Video walls installed in Bristol City Council’s “world class” security operations center by visual display experts Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) have completed 25,000 hours of continuous operation.

The three video walls are each made up of 55-inch 24/7 grade LCD displays with narrow bezels and are part of a multi-purpose center which brings together some of the city’s critical support services and acts as a control center in the event of a major emergency.

The Operations center, which has been operating since February 2017, houses what used to be the council’s Emergency Control Center, Traffic Control Center and Community Safety (CCTV) Control Rooms together in a single space for the first time.

Live CCTV images

It also installed a conference/incident video wall made up of four display

These teams provide essential public safety services that utilize around 700 CCTV cameras in the city. UVS installed a curved video wall made up of 12 displays for monitoring a wide range of data including mapping, traffic monitoring and live CCTV images. It also installed a conference/incident video wall made up of four display, with access to the same data, and a smaller police incident monitoring video wall.

Peter Anderson, Head of Connected City Service at Bristol City Council, said, “Having a high-quality and resilient monitoring wall is essential in providing a world class service that’s help keep the city safe, moving  and healthy. The monitoring wall provides the technology and framework for effective public space surveillance which is an integral element to provide first class images which can be used to help bring offenders to justice.”

Problem-free operation

UVS Managing Director Steve Murphy said the ability to provide high quality displays which have operated problem-free was key. He said, “The control center was hailed as world class when it opened and obviously seamless 24/7 operation is of paramount importance. We are delighted to have hit the 25,000 hours milestone and to be part of such an important project, helping to keep the people of Bristol safe.

As well as the video walls UVS also installed two video wall controllers and inputs to allow operational staff and visitors to display tablet and mobile device data on the displays. It also provides an annual maintenance contract.

Synectics Synergy VMS platform

All video wall control is fully integrated to the Synectics Synergy VMS platform"

Steve Murphy added, “The project was won after very detailed technical and commercial evaluation by the end client and their consultants (IBI) including detailed demonstration of the required system functionality. All video wall control is fully integrated to the Synectics Synergy VMS platform. UVS have worked closely with Synectics during the past 12 years, which ensured the seamless integration.” 

UVS, formerly eyevis UK, is based at Business First Burnley Business Center and provides video wall displays and audio visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK. It is led by four senior colleagues who, between them, have more than 70 years’ combined Audio Visual, Control Room and Visual Solutions experience.

Providing turnkey solutions

It has also opened a new London demonstration venue at Woburn Place, a short walk from Euston Station, to cope with increased demand for its technology. eyevis UK changed its name to Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) last September following the acquisition of eyevis GmbH by the Leyard group.

The rebranding has allowed the company to offer an expanded range of products and services and remain at the forefront of providing turnkey solutions for all types of audio visual and visual display applications.

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