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  • Client: NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Project Date: December 2014

As part of a major upgrade to its headquarters, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) contracted EO Design to design and construct a large digital video wall that will act as a major communication and operational information display tool. The new digital video wall was to be used as the central information collaboration point by many of the State’s emergency services during various kinds of operations.

During the design phase the major considerations taken into account were:

  • As the new display was replacing a very large dual data projection image (see above) the new solution needed to provide a viewable surface area as big or bigger than the previous system.
  • The new display system would need to be able to show either; all required system inputs at once, a selected set of inputs at any time, or even one image across the whole display. As the information being displayed during an emergency operation is of great importance, the resolution of each input needed to be of the highest possible quality offering a true graphical representation of the selected image.
  • The system MUST be easy to use.

The final display system includes 100 x 42” NEC X462UN installed in a 10 monitors wide x 10 monitors high configuration. The combined display provides an effective viewable image of 10,184mm x 5,725mm. The screens are mounted upon a custom metal structure. The screens and the mounting structure weigh in excess of 4,000kg. Therefore EO Design employed structural engineers to design the custom bracket. Considerations taken into account during the bracket design were; ascertain the correct locations for the structure to tie back to the base building and where to locate the structural footing so the dead weight of the structure was evenly spread across the structural footings.

The Jupiter Network video display matrix system caters for up to 32 digital video inputs and is supported by 14 ancillary computer system inputs and 4 main computers along with multiple digital TV inputs including Foxtel. The Jupiter system allows for all of the 32 inputs with images including graphs, statistics, weather predictions and live streams from various sources to be displayed at the highest possible resolution, ensuring all parties involved in the operation are viewing the same quality image.

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is integrated to the solution via an AMX control system. The GUI itself resides on a large touch screen monitor and provides the system users with five separate pre determined display templates. It also provides more technical users with the ability to create their own custom templates on the fly.

The installation was completed in three weeks and the entire project was finalised within seven. The video wall is being used to display maps of affected fire areas; conduct team briefings; display action plans for each team and upcoming activities; present to various involved organisations; and monitor breaking news.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons concluded:
“Our new information display system will assist the NSWRFS to deliver on our organisation’s mission: to protect the community and our environment and to minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies by providing the highest standards of training, community education, prevention and operational capability.”

Our new information display system will assist the NSWRFS to deliver on our organisation’s mission: to protect the community and our environment and to minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies by providing the highest standards of training, community education, prevention and operational capability.
Shane Fitzsimmons,
Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service