When government organizations invest in new technology, their most important consideration is security. They need to be certain the hardware and software, as well as their vendors, don’t present a threat to the integrity of their mission-critical systems — from military and policing operations to the power grids, traffic control and security systems that support everyday life. Innovative and secure technology, built according to established guidelines, can deliver widespread peace of mind.

In operations centers at all levels of government, LED video walls are a growing part of control rooms, providing wall-filling, multi-windowed views of what’s happening in real time. And with control room technology, security is paramount.

Achieving TAA 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 Agreements 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 requirement for video walls and a key factor in choosing control room technology vendors.

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.

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Security concerns in control rooms 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 technology 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 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 protects their businesses from harm. The government contract penalties for using noncompliant technology include cancellations, suspensions and fines.

Wall-filling 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 CCTV 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 background, generating vivid color no matter the ambient lighting of the surveillance room. Leaving behind the stereotypical low-light control room, operators can now turn on the lights or open the blinds without compromising the legibility of their displays.

Direct view LED has evolved to a level where fine pixel-pitch versions can display everything from live 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. Samsung displays can also be operated without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, eliminating the security vulnerabilities associated with a wireless connection.

An informative and secure ‘Wall’

Samsung’s The Wall uses microLED technology to deliver a stunning viewing experience that meets all your video wall requirements and surpasses premium LCD flat-panel screens in quality. The “micro” prefix refers to the tiny light pixels embedded in the display’s surface, atop a sea of black background material. With tinier pixels, more of that black background is visible — which, combined with High Dynamic Range (HDR) 10+ color technology, results in impressive contrast and more accurate color.

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

Ideal for security control rooms, The Wall’s sleek modular design allows you to tailor the display to the dimensions of the room, even working around arches, corners or other unique physical features of the building. The Wall for Business is also available in a preconfigured, large-format 16:9 format — simplifying your 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 visual 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 1.5mm to 4mm pixel pitch, while the IF series includes options ranging from super-fine 1.2mm to 6mm 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 1.2mm display will look crisp to viewers who are positioned just 10 to 15 feet away. But at that same distance from a 6mm-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 6mm-pitch display will look spectacular; a super-fine-pitch 1.2mm 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, learn more about cybersecurity essentials for large-format displays at government agencies in this free comprehensive guide. If you’re not sure what sort of displays are best suited to 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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Dave Haynes is a well-known veteran in the digital signage industry. He consults to some of the world’s largest brands on their digital signage strategy and technical needs, but also spends time mentoring start-ups. A former daily newspaper journalist, Haynes has for the past decade written a highly-respected blog about digital signage, Sixteen:Nine. Follow Dave on twitter @sixteennine

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