Social Media Engagement for Georgia Power

Georgia Power opened a state-of-the-art Social Media Center to meet the increasing demand for enhanced customer service and communication. Housed at the company's Atlanta headquarters, RGB Spectrum solutions play a vital part in facilitating fast and accurate online communications between the Social Media Center and Georgia Power's customers.

Previously, the company relied on telephones, email and other traditional methods which resulted in longer wait times for customers and stalled workflows for employees. RGB Spectrum solutions allow operators in the new Social Media Center to simultaneously display multiple social media feeds and share desktops/tablets on interactive SMART boards, and other displays to facilitate responses. Customers with general inquiries about billing, service, or energy efficiency can now expect a response within ten minutes via social media. In the event of severe weather, the social media platform enables immediate communication with the public, quick responses and better problem solving.

Avyve, an AV integration firm in Atlanta, designed and implemented the project. They chose RGB Spectrum products for their cutting-edge innovation, 24/7 reliability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. MultiPoint® Control Room Management stations control the Media Wall V® Display Processors feeding two edge-blended Panasonic laser projectors. A total of 26 CAT Linx HDBaseT Extenders transmit video signals in and out of the Center. In addition, the installation uses DSx 264 encoders to stream content to employees throughout the building and in remote locations.

Programmer Michael Hrebenak, CTS, faced several challenges. The biggest was to design a unified AV system that could display a variety of information sources simultaneously. He needed a control management system that would consolidate and simplify control of all the devices in the room. MultiPoint was chosen for its intuitive GUI, ease-of-use, and many capabilities. In addition, RGB Spectrum's MultiPoint quickly and easily enables routing and control of the source computers. Finally, the design called for an edge-blended presentation system plus several secondary local displays. The video wall processor had to be capable of handling nearly 18 sources and up to 24 outputs. RGB Spectrum's versatile MediaWall V met the requirements perfectly.

"Understanding how these components work together is one thing," said Hrebenek. "But seeing the end-users on the system first-hand is where the WOW factor really kicks in." He continued, "Not only does the final result look great, the system is easy to use and helps the team to be more efficient at managing Georgia Power's social network and corporate communications."

The progressive, 21st Century collaborative work space, made possible by RGB Spectrum, has positioned Georgia Power at the forefront of the utility industry in the way they communicate online with the public.

Oct 26, 2017

RGB Spectrum Deploys Leading Video Wall Processors for North America Defense Monitoring

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) provides aerospace and maritime monitoring and warning for North America. The U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) provides homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests. NORAD and USNORTHCOM are located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado with command centers located at both Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain.

RGB Spectrum recently installed new video wall systems equipped with its advanced MediaWall® V 4K UHD video wall processors at the command centers in Cheyenne Mountain. The RGB Spectrum video wall systems adhere to stringent display requirements, including the ability to display disparate visual sources in real-time, with no dropped frames.

MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, ease of use and an embedded architecture for 24/7 reliability. The processors deliver unmatched display versatility with the ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall array, overlap windows, and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.

In the first command center room, a MediaWall processor drives a 2 x 6 wall array of 55-inch LCD displays. In the second, a MediaWall processor feeds a smaller 2 x 2 wall array of similar displays.

Each processor receives inputs from a variety of situational awareness and video teleconferencing (VTC) feeds. The MediaWall processor consolidates these signals and displays them, real-time, in scalable windows on the video wall. Operators can instantly switch input sources and choose from up to 60 customizable display layouts.

RGB’s MediaWall processors have the highest overall ratings from average consumers, with notation for exceptional image quality, top-level performance, and reliability.

"No Federal endorsement, express or implied, by the United States Department of Defense or the Canadian Armed Forces of RGB Spectrum intended."

May 1, 2018

RGB Spectrum Powers Luxury Apartment Tower Video Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 30, 2015

RGB Spectrum Powers the Canon Command Center at Canon Expo 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 19, 2012

RGB Spectrum Release 3.2 Offers a Host of New MediaWall Features

RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® processors are designed for high-end image processing in the most demanding applications and rigorous conditions. Their architecture enables real-time video operation with extreme accuracy - no dropped frames or pixels and a rich feature set including HDCP compliance, edge-blending support and even KVM control of computers displayed.

