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Barco boosts control room efficiency with new workspace solution

Barco has launched OpSpace, its new operator workspace solution, which provides access to different sources and applications on one workspace consisting of multiple displays.

The information control rooms require has increased dramatically, however cyber security threats have also increased making it more difficult for operators to access sub-systems securely in order to get a complete overview of a situation.

Barco has developed a new operator workspace solution, OpSpace, which is the first personal workspace that enables operators to be more efficient by integrating viewing and control over standard IP networks with low latency. This creates a single workspace for viewing, monitoring and interacting with a myriad of remote PCs.

By maintaining network isolation and security, OpSpace enables an operator to view and operate multiple clients that reside on multiple networks with different security clearances or liability concerns. This is especially useful for legacy systems or networks that need to be legally or operationally separate but managed by one operator.

All relevant information can be consulted and manipulated within a single pixel space, with just one mouse and keyboard, with freely moveable windows across multiple displays and a large number of signals per display. In this way, the operator is at the centre of the information and has all data within reach.

Barco’s OpSpace integrates all applications into a single workspace consisting of multiple displays on the operator’s desk. With just one click, the operator can call any application into a work area. The operator can then interact with this application while maintaining an overview of the other sources.

OpSpace provides secure access across multiple domains, integrating only at the presentation layer. Operators are also physically separated from the back-end systems that host the content, so that the system complies with governmental regulations and corporate requirements. Furthermore, OpSpace was designed for use in 24/7 environments, and has been tested rigorously to prevent any failure.

“When designing Barco OpSpace, we first identified everything that operators need in order to have a complete overview and control of any situation,” commented Dirk Hendrickx, VP general manager Barco Operational Collaborative Systems, I&G at Barco. “We saw that many operators were struggling to maintain control of a situation at any given moment, so we created an environment that integrates all of the tools they need to perform their tasks optimally. In this way, we’re helping operators become more efficient, and thus raising the effectiveness of the entire control room.”

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