Philadelphia-Area Emergency Operations Center Celebrates New Video Wall

Haverford Systems worked with video solutions provider Datapath to provide a new video wall to a southeastern Pennsylvania EOC.

Philadelphia-Area Emergency Operations Center Celebrates New Video Wall

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DOWNINGTON, Pa. — Control room integrator Haverford Systems has worked with video solutions provider Datapath to provide a new video wall solution to an emergency operations center in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In the Philadelphia area, the trend toward creating more sophisticated and connected operations centers is “driving organizations to invest in advanced audiovisual solutions to benefit control rooms of all sizes and scale,” according to the company announcement.

“Video walls play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between data and decision-making in emergency operations,” the announcement says. “This technology ensures that every piece of crucial information is presented in a visually compelling manner, enhancing situational awareness and response capabilities.”

“Staying ahead in emergency response is not just a priority; it’s a necessity,” says R.T. Chalfant, integration sales account manager at Haverford Systems. “As businesses and organizations strive to enhance their operational efficiency, the integration of cutting-edge technologies becomes a pivotal strategy.

“One such technology making waves in the emergency operations sector is video walls and video content management. Utilizing Datapath’s proven expertise in this sector, we can offer customers control room technology that is scalable for operations of any size,” he says.

Operators at the emergency operations center “now have total control, flexibility and reliability when viewing their video content – ensuring that the Control Room runs at optimum efficiency,” says Chalfant.

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Inside the Emergency Operations Center Video Wall

Datapath was selected to power the emergency operations center’s 4K video walls and give operators the capability to display multiple inputs, in different layouts, on a choice of video walls. Using Datapath’s WallControl 10 software, Haverford Systems created a system that allows operators to design their own content layouts and switch between them when circumstances and events dictate.

The emergency operations center in the Philadelphia area features three 2×2 4K video walls with eight operator terminals managing 20 4K and HD sources. To manage the volumes of video data with near-zero latency, Haverford Systems utilized Datapath’s VSN1172 video wall controller, an 11-slot unit powered by a Core i7 processor and 2 x 240GB SSDs.

Performing pixel duties inside the VSN, the unit is equipped with 5 x ImageDP4+ graphics cards, 5 x VisionSC-HD4 four-channel capture cards, plus a multichannel ActiveSQX IP decoder.

Datapath also provided a full on-site commissioning service to support Haverford Systems and the end user.

“Working closely alongside Datapath’s integrator partners and their clients, our commissioning service offers the ultimate hands-on support,” says Peter Spaeth, regional sales manager for Datapath, northeast U.S. and Mid-Atlantic.

“Full training of the software is provided, and our comprehensive technical know-how is available for any initial system concerns,” he says. “This level of assurance is a critical component in a control room environment during the first few days of operation.”

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