RGB Spectrum is delivering a brand-new bundle of features and enhancements in Release 3.2 for the MediaWall 4200 and 4500 models. These include the ability to group inputs from a multi-headed PC, to display an input in two windows, HDCP downstream repeaters for edge-blending protected content, pre-defined window layout templates to suit a wide range of wall configurations, and the ability to sync the display clock to network time servers. Release 3.2 also improves ease of use and reduces boot time to under two minutes.

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.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Technology in Service to Education

In recent years, Washington University in St. Louis has strengthened its impact and reputation by expanding facilities, recruiting top-notch faculty, and developing new and innovative educational programs. As a result, demand has surged for the educational experience provided by Washington University in St. Louis. Each year, over 30,000 prospective students compete for approximately 1,500 places in the freshman class. Enrollment has increased from 13,761 students during the 2009-2010 academic year to over 14,500 students.

Like most institutions of higher learning, Washington University in St. Louis understands that the most valuable commodity is time in class with a tenured professor. To meet the educational needs of the rapidly-growing student body, it is essential to leverage that commodity as much as possible. And, to ensure that a postsecondary education remains affordable and accessible to all who aspire to it, this must be done in the most cost-effective manner possible. To that end, Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School has partnered with AVI Systems, a leading audio/visual, telepresence and broadcast systems integrator headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, to provide ongoing technology renovations, upgrades and support for the facility’s technology infrastructure.

One example of this partnership at work is the recent expansion of the 102,000-square-foot Olin Business School. Over time, the school made significant investments in technology for each teaching facility to eliminate the need to move equipment from place to place. One of the goals of this project was to transform the existing A/V Control Room in the Charles Knight Executive Education Center into a centralized facility for managing and distributing educational visual content from a wide variety of sources to multiple facilities.

Other key project requirements were low latency in transmission, high performance, and the ability to support legacy, analog video formats as well as current technologies such as 4K/UltraHD, dual-link DVI and HDCP-protected content. To provide the foundation for a state-of-the-art, fiber-based video network, AVI Systems chose the RGB Spectrum Opto 320 Fiber Optic Matrix Switcher. The Opto 320 is the largest of a family of high-performance, non-blocking, modular matrix switchers that provide complete, end-to-end routing of video and peripheral signals over single-mode or multimode fiber optic cable.

In each facility, Opto Stand-Alone Transmit Modules (Model FS-T1S-AD) extend copper (HDMI or DVI) signals from local sources over fiber optic cable. Sources include PCs, video conferencing systems, satellite receivers, document cameras, and video cameras. Opto Stand-Alone Receive Modules (Model FS-R1S-AD) convert the fiber optic signals back to copper (HDMI or DVI) for output on projectors and/or flat-panel displays.

AVI Systems deployed the Opto 320 in the Control Room. Source signals from each facility – which include an auditorium, learning lab, forum room, and several classrooms – connect to the Opto switcher in the Control Room via single-mode fiber. Each of sixteen Opto outputs is connected to an Opto Stand-Alone Receive Module (Model FS-R1M-AD) that converts the multimode fiber signal to copper (DVI) for display.

The DVI signals connect to an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 Display Processor for high-impact display on a 1 × 4 video wall that Control Room personnel can use to monitor network activity and resource usage.

Washington University AV diagram

Figure 1: Olin School of Business/Knight Center Simplified System Diagram

To provide a tactile user interface for controlling and routing both local and remote network elements, an AMX® control system ties everything together.

AVI Systems reports that the Olin Business School is pleased with the performance and ease of operation of the new system, and that the RGB Spectrum Opto solution will continue to play a significant role as the system continues to expand throughout the Olin Business School. 

Jun 6, 2013

RGB Spectrum to Debut OmniWall Display Processor at InfoComm 2013

RGB Spectrum, a global leader in videographic and decision support technologies, will proudly present the first public demonstration of its new OmniWall™ Display Processer to attendees of InfoComm 2013.

The OmniWall is a cost-effective, yet powerful video wall processor designed to accommodate a vast range of wall displays, including digital signage, command centers, control rooms, and other mission critical venue applications.

Whether it's managing multiple walls from a single processor or scaling a single image across any number of displays, the OmniWall processor's impressive capabilities provide system integrators with the flexibility to incorporate high-resolution graphics and video sources-including 4K UltraHD-at full resolution across a video wall.

"The OmniWall processor represents an entirely new approach to video wall processing," said Jed Deame, vice president of marketing at RGB Spectrum. "As attendees of InfoComm 2013 will experience, the processor is a flexible, scalable and powerful solution for any medium or large video wall application. With the ability to manage multiple walls from a single processor, and robust capabilities including HDCP compliance, the OmniWall processor's impressive performance allows it to serve virtually any application."

