Video & Command Center

Video & Command Center Solutions Case Study: Wiesbaden Army Airfield

Black Box offers a multitude of scalable video solutions to meet our customer's needs. We recently engineered, furnished, installed, tested, and commissioned a Cisco Data, Audio Visual (A/V), and Voice solution for the new U.S. Army Europe (USREUR) Mission Command Center (MCC), located at Gen. Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, U.S. Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany (WAAF). Our services included data (Layer 2/3) switching, full Unified Communications (UC) services, Video Teleconferencing (VTC), and a robust Audio/Visual (A/V) suite of products and services to allow for briefings, training, and real-time operational awareness monitoring from the Consolidated Operations Intelligence Center (COIC) and other video walls and conference rooms. The MCC is now equipped with a fully Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified end-to-end solution across the data, UC, and VTC networks.

The Black Box team implemented a Cisco DMP 4400G A/V Solution for the Command Control Communications Computer for Intelligences (C4I) system at the MCC to offer features such as sound reinforcement/audio playback systems with high fidelity audio, expandable audio digital signal processors (DSPs), IR microphone systems with lapel microphones and 74 push-to-talk systems (at podiums and tables), HD video displays, computer video from multiple networks, and video conferencing capabilities. The A/V equipment is industrial grade, to operate on a 24x7x365 basis and meet functional requirements such as tele-presence and large-scale conferencing needs. The Video Teleconferencing capability supports up to 130 people in the Combined Operations Intelligence Center (COIC) Knowledge Wall area; providing A/V essential support infrastructure and equipment such as DVDs, cameras, dual screen VTC units, and a computer and laptop video to allow for presentations on 48 70" LED/LCDs. To ensure no loss of service, we installed eight (8) back-up VTC units to the server in the COIC.

The COIC Knowledge Wall at MCC was also equipped with one (1) VTC Market Central A/B switch, which allows users to classify conferences as "classified" or "unclassified" and ensures classification integrity is maintained while in use; and discrete RS232 A/V control ports (IP based) with touch panel graphical user interfaces (GUIs), which allows instructors/presenters to easily operate all A/V equipment within the COIC, including camera control, audio source selection and volume control, set-top box selection and channel selection, Blu-ray disc selection, transport control, and lighting control.

Further A/V implementations carried out as additional Options to the baseline above, included EFITC teleconferencing capabilities to support up to 30 conference attendees in the War Room, 20 attendees for a Large Conference Room, 12 attendees for a Medium Conference Room, and eight (8) attendees for a Small conference room. Each conference area included the same infrastructure as the NOIC Knowledge Wall including the VTC Market Central A/B Switch, RS232 A/V control port, and all A/V essential equipment including DVDs, Cameras, dual screen VTC units, and 70" LED/LCDs.