Barco makes video integration platform for the operating room greener and smarter
Kortrijk, Belgium, 20 September 2018 — Installed in over 2,000 operating rooms worldwide, Nexxis has become the preferred video integration platform for the surgical suite. The new generation of uncompressed encoders and decoders makes the platform even more connected, flexible and serviceable than before, and also more sustainable.
Video integration can bring solace to medical staff who need to control and operate an overload of segregated systems and medical devices in today’s operating rooms. That’s why Barco developed Nexxis™, a video integration solution that builds on the IP network to securely share uncompressed, high-resolution video and audio, from a variety of medical systems, in and between operating rooms.
“The new Nexxis hardware has been designed to further promote flexibility, compatibility, and serviceability of the platform,” says Johan Stockman, Barco’s VP surgical imaging. “With that, it meets the demands and requests of operating room staff worldwide, who want more simplicity (79%) and easier integration of medical devices (93%) in order to increase efficiency and reduce workload.”
Easier to integrate
Nexxis allows for streaming of both HD and 4K signals without downscaling. It uses the best available color reproduction methods like 4:4:4 chroma subsampling and automatic color gamut selection (BT.709 or BT.2020) to detect the camera source and configure the display.
This can be done via smart plug and play of devices, with as few components (and hence fewer points of failure) as possible. What’s new is that it now also supports additional connectivity options, such as 4K endoscopes with HDMI 2.0. In addition, the Nexxis adapters are the only AV-over-IP devices on the market that support two dual-channel Full HD inputs. Nexxis is future-proof and ready to scale for future technology.
The new adapters are significantly smaller and lighter compared to their predecessors. They can be neatly stacked per three in a single 19” 1RU rack, via cleverly designed mounting brackets. This saves space and reduces cable clutter in technical rooms, as well as facilitating integration.
Fit for mobile trolleys
65% of OR Managers report compliance with hygiene and safety standards is a challenge. As with any device in the operating room, compliance with sterilization and safety standards is vital to ensure reliability and patient safety. That’s why every Nexxis component has been classified as a medical device CE/FDA (class II) and is fit for medical use.
In addition, the new highly compact encoders are a perfect fit for mobile applications. Moving trolleys through the operating room requires staff to turn off and turn on the power of the devices on the trolley. The new encoders help ensure a faster start-up.
Energy-efficient and sustainable
Every Nexxis component is designed and manufactured with special attention to the protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. Barco’s Design for the Environment program focuses on reducing the toxicity of products (RoHS and REACH compliance) and making solutions more energy-efficient.
The new Nexxis hardware is 50% more energy-efficient than before. The environmental impact is smaller, thanks to the compact format, lowered heat dissipation and lower power consumption. In addition, Barco aims to further reduce shipping costs and waste by only shipping the power cables that are needed dependent on the region.
Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop visualization and sharing solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2017, we realized sales of 1.085 billion euro. We have a team of 3,600 employees, located in 90 countries, whose passion for technology is captured in 400 granted patents.