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Just Add Power Makes the Grade for Fulton County Schools

Nisewonger AV Relies on Ultra HD Over IP Platform for New Video Wall in District’s Emergency Operations Center

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LARGO, Fla. — Feb. 5, 2020 — Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, today announced that its Ultra HD over IP video distribution system has been installed at Fulton County Schools’ (FCS) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Georgia. Tasked with upgrading the EOC’s technological capabilities, integrator Nisewonger AV relied on J+P’s solutions to reliably distribute video content to a new 2 x 6 video wall, allowing Emergency Operations Department staff to monitor weather and security alerts, school IP camera feeds, social media postings, and local and state events.

“Previously, the EOC relied on a standard HDMI 8 x 8 matrix switcher for video distribution, which had run out of room, making future expansion impossible,” said Adam Yates, vice president business development at Nisewonger AV. “Moving forward with a fixed-format approach would have required an upgrade to a much larger and more expensive switcher. Instead, we decided to utilize an AV over IP solution, which would allow us to create a virtually unlimited matrix switch system. But not just any solution would do. In mission-critical applications such as the EOC, it’s necessary to deploy equipment with a great track record of operating reliably in 24/7 environments. We knew Just Add Power’s Ultra HD over IP platform was up to the task.”

FCS’ J+P system offers ultra-low 16 milliseconds of latency from source to screen and supports 4K Ultra HD resolutions and HDMI 2.0 devices with HDCP 2.2. The platform enables seamless switching between any resolution HDMI source as well as uncompressed lossless multichannel audio formats, including Dolby Atmos support. Video wall functionality is built-in for displays installed in portrait and flipped configurations, as well as image push, pull, and pop features. An integrated scaler on the receiver automatically adjusts the picture to fit the screen.

Each of the 12 displays in the EOC’s video wall is equipped with a VBS-HDIP-508PoE 3G receiver. Sources include multiple cable set-top boxes, an Apple TV, PCs, 10 Antrica SpotBox4K multiviewers for IP camera footage, a Biamp Tesira digital signal processor, and a VoIP voice system. 12 sources are connected to three J+P VBS-HDIP-747PoE 4-in-1 3G rack-mount transmitters, and eight are outfitted with VBS-HDIP-707PoE transmitters. In addition, the system features J+P’s VBS-HDIP-759A 3G four-input tiling processor, which allows up to four sources to be viewed on a single display.

“With the safety of students and staff on the line, FCS had extremely high expectations for its video distribution system, and Nisewonger was able to meet and exceed them with our Ultra HD over IP platform,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at J+P. “The district has relied on the video wall heavily to monitor a wide range of video sources, and it hasn’t let them down. We are proud of the rock-solid performance our solutions have provided in this — and many other — projects where there is no room for failure.”

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About Just Add Power
Just Add Power (J+P) was founded in 1992 by a group of former employees from the IBM Corporation. The motivation behind the company and the name was to come to the market with applications that totally support customers, their investment, and are easy to use. With the 2009 introduction of the HDIP™ solution for distributing HDMI® over IP networks, the company has become well known across many new markets.

The J+P design and manufacturing philosophy is evolutionary, not revolutionary. For example, customers who invested in our solution in 2009 can still purchase new transmitters and receivers today to expand and maintain their system. J+P takes pride in having created an infrastructure that can be sustained and manufactured reliably for many years, making improvements through free firmware updates. When the company adds features that can’t be done through firmware alone, it builds new hardware with an eye towards backwards compatibility. The J+P evolutionary product design philosophy ensures the protection of the customers’ investment and increases system value over time.

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