Clays Corner Digibird Video Wall Controllers Part Four
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In our last installment
In our last installment, we went over tips and tricks to easily put together a Digibird video wall processor. You have undoubtedly been intrigued by the new, seamless video wall offering from Barco, called UniSee.
It’s a fully modular, self-contained, no-bezel video wall display with integrated mounting, and automatic real-time calibration functionality. So, what else do you need to know about offering a complete deliverable solution for a video wall.
I have found that the best
I have found that the best way to describe how a project goes together is by using pictures to tell the story. In this case a simple line-drawing of the system tells everything you need to know and visualize the simplicity rather than the complexity of the task you’re facing. Whether you do a quick napkin drawing, like I used to do years ago, or you choose to use a drawing app on your tablet like I use now, this is the way to help your customer over the hump.
Let’s take a look at a simple drawing that you should be able to reproduce on demand.
This drawing shows 4
This drawing shows 4 UniSee displays the Digibird VWC2 controller and 4 inputs. This sketch is so easy that you can make it into any number of displays, with any number of content sources.
Remember, Digibird is fully controllable from any computer or mobile device over the wired or wireless network. Additionally, the NPC or network preview card (DB-VWC2-xx-NPC) allows viewing of the real-time sources on the device. This option requires a 2nd network connection because it is a real-time stream. So, let’s now add either one or two LAN connections.
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Here, you can see the
Here, you can see the optional NPC card in the VWC2, and the two LAN connections to the owner-provided network switch. As you’re drawing this with the prospect, be sure to mention that they will want to make sure the network segment includes wireless access, so the user can control the wall from their mobile device. Mobile control can be done via an app or with the Chrome browser.
The user can simply drag windows around to configure the wall, or select presets with saved layouts. The caveat is they need to be connected to the device on the network. So, the owner’s IT department will need to make sure the network segment is open to support this connectivity. I always recommend DNS naming to make connection simpler, but it isn’t a requirement. Connection to the Digibird is password protected.
If this kind of control is not desired, or if network access is restricted, like in military or government installations, then a 3rd-party control system can be used via serial or network connection. We have an API (command document) available for download on the portal. In this scenario, you will not be able to drag windows around on the video wall, of course. Instead, the process is to create various screen layouts and save them as presets. Then, the 3rd-party control system can switch between those presets on demand. This will work just as well with a Neets control system as it will with Crestron, AMX, Extron, etc.
The Digibird controllers can control multiple video walls and displays. There for it is important to know that the Digibird controllers allow multiple-level of access control. This means that users can be assigned different levels of access that allows them to only be able to control what you want them to be able to control. As an example, in an environment where there are multiple walls and displays, a specific user can be allowed to change layouts on the video wall but not on the other displays. Or, a user can be allowed to choose preset layouts, but not to drag sources around to create their own layout.
By showing the customer a picture of a faux control page, this further provides a compelling visualization experience. Here’s an example of the user-interface for network-connected devices.
Another great function in this
Another great function in this system as it applies to integration into larger establishments, is that all of the controlled video walls and displays can be remotely monitored over the network. This allows a facilities manager to know exactly how each system is operating at all times, and can respond to issues immediately. This prevents unforeseen downtime and provides system documentation for scheduling maintenance and service prior to unexpected failure. This cannot be understated, especially in any command and control or security environment.
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When you couple the beauty
When you couple the beauty and simplicity of the Barco UniSee video wall with the power and feature-rich functionality of the Digibird controllers, you can easily paint a picture of success in the eyes of the customer. Please visit Digibird’s new website at www.digibirdtech.com to show your customers the power and functionality of video wall control in pictures. Plus, they have posted some videos which are displayed on their website as well. This video https://youtu.be/puZn-I2Kn8o that I put together is a great introductory piece on how simple it is to configure a video wall with Digibird. It is also available on Digibird’s website.
Please watch for Starin’s new turnkey Visualization Station bundles with UniSee and Digibird.