Upon receiving a $6 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to renovate its Operations Control Center, the Massachusetts May Transit Authority (MBTA) honed in on its most critical need: display information from various networks and locations in a coherent, quickly actionable manner. To drive the next level of evolution in transit management, the agency partnered with Barco and Vistacom to implement a a new networked visualization solution.

Vistacom created a +100-foot canvas comprising 60 Barco rear projection LED modules, creating a full-featured visual collaboration wall. Now, MBTA can display accurate, sharp imagery from up to 100 channels of streaming video, significantly enhancing situational awareness of the transportation network. “The new system enables MBTA to view and manage multiple types of critical data in an organized manner to effectively respond to mission-critical situations,” comments Jim Ferlino, Principal for Vistacom, the Allentown, PA-based AV systems integrator on the project.


The team created a +100-foot canvas comprising 60 Barco rear projection LED modules, creating a full-featured visual collaboration wall. Now, MBTA can display accurate, sharp imagery from up to 100 channels of streaming video, significantly enhancing situational awareness of the transportation network. Barco’s TransForm N processing nodes and CMS-200 Control Room Management Suite software combine to facilitate organization, control and sharing of data and video among the team to enhance decision-making.