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Santa Barbara Emergency Operations Center

Santa Barbara, California

Electrosonic for County of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County went from a 1,600-square-foot trailer with a projector and a small TV to a new 11,000-square-foot building with integrated information sharing from internal and external sources, including news media, incident maps from geo-spatial services, live video streams from a county helicopter, and operational reports. Displaying and sharing critical information throughout the facility—via large display screens, flatpanels, or videoconferencing systems—improves management decisions.

The centerpiece Incident Management Room features a three-projector widescreen display. Conference and breakout rooms have synchronous videoconferencing with multimedia presentation, including a 50in. stereo videoconferencing display for the director’s office. Similar systems support the public-facing Joint Information Office. A mobile tablet device on a secure Wi-Fi network allows the EOC to control nearly all of its systems with a graphically intuitive user control system interface. The Media Distribution System within the Telecommunications Room is the primary head-end for AV systems and signage throughout the facility; any source—direct broadcast satellite, off-air antenna, cable television, DVD player, OFCI WEBEOC feeds, and videoconferencing codecs—can be viewed from any location’s display or PC by using H.264 video streaming encoders/decoders.

Key system components include Mitsubishi projectors, NEC flatpanels, Sharp flatpanels, Tannoy speakers, and Haivision encoders.

Minneapolis School Board Meeting Room

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alpha Audio & Video for Minneapolis Public Schools

Even though the meeting room looks like a standard council room, it is more of a broadcast studio. Located in the new Minneapolis Public Schools Administrative building, the room needed the best audio, video control, and broadcast technology so that the school board meeting could easily be viewed and heard by both attendees and local cable channel viewers. Alpha Audio & Video took the project over from another integrator and executed redesign and install in a very short time schedule.

To reach cable channel viewers, six Sony HD cameras and a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 Video Control Center and AJA Ki Pro digital video recording device support broadcast. Four 55in. LCD screens plus two 110in. screens with ultra-short throw projectors improve the viewing of attendees. A microphone, voting, and queuing system is installed in the dais. A Creston DigitalMedia control system is installed along with an iPad with Crestron Mobile Pro G app. All video and control signals are distributed via Cat-5e UTP cabling.

Key system design components include Crestron DM, Sony PTX cameras, Broadcast Pix Mica 500, AJA Ki Pro, Da-Lite screens, Epson short-throw projectors, Alzatex microphone system, and Whirlwind audio system.

The Springfield-Greene County Office Of Emergency Management

Springfield, Missouri

TLC Engineering, TechSpa, & Killian Digital for Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management

The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Missouri moved from an outdated, 100-year-old-plus building to a new purpose-built facility. The OEM operates on the basement and ground levels. A 911 call center on the second floor is set up for 32 live operators, and also contains four flatpanel displays for critical data communication—all are linked through a Magenta Voyager Matrix.

The OEM has a multi-functional design; rooms can be quickly commandeered as needed, whether to serve a mission-critical emergency role or to accommodate public officials, press briefings, and temporary coordination and call centers. The large main video screen interacts with 17 flatpanel displays throughout the room. Tables accommodate up to 65 personnel at any time. Telephone, Internet, and Voyager Matrix controls are built into all 65 workspaces for instant data access. Any iPad can become a system administrator and route any input/output on the Voyager Matrix to any space in the facility. Individual headphones allow independent audio selection depending on what is being shown on the projector or any one of the flatpanel displays.

Magenta Research’s Voyager VG-Matrix (via fiber optic) is the central hub. A Crestron module was created for the Magenta Voyager using a client/server methodology.

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