Surveillance Video Wall Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Oct 01, 2013, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

Relic, Eye Candy, or Critical? All three labels may describe surveillance videowalls - vast arrays of monitors used to display hundreds of camera outputs and other security information. They provide an efficient way to display video for large groups of people. However, the numbers of end users adopting traditional video walls is shrinking. Are they finding smarter ways to display video, or are they giving up a critical tool? In this note, we take a look at videowalls and find out.

Traditional Videowall Design

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Comments (7)

I would like to see different products comparison because there are LCD based video wall and projection based video wall. One of most challenging aspect is the bezel width and the ideal scenario is to have 100% seamless video wall. Thanks

Great report, Brian! Could you mention some well-known manufacturers of controllers?

What about software based (IP) video wall controllers?

We’ve tested the Hiperwall, i believe it has a cost advantage for larger video walls installations, besides the flexibility in distance and running multiple video walls; with no proprietary hardware.

As one of the resident Genetec supporters... I like that both stock photos of the command and control centers are running Genetec; maybe just a coincidence that they had some photos readily available, or not.

I've been involved with setting up both in the past - I'm not generally a fan of true videos (Barco in my experience), partially because Genetec has had good software built-in solutions for years, but mostly because of cost and having to support them. Unless your business is striclty digital signage, command and control centers i.e. Audio Visual companies, personally I think they can be more of a headache than theyre worth in the initial sale.

I run an active video wall for a few hundred cameras for a public safety surveillance centre. (Similar to the first photo showing a video wall). This is the third wall I have designed in my 20+ years in community public safety CCTV. I have experimented and trialled (and continue to do so) many other variations, methods and operating processes for open space CCTV.

My current wall is actually 3 arrays of screens that almost seamlessly join. The first and third array is 9 x 55" screens (3 x3) and the second (centre) array comprises of 4 x 3. This configuration allows for better live situational awareness for the operators and permits police and others also in the room at any given time the ability to quickly scan the wall.

Each operator proactively engages a camera on a centre component of the array they are viewing(on one of the full 55" screens) with smaller images surrounding the currently active screen (6 screen splits)

. Allows for better detection rates and monitoring of incidents. We can manipulate the sizes of the images displayed or what is on the screen like maps, dashboards and the like, and even making any array one large (lifesize type) screen to monitor a situation.

Operators are always moving (proactive) the PTZ cameras looking for potential danger to the public or property and responding accordingly.

I believe that there is a place for video walls still, but it really depends on what your CCTV system is for and how it is to be operated. Ie: reactive systems, systems just for security etc. may not require a video wall.

P.S. Our current VMS is Genetec too.

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I'm looking into a high level Video Wall system for a cannabis grow op company that owns 9 properties and warehouse facilities. They will have over 200 cameras and are hoping to have on screen per location. I have one quote for 3x3 of 46" LCD or LED... whichever is more expensive and non bezel. The cost for full turnkey with freight, complete install, color calibration and product is in the 70s. For a high level command center made for 24/7 viewing by one to two people. I don't see this as cheap, but I know that it could be far more expensive for a 5 star product. I also know they could throw 9 Samsungs on their wall and deal with all sorts of chords and installation headaches, but still be 50 grand less. I don't care about the price, I simply care about the customer's opinion. Plus, not all vendors are approved by our company. As we are a large Global 500 company. So it can be a headache as there are only a couple registered Video Wall vendors with our company. Do you have a top 5 for Video Wall companies?

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: What Is Your Top 5 For Video Wall Companies? Looking At This For 200+ Camera System

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I remember seeing this list on Google Picks:The first is Barco Video WallThe second is iSEMC Video WallThe third is Christie Video WallFourth Userful Video Wall Platform?Fifth, forget,

they each have their own advantages

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