Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda emergency control centre
8th Aug 22

When Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council began work on its new Emergency Control Centre it was looking for video wall technology which would allow it to manage situations at a ‘Strategic Level.’

The installation completed by Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) allowed it to do just that, and is helping to protect a quarter of a million people in the region.

During 2020, the Council had to deal with Covid-19 as well as severe flooding across the area, affecting thousands of businesses and homes as river levels broke records going back over 40 years. 

The RCT Emergency Control Centre consists of one main room to encompass incident managers (including partner agencies) and support staff, as well as two break-out rooms.

It is designed for managers to have access to as much accurate information as quickly as possible to support the critical decision-making process.

The centre has direct dial capability to the Council’s Dinas and Abercynon highways depots as well as access to the County’s CCTV system and both video and telephone conference call capability. 

The main display which we installed is made up of four Barco KVD5521B video screens which can be used as a computer display and for conference calls.

But it can also show images from the Council’s widespread CCTV and telemetry systems as well as camera images from key areas that can be monitored remotely.

Our installation features a UVS WBC40 Videowall Controller and UVS Lucidity Videowall Controller Software.

It also has a desk-mounted touch screen for video wall control, which allows operational staff to instantly recall specific video wall layouts to suit different scenarios.  

We are delighted to be involved in such an important project, which is helping to protect the people and businesses of Rhondda Cynon Taf from the effects of flooding and other major incidents.

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"Last night I attended the RCT council emergency control room which was staffed due to the yellow weather warning for heavy rain. It was useful to see the new systems being tested such as culvert CCTV cameras, water level sensors & alarms."

Andrew Morgan | Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
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