To set up a system, the user simply defines the wall configuration, window layouts and source routing. The OmniWall processor analyzes incoming signals and automatically sends the proper scaling information-including bezel compensation-to each output.

The OmniWall processor can accommodate virtually any digital or analog video source, including DVI, HDMI, 3G/HD-SDI, RGB and component, thanks to its impressive selection of modular fiber and copper input cards. The processor supports DVI resolutions up to 1920x1200 and 4K up to 4096x2160, and all inputs can be simultaneously directed to any and all outputs on the video wall. Additionally, the OmniWall processor is DCP-compliant, which allows it to deliver content-protected HDMI signals and provide embedded audio passthrough.

The OmniWall processor was designed to accommodate video walls of every size and is available in two chassis options with different input/output configurations. The OmniWall 16 features 16 inputs and 16 outputs and is ideal for up to 4x4 screen arrays, or linear configurations of up to 1x16 horizontal or vertical monitors. For larger video walls, the OmniWall 32 supports up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs. For even larger applications, multiple OmniWall processors can be connected in parallel without compromising performance.

System integration is simplified thanks to built-in cable equalization that extends input cable lengths without the need for external signal extenders. In addition, each output connector can supply pin power, eliminating the need for external power supplies. Unused outputs can be used for switching signals for other uses.

The processor offers multiple control options including RS-232 connectivity, and TCP/IP control for quick and easy setup, configuration and preset recall. An embedded Web Control Panel allows the system to be accessed remotely by virtually any internet-connected computer.

An optional OmniWall Control Station features an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI), with drag-and-drop capability that provides users with an easy way to interact with the wall. The Control Station option also offers video capture, which provides live thumbnails of each source connected to the processor.

OmniWall processors are backed by RGB Spectrum's industry renowned reliability, and their embedded processor architecture-one without PC vulnerabilities-offers 24/7 operation and real-time video processing with no dropped frames.

The OmniWall Display Processor, along with each of RGB Spectrum's latest innovations, will be on display at booth #3600 at InfoComm 2013, held June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.

For more information on the OmniWall processor and RGB Spectrum's full line of products, visithttp://www.rgb.com.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum's mission is to offer innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its establishment in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge audio-visual solutions for industrial, medical, educational, commercial, and military applications. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's offerings are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations. Capabilities include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs, video recorders and multi-user KVM and control room management systems.

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 29, 2016

RGB Spectrum’s Display Processor Enhances the Latest Naval Weapons Defense System

U.S. and allied naval forces continue to expand deployment of the most effective naval defense technology devised, the Phalanx SeaRAM Close-In Weapon System (CIWS). The Phalanx SeaRAM, manufactured by Raytheon Company, incorporates RGB Spectrum’s powerful VIEW™ image processing technology in its fire control operator console.

Phalanx SeaRAM is an integral element of a vessel’s self-defense capability. It is a radar and infrared guided weapons system that provides vessels with “last chance” defense against deadly threats, including rotary and fixed-wing aircraft , anti-ship missiles and surface combatants.

The latest Phalanx SeaRAM upgrades enlarge its keep-out defense range against incoming threats. The enhancement replaces the 20mm gun of the original Phalanx system with an eleven round missile launcher . Phalanx uses advanced radar and computer technology to acquire, identify, track, engage and destroy enemy risks that have penetrated other ship defense systems.

The Phalanx control station provides operators with display of target acquisition, identification, and tracking data. Raytheon needed a solution that would allow the station operator to simultaneously view multiple images from various inputs in real-time on a single monitor. One of the challenges faced in system integration was overcoming the limited space constraints in the existing operator console. RGB Spectrum’s ultra-compact VIEW 7000 integrated ideally into the console and fulfilled the system’s mission-critical display requirements.

Raytheon commissioned RGB Spectrum to provide a multiple input window display processor, the VIEW 7000, for the Phalanx fire control station. The latest upgrade allows ships to engage with surface or airborne targets and enhances the ship's self-defense capabilities against a multitude of threats.

RGB Spectrum’s advanced VIEW 7000 processor combines high resolution computer sources, radar and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imager video inputs in real-time. The Phalanx system computer provides the View processor with graphical information comprised of a range table, target acquisition imagery, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information displaying target searching, tracking, and weapons status. The FLIR integrates multi-spectral thermal detecting and target tracking ability into the system. The VIEW processor combines the various input signals and resizes them to fit the console monitor. Advanced de-interlacing techniques provide excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. The VIEW 7000 processor also gives operators the ability to see critical data superimposed over thermal images.

