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Video wall alliance supports rail freight project

Barco : 13 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Barco and Orsus combine forces to provide situation management and visualisation through control room video wall for South African railway freight company.
Orsus, the pioneer in the field of Situation Management, a new holistic approach to optimising situation planning, response and analysis, announced its partnership with Barco. Together, they recently synthesized technologies for a large project for Transnet Freight Rail, one of the largest international rail operators based in South Africa.

Under this new partnership, Situator from Orsus integrates with Barco's video wall systems providing systems integrators and end users with the opportunity to deploy state-of-the art video displays of various sizes beyond a typical flat screen monitor.

'This strategic relationship between Orsus and Barco brings a new level of visual acuity into a central command and control room,' said Omer Tishler, Director of Product Management at Orsus. 'High-risk facilities will only benefit from the unique partnership we have forged with Barco.'

Situator offers a security Situation Management software platform that seamlessly integrates, synthesises and prioritises technological data from many sources and refines it into actionable tasks in both emergency and routine control room scenarios. A key element of Situator is the visual dashboard used by security personnel to pinpoint a problem on a map, view video, or manage a log of incidents.

Specific to the Transnet project, all data from the Situator product suite will be displayed on two large OV-D2 Barco video wall systems, measuring a total of 19-meters (62-foot), in Transnet's national nerve center in Johannesburg. Richard's Bay and Cape Town will each have a 7-meter (22-foot) system that will display the Situator dashboard, plus video camera feeds that will relay the most critical incidents.

Barco's state-of-the art video wall systems feature Sense6 technology that continuously measures luminance and color characteristics and adjusts the color space to provide an image that is most convenient for Transnet Freight Rail's control.

'Barco's optimised design solutions limit eye strain, focusing on the needs of system operators,' said Bruno Daissormont, International Sales Director at Barco's Security & Monitoring Division. 'Barco's Sense6 technology offers crystal clear image accuracy and uniformity, which dovetails beautifully with the Situator platform.'

With the Transnet project, each section of the video wall will display a video matrix of a sector in the region that is under the responsibility of a specific operator. Additional information, representing a sector's situation awareness map and incident response procedures, are displayed when a sector is in emergency operation. In addition, it is also possible to call up Barco pre-defined layouts automatically or on-demand directly from Situator. These layouts represent pre-defined scene setups that correspond to various emergency and routine situations.

One of the benefits of Situator is that it makes use of existing security investments and empowers the security personnel to manage the overload of information in control rooms with advanced, easy-to-use planning tools. Situator reduces potentially costly human error, making it easy to establish and maintain compliance with industry and government regulations while dramatically improving the speed and effectiveness of incident response and recovery while actually reducing operating costs.

Situator is available and fully supported in North America and around the world through a network of security and safety integrators.
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