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Putting the System Integrator in control; making life easier with Hiperwall.

A System Integrator’s mantra is to ‘get it right first time’; meticulous planning at the design stage will ensure no nasty surprises (and therefore costs) later.

But you can’t always plan for certain eventualities, and the control room environment is especially complex and dynamic. What the System Integrator wants most of all is flexibility.

Hiperwall’s IP-based infrastructure supports diverse system integration workflows which can be adapted as requirements change without the cost, complexity, and limitations of legacy AV-based proprietary systems.

Stephen Wair, business segment lead for Control Rooms at Sharp/NEC identifies the compelling advantages of partnering with Hiperwall to give the System Integrator an easier life!

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Image credit: Stephen Wair

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Historically, control room video wall processing was entirely hardware based. Direct connection to CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes), matrixes and multi-viewers – the control room has come a long way. The lack of flexibility and constraints of proprietary hardware systems has led to a migration away from direct-connected systems.

The current generation of powerful video wall controllers are IP-based, no longer needing specially built or supplier specific hardware.

Hiperwall’s innovative distributed visualisation architecture allows System Integrators a high level of flexibility to build a video wall controller system that is highly reliable in its operation, endlessly scalable, and with wide ranging layers of resilience and redundancy.


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Distributed visualisation

Hiperwall software is leading the industry with its distributed visualisation architecture. Instead of using a single computer or server for processing, like traditional platforms, Hiperwall’s unique and powerful system distributes the visual processing load to each computer in the Hiperwall network.

Every time a computer running Hiperwall software is added to the Hiperwall network, it not only adds a new content source or destination, but it also adds more processing power.

As a result, the total processing power of the Hiperwall system automatically increases as the number of components increases. This means that large walls do not outgrow the processing capabilities of the complete Hiperwall system and ensures that operators have the power to display a huge number of sources at one time.

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Standard Ethernet

Where legacy video wall systems typically require a complex combination of servers, matrix switches, and distribution amplifiers to deliver content to a video wall, the only infrastructure that Hiperwall needs is Ethernet. By eliminating this myriad of equipment, the Hiperwall system significantly reduces cost, complexity, space requirements, energy use, and cable clutter.

Meanwhile, the pressure is off the System Integrator’s ‘get it right first time’ strategy – there is now no end of ‘wiggle-room’! Simply flood the facility with gigabit Ethanet cabling at an early stage in the development process to save time and money down the line. The cost of redundant cable is so much lower than the cost of replacing broken cables and connections once a room is fully installed.

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Hardware agnostic

The major advantage of a network-based video wall controller is that the System Integrator is free to use any equipment brand of his choice – display, PC or network switches, even repurposing existing hardware. By leveraging existing supplier relationships, System Integrators can be mindful of end user cashflow, and as equipment manufacturers enhance their products, the whole system can improve incrementally. This future-proof approach ensures your system will grow with you, always harnessing the latest technologies whilst limiting wastage.

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Unlimited scalability

An IP-based system can link together as many displays as needed. There’s no limit to the size of videowall; add a further display for the Incident Room manager; a projector in the break-out room and collaboration displays in the briefing room – each addition requires no more effort that fitting the display to the network. It simply becomes another ‘drag & drop’ destination for sources, quickly improving the control room system’s operational performance. With Hiperwall, the system can develop incrementally as the end users’ needs change in the future.

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Resilience

Hiperwall software’s distributed architecture allows the use of two controllers in a system. With two control points working simultaneously the system is protected. If one controller goes down for any reason, the other takes over seamlessly. No panics, no stress, Hiperwall’s fault tolerant system affords the System Integrator complete peace of mind. Meanwhile, those overseeing who's accessing the system have robust user access control, tracking tools, and detailed authorisation levels to give full control over security.

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… making life easier with Sharp/NEC

The System Integrator’s desire for an easy, stress-free life makes choosing Sharp/NEC a simple win. Whilst Hiperwall’s hardware-agnostic architecture frees them to work with any display brand of their choosing, Sharp/NEC’s renowned reliability and long-life performance brings further peace of mind.

Widest choice

With ALL the major technologies in our portfolio including dvLED surfaces, LCD videowalls, large format displays, desktop monitors and laser projection, Sharp/NEC has the perfect-fit solution for every scenario. Through our partnership with Hiperwall, Systems Integrators need only one supplier for their entire control room solution.

Trusted reliability

Sharp/NEC is the trusted choice for mission-critical 24/7 environments. Manufactured to the highest quality standards, Sharp/NEC products have exceptionally low failure rates and Systems Integrators can rest easy with our industry-leading service and support. As your technology partner, Sharp/NEC provides long term support in addition to robust warranties and maintenance contracts.

Fail-safe operation

With redundant power supplies and data cards, our high-end LCD and dvLED products are designed to provide comprehensive system redundancy, guaranteed for fail-safe operation. No surprises, just consistent, reliable performance.

Long-life sustainability

Quality and sustainability go hand in hand as Sharp/NEC’s long-lasting products deliver consistent high performance often well beyond their warranty periods. dvLED technology is highly serviceable ensuring users benefit from its exceptionally long lifecycle of up to 10 years.

Learn more about the Sharp/NEC Difference, and why partnering with us puts you in safe hands
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Case Studies

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InfraServ Wiesbaden

The InfraServ Wiesbaden combined cycle power plant in Germany uses Sharp/NEC visual products.

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Regional Security Centre Olsztyn

For 24/7 monitoring of emergency services, the Regional Control Centre in Olsztyn, Poland uses visual technology from Sharp/NEC.

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Motorway Traffic Control Centre

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