Control room management suite

About CMS

Barco CMS software is an advanced control room management suite which allows for easy display wall management, efficient collaboration and fast decisionmaking in and beyond any control room. This software suite provides operators and decision-makers with easy access to video, images and data, and allows them to connect to this information, to configure how and where it is displayed, and to collaborate in the most efficient way.

Key features

  • Easy and timely access to any information (video, images or data), anywhere
  • Any display, from workstation to video wall
  • Cost-effective: no use for AV switches and proprietary cabling
  • Easy sharing within and beyond the control room
  • Hardware independent and flexible
  • Possibility to create user-defined lay-outs (perspectives)
  • User interface localized in many standard languages (incl. Arabic and Chinese)
  • Use of industry-standard hardware acceleration
  • Future-proof: versatile and scalable system can be adapted to changing needs
  • Focus on Information Assurance (e.g. secure user management or encrypted communication)
  • Ongoing operation due to redundant solution (automatic failover)

Seamless and risk-free integration into your control room

Side view of operator at Polk CountyBarco's CMS suite is a hardware independent, networked visualization software package which seamlessly integrates into your control room environment. CMS relies on industry standard networks, application servers, software, decoding technologies, workstations and video walls. The risk-free approach of combining proven technology with a networked architecture gives your control room system an unmatched flexibility and availability. 

Customers who have invested in a VMS or PSIM solution, can also benefit from the open and secure API in CMS, which allows the software to fit into the leading situational awareness applications (see video below).

All-round control room management

Barco's CMS monitoring and collaboration software proves its power in various control room type of environments. From Traffic and Surveillance scenarios to Utilities, Process Control, C4I and Broadcast uses, Barco's CMS suite allows operators to make the most of their complex networked control room environment.


CMS scheme showing in-building distribution of information and data

Distribution of information throughout the enterprise


Central Server

  • Central setup & connection management 
  • Central configuration database
  • Fully distributed & modular component technology
  • Fast setup 
  • Browser based user interface
  • Auto-detection of network sources
  • Full redundancy support (optional)
  • Control Panel
    • Online configuration of sources, displays and system variables
    • Backup & restore capabilities
    • Scheduled backup
    • Advanced remote logging
    • Full localization support (optional)
  • Integration
    • Fully featured Web services based API covering all functions
    • Encrypted communication available
    • Legacy RS-232 and TCP/IP API support
  • Audit trail support (NERC, CIP-7)
  • Authorization & Security
    • Secure user management
    • Active directory & LDAP support
    • Roles & permissions
    • Firewalls engaged on all components
    • Encrypted access to administrative functions

Client Software

  • Zero maintenance 
  • Automatically saves the user’s work
  • Full localization support (optional)
  • Sidebar
    • Easily explore the complete system 
    • Minimal use of screen estate
    • Live search for fast browsing
    • Source browser to open any source quickly
    • Fully drag and drop enabled
    • Minimal learning curve
    • Audio decoding of video streams
    • Full resolution and full frame rate preview of all supported sources
  • Launch pad
    • Intuitive wall and layout control
    • Zero Install
    • Web based (HTML5)
    • Supporting all major browsers on Windows, iOS and Android
  • Perspectives
    • One window with multiple sources 
    • Perspectives can be opened and shown on both workstations and displays alike
    • Standard and custom Tiling configuration
    • Share your perspectives with other workstations or displays
    • Integrated soft KVM for remote control of sources
    • Decorators including: UMD, IDC, Source Name, Time (time zone aware), Date, Text, Logo, Message Ticker, Source status

Display Agent

  • Perspective management Save and load layouts (complete display presets including perspectives and applications)
  • Desktop Manager
    • Start, stop and position applications & sources freely over the complete desktop
    • Application automation (macro recording of mouse and keyboard actions)
  • Remote Pointer
    • Remote keyboard and mouse control from and towards other networked desktops (bi-directional)

Supported sources

  • Analog & Digital/Streaming Video
  • Analog (RGB) and Digital (DVI-I) sources
  • Networked desktops (VNC) 
  • Networked multi-channel workstations & Applications (Pro Sources)
  • Intranet & Internet sources
  • Embedded & external audio formats
  • Localization
  • Default language: English
  • Available languages: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Japanese

Compatibility Requirements

Central Server

  • Barco certified server for networked visualization environment or any Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit, Windows Server 2012 64 bit Server
  • Minimum 150 GB free hard disk space
  • Minimum 4 GB memory
  • At least 3.0 GHz quad core CPU or equivalent

Display Controllers

  • Any Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit PC, Windows 10 64 bit
  • NVidia Quadro 2000D (or newer) preferred for full feature support
  • Frame Grabber support (in Barco controllers)
  • Minimum of 10 GB free hard disk space
  • Minimum 4 GB memory
  • At least 2.16 GHz quad core CPU or equivalent 


  • Any Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit PC, Windows 10 64 bit
  • Nvidia Quadro 2000D (or newer) preferred for best feature support
  • Frame Grabber support (in Barco controllers)
  • Minimum 10 GB free hard disk space
  • Minimum 2 GB memory
  • At least 2.16 GHz dual core CPU or equivalent




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