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FEATURE: COMMAND AND CONTROL “AV technology has a


huge role to play in reducing operator fatigue,” says van Dijk. “Content is one part of that – ensuring that the right information is presented in a logical way to the people that need it is, of course, vital. Modern screen controllers make the job of managing and prioritising content much easier, and programmable touchscreen interfaces such as Crestron or even iOS devices – in the case of Mitsubishi’s D-Wall 6 software – enable operators to pre-program sophisticated screen set-ups and recall them instantly.”


THE ONLY CONSTANT There remains one further over-arching requirement in the design of command and control centres. Perhaps more than any other AV application, they are a substantial investment designed to perform over many years. That would be less of an issue were it not that they operate in an environment where change is the only constant, in which future uses are almost impossible to predict and growth is inevitable. “This is one of the


challenges that the industry is facing – how to futureproof the control room environment and still ensure its scalability,” believes Shepperd. “The answer is to use a single connected infrastructure that allows you to change things quickly and easily. IP enables a future-proofed network by directly allowing increased scalability and flexibility. This is basically what KVM matrices are used for, and it is within the control room environment that they can really bring benefit. A KVM matrix allows the control room infrastructure to withstand today and tomorrow’s environment in terms of size while giving the flexibility to change.” Guy Van Wijmeersch,


strategic marketing director, industrial and government at Barco, believes that the answer may lie in thinking differently about what command and control centres do. “Given their nature and the


ever increasing complexity of available data, many markets see more needs in large visual collaboration tools,” he says. “Instead of naming these ‘control’ rooms, it might be better to call them


The Centro Assistenza Utenza uses Mitsubishi DLP cubes and has migrated from a legacy analogue system


‘control and collaboration’ rooms. We see an increase in the proliferation of video and data, and hence an increased demand for these rooms and their functionality. We also see an increase in requirements and functionality in existing rooms, which requires the vendor to propose and install futureproof concepts and backwards-compatible systems.” “Control rooms tend to be long-term investments,” he goes on. “As a consequence, it is of paramount importance to acquire a futureproof system, not only serviceable over a longer period, but also


expandable in functionality, size and complexity. This is a challenge whenever someone decides to choose ‘videowall- centric’ solutions instead of ‘collaboration-centric’ solutions.” Predicting what the future might bring? It only takes prescience. Just ask George Orwell. 


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ONLINE EXTRA: CASE STUDY


Autobrennero User Assistance Centre, Italy: A new control room system replaces 50 19in LCD panels with 20 Mitsubishi 50PE75 LED-lit DLP cubes, driven by a Bilfinger-Mauell controller


24 May 2014


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