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Old 12-09-2008, 10:05 PM   #1  
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Hey guys,

I work for a law enforcement agency that is trying to put together a room basically to have real time data operating center.

I personally believe that the expenses that have been incurred have gone too high simply because the funding exists. Heres my question:

Currently we are going to run two 65 inch 1080p televisions via HDMI to PC. The application that is being displayed by the TV is a low resolution mapping application that is very basic and in NO way utilizes anything HI-Def what so ever.

I suggested that a projector setup linking via PCs would be cheaper and utilize the technology that more so than getting HDTV. But the top level thinks that getting this now is better for the future and that having such a large screen allows for more windows to put more data in visual site.

Is there any alternative to such a powerful flat screen that will give us 65 inches worth of space that can be powered by a PC?

Or can you think of any reasons why running a pc based application may be a total waste of a television thats going to cost 5,000 dollars? I really want to try to convince them to scale it down because right now its just seems excessive.

Although, if anyone sees any pros to running it this way please let me know that as well. I am just trying to be cost effective here. I didnt want the HighDef Forum thinking I am bashing HD TVs lol.

Help me out guys..!
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:18 AM   #2  
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If they do not need all that screen space now then it would likely be cheaper to get smaller ones with less screen size and upgrade in a year or two when the prices are likely going to be HALF what they are for that screen size that is relatively new to be that big.

HDTVs are like computers were in the 90s, so the prices for the newly introduced larger sizes will drop a lot more than the small screens will as economies of scale and R&D are recovered. When the prices drop they can have MORE displays up and for likely the same price as getting the largest available model screen sizes now.
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Your distance from the monitor really plays a role as well here. If you are talking about a set up where people are never going to be more than 2 feet away from the screen, 65" is WAY over kill. But, if you are talking about a typical "dispatch" room where the intended audience is anywhere from 10-20' away from the screen and there are mulitple people viewing it simultaneously, the size is a necessity. Flat panel LCD's make more sense in the long run than a projector because you do not have to add the cost of bulb replacement in a setting where the screen may be on 24 hours a day.

I've done work on 2 different utility dispatch centers. One has a crew of about 3-4 guys and they use projectors. The guys sit roughly 10' from the screens and they are about 65-70" diagonal. The other set up had a crew of 6-10 and they sit 20 feet away from the screen. In that case the screen is, no joke, 9 feet tall and 35-40 feet wide. It's a matrix of edgeless monitors grouped together into a video wall. Point is, in the case of a dispatch type center, bigger is ALWAYS better even if the application is not "HD." Many of these apps are very basic, but you need the resolution to read the text from 10-20' away.

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Thanks I see the necessity if thats the case I think we'd be about 9 feet away btw..
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