Philadelphia boosts situational awareness in new Traffic Operations Center with Barco collaborative visualization

Atlanta, Ga. USA – 2 June 2016 – Barco, a global leader in networked control room visualization solutions, has collaborated with AV integrator Vistacom to deliver an advanced video wall solution that empowers City of Philadelphia to reduce traffic congestion on its intracity roadways and better identify, analyze and respond to incidents.

At one time, Philadelphia was the only city among the 10 largest municipalities in the United States without a Traffic Operations Center (TOC). Now, a new Barco video wall solution, complete with Control Room Management (CMS) software and integrated with a Genetec VMS, helps the third largest signal system in the country better manage traffic flows and handle problems in real time to respond immediately to issues.

“The Barco collaborative visualization solution provides access to real-time data about the City’s arterial system to actively manage thousands of traffic signals, allowing us to better manage traffic to improve safety, efficiency and innovative service for our residents and visitors,” comments Richard Montanez, Chief Traffic Engineer for the City of Philadelphia.

Creating the big picture with shared, real-time data
The goal of the TOC is to monitor the traffic in real time so the Streets Department can adjust signals, signs and throughways in case there is a massive influx of vehicles or pedestrians in one area. The Streets Department can then push the information to PennDOT and other agencies, who can adjust electronic messaging signs to notify people to move in different directions.

The City worked with AV integrator Vistacom in developing a Barco video wall solution to visualize video feeds from more than 5,000 cameras in a single, large common operational picture. The system ties into Philadelphia’s federated Genetec VMS, which allows the TOC to send, receive and display critical information from the Streets Department, Police Department, SEPTA, the University of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC). Traffic engineers can identify problem areas on the roadways in real time, and make better, faster decisions to provide the most efficient response to incidents.

Versatile views speed decision-making
Comprising 10 OLF-521 front-access, rear projected LED displays in a 5x2 configuration, the wall is powered by Barco’s Control Room Management (CMS) software
and TransForm N. CMS software configures how and where content is displayed. Operators can create perspectives (user-defined layouts) to view data/images/video in the most optimal way.

“Our collaborative visualization solutions are ideal for control room environments where the ability to view and share real-time data from multiple sources is essential to maintaining smooth traffic operations,” comments Hans Dekeyser, Vice President Strategic Marketing for Barco. “With the new video wall, the City has been able to significantly boost situational awareness to respond promptly to any incidents.”

About Philadelphia Streets Department
The Streets Department’s mission is to provide CLEAN, GREEN and SAFE streets in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The department is responsible for services ranging from curbside trash and recycling collection, to providing traffic and street lighting and snow removal, to the construction and maintenance of 320 bridges and 2,575 miles of streets and highways. Annually, the Sanitation Division collects and disposes of approximately 700,000 tons of rubbish and over 100,000 tons of recycling. The department is organized into three divisions: Sanitation, Transportation and Administration. Each division plays a significant role in managing the day-to-day operations of the department. Visit to learn more.

About Vistacom
Vistacom was founded in 1954 for the development and sale of state-of-the-art sound and emergency alert systems, and has since grown into a premier audiovisual integration firm. Vistacom's certified engineers and experienced technicians combine the latest technologies in audio, video, communication, and control systems into a cohesive and manageable format to improve the quality and effectiveness of business communications.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015.

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