ALAMEDA, Calif.—RGB Spectrum, a manufacturer of mission critical audio/video systems, has announced that it has bolstered its data visualization platform.
The updates address systems designed for situational awareness and public safety by utilizing proprietary video processing technologies to allow public safety professionals to collect data from multiple sources, view that data on a single- or dual-screen monitor setup, and share that intelligence throughout a facility or to a tactical workforce.
“For the past 30 years, we have been a trusted leader in the data visualization market. Today, we continue to invest in innovative technologies that demonstrate our ongoing commitment to solving public safety’s most complex problems,” says Bob Marcus, president, RGB Spectrum. “The expertise and recognition we have built in this segment help us deliver the solutions that bring a wide range of benefits to these mission-critical environments.”
Data Visualization Technologies Support Rapid Response Procedures
RGB Spectrum emphasizes that rapid response is a critical function of public safety. The company explains that in complex and fast-moving environments, such as emergency communications and operations centers, how information is presented is crucial.
RGB Spectrum boasts that its unified platform with data visualization provides effective video walls, integrated desk displays, A/V-over-IP and KVM solutions, and a new mobile app to address the mobile workforce.
Some of the solutions the company is providing that combine a full range RGB Spectrum technologies, including data visualization include:
- RGB Spectrum multiwindow, single-screen KVM appliance: The QuadView UHDx KVM offers the ability to control independent video sources using a single keyboard and mouse. The QuadView allows users to easily interact with four computer screens in scalable windows on a single 4K 60Hz monitor. Each operator who uses that desk can save presets to rearrange the location of windows, resize them, or select a different resource from a total of six available inputs.
- XtendPoint KVM: This platform offers up to eight video sources, replacing an array of multiple monitors with just two large multi-window high resolution displays. XtendPoint is based on an IP distribution architecture that can access signals over a LAN or a WAN using XtendPoint encoders and decoders. Visual data can be routed to multiple locations simultaneously, allowing real-time sharing with supervisors and colleagues. Benefits include ongoing training, interactive supervision, and real-time decision support.
- According to the company, its technologies are now mobile through its RGB Spectrum’s Zio Video-over-IP Mobile App. Deployed on a smartphone or other mobile device, Zio allows video sources to be “pushed” by the 911 dispatcher to remote force members, individually or in groups, or “pulled” from the center by a remote team member. Any data the operator can access such as photos, videos, building schematics and more can be shared to provide a common operating picture in real time.
RGB notes a few examples of organizations using its systems and technologies, such as data visualization:
San Francisco Police Department Improves Situational Awareness and Tactical Decision Making:
The San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) public safety initiative includes a visualization technology upgrade in its Department Operations Center (DOC). It included two key elements: Networked distribution of visuals within and outside the facility and two centralized video display walls. SFPD deployed RGB Spectrum’s Zio and Galileo AV-over-IP platforms to create a collaborative, information-rich infrastructure providing interagency knowledge exchange, interaction, and collaboration. The other critical requirement for the SFPD was the ability to share visuals and data throughout the facility with mobile officers, its remote workforce, and other offsite staff members.
Elk Grove Police Department’s Mission to Assure Better Public Safety: The Elk Grove California Police Department’s Information Center needed to improve situational awareness, threat assessment, and resource response as well as achieve faster suspect apprehension. The Information Center required a video wall that would centralize an extensive volume of real-time visuals and data to enhance situational awareness. Operators collaboratively view this information for incident assessment and resource deployment.
Elevating Emergency Operations for Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County opened a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) featuring a state-of- the-art situation room equipped with the latest real-time visualization technology. The EOC serves as a command center in the event of a crisis or natural disaster. Its role is to improve emergency response, including the mobilization of municipal, county, and private resources. Contra Costa County selected the RGB Spectrum solutions for their 24/7 reliability, support for diverse signal sources, ability to disseminate information to local and remote locations simultaneously, and 4K image quality.