A mobile-first strategy improves critical communications among first responders, who need every second when lives are on the line.
High-performance digital signage has become an increasingly common part of the visual landscape in recent years, with video walls enhancing industries such as entertainment, retail and education. Now, a new use for digital signage is emerging, one that goes well beyond shopping, eating and learning. This latest iteration relates to issues of safety, security, rescue and response in times of local, regional or even global crises.
Government agencies are increasingly incorporating video walls into command and control centers, the information hubs that sit at the heart of emergency activity.
Command and control centers monitor situations, dispatch response and coordinate efforts among responders. They also organize critical ongoing activities such as air traffic and manufacturing. Law enforcement and public safety agencies frequently use command and control centers, which often play a major role in security and surveillance.
Video walls overcome technical challenges
To perform their functions, command and control operators need to meet a range of technological thresholds. They need systems that can rapidly and continuously display critical information in an easily digestible format. These systems must be continuously available, flexible, responsive and budget-conscious. For many in government, the latest iterations in high-performance signage meet these criteria.
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In previous generations of technology, a video wall in a headquarters lobby might display still photos or highlight products or production facilities. These static presentations had some visual appeal, but they could not serve the dynamic needs of a response situation. Command and control centers need ongoing access to multiple information streams; it isn’t enough to hear from just one responder at one time, nor to view a video from a single vantage point. Sophisticated video walls stitch together a seamless presentation of audio, video and other data streams drawn from across the incident. This comprehensive function gives responders critical insight into an evolving situation.
Video walls can deliver all this data in real time, a vital need in moments of crisis. Even in non-crisis streams, control room operators need to be able to keep continuous watch, which today’s cutting-edge systems enable. It takes a number of technical capabilities to make all this happen. Samsung has demonstrated several advances in their digital signage solutions. Sophisticated cooling, for instance, enables 24/7 operation. Picture-by-picture functionality allows an operator to view up to four content feeds at once. Extremely narrow bezel-to-bezel widths create virtually seamless visuals across a wall.
Scaling the wall
Samsung’s The Wall has changed how seamless LED technology interacts with viewers, thanks to the unprecedented technology behind the screen — and stunning, fast-paced visuals. Here’s why The Wall stands alone:
- Detail and clarity: The Wall has millions of bright, microscopic LED lights packed into its surface: Each LED is a single pixel. The results are visuals on wall-filling displays that look as good as premium TVs — but much larger.
- Deep blacks: Black Seal technology developed by Samsung puts a deep black background on The Wall’s viewable surface, creating contrast levels unparalleled in direct view LED. The amount of black between the tiny lights means scenes that are meant to be black, really are — instead of shades of gray. That black also minimizes reflection from natural or artificial lighting in the vicinity.
- Durability: That Black Seal technology also offers protection. Most direct view LED displays use manufacturing techniques that leave the modular LEDs at risk of being damaged by impacts, moisture or static shocks. The Wall is impact, shock and water-resistant, and uses a design that disperses heat, making it more energy-efficient than many displays. The net result is a massive premium screen built and ready for real-world usage.
- Stunning color: The Wall uses Ultra Chroma technology, which employs a narrower wavelength of color to deliver color purity levels roughly twice as accurate as what’s possible using a direct view LED display. That means vibrant but still natural colors that drop viewers’ jaws.
- Every shade: Quantum HDR technology leverages a variety of High Dynamic Range (HDR) technologies to deliver peak brightness, dynamically, with every visual. Suddenly, all those dark scenes in movies that seem impossible to see and appreciate have all their shades and nuances revealed.
- Ultimate flexibility: Modular, seam-free microLED tile units allow The Wall to be customized both in shape and size, to optimize design plans and aesthetics of a setting, whether that’s the lobby of an office tower, the feature wall of a retail brand’s flagship store, or the main wall in the great room of a Sunset Boulevard home. The Wall can be a huge rectangle, an abstract shape and everything in between.
- Super smart: Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms built into The Wall’s display control system dynamically upscales visuals to as high as 8K resolution, ensuring the content is matched and digitally enhanced to take full advantage of the screen’s scale and capabilities.
Seamless technological integration
Today’s video walls integrate seamlessly with a range of devices and data sources. The explosive growth of internet-connected devices will have profound consequences for the world of command and control. Just as the arrival of sophisticated video walls has taken control centers to a whole new level, the internet of things (IoT) has expanded use cases for this particular technology.
Today’s dynamic, vital, real-time content is increasingly being generated not by agents and responders in the field, but by internet-connected feeds. Smart, connected devices of all types are providing vital information and data that can be pulled directly into a digital display. Networked sensors don’t have to wait to be told what to do. Once operators have defined the video scheme, sensor feeds can automatically populate their assigned fields, delivering faster, more accurate information than has ever been possible. When events happen, sensors, cameras and devices can get information moving in seconds, delivering content in whatever form the operator deems most helpful.
For command and control operators, these advances in digital signage can mean the difference between life and death. Technological improvements, and especially the readiness to embrace widespread connectivity, have positioned high-performance digital signage as the next measure of excellence in the command and control community.
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