Aug 09, 2022

Making the best operator workspace even better: a walk through OpSpace’s new features

Control Room 2 min read last updated on: Aug 17, 2022

Barco’s OpSpace is an operator workspace that is tailored to the operator. And as the needs of the operator evolve, so does OpSpace! Regular updates make sure the software always answers to the latest requirements. The recently released version 1.9.5 again features some very interesting updates. Let’s take a look!

1. Hyper-V Resource Pooling

Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hypervisor solution for servers, which creates virtual machines, is continuously growing in importance. Companies are increasingly relying on it for virtualization and on-demand provisioning. Also control room projects are starting to rely on Hyper-V, so we enabled the OpSpace RDP+ to communicated with Hyper-V. Operators can now dynamically connect to sources on Hyper-V, opening a world of new opportunities.

2. Relative mouse support

Unlike a modern USB-mouse, the legacy PS/2 mouse generation used relative pointer coordinates to navigate on a pixel space. While this has little effect for users, it does make a lot of difference for the computer systems. Customers with legacy sources using a PS/2 mouse, or with proprietary hardware or software that use a relative pointer system, could not integrate these sources into OpSpace in a convenient way. The new software release extends OpSpace with an option for dedicated sources using relative mouse coordinates. This does not change the normal behavior, but enables to migrate legacy systems or integrate 3rd party hardware.

3. Observer mode

The new Observer mode puts access granularity and workflow abilities to the next level. This expands the existing Private mode – which allowed operators to view exclusive sources, like private e-mail – with a sharing option. An operator in control of a source can now grant viewing access to the private source to ease collaboration and situational awareness in the control room. At the same time, the exclusive control feature is expanded to all interactive sources – including RDP.

4. Flexible layout options

In some environments, there is a static and locked layout for the operator, which means that the layout cannot be manually changed. This is mostly done for security reasons. OpSpace already supported this option, next to the normal dynamic layout mode. But sometimes, individual operators still want the ability to choose between different layouts in the locked mode, for example to switch between night and day shifts. This extended capability is now available as well.

OpSpace also expands the layout options upon login.

Additionally, OpSpace also expands the layout options upon login. Traditionally, when an operator logs in, the system automatically loads the last known layout for that operator. While this is most often the preferred case, some operators prefer to have a default login layout. This is particularly interesting for operators who change their layouts frequently depending on the situation of the day. Although this is a simple addition to the OpSpace system, it was long-awaited by operators and will be met with a lot of enthusiasm.

 

These new features are handy additions to the already vast list of capabilities of OpSpace. Curious to know more about how OpSpace can boost your operator efficiency? Then get to know this solution in full on this page.

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