RGB Spectrum’s VIEW processors accept multiple inputs for display on a single screen. Inputs can be video, FLIR, and high resolution RGB signals. Each window can be independently positioned, scaled to any size, overlaid with computer graphics or overlapped with other windows. Additionally, users can pan and zoom within each video image to emphasize a particular area of interest.

More than 900 upgraded Phalanx systems have been deployed worldwide, with installations on all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 25 allied nations. The Phalanx SeaRAM is now onboard the US Navy's newest fighting ships, the Littoral Combat Ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4).

Feb 24, 2015

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V: The World’s First True 4K UHD Video Wall Processor

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first true UHD video wall processor, the MediaWall® V, offering up to 4K resolution I/O, single wire connectivity and fully scalable windows.

The MediaWall V display processor features an architecture that combines the real-time processing and reliability of a hardware-based processor with the flexibility of a separate, dedicated processor to run applications. Add in integrated IP capabilities, extensive user-friendly features, enhanced security and an intuitive, easy-to-operate control interface. The result is a 4K wall processing system with unsurpassed power and versatility.

A true video wall is not simply a wall of monitors; rather, it is a continuous multi-screen surface upon which to display a combination of graphics and video. Not all systems that claim to be 4K wall processors provide video synchronization, required for the seamless display of high-motion graphics, or fully scalable windows, which allow imagery to be displayed anywhere, including across monitor bezels. The MediaWall V processor delivers all of these capabilities.

With a MediaWall V processor, you can display ultra high-resolution 4K video and graphics together with HD sources on a wall array of 4K UHD display devices. A 4K UHD video wall offers dramatically higher pixel density, with up to 4x more total resolution than a conventional HD video wall of similar size. With fewer bezels to interfere with displayed imagery, a video wall made of large 4K monitors further enhances the overall viewing experience. The MediaWall V processor’s 4K capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before – improving situational awareness, assessment and response.

The processor also supports standard resolution display devices, while still delivering the benefits of ultra high resolution when 4K input signals are spread across multiple displays.

High Performance Video Processing

The MediaWall V processor supports up to 36 video/graphic direct inputs and up to 28 outputs/display devices. It processes a full range of input and output resolutions: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1152/1080), HD (1920 x 1080) and others. Inputs are fully scalable, whether for output to a UHD video wall or for display on standard video walls. The processor supports IP decoding and display via an optional Application Processor (AP), which can decode IP camera and other H.264 streams. In addition, HDCP capability allows protected content, such as the output of a Blu-ray player, to be displayed on a video wall.

The MediaWall V processor can display any configuration of window layouts across a multi-screen array. Windows can be put anywhere, in any size, within or across screen boundaries, in any aspect ratio and zoomed in to emphasize details. Signal switching and preset layout recall are fast and seamless.

A purpose-built architecture dedicates processing resources for each input. This enables the MediaWall V processor to display each input in real-time at full color, frame and pixel rates, without common video wall artifacts like dropped frames or image tearing. The result is superb performance and an enhanced visual experience.

A hybrid architecture, with two separate processing subsystems, isolates video wall processing functions from application processing, allowing the wall display to operate continuously even in the event that the application processor is compromised by problems like malware, memory leaks in software, etc.

Control Options

The MediaWall V processor offers a versatile range of control options. The built-in set-up and configuration GUI supports both local and remote access, "drag and drop" window positioning and scaling, wall layout presets, and input selection. In addition, our newly introduced VIEW Controller adds a graphically-enhanced user interface with live thumbnails to enhance system operation. The processor can also be controlled by a variety of third-party devices.

For the ultimate in flexibility, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS) — an innovative hardware and software platform that provides operators with arbitrated keyboard and mouse (KVM) control over system resources.

Enterprise MCMS is ideal for use in mission-critical control room applications such as command centers, debriefing centers, security operations centers (SOCs), emergency operations centers (EOCs), industrial/process control and SCADA system monitoring. The system's unique design isolates critical systems from the network, effectively protecting sensitive data from external tampering, malware and viruses.

Powerful Capabilities in the Control Room and Beyond

A MediaWall V processor has the ability to feed a video wall plus auxiliary monitors or even multiple video walls, making it suitable for very sophisticated audio-visual environments.

