Our biggest Barco control room project to date, a complete Barco rear projection 40 cube videowall, Barco videowall controllers and Barco Control Room Management Suite software package was installed at the premises of Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) in Randburg, South Africa.
We were fortunate to obtain permission from MTN to share the entire installation process, from dismantling the previous videowall to powering up their new Barco system.
The installation process start to finish
MTN is one of South Africa’s leading telecoms service providers with branches across South Africa and Africa, and is the 1st corporate in Africa to obtain this latest technology.
This latest Barco ODL series videowall is designed to operate 24/7, 365, for 11 years without a significant reduction in brightness and incorporates Barco’s unique SenseX technology helping to maintain image uniformity across the entire display.
A special thank you to Peripheral Vision, the South African distributor of Barco control rooms, Mr T S Zwane an external Barco specialist, Mr A Mahomed of Al-Kausar HSE services, and the Control Room and AV Solutions team for all the effort and long hours which was instrumental in making this massive undertaking a phenomenal success.
A functional and effective boardroom audio visual installation need not cost a small fortune.
We were tasked with providing a cost effective solution in two boardrooms at a local beverage supplier. The client wanted a simple, wired solution capable of showing presentations from laptops and utilising both VGA and HDMI cables. Nothing more! So, that is exactly what we provided.
We received a rather unusual request in October 2018: Relocate a 10 year old 30 cube Barco videowall and Transform A computer system from an existing site to a new location in Johannesburg, South Africa!
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This request, no doubt, came with a unique set of challenges and risks. Given that this equipment was long since declared “end of life” by Barco and no spare parts or support was available from Belgium for this “relic” the biggest risk in taking on this mammoth project was damage resulting from dismantling and transporting the equipment.
Personally for me, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the feeling of satisfaction, so I applied my mind to the challenge and accepted the project from this client.
Needless to say, we were able to successfully pull off this “miracle” and I got to experience my satisfaction!
Our team was all too aware of just how careful we had to be. I knew that the equipment would be in good hands. After all, I had personally, in the past, overseen the installation of many of these old Barco videowalls and was quite familiar with the Windows XP based Apollo software and Transform A computer system, and I had a competent team.
The videowall is stripped of its components.
The screens are being removed.
Barco certified engineer Yusuf R Shaik inspects the videowall.
The cables on the graphical computers are about to be removed.
The videowall structure is completely stripped of its components and is ready to be dismantled and transported.
The columns are assembled at the new site.
The videowall slowly takes shape again.
Our team cleaning the dust from the screens, now fully assembled.
The rear is also cleaned and checked.
Nashief has the honour of the first switch-on, now that everything has been checked. Success!
Our core team walks away, successful! The project was completed in just under 2 weeks.
34 Barco IVD5521 narrow bezel LCD panels were installed in a curved configuration for the main videowall which is driven by multiple Barco linux output nodes. This combination allows for the entire display to function as one large logical screen.
The content management was achieved with the Barco CMS (Control Room Management Suite) software package, especially developed for control room applications.
The entire project, from assembly to commissioning, was concluded in just over a week!
The project from start to finish
The site ahead of the installation.
Unpacking the boxes.
Assembly of the pedestals.
Our technical specialist, Nashief, hard at work.
The pedestals are connected together using a 5 degree curve kit.
Leveling the structure is extremely important.
Our Barco certified engineer inspects the structure.
Building of the second level starts.
Technical specialist Nashief inspecting the mechanism.
The Barco LCD panels are carefully attached.
Barco certified engineer Yusuf R Shaik being obsessive about a level structure.
Finally, all 34 LCD panels have been installed.
The client ready to test the system after alignment and installation of the CMS package.
The replacement of the LED light source and cooling units is recommended after five years of operation on the OL series Barco videowalls.
New generation-3 LED chains and cooling units
The new generation-3 LED chains which were installed represents the latest in LED chain technology, and is considered to be an upgrade from the original generation-2 devices originally supplied with the videowall.
In addition, all fifteen cubes had their liquid cooling units replaced to allow for optimum cooling of the redundant LEDs and internal electronics.
Initial alignment check
Replacement of components
Close inspection and fine alignment
Image alignment and colour balance
Once all the LED chains and cooling units were replaced, an image alignment and colour balance was performed to ensure that any content displayed over the entire 15 screens appeared uniform.
The entire operation was completed within three days.
• 2 x more brightness than mainstream LED-lit rear projection video walls
• 25% less power consumption at higher brightness levels
• More than 11 years of uninterrupted operation in 24/7 mode
• Unmatched colors, focus, and contrast levels
• Silent like never before (‘library’ noise level)
• Redundancy of critical components for ultimate peace of mind
• 50% setup-time reduction (motorized 7-axis alignment)
This 2×2 configuration videowall took our team less than two days to set up, from scratch, including the cladding, alignment and color balance.
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This product is available through Control Room and AV Solutions. Talk to us about your new Barco control room or contact us regarding the support of your existing installation. We are a Barco certified service provider with customer service at the forefront of all that we do.