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Sharp/NEC Displays Improves UDOT Traffic Security Ahead of Labor Day

Published: 2023-08-28

The Utah Department of Transportation’s Traffic Operations Center is responsible for the behind-the-scenes tech that allows for safe and reliable transportation across the Beehive State. The Traffic Operations Center provides updates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including traffic and congestion information as well as road, weather, crash and construction impacts. The center provides computer-directed traffic cues, accident management on major highways, authority over electronic signage and more, all in an effort to keep Utah’s roadways as secure and informed as possible.

UDOT’s project manager, Brent Parker, enlisted the expertise of Dalton Parker, CTO for TVS Pro, to design and install a replacement of three rear projection screens — two single side displays and one 4×3 main display — with three DVLED walls.

Technology Solutions

Sharp/NEC displays installed inside control room.TVS Pro thus had to design and implement a new system to route all of UDOT’s 1,700+ cameras to multiple screens throughout the Traffic Operations Center. As the tech needed to run flawlessly 24/7, 365 days a year, TVS Pro knew it was essential to incorporate products the state could count on.

The team thus selected Sharp/NEC displays to fulfill the need for functionality, flexibility and customization for the UDOT Traffic Operations Center. With Sharp/NEC’s reliability, quality and supportive customer service in mind, TVS Pro installed two 110-inch diagonal DVLED displays for the upper videowalls and one 22-foot-by-13-foot videowall for the main wall. With this, the team could ensure large, detailed imaging even amid foggy weather, snowstorms and heavy rain. The 1.2mm pixel pitch of NEC’s DVLED also provides an ultra-high definition view of UDOT’s camera footage. As a result, it generates some of the clearest and most detailed visuals possible, which are crucial during emergency situations.

Per a statement, with the previous displays, the team had limited ability to increase or decrease the size and layout of their video feeds. The team wanted to have the flexibility to change and alter their view, with abilities to modify pixelation, brightness and layout. Additionally, granting UDOT the ability to view multiple video sources at once would also give them better coverage during emergencies, snow and other weather events.

With this new Sharp/NEC installation, the UDOT can thus easily view any traffic cameras across the entire state of Utah: That’s 1,700 cameras on roads, providing 1,700 views of the streets. No longer was the team limited to fixed sizes of available videos and images, but they now had the ability to scale to different sizes based on the needs of varying emergencies.

The new technology now provided the UDOT team with crystal-clear vision into vehicle crashes, highway fires, snowstorms hindering views and more, allowing for better help during some of the worst times.

Proven Results

UDOT center during daylight.TVS Pro’s Dalton Parker shared that the project were “plug and play” and his team had a seamless and positive experience utilizing the Sharp/NEC products. According to Parker, UDOT was extremely happy with the outcome and products used and the entire operation “could not have gone more smoothly.”

“This has been an incredible process,” states Parker. “We are so proud to have provided this service for the UDOT and have a small hand in keeping Utah’s roadways safe. This couldn’t have been possible without Sharp/NEC products and guidance from their team.”

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