Meeting Room 817 – Incorporating the Hardware

As we enter into the second week of construction on meeting room 817, great progress has been made. Our engineering team has been spending a lot of time this week testing out our hardware setup, making sure panels were defect free, and checking software compatibility to make sure everything will run smoothly. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to begin discussing the hardware which has been chosen and how we will be integrating it into the design of the room.

When planning the system architecture for the room we started by considering the different scenarios it would be used for and what requirements would be necessary for each of them. As we outlined in our last post, there are a total of eight screens being installed in the room, four 46” displays for the 2×2 video wall, three 42” digital signage screens and one 55” touch screen panel.

After much careful deliberation, we decided that a total of three systems are required to effectively manage all of our screens. A VIA MW Series Video Wall Controller will be used to power the 2×2 video wall as well as act as a server for scheduling the content to be played on the three digital signage screens which will utilize a VIA Video Wall Mini as the client side player. Finally a VIA ARTiGO A1250 is used as the player for the 55” touch panel screen. The fun part is figuring out how to get all these systems working together effectively and out of sight.

The meeting room table is an important piece in the overall design, creating a focal point which ties the room together as well as allowing us to hide the MW Series Video Wall controller and Video Wall Mini Player inside while maintaining easy access to the machines. Power buttons, a USB hub, and an HDMI capture-in cable have been integrated into the table top to allow users easy access points to turn the systems on, play files from USB thumb drives, or connect a laptop to the video wall while a wireless mouse and keyboard allow for anyone around the table to take control. The 55” touch screen acts as a stand-alone demo unit in the room and the compact VIA ARTiGO A1250 has been attached to the back of the panel through a VESA mount.

While most of this may seem simple, if time is not taken to think beforehand how everything will fit in and be accessed problems will arise. Tomorrow we will be sharing with you the software side of the story and how our MW Series Video Wall Controller will take center stage in this setup.

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