Category Control Room Design

AVI-SPL Makes SCN’s List of Installs of the Year

Systems Contractor News highlights its “Installs of the Year” in its November 2018 issue, and AVI-SPL’s work is among them. AVI-SPL recently integrated AV-over-IP systems that help the U.S. Air Force monitor and control its Test and Training range at Eglin Air Force Base.

Personnel at the 96th Range Control Squadron at Eglin AFB select visuals from test-range cameras and display those feeds to a control-room video wall. Operators select the feeds they want to display and group them together for intelligent, live viewing. Using this information, they track and control aircraft and weapons that are in flight.

RGB Spectrum‘s Zio codecs are at the core of this installation. Twenty-four Zio units decode and display over 150 live visuals from the field. RGB Spectrum has an excellent overview of this project.

AVI-SPL engineers and technicians design, test, and install systems that distribute audio and video over any size network. Contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197 and let us know about your audio and video communication challenges. Learn more about our specific expertise with command and control centers.

AVI-SPL Talks Simple Command and Control Workstations

in this AV Network article, “Command & Control Workstations: Simplified but not Compromised,” AVI-SPL’s Joe Jackson discusses the trend toward simplified display workstations in command and control rooms.

Jackson, who is market manager for AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group (CRG), addressses:

  • The advantage of a single, wraparound display
  • The streamlining effect of a multi-window 4K display
  • When full 4K is needed

Share your command and control room project with AVI-SPL: sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.

The Managed Services Platform for Your Control Room

The well-designed control room is the result of expertise in video display hardware, software controls, and the streamlined user experience that come together to provide the most optimal situational awareness and reliability. It also comes from working closely with our clients so that they have the functionality that works exactly as they expect. AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group (CRG) delivers that expertise for all types of organizations around the world, including departments of transportation, military operations, energy utilities, and emergency management centers.

With the release of Unify ME™ Symphony 4.1, which is the platform at the heart of AVI-SPL’s managed services, CRG offers a support resource for taking a proactive approach to maintaining and servicing your mission critical systems. Benefits include:

  • Reducing the client’s cost of system maintenance for large, complex video wall installations
  • Reducing and/ or preventing system downtime through proactive monitoring of system components

Because control rooms vary in security protocols, Unify ME Symphony adapts to each environment’s needs and collects the data that lets staff know their systems are running efficiently and where it can be improved for better performance. Whether Symphony is used as part of AVI-SPL’s on-premise or off-premise managed services, it complements the CRG designed and integrated system along with its 24/7 customer support services to produce better business outcomes and a better user experience.

Connect with the Control Room Group at 888-619-9083.

 

 

Hurricane Harvey and the Importance of a Coordinated Response

In light of the continuing and record-breaking deluge brought by Hurricane Harvey — as of this writing it lingers along Gulf Coast and continues to flood wide areas of Texas and Louisiana — I asked Brad Herrick, vice president of the Control Room Group for AVI-SPL, for his thoughts about the importance of command centers as hubs for coordinating emergency operations in order to rescue those stranded or threatened by catastrophic storms.

“We know at least one Texas agency whose emergency operations center we designed, integrated, and continue to service that went active over the weekend,” said Brad. “And one major federal government EOC that we designed, integrated, and service went active as well, all in response to Harvey.”

The images we’ve seen from Texas show the immense damage that Harvey has caused and continues to cause, and how important emergency responders are at a time when resources struggle to cope with the enormity of this disaster. Response teams from across the nation — the Texas National Guard, the Coast Guard, FEMA, local police, and a host of other organizations have converged to rescue those trapped by the storm.

That urgency is perhaps enhanced by the forecast that Harvey will track back over southeast Texas on Wednesday. Before it dissipates, weather forecasters expect it will end up soaking the area with more rain than Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Andrew combined. By Thursday, the Houston metro area will have likely received more than 50 inches of rain.

“Tragedies like Harvey call upon those heroes who serve in emergency operations to save lives and then help rebuild communities,” said Brad.  “It is an honor to serve these customers and support their mission in this capacity.”

Brad also recommended a LinkedIn post about the storm,  where Jon Litt of Christie Digital noted, “We have been in contact with our customers in the greater Houston area, including regional emergency management, law enforcement, traffic management, government regional communications, utilities, medical, and more, and the reports we are getting back are that the Christie Control Room solutions are working beautifully and helping a great deal.”

AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group integrates modern, advanced solutions like those from Christie so that agencies can receive the live feeds and data they need to understand disaster situations and coordinate response teams. Is your region’s emergency response team prepared for a crisis like that posed by Hurricane Harvey? Contact the Control Room Group at 888-619-9083 to speak to one of our experts about your challenges.

Reflecting on AVI-SPL’s Control Room Group at 15

This guest post is written by Brad Herrick, vice president of the AVI-SPL Control Room Group.

The AVI-SPL Control Room Group (CRG) got its start 15 years ago with the Florida Department of Transportation by designing, implementing, and servicing its traffic management center system.

Over the course of those 15 years, CRG has built a team of dedicated professionals focused solely on support of these special systems. It is truly an honor that our customers choose to place their trust in us year over year; we thank them dearly.

Today, the Florida DOT is still our customer, and along the way we’ve provided solutions to other customers’ critical missions — whether for a utility that powers our country’s most critical infrastructure, protecting financial institutions from security and cyber threats, mission support for military operations, or public emergency management.

CRG has grown to become a noted leader in control room integrations, service, and thought leadership, with just a few examples below:

We are on pace for record-breaking revenue for the third year in a row. That kind of growth happens when you give customers the quality they expect and deserve. So that we can continue to grow and better serve our customers, we are recruiting top talent, along with staying on the cutting edge of industry trends like Direct View LED, digital KVM, CAVE, virtual reality and proactive service solutions like AVI-SPL’s Unify ME™ Symphony platform.

See more examples of our work and how we can help your organization when you read through the CRG brochure.