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Are you thinking about setting up a control room for your network or security operations? And have you thought about installing a video wall to provide a common operational picture for a group of operators? Then you probably wonder which of the three dominant video wall technologies (LCD, LED or RPC) make the most sense. Although there is no short answer to that question, this article will help you to make a well-founded decision.
The video wall is probably the most obvious image we have of a control room. However, there are control rooms, often smaller ones, that do work without a large-screen common operational picture. Thanks to networked visualization technology, it is perfectly possible to view, share and interact with control room content on any operator position and on any display that is connected to the network.
As control rooms scale towards bigger operations, in general the need for a common operational picture, displayed on a large video wall, increases. In that case, there’s more content to be presented, more stakeholders involved, and more decisions to be made. Let’s look at some of the benefits of having a video wall in your Network Operations Center (NOC) or Security Operations Center (SOC) control room:
If you decide to invest in a large video wall, then which technology – LCD, LED or rear-projection (RPC) – makes the most sense for a NOC or SOC? Although there is no simple answer to that question, there are a few important considerations to take into account.
Since every control room is different, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. LCD and LED provide the best options for NOC or SOC control rooms where space is limited. Out of these two technologies, LCD is the more cost-effective one, while LED will offer operators a more ergonomic, seamless viewing experience, even in high ambient light conditions.
Still got questions about the different video wall technologies? Then feel free to talk to one of our Barco experts.