Video Wall Added to Water Authority’s Boardroom

Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a provider of wall-mountable, floor-standing and flyable liquid crystal display video wall frames, and Integrated Media Systems, a designed and integrator of videoconferencing and communication systems partnered on the installation of a video wall in a California water authorities’ board room.
            The companies worked on the integration of a 3x3 LCD video wall in the Orange County Water District’s boardroom. The new video wall, which is part of an overall audiovisual upgrade for the entire Fountain Valley, Calif. facility, was designed to replace the outdated projector and rear screen system the OCWD had been using for many years.
            The OCWD’s rear projection system did not provide the staff with the image visibility needed, according to the two companies. The system projected low-resolution images with insufficient brightness that made it hard to see the information that was being projected, the firms said.
            Because the Water District’s Board and staff primarily used the room for a variety of activities, including presentations and training, the lack of image visibility became a continuing problem, the companies say. With the Water District’s facility in need of a technology upgrade, the OCWD turned to IMS and Adaptive Technologies to develop a cost effective solution.
            “The OCWD needed a solution to overhaul and improve the multi-media capabilities in our board and conference rooms,” says Bruce Dosier, OCWD Director of Information Services. “OCWD hosts board meetings for two water agencies, world-wide media, community, staff and committee meetings, and visitors from around the world, so the ability to present distinct and high resolution audio and video images is important to our communications and branding,” he says.
            In order to properly install a higher brightness and resolution video wall using LCD displays, the rear projection screen system had to be removed, which left a gaping hole, the companies say. Further, the screen was installed into a non-load bearing wall, which could not support the weight of heavier multi-LCD video wall technology.
            Multiple 60-inch Sharp V601 monitors were chosen, as they would provide the OCWD with the vastly increased brightness and resolution it was seeking. Additionally, by placing nine monitors into a 3X3 landscape configuration, the viewing surface would be enlarged to more than 13 feet, by more than seven feet, the companies say.

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