Visualization specialist Barco (Brussels, Belgium) installed more than 200 display cubes in U.S.-based utilities and process control rooms in 2008. Major installations include display walls for NV Energy (Las Vegas, Nevada), American Electric Power (Columbus, Ohio), Consumers Energy (Jackson, Michigan) and Knoxville Utilities Board (Knoxville, Tenessee).
NV Energy, serving 800,000 electric customers in southern Nevada, will monitor tansmission and distribution on two 9×2 display walls consisting of 36 Barco OV-815 80-inch (203-cm) diagonal cubes. Each 9×2 wall will be connected to a Barco “Transform” controller for a real-time overview of power generation and distribution in the area. Both display walls will remain brightness-balanced and color-balanced continuously using Barco's Sense 6 active color/brightness balance system.
American Electric Power turned to Barco in 2008 for its new transmission control center. Operators monitor T&D operations 24/7 on two 4×3 and three 3×3 walls, all consisting of Barco OV-815 80-inch cubes with a dedicated Transform controller connected to each. Each wall remains perfectly color-balanced thanks to the Sense 6 active color/brightness balance system, which runs on a dedicated PC installed in the base of each display wall and constantly evaluates/adjusts color value on each cube over IP.
Consumers Energy commissioned three Barco display walls in its new T&D center and another two Barco display walls in its new Grand Rapids facility. Each display wall consists of Barco OV-708 70-inch (178-cm) cubes and has its own dedicated Transform controller.
Knoxville Utilities Board, responsible for the distribution of electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services to more than 430,000 customers in east Tennessee, contracted with Barco to implement a real-time overview of its operations. Barco installed an 8×3 display wall, consisting of 24 Barco OV-515 cubes, which enables operators to keep close watch on Knoxville Utilities Board's mission-critical operations.
A newly constructed T&D center in Kentucky installed a 14×3 transmission display wall consisting of 42 Barco OV-715 70-inch cubes and an 8×2 distribution display wall consisting of 16 Barco OV-715 cubes. Both walls permit the stock-listed company to monitor gas and electricity services for close to 400,000 customers in Louisville and surrounding counties.