When government organizations invest in new technology, their most important consideration is security. They need to be certain that the hardware and software they select, and the vendors behind them, don’t present any threats to the integrity of their mission-critical systems — from military and policing systems to the power grids and traffic control systems that guide our everyday lives.

Faulty technology can put sensitive systems and data at risk — not to mention the public, which relies on these systems operating efficiently. Innovative and secure technologies, built according to established guidelines, can deliver broad peace of mind.

In operations centers at all levels of government, LED video walls are a growing part of control rooms, providing wall-filling, multiwindowed views of what’s happening.

Achieving compliance

North America and Europe represent some of the biggest markets for professional video wall technology, but most of the components are designed and manufactured in Asia. That’s why compliance with the U.S. Trade Agreement Act (TAA) — the gold standard in security protocols for any type of digital display, including LED — has been widely adopted across the government sector as a key factor in choosing technology vendors.

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Originally developed more than 40 years ago, the TAA nurtures fair and open international trading of manufactured goods, such as electronics. South Korea, home to Samsung headquarters, is TAA-compliant, while China, Malaysia, Russia and India are not.

Security concerns are well founded. Just two years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security briefed the press on how foreign hackers had infiltrated the control rooms of multiple American electrical utilities, developing the ability to cause blackouts and other service disruptions. TAA-compliant screens, such as Samsung’s premium microLED IW Series — also known as The Wall — is becoming a popular display technology choice for modern control rooms.

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Skilled hackers can not only attack systems directly, but they can also find their way in through technologies from supporting vendors — like a cyber side door.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. companies say their data may have been compromised between March 2018 and March 2019 due to a hardware-level or silicon-based security breach, according to a Forrester survey commissioned by Dell.

Sourcing TAA-compliant equipment provides peace of mind for integrators and solutions providers in the government sector, and it protects them against business harm. The government contract penalties for being noncompliant include cancellations, suspensions and fines.

Large-scale digital dashboards

Government agencies and private corporations are increasingly adopting direct view LED displays for use as large-format digital dashboards in their operations centers. These video walls provide a seamless display canvas with cutting-edge visuals. The Wall for Business is made of clusters of micrometer-scale LEDs set against a black base, generating vivid color no matter how bright the control room is. Leaving behind the traditional low-light control room, operators can now turn on the lights or open the blinds without compromising display quality.

Direct view LED has evolved to a level where fine pixel-pitch versions can display everything from video feeds and dynamic charting on key performance metrics to the granular details of schematics and mapping.

Samsung has several series of TAA-compliant LED displays — reliable, full-featured and backed by strict quality and safety standards.

A secure ‘Wall’

Samsung’s The Wall uses microLED technology to deliver a stunning viewing experience — surpassing premium LCD flat-panel screens in quality. The “micro” description refers to tiny light pixels embedded in the surface of the display in a sea of black background material. With tinier pixels, more of that black can be seen. Combined with High Dynamic Range (HDR) 10+ technology, the result is impressive contrast levels and more accurate colors.

Premium visuals might seem like a luxury for an operations environment, but for government agencies and industrial applications, fine detail and realistic colors can directly inform decisions that depend on visual data like satellite, radar, seismic and even high-resolution surveillance imaging.

Ideal for command and control centers, The Wall’s sleek modular design allows you to tailor the video wall to the dimensions of the room, even working around and over arches or other unique physical parts of the building. The Wall for Business is also available in preconfigured, large-format 16:9 sizes — simplifying design decisions.

The Wall ships with Samsung’s Linux-based Tizen OS, a cross-platform OS that offers built-in security right out of the box. It uses the same technology harnessed by Samsung Knox, a defense-grade enterprise mobile security solution. All Knox hardware has a Device-Unique Hardware Key (DUHK) to encrypt and decrypt data, as well as a hardware-isolated Secure World environment that limits program access.

With Samsung’s ISO-certified MagicINFO 9 management software, government agencies have even more control over The Wall — with the ability to manage power and content remotely, as well as check the device’s health and performance.

Refined video wall canvases

Samsung’s direct-view LED displays in the IF Series and IE Series both blend market-leading video processing tools with HDR technology, which maximizes brightness and reveals all the nuanced detail of extra bright and extra dark visuals. Both series also come with embedded technologies for color-optimizing, easy setup and reliable management, and they include TAA-compliant displays in various sizes and configurations.

The IER series has displays with 1.5-millimeter to 4-millimeter pixel pitch, while the IF series includes options ranging from super-fine 1.2-millimeter to 6-millimeter pixel pitch. Finer pitches offer more resolution in the same display footprint, while lower pitches reduce cost in environments where viewers can be seated farther back from the screen.

A 1.2-millimeter display will look crisp to viewers who are positioned just 10 to 15 feet away. But at that same distance from a 6-millimeter-pitch display, viewers can see the individual pixels and gaps, with the on-screen content visually breaking up. Conversely, if the average viewing distance is 60 to 70 feet, that same 6-millimeter-pitch display will look spectacular; a super-fine-pitch 1.2-millimeter display will look no different from that distance, but cost substantially more.

According to viewing needs, control room operators and designers have choices when searching for a Samsung video wall. Information-rich direct view LED video walls offer clear benefits for government agencies’ day-to-day operations, and TAA compliance ensures the technology will stay secure — a necessity for any modern control room.

As you strategize a display deployment for your government agency, learn more about secure digital signage in the public sector with Samsung’s free guide. And if you’re not quite sure what sort of displays best suit your work environment, explore Samsung’s diverse range of innovative business displays — there’s something to fit workspaces and budgets of any size.

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