China's booming economy has led the country to invest more on traffic infrastructure which has created the need for traffic management and security monitoring systems overseen by video wall displays in control rooms. Among all the traffic monitoring systems, those monitoring traffic safety in highway tunnels are especially mission and life critical.
A large system integrator in China submitted a bid for a highway tunnel surveillance control room project which comprised of a video surveillance system, an emergency operations system, a vehicle recognition system, and a traffic management system. At the center, a video wall was needed in the main control room that was able to display all data and video coming from these systems in real time with advanced warning capabilities that could draw an operator's attention to the most critical images.
Supported by the new AVS series, Advantech's newest video wall controller products, and co-validated with Matrox Mura MPX video cards, our customers was able to render a proposal which provided industrial-grade stability and reliability with the highest cost/performance ratio among competitors.
Ample inputs from data and video from different sources including 32 cameras and 20 operator workstations, servers capable of capturing multiple video sources (VGA, DVI, YpbPr, S-Video, Composite, SDI, etc.), and visualize and display data on multiple monitors with flexible configuration and outstanding computing performance for a 24/7 operation.
Before choosing Advantech's AVS products, the customer, like many other video wall system vendors in the China market today, developed video servers by themselves with components purchases from different sources. They had to test compatibility of these components, including motherboards, video cards, power supplies, and others, over and over again and often encountered difficulties in dealing with thermal issues and system performance and this meant a lengthy R&D process with repeated investment.
When finally completed, a workable system was provided to the customer for on-site installation but issues still happened. The graphic cards or memory modules broke loose or the system couldn't boot up. This was because their computers were not able to endure vibration during transportation.
They were also having to provide maintenance service for their systems. Individual components purchases from different vendors meant the technical support from their suppliers varied and was often of poor quality. Plus, they had to stockpile replacement components for maintenance needs causing extra inventory costs.
However, by choosing Advantech's turnkey solutions, all these hassles from R&D, shipment and installation, to after-sale service went away and now they are able to focus on their core business of designing and developing high-end video walls and providing value added services to their end customers.
Advantech's AVS series video wall controllers are dedicated to video wall applications with industrial grade designs for efficient heat-dissipation, anti-vibration, stability, and reliability features built-in. Each AVS product is sent to Matrox headquarters in Montreal to go through tests to ensure that the computer system is fully compatible with Matrox's Mura MPX video cards and can achieve optimal performance without electrical, mechanical, or thermal problems.