Stony Brook University Improves Emergency Operations with Hiperwall following Wrath of Hurricane Sandy

Hiperwall video wall software improves Stony Brook University emergency operations’ ability to access myriad information quickly during an evolving event such as Hurricane Sandy.

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After Hurricane Sandy ripped across the campus, Stony Brook University officials realized they needed a better emergency operations solution. With help from integration firm Intralogic Solutions, the university turned to Hiperwall video wall software.

When Hurricane Sandy ripped through Long Island during fall semester 2012, it was “an unprecedented event” for Stony Brook University, says Lawrence M. Zacarese, assistant chief of police and director of the Office of Emergency Management. In preparation for the next potential event, Stony Brook University added an emergency operations center featuring a video wall with Hiperwall software.

Mandel calls the Hiperwall implementation at Stony Brook University “a perfect example of being able to see everything in one place.”

More than anything else, the Hiperwall video wall software helped tie together various objectives that the university had for its emergency operations center, says Lee Mandel, CEO of Massapequa, N.Y.-based Intralogic Solutions, the integration firm that designed and installed the system.

“We wanted to tie in all systems into one common operating picture and not be limited based off manufacturer or vendor,” Mandel says, highlighting the hardware-agnostic nature of Hiperwall’s software. “Hiperwall was a solution that provided unlimited capabilities without the need for expensive hardware. We were able to easily bring everything together into one organized platform.”

Some of those factors that had to come together include:

  • Being able to easily pull together sources from any and all available sources to display quickly on a video wall to allow for quick-decision-making during evolving events
  • Use of existing technology, which was made possible by Hiperwall being hardware-agnostic and saved the university money

Mandel calls the Hiperwall implementation at Stony Brook “a perfect example of being able to see everything in one place.” That. he says, “Not only saves time but also increases efficiency.”

Intralogic Solutions worked with Zacarese and Stony Brook University lead programmer and analyst Steven Wong on the school’s specific emergency management needs. In the end, “Stony Brook used a combination of no bezel displays and thin bezel displays to create an organized and systematic video wall which helps keep all of the assets organized for the end user to control,” Mandel says.

However, the capability to pull content from anywhere and “display it on the Hiperwall quickly and prominently” to facilitate “quick and effective decisions” was paramount, adds Wong.

Watch the video for more on the Hiperwall emergency management solution at Stony Brook University.