While each mission critical video wall is different, tailored to the unique needs of its users, there are core components that they all have in common. Here are the basic video wall system components:
Video wall processors
Video wall processors allow multiple individual sources to be displayed together with the video wall as a single canvas. Processors allow content sources to be shown on a single display or stretched across multiple tiles.
In the video wall system, a processor’s role is to scale content and to send each source signal to the right screen at the right resolution.
The number of different sources a processor can display at once varies, and not all can display streamed content sources. Communicating your content needs clearly ensures that your integrator will install the best possible technology for your space.
The control system is the component of a video wall system that allows users to select which sources to display on which screens.
A key element of a control system is programming, allowing the system to be customized to your specific requirements. Constant uses a graphical user interface (GUI) which represents the information and actions available to a user through icons and visual indicators, making it quick and easy to route information. Intuitive interfaces on a control system allow operators to quickly push sources to where they need to be viewed.
Preset configurations can be programmed, allowing for a series of actions to be completed with a single command. This can be beneficial when the display wall application arrangement must quickly be configured for a tour, training exercise, or escalation of events in the operations center.
Control systems can also provide true power feedback of connected equipment as well as diagnostic information. The system can warn users on lamp hour usage, fan speeds, power consumption, and operating temperature to maintain optimal performance.
In addition, control systems can set parameters for access to management of the video wall. To make sure only authorized personnel have access, permission levels can be defined to give staff access to certain sources, display wall areas or room controls.
The audio system
An often overlooked component of the video wall system is the audio system. This can be useful for a number of applications from audible alarms or paging to conferencing capabilities. The audio system can also be incorporated into the control system for dictation of alerts, alarms, and more on the GUI and the video wall.
Working with an audio/visual integrator will help ensure the right combination of products are selected to reflect the type of audio you want included with your video wall system.
Video wall displays
The most visible video wall system component is the actual display. Video walls are made by arranging display tiles to create a large viewing surface. Depending on the type of display you choose and the mounts, video wall displays can be flat or curved.
Display technology for mission critical video walls includes LED and LCD panels. There are pros and cons to both; ultimately you should work with an integrator to arrive at the decision that best fits your application.
Putting it all together with an integrator
Video walls systems are complex, with multiple variables to consider. From bezels and display quality to ergonomic viewing and proper routing of sources, there are a lot of elements that need to come together. Mission critical applications do not allow for the flexibility in quality that other installations may have. Integrators of operations center video walls need to be selective with the technology they use. There are products specifically tailored to work in mission critical environments. From brightness, resolution and color accuracy to heat protection and connection capabilities, many factors set commercial grade displays for mission critical apart from the rest.
Working with a mission critical expert is key to having a successful integration. But with so many integrators out there, how do you know who to choose for your operations center project?
The best indicator of expertise is proven experience. Constant’s client list speaks for itself. Our work with firms like CVSHealth, Akamai Technologies, Carnival Cruise, Facebook, Lockheed Martin, and more as well as with government agencies such as the Department of Defense, United States Coast Guard and Air Force proves that we are widely trusted with the most sensitive and vital environments.
With a project as important as an operations center, you can’t afford to make mistakes with your technology partners. There are a lot of AV integrators out there, and many have tried to expand into mission critical. But no one else has specialized exclusively in the field of mission critical — just Constant. For over 30 years, we’ve built a depth of knowledge that’s unmatched in the industry. We offer a wealth of experience as well as custom design services and long-term service contracts, and we are dedicated to ensuring your mission critical space operates at peak performance.
If you would like to learn more about how we can customize a video wall system with components hand-picked to suit your needs, contact us today. Our design and budget consultation comes at no cost.
Constant Technologies, Inc. provides AV integration for 24/7 video walls and custom operation center furniture. With 30+years experience we can work with sensitive environments in the public and private sectors. Constant designs and installs projects of all scopes and sizes around in the world. We also offer long-term service and support. We create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.