The world of visual information is undergoing a fundamental transformation, changing the way that organizations engage with their live and stored content. With the proliferation of new devices, IP video technologies and LED displays, the challenge of centrally monitoring and controlling relevant business data across multiple screens is becoming more daunting than ever.
The Concert41 is a high performance video Wall controller that offers a compact solution for driving up to 6 displays wall and connecting to 4 HD external digital inputs or 16 analog inputs along with IP networked sources. The Concert41 is also capable of driving an Ultra HD 4K screen with flexible multi-window display of the sources visual information.
The platform computational performance has significant impact on the overall system functionality including the operations analysis capabilities and response time.
With the use of latest Intel Xeon multi-core, multi-processor architecture and the latest GPU processing capabilities, NVU has built a well-balanced and resilient system that can respond to any video processing load of multiple High-Definition sources.
The GPU’s built-in hardware accelerators, further increase the system performance by performing the demanding Video encoding and decoding while offloading the CPU to perform other tasks.
Video processing platform needs to provide ultra fast switching backplane to enable large number of capture inputs and display outputs to be routed and processed concurrently. The most recently introduced specification for PCIe is commonly referred to as PCIe Gen 3. In addition to raising transfer rates to 8 GT/s (that is twice the Gen 2.0 bit rates), Gen 3 uses an upgraded encoding/decoding scheme compared to Gen 1 and Gen 2 to further reduce switching overhead.
NVU platforms are based on PCIe Gen 3 backplanes with 3 to 11 on-board slots to ensure non-blocking, multi-stream video switching operation. To support large number of I/O ports at growing FullHD and 4K video resolutions, it is important to have platform foundations that can accommodate the ever growing bandwidth needs.
Leveraging the multi-slot PCIe Gen 3.0 bandwidth that is twice the Gen 2.0, eachof NVU Controller’s add-on card can handle more I/O ports, enabling higher display output and capture input densities and resulting in a more compact design.
This highest ports density available today, enables system integrators to reduce the number of solution elements, further reducing integration complexities and solution space and power requirements.
In high scale I/O deployments, a fully loaded platform might not be enough to address the required capacity and interfaces. In such cases, a PCIe expansion platform can be used to provide a high-performance and low latency solution for expanding PCIe slots outside the Video Wall platform server. Additional 4 slots or up to 16 slots can be used to expand the basic platform. An expansion platform is connected to one of the host platform (Pavilion or Castillo) slots and connected via special cable to the expansion platform.
As the analog video equipment is being replaced by digital and IP solutions, Video Wall systems still must provide support for the large installed base of analog equipment such as surveillance cameras and Set Top Boxes, but at the same time be able to fully support the most advanced digital video formats such as 3G-SDI, Display Port v1.2, HDMI v1.4 and the growing number of devices using IP streaming codecs and protocols such as H264, H265, WebRTC, etc. . This multi-format support ensures a smooth migration and upgrade path when needed and all the associated benefits.
One of the most challenging aspects of the AV industry is the fast pace of technological advancement. The demand for digital across all operations and for AV/IT convergence is constantly growing to meet the needs of users and their visual communication devices.
Anticipating future use and technology is important because it serves as a form of investment protection. Future proof systems evolve as user habits, industry trends, and new opportunities present themselves.
NVU’s cutting edge platforms provide future proof technology that is already integrated. These emerging technologies include high-bandwidth PCIe Gen 3 backplane and I/O cards, support for 4K Ultra-HD video resolutions in its GPU cards with DisplayPort 1.2 support and Multi-stream for driving multiple FHD displays from a single cable.
The WallBrix application is built on Microsoft Windows Embedded OS. It provides for a powerful environment to address increasingly complicated customer requirements and challenging competitive landscape in a timely manner. With built-in security features it provides a highly reliable platform with innovative functionality at high performance.
Companies can place a high degree of confidence in solutions built on Windows Embedded, thanks to Microsoft’s enterprise-level built-in security that reduces costs in deployment, servicing and maintenance of the system with support for industry standards, and Microsoft desktop and server technologies. The video wall that is built with Windows Embedded 7 software can easily and securely hook into existing enterprise infrastructure, when enabling advanced features and technologies like Trusted Platform Module – TMP, Bit Locker data encryption and application locker for insuring well known run time environment footprint.
In a large and diverse organization, various dedicated systems, application servers and devices run many different video applications and can’t share visual information with each other. In centralized control and monitoring rooms, users need video to be integrated with visual communication for day-to-day workflows monitoring and fast decision making. NVU Video wall controllers enable businesses to seamlessly integrate different systems like SCADA process control, Surveillance with Video streaming and Remote desktop, to fully video-enable their organizations
Successful IT systems increasingly require interoperability across platforms and flexible remote management that can easily evolve over time. Web services enable computer systems on any platform to communicate over corporate intranets, extranets, and across the Internet with support for end-to-end security, reliable messaging, distributed transactions and more.
The need for operator’s remote management of video wall form various platforms or devices and 3rd party applications, has led NVU to use XML as the universal language for representing and transmitting video wall status and control data that is independent of programming language, software platform, and hardware.
NVU uses Web services for the WallBrix server API as the protocol to securely exchange information with its remote control clients, including 3rd party applications.
Video Wall processors and display walls should go in control room deployments fast without requiring forklift upgrades or costly integrations. They should offer high port densities and Video over IP to minimize cabling and network consumption to be more scalable at a lower cost. Above all, they should provide connectivity with remote control using advanced client-server architecture with standard-based open API options for 3rd party applications, to be affordable and easy to use for any organization.
The most important benefits of implementing NVU solutions are the significant cost and time savings coupled with the reliability of the technology