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involved at a later stage, much depends on the quality and skills of the planner. Most planners and architects do a good job – they know about modern display technologies, system architecture and ergonomics – but sometimes we find projects that show poor knowledge about the necessary integration of AV technology and its requirements.”

PHYSICAL/LOGICAL DESIGN More common is the experience reported by Jed Deame, VP of marketing at RGB Spectrum. “The control room system

manufacturer is usually not involved in the physical part of the control room design,” he says. “Before the room is completed, however, an integrator may reach out to us for help in determining the exact audiovisual components that will be required by the control room system, so that the room design can be optimised accordingly. We can help integrators design customised control room solutions that can be adapted to any physical space in order to

accommodate a customer’s specific requirements.” As Deame implies: the

physical space available will typically have a substantial effect on the design of the AV solution. “The physical design and the logical design of a control room cannot be separated,” notes Winck. There is, typically, one over- riding concern when it comes to reconciling the physical space with the AV installation and it’s articulated succinctly by Steve Scorse, vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa at SiliconCore, a manufacturer of LED displays. “Control room displays

are used for long periods of time, by numerous operators, simultaneously,” he points out. “Therefore, a key element in both the physical and technical design of the room is to ensure an accessible view of the central display from any seat in the room with great off-axis viewing.” The available space will

generally determine the type and number of screens. Many manufacturers, including Christie, eyevis and Mitsubishi, will specify DLP-based cubes if space


A new control hub in Glasgow features a 12 x 2 videowall comprising 24 55in screens, linked to over 500 CCTV cameras across the city. Specialist AV company SSUK was selected to design, supply and install a total of 16 videowalls, incorporating 82 55in screens within the main control room of the centre. This was a challenging

project as the building was completely refurbished to make it a purpose-built centre. This included the strengthening of floors and a full refresh of all fixtures,

fittings and furniture. Added to this was a short timescale as all screens had to be operational and all staff training and handover procedures completed by 1 March 2014, allowing only four weeks on site. As such, it was important SSUK’s installation ran to schedule, and so the company approached Peerless to partner on the project. Peerless’ assistance in specifying floor stands and providing assistance with the planning element of the project meant that SSUK

was able

to start installing the AV the minute site access was allowed. The screens had to be installed on floor stands. SSUK deployed Peerless floor stands with ground level adapter plates and a cable management system that hides the majority of cables, with the adapter plates housing the bulk of connectivity and power at the base of the floor stand. Tool- less fine adjustment enabled quick, accurate alignment of the displays.

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