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Case Study: American Spaceport, Southeast USA

A world-renowned multi-user American spaceport in the Southeast USA supports over 90 private-sector partners and around 250 partnership agreements. The complex activities of the 219 square mile spaceport and its vast array of campus utilities are monitored from the control room, a major feature of which is the 10 x 4 LCD video wall from Christie Digital, replacing an older system that no longer met government requirements in terms of operating system and warranty. Datapath’s VSN1182-RPSU was chosen to provide a replacement video wall controller that would offer flexibility, while improving the existing hardware and software security, and to take advantage of Datapath’s graphics cards and powerful data third-party visualization software from Primate Technologies. Since the VSN11 range has been developed to support Image graphics and decoding cards, both physical and IP video sources can be displayed on medium and large-scale video walls. As a result, operators can view any source on single or multi-screen layouts.

This launch operations center is a heavily utilized facility managing complex activities for both public and private customers. Due to this extremely tight schedule and limited access to the 200-square mile site, the installation of this video wall, processor and control System had to be well planned and executed.

Datapath worked with the Space Agency’s integrator, AV-Worx, to deploy the new video wall controller with minimal interruption to the campus activities. The VSN1182-RPSU was selected along with multiple Datapath Image graphics cards to support the Christie wall.

This was a unique control room video wall controller deployment that leverages the data visualization software of Primate Technologies. This low CPU overhead application runs natively on the Datapath controller to create a single window of content across the entire video wall.

With its video processor replaced and the latest graphics cards installed in the Datapath VSN chassis, the Spaceport now has a control room visualization experience that is far superior and more secure than what was previously used. To minimize installation disruption, AV-Worx, Datapath, and Primate carried out meticulous planning and testing before installation day.

“After 9 months of planning and advance testing the hardware systems to be installed in the Launch Control Center it was all systems go for the installation to commence,” said Johannes A. Csonka, CEO at AV-Worx.

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