Video Walls Installed at Antwerp’s Tele-Command Center

The firms Barco and Fabricom partnered on the communications, video system
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The firms Barco and Fabricom partnered on the communications, video system

TheAntwerp(Belgium) Police Department is using anew dispatching and tele-command centerproduced by the companies Barco, a developer ofvisualization products, andFabricom, which producestailor-made electronic solutions.

The installation featuressix video walls, including a 4.65 meter by 1.74 meter LED-lit projection wall, and eight LED backlit LCD displays, according to Barco. In addition, the network set up enables all the data to be retrieved via the network and projected onto any display or any operator station that is available, the companies say. The new solution fosters collaboration, accurate analysis and fast decision-making, they add.

At the heart of the new five-room tele-command center located at Antwerp’s police headquarters, is a large Barco LED-lit video wall made up of six ultra-bright 70 inch projection modules (OL-710), the companies say. The special operation room and camera control room have all been equipped with smaller walls composed of NSL-5521 tiles, according to the firms.

Barco’s CMS-200 control room management suite enables users to connect to a multitude of sources, regardless of where the information has to be presented on the smaller LCD displays, the video walls or operator workstations, the company says. Since all sources are available over the network, no dedicated hardware is necessary to visualize the information, Barco said.

Fabricom integrated “the technical backbone” of the system ensuring the hardware and software makes the control center run smoothly, the company says.

"With the CMS-200 suite, Barco has redefined control room collaboration,” said Dirk Hendrickx, Barco’s vice president of sales, control room & simulation. The installation enables the Antwerp Police Department’s operators to work together during an emergency and share information with those in the crisis room, according to Hendrickx.

“Fabricom’s contribution was essential to make this state-of-the-art control center a reality,” said Jean Lenaerts, the company’s department manager. “We are proud to continue to be a partner for a safer city, taking care of the system maintenance in the years to come,” he said.