RGB Spectrum Revs Up Video Business

Taking the technology it has developed and bringing it to a market more focused on high-end video and graphics, RGB Spectrum is finding itself tapping a host of new opportunities for its custom video solutions.

RGB Spectrum aims to leverage its work with the military into new commercial sector business.

RGB, which developed its own technology for high-end, multidisplay video systems, provided systems for a new imaging laboratory at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., which will use the systems for classes in multimedia and electronic game design.

Geer Sound and Communications, a solution provider in Burlington, rolled out the solution using RGB's QuadView XL, a multi-image display system that accepts high-resolution RGB, HDTV, S-video, component and NTSC/PAL composite video and can provide four simultaneous, streaming images on a single LCD.

"They had Mac labs, and what they wanted to accomplish was to create teamwork tables, or pods, where several people at the table could work together on a project and view what each was doing without having to run around and look over each other's shoulders," said Arnie Ginsburg, a technical sales consultant for Geer. "The RGB Spectrum unit was a proven performer, and takes multiple signals and can route them to a single display at high [resolution]."

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RGB's successes have not stopped there. The company also recently installed technology for Chicago's 911 emergency center, and is expanding on its longtime work for the Pentagon, said Tony Spica, vice president of sales at RGB.

The 50-employee, 15-year-old company has built its technology largely from the ground up. The military video display solutions have been used in battlefield scenarios, providing custom video systems that have permitted military leaders to link up and take part in high-performance, realtime conferencing. They include command and control video, recording and switching capability, and have been deployed in tactical operations centers and unmanned aerial vehicles, among other solutions.

Building on that experience, RGB has developed and productized that high-end, high-level technology for the commercial applications. Depending on the configuration and solution required, RGB prices the custom systems anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.