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Barco introduces new immersive and seamless video wall for Big Data collaboration
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014
 Kortrijk, Belgium, 30 January 2014 – Barco, a global leader in professional visualization systems, proudly introduces the OverView Seamless Videowall (OSV) series for enhanced collaboration experiences. The large panoramic seamless canvas can display a mix of data and video in high quality without the distraction of seams or bezels. This curved display suits the visualization needs of a multitude of applications – from crisis operations rooms, to brainstorming and planning rooms, to more traditional control room applications in utilities, energy and process control. As part of a full solution, OSV also comes with TransForm C, an innovative controller and collaboration management system that enables all content to be positioned optimally on the screen by means of an easy-to-use graphical user interface with touchscreen.

The trend towards using huge amounts of information (Big Data) to enhance decision-making requires larger resolution canvasses to visualize this abundance of data in the most optimal way. That’s why Barco is introducing the OverView Seamless Videowall (OSV) – a large curved video wall that combines the advantages of using rear-projection cubes (24/7 reliability, high uniformity, and short throwing distances) with Barco’s advanced image processing to create a panoramic seamless canvas. This means that all information is displayed in the most efficient way, with no distracting interruptions in the visualization of critical data.

The first three OSV models – the OSV-340C, OSV-560C and OSV-790C – offer display canvasses of 3.8, 6.2 and 8.5 megapixels, respectively. Sizes vary from 3.5 to 6.5 meters (138 to 256 inches) in width, giving every participant a front row seat. The display’s height is fixed at 1.4 meters (55 inches).

All models feature a curved screen that generates a natural immersive feeling and provides better viewing ergonomics from every position in the room, which improves awareness for collaboration. Delivering the widest viewing angles with high contrast and low reflections, the tailor-made Barco proprietary semi-rigid screen technology is perfect for today’s demanding collaboration scenarios.

Positioning content made really easy with TransForm C
The OSV solutions also introduce TransForm C, Barco’s impressive new video wall controller and collaboration management system. TransForm C allows users to drag-and-drop sources freely onto the screen. The sophisticated intelligence of the system, combining auto-generated and content-type dependent layout regions, always provides the ideal collaboration composition on the canvas and ensures optimal usage of the display surface.

In addition, direct integration of a Barco ClickShare wireless presentation system allows users to display content from their laptop, smartphone or tablet on the video wall by simply clicking a button. Every ClickShare source is available in its full native resolution. Depending on the configuration, up to eight users can use ClickShare to share content on the OSV for maximum collaboration.

Leveraging Barco’s 24/7 LED technology
Images are displayed on the OSV using Barco’s LED-lit rear-projection technology, which has a track record of many years in the field. Developed initially for video wall cubes in the control rooms market, Barco is now making this ultra-reliable technology available to a broader range of applications. This means that other markets can benefit from all the advantages of LED technology, including: very low maintenance, substantially reduced power consumption, and long lifetime. The use of DLP projection technology makes the solution fit for 24/7 use, preventing the image retention (e.g. a burned-in company logo) often seen in less qualitative solutions.

The most compact seamless video wall
Proprietary screen technology combined with highest precision optics have enabled Barco to develop a unique seamless curved canvas with a depth of merely 1.1 meter. This includes the space needed for maintenance as well, so the system can be positioned directly against a wall – ideal for smaller areas.

Wide range of applications
“The OverView Seamless Videowall (OSV) solution has been carefully developed as a complete system, bringing significant added value to a wide range of applications,” says Dirk Hendrickx, Vice President Strategic Marketing Industry and Government at Barco. “Not only is it the ultimate display solution for evaluating Big Data, it’s also a perfect fit for crisis management rooms as well as process control and planning environments. The seamless canvas, immersive experience, excellent image quality, high reliability, and flexible content sharing are prized as critical benefits for today’s collaboration challenges.”

Discover the OverView Seamless Videowall series – and more of Barco’s innovations – at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) tradeshow in Amsterdam, 4-6 February 2014. You will find Barco in Hall 11, booths #F78 and #H75.