With 4K UHD resolutions fully supported, the MediaWall V processor is ideal for graphically rich applications like simulation & training, modelling, and high-resolution video surveillance. In addition, when used with 4K projectors, the processor’s edge-blending support can generate immersive, whole-room UHD displays for museums, theaters, auditoriums and a range of other venues.

Jul 14, 2017

San Antonio Regional Operations Center Relies on Flexible Video Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 10, 2017

Silver Legacy Sports Book Wins Big with Panoramic Video Wall

There is a new game in town at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada. A $2 million renovation to its William Hill Race and Sports Book included the addition of two large-scale LED video walls managed by a RGB Spectrum MediaWall V display processor.

Walking into the new sports book, Silver Legacy guests will be captivated by the two 27’ x 9’ high-definition LED walls. The wide-open space offers 167 seats of unobstructed viewing.

The two video walls provide seamless high-definition images on a bank of video displays spanning the width of the 7,200-square-foot sports book. The MediaWall V processor provides the advanced video wall flexibility and scaling required to optimize images for the unconventional 3:1 configuration of the LED displays.

The MediaWall V delivers several DirecTV sources and advertising content to the two video walls which are made up of Absen N4 3.9mm LED panels. The processor’s intuitive user interface enables presentation of content into a range of layouts.

Silver Legacy audiovisual personnel quickly learned how to configure their display sources within one day of on-site training by a RGB product specialist. Since then, Audio Visual Director Phillip Karam’s team has found it easy to maintain and configure the video walls themselves.

After the video wall layouts are decided upon, they are saved as presets in a Crestron AV control processor. Basic switching of sources and layouts is handled by operators at the bar or betting counter.

The MediaWall V provides perfect pixel allocation and reliability for Silver Legacy, which places high value on image quality and engagement of its guests. The new William Hill Sports Book is becoming increasingly important to the casino and its parent company Eldorado Resorts, which places good odds on the excitement brought by having video displays throughout the space.

May 23, 2017

Taco Bell’s Las Vegas Cantina Serves Up Dazzling Video Wall

Taco Bell is expanding in a bold, innovative way with the launch of a new “Cantina” restaurant concept on the Las Vegas Strip. The Cantina’s inventive interior combines advanced technology and cool design using a large video wall for a fun, social dining experience. The captivating video wall, powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall V display processor, engages and entertains patrons as they browse, order and dine.

The MediaWall V processor drives the Cantina’s massive 14-foot by 8-foot video wall which is arranged in a 4 x 4 array of 27” LG screens. This immense display lets patrons throughout the restaurant watch the latest live-streamed broadcast, sporting, and news events, as well as catch up on social media posts while dining. The MediaWall V processor receives input from a variety of sources, including broadcast receivers, live camera feeds from the Strip, and PCs handling social media content. It consolidates these disparate sources and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. Up to 60 user-customizable presets are used to change the video wall layouts as desired.

The MediaWall V processor was chosen for a number of reasons. Its embedded processing architecture delivers exceptional 24/7 reliability for a high-traffic, high-visibility installation. Additionally, the processor’s ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall canvas, and seamlessly change layouts, enhances the entertainment experience. Unsurpassed image quality, 4K UHD input and output capability, support for a diverse range of image types, and ease of use were key benefits. At its grand opening, the Taco Bell Cantina management was ecstatic with the results.

Offering superior image quality and reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for entertainment, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.

Sep 18, 2012

Taking Control with RGB Spectrum

As the industry leader in decision support technologies, RGB Spectrum's video processing gear is used on a daily basis to enhance all aspects of content visualization. Each multiviewer, media wall and matrix switcher, however, requires a control method to suit the customer's exacting requirements. To this end, RGB Spectrum offers a full suite of control methodologies, each purpose-built for simplicity and versatility - whether the user is the system integrator or end customer.

At the most basic and direct level, "command line" control is provided via RS-232 for all RGB Spectrum processors. Each product's RS-232 port can connect to an ASCII terminal, any computer with a serial port, or an external device such as a touchscreen controller. Drawing from an extensive and full-featured list, commands are issued from the terminal or computer to control all aspects of RGB Spectrum processors.

As an alternative to the command line interface, each product includes an internal web server that runs a GUI (Graphical User Interface) called WCP - Web Control Panel. Using Ethernet connectivity, either directly or over a LAN (Local Area Network), the WCP allows setup, configuration and operation of an RGB Spectrum processor with ease and convenience. For example, moving or resizing windows on a multiviewer is performed with click-and-drag simplicity. Similarly, changing routes on a matrix switcher is performed at the click of a preset button.

