Do you need a video wall system? How will it enhance your organization’s operations? Gain insight into the benefits of a cohesive system and how you can maximize a full return on your investment.
How Does Visualization Aid in Mission-Critical Operations? A video wall system is a considerable investment. So why spend the extra money instead of using a single large display, a projector, or a set of individual monitors? The info below will help guide you.
A video wall is an integrated solution. These days, the "wall" typically consist of multiple HD or 4K displays arranged together to create a very large canvas. A display wall is driven by a powerful processing and computing device called a video wall processor or controller.
Specialized content and device management software controls all of the system hardware and necessary content. A video wall behaves like a single display, but the technology behind it is far more complex and powerful. A complete system delivers performance, flexibility, and interactivity that simply isn’t possible with more basic solutions.
Processors designed for video wall systems capture signals in different resolutions and formats from a wide range of devices such as cameras, computers, cable boxes, and more. All of these content sources are then accessed through a special software interface and displayed together on the video wall. A front projector or display alone can only connect with certain devices and are unable to display multiple content sources simultaneously.
When using a video wall system, the controller enables all of the individual display “tiles” to work together as a single canvas. Based on the video wall software running the system, the processor can allow a piece of content to be placed on a single display, stretched across multiple displays, or dragged across the entire display surface. Multiple content windows can also be placed on a single display.
A processor with a feature-rich software interface provides a range of content management and manipulation tools. Content windows can be arranged, scaled, zoomed, cropped, and layered while active on the displays. Some software also provides advanced presentation-building features which allows users to create custom assets and automatic presentations.
Most video wall systems are built with industrial-grade components. Some are specifically designed for continuous 24/7 use in mission-critical environments. Consumer-grade projectors and displays use cheaper components and can’t provide the reliability or resilience of a professional video wall. Even high-end projectors require frequent maintenance and are vulnerable to vibration, humidity, and any light in the room.
Since video walls are designed for maximum reliability and uptime, most have no consumable parts and require virtually no maintenance over years of operation. In contrast, projectors demand regular downtime to replace expensive lamps and light engines. While a video wall system may initially cost more than a projector, their low maintenance costs make them a more affordable option for the long term.
Flexibility in terms of size and shape makes a display wall stand out vs. a single display. Depending on the display type and how it is mounted, they can be attached to a wall, free-standing, curved, non-rectangular, or even three-dimensional. They can be small enough to be portable or scaled to massive sizes. This unique versatility means a video wall can be used in a wide range of location and use-cases.
All branches of the US military and many federal agencies use video walls to:
Teams in control rooms and operation centers use video walls to:
Leaders in forward-thinking enterprises use video walls to:
Public safety organizations and first responders use video walls to:
Educators, and Researchers
Students, educators, and research teams use large-scale systems to:
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Haivision provides visual technology solutions for mission-critical operations and environments. Our Command 360 video wall management platform along with our suite of customizable video wall products work together to offer unmatched flexibility, scalability, and ease-of-use.