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Mainz Police HQ

with new Visualization System


The Customer

Large technical and organizational development projects are being carried out in Rhineland-Palatinate. This includes the management and situation center of the Mainz Police HQ as a central service and management center for all organizational units as well as an interface for the public, authorities, and institutions. An overhaul was required to adapt to structural developments and new digital technologies. The Mainz Police HQ was therefore tasked with developing a new video and visualization concept that will be able to handle current and future requirements. As a general contractor, BFE assumed responsibility for the planning, installation, and initial startup.

The Challenge

As a control center, the management offices of Mainz Police HQ are equipped with a deployment assignment system and request and switching technology among other things. Visual representation of information is required via various display methods: The police network requires map, aerial, and location displays, tunnel monitoring, as well as information graphics and texts or presentation support. It is also important to integrate external sources such as satellite and cell-based positioning systems, electronic monitoring, display of television images, and playback of data carriers. Future applications such as vehicle status indicators, location display of personnel units, or the transmission of images from raids/break-ins must also be taken into account.

The Solution

BFE developed a concept for the simultaneous management of the entire visualization system at multiple workstations via a graphical user interface. All image and audio signals as well as all display surfaces are shown here taking into account the space and the switching state. Employees work in groups with various user-related roles and authorizations according to their respective task.

A router provides different connections for signal inputs and outputs regardless of external locations or networks. The configuration and administration is performed via an administration tool with variable approval of permissions and roles as well as system-relevant settings including documentation.

In addition to large-scale display surfaces, additional display surfaces were also implemented in the deployment rooms. A central KMV matrix and connection components allow flexible usage possibilities. Control is simple to manage via the BFE ControlRoom visualization system, which connects all defined signal receivers and distributes the status information and signaling of all connected devices. Confirmations are always sent in real status.

Die Highlights

  • Large-scale display surface fitted with 12 displays. The monitor wall is designed as a split wall and is equipped with redundant controller computers. This prevents single-point-of-failure displays if the screen controller fails. The remaining components continue to work
  • Up to 12 output signals of the KVM matrix can be displayed simultaneously on the monitor wall. Default presets, which can be called automatically via the software, allow the individual signals to be displayed across 2×2 displays. Application in just one interface
  • The 4:1 multiviewer allows additional four-fold subdivision. This means up to 15 video signals can be displayed on the monitor wall
  • The monitor wall is specially produced by BFE from aluminum beam and cross-profiles with 19-inch mounting options on the rear, cable channels with cable duct, and a rear panel made of perforated metal
  • An acoustically optimized sideboard was also integrated for absorbing diffuse room noise and for more storage space below the monitors (all other furniture was provided by others)


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