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Case Study: Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center, Texas

Late last year, county officials undertook a major technological overhaul at Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Conroe, Texas. The mission-critical EOC acts as a central point for government officials and local agencies to analyze incoming data and manage response efforts to large-scale events or disasters, such as hurricanes.

Driven by the Christie Terra, a flexible SDVoE (Software Defined Video over Ethernet) based solution, a signal can now be distributed to any of the displays on-site via 10G Ethernet. A host of display technology – including 12 Christie Extreme Series 55-inch LCD displays has also been installed throughout, allowing leaders, activated departments, and first responders to interpret and respond to unfolding and rapidly changing events.

“Montgomery County wanted a very flexible space, and a system that provided scalability,” says Chris Lawson, regional vice president, Conference Technologies, Inc. “It was important for them to be able to add sources and displays, and push information to them in real time with low latency in any arrangement of video and data required. Choosing Terra enabled that. They previously had a fixed chassis system, meaning they were limited in their number of sources and where they could push that information. We added a lot more displays during the upgrade and Terra helped to deliver that flexibility.”

The primary EOC room now features a 12-channel video wall in a 2 by 6 array of Christie Extreme Series LCD displays, which replaced a 2 by 2 videowall. Flanking the adjacent walls are several Christie projectors. In addition, there are a several conference rooms, each with display technology ranging from a single display to four displays. The EOC also features a press area in a nearby building with a projector, four displays, podiums and microphones, allowing journalists to be briefed on the latest news. Christie’s Terra solution allows distribution of any source from the EOC to any desired room and/or display.

Christie Terra enables the transport, switching, processing and control of audiovisual content, including 4K at 60Hz video formats, over 10G Ethernet networks. Built on standardized SDVoE technology, Christie Terra provides unprecedented performance capabilities including the delivery of uncompressed, zero-frame latency, artifact-free video over readily available and affordable 10G components. Based on off-the-shelf 10G Ethernet components, the Terra solution allows for the design of simple, secured, flexible and highly scalable system architectures.

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