For versatile and convenient control from a standalone panel, RGB Spectrum offers the proven BP-16 - a compact 16-button remote control panel. Designed for flexibility, the BP-16 is available in two different models: the BP-16LX controls input to output routing on a Linx™ DVI 8x8 switcher, while the BP-16PS controls preset selection on any Linx DVI switcher, QuadView® multiviewer or MediaWall® processor. For convenience in any installation, customers can rack mount the BP-16, place it on top of a console, or flush mount the unit - as required.

Because customers have a wide choice in their selection of physical and virtual control panels, often the need arises to integrate RGB Spectrum products into a customer's existing control infrastructure. To this end, RGB Spectrum supports control systems from third party manufacturers such as AMX, Crestron and RTI. For AMX and Crestron, RGB Spectrum provides downloadable code blocks. In practice, a code block functions essentially as "middleware," enabling system integrators to seamlessly connect RGB Spectrum processors to a customer's current set of panels, and easily achieve full functionality - without complex programming.

While the AMX and Crestron code blocks provide middleware, the newest addition to the "code block" family from RTI adds a specialized control surface to the mix. The RTI Universal Controller is a compact wireless unit designed to interface with RGB Spectrum processors. With a unique drag-and-drop touchscreen GUI, the RTI Universal Controller allows users to select presets as well as various window parameters. The unit includes a docking station and all the tools necessary to control RGB Spectrum processors with wireless convenience.

To complete the company's comprehensive suite of control offerings, RGB Spectrum has introduced a special "app" for handheld wireless devices such iPad®, iPhone® and Android™. The ControlApp 1000 enables users to trigger presets on the company's switchers, multiviewers and media walls, with security enabled through the processor's administration menus. On the handheld device, the only prerequisite is the ability to enable Java® script in the web browser.

"It's all about control and convenience," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "With all of our new control options, our goal is to provide the customer with the most flexible and powerful control methods available, whether the requirement is via command line, touch screen or wireless device."

Feb 21, 2012

The RGB MediaWall 2900 and SuperView 4100 Now Offer a DVI Dual-link Option

Keeping up with higher and higher output resolutions can be daunting for even the most sophisticated video wall and multiviewer users. RGB Spectrum stays on top of the market for you, so you can easily deliver the best technology available. Case in point: When Projection Design® introduced a 2560X1600 native resolution projector, RGB was ready with its first DVI Dual-link option for video wall and multiview processors.

Within the DVI Single-link standard the highest resolutions currently in wide use are 1920x1200 and the HD format of 1920x1080. Enter DVI Dual-link and the advent of display resolutions up 2560x1600 (WQXGA). Until very recently, 30 inch LCD panels were the largest available for displaying 2560x1600. Now projectionDesign has introduced the F35 WQXGA DLP® projector with a DVI Dual-link interface and a native resolution of 2560x1600.

RGB Spectrum couples to the projectionDesign output (and future similar products) with a DVI Dual-link option for its MediaWall® 2900 video wall processor and its SuperView® 4100 multiview processor. The MediaWall 2900 offers two DVI Dual-link outputs; the SuperView 4100 needs only one. Both processors support up to 2560x1600 on each output. Eight video-graphic windows can be displayed simultaneously in real-time. Four 720P sources, at native resolution, fit nicely into a single 2560x1600 output. And, for two edge- blended projector applications, the MediaWall 2900 delivers overlapped outputs.

Although there are computer graphic adaptors that support DVI Dual-link output capability, they commonly display only graphics and applications running on a single computer. With the MediaWall 2900 DVI Dual-link processor, multiple videographic sources may be displayed together at any size and position on on one or two screens. Using a four-head graphics adapter, set to 1280x800, on a PC and connecting each output to the MediaWall or SuperView, the result is a pixel-for-pixel match is displayed on the 2560x1600 DVI Dual-link output.

Both the MediaWall 2900 and SuperView 4100 offer a cost-effective solution for large- screen WQXGA projection. RGB Spectrum was the first display processor solution for 4K (8MP) projectors and LCD panels. Display processor technology, built into the MediaWall 2900 and SuperView 4100, offers further value to high-resolution single and multi-screen display systems. As new graphic interfaces and display technologies emerge, RGB will continue be in the forefront of video wall and multiviewer solutions.

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.

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