TAXING TIMES: IMAGSYSTEMS LIGHTNING VIDEO-OVER-IP TAKES CONTROL
The Thai government Excise Department in Bangkok has moved into an upgraded command and control space based on iMAGsystems’ Lightning video-over-IP encoders and decoders. The system integrator for this innovative installation was Bangkok-based Vichai Trading 1983.
Initially the installation was to be based on a software video wall solution. At Vichai’s insistence this decision was reviewed due to less than satisfactory experiences related to the software’s reliability — it required updates and regular reboots that interrupted the video wall’s pivotal role in monitoring the collection and control of customs and excise and other import duties.
When approvals arrived for the construction of a new command and control room, authorities were determined to have the best, most reliable and exible room possible. After a tender process the department appointed Vichai Trading 1983 as project integrator.
Representatives of Vichai Trading 1983 discussed the project with iMAGsystems VP of International Sales Chris Smith at the 2017 ISE show earlier this year. Vichai had previous experience working with compressed video-over-IP systems and felt comfortable specifying the higher-performing, uncompressed, latency-free Lightning product.
The versatile video wall takes the output of three PC workstations in the room, along with input from a Wolfvision Cynap wireless collaboration system, a Sony Blu-ray player and an Apple TV, and sends it to the 16-panel video wall via iMAGsystems LZ1501E video-over-IP encoders.
The 4×3 centre section of the video wall takes the output from 12 iMAGsystems decoders and, via iMAGsystems’ on-the-fly, instantly-reconfigurable video wall and multi-view capabilities, can display a whole host of different viewing profiles.