The key to the impact of VisionPort is the Content Management System (CMS), a web-based interface that allows your team to build comprehensive presentations quickly using drag and drop positioning tools. Using the CMS, team members can combine pre-defined maps, pins, and other GIS visualizations together with graphic overlays, video, and web pages. These presentations can be used to walk the viewer through a complete story, flying from location to location along with explanatory text, photos, and videos. Simply choose an application to function as the base of the scene, and overlay your supporting information on top.
Using Unity, Cesium, and Google Earth, you can load architectural and engineering models on VisionPort. Explore them, or preview and visualize new spaces that are in development. This feature is particularly useful for architectural firms looking for a powerful medium to demonstrate their creations before they are built.
Panoramic video and photography can be used to explore virtual spaces and bring virtual reality experiences to a shared screen. All panoramic content can be viewed using the SpaceNavigator six-axis controller for tilt and rotation, and the CMS allows the user to tie a panorama in a presentation with other media types.
Images, videos, and web pages can all be overlaid on top of the background 3D globe or panoramic content on the displays. VisionPort supports transparency in graphics to simplify scene creation in the CMS, and web pages can be interacted with using a wireless mouse and keyboard.
Use search in the free flight mode to look for addresses, landmarks, or navigate to specific locations. Tapping on the highlighted roads launches Street View, which can then be explored by the user through tilt, rotation, and the ability to “walk” between scenes. Use the CMS to add predefined Street View locations to a presentation for added diversity and impact in your message.
Adding to the virtual experience is the included six-axis controller, which lets you sail around the globe, instantly zooming in, out, and around in completely fluid motion. Using the CMS, tours and overlays can be pre-programmed to provide guided experiences in addition to the free flight. VisionPort also has tools for building custom tours or visualizations without the need to understand geographic markup languages.
In addition to the main set of applications, additional add-on features can be purchased as kits and configured to further extend the base capabilities of the VisionPort experience.
VisionPort can be configured to join popular video conferencing solutions as a guest, featuring a software-level view of the system and any connected cameras in the room. Video calls can also be shared to the display wall or an integrated side screen, so that users can see who they are interfacing with.
Occasionally, users want to share a phone, laptop, or other mobile device to the main display walls. This add-on feature allows the system to place a window on screen to share a device to. A touchscreen view allows the window to be moved into distinct locations on the display wall, and an additional side screen can be integrated to show off the content without disrupting a presentation on the main displays.
Any HDMI capable video source can be shared to the displays using the Media Stream Integration. Simply place the window where you would like on the touchscreen and begin showing off your custom application, video game console, or cable television output on the display wall.
We can integrate the VisionPort with any existing displays in the room to complement the main display wall. This screen will be added to the CMS as a canvas for creators to make use of, and users can place a window featuring content from the other advanced feature kits on this screen via the touchscreen interface.
The system can be controlled and viewed completely remotely using the VisionPort Remote interface. A view-and-control mode can be used to see a live version of the system, where the user will have access to all presentations normally available on the touchscreen. Using a touch device like a mobile phone or tablet, a user can even control the camera position in Google Earth or Street View remotely, to test content, find a new view for presentation creation, or in a touchless environment.
A view-only mode is a shareable view of the main displays without any control available, great to share during a meeting with prospective clients. This view can be enabled and disabled at will, meaning that the view is only open as long as the user wishes to provide access to the system.
End Point Dev offers top-of-class support services for VisionPort beyond the installation of the platform. We are here to make sure you succeed with the platform by utilizing all of its many features to your benefit.
The VisionPort support team offers quick response times, efficient issue handling, and can answer questions from anything related to the system—hardware, software, content, and ideas. We maintain, configure, upgrade, add features, and troubleshoot issues that you may run into with your VisionPort. In addition to automated tests and checks always running in the background, the support team utilizes a live list of all active system issues and recent system screenshots to keep track of system status.
Our expert support team provides both on-site and remote training for the CMS and content creation, system use, and system upkeep. Additionally we have a number of materials available for users to review, including written training materials, short walkthrough videos, and even a full CMS training recording for our clients.
We have experience handling both temporary installations in trade shows or conferences, and permanent installations in museums, institutions, and corporate offices. We provide a complete installation solution, including shipping all hardware to the install site, on-site assembly of the frame or mounts, connecting all network equipment and interface devices, and full initialization and configuration of the VisionPort once powered up and connected to the internet. We are also happy to integrate with existing video wall solutions and work with other AV integrators.
The VisionPort is capable and flexible enough to adapt to different display configurations and layouts. If you have great ambitions in mind for the VisionPort, we can help you to bring these ambitions to life. Aside from the popular seven-screen configuration, we have set up the VisionPort like a cockpit, as a huge wall of monitors, and even as a floor made of 48 displays. We can help you create a unique and exciting setup for your space.
If you would like, we can prepare your library or archive of GIS data and other media for display on the VisionPort. We are experienced in developing solutions for handling and converting your photos, videos, 3D models, GIS data and tilesets, and other visual content into a presentation ready format that can be modified via our CMS.
If you are interested in pursuing other applications or possibilities for the VisionPort, we can help! Let us know what you’re looking for and our experienced team can provide you with a solution.
We use cutting-edge custom-built software to deliver an immersive GIS oriented video wall experience with extensive application support. Implemented using a ROS network, the system is composed of one or more video machines that deliver synchronized experiences to an array of displays. The software stack allows us to coordinate a presentation experience unlike any other with fine-grained control of every aspect of the video wall’s content.
VisionPort modularity and functionality comes from the “Robot Operating System”, also known as ROS. We chose ROS for its I/O flexibility, highly modular architecture, and the speed with which we are able to add new capabilities. With its large and strong open source software user community, ROS is a versatile framework which offers intriguing possibilities for quickly extending or configuring VisionPort with new features based on the needs of a client. Our team is able to use ROS to custom configure each system with a specific set of traits for your site, such as controller sensitivity, deployed applications, number of screens, and touchscreen views.
VisionPort consists of a server for control, a server that houses high-power video cards, and equipment for networking, power distribution, video extension, and peripherals. The entire stack occupies about 9U of rack space and can be enclosed in a shock-proof, portable flight case or mounted into a standard 19 inch server rack.
These servers are typically paired with one display per available video port, although the system is flexible enough to run at several different resolutions and screen sizes. Our team can work with you to determine the best layout for your room and provide an all-in-one solution, or integrate with existing display walls.
Google created the Liquid Galaxy in 2008 as an open source project that others could install on their own hardware, customize to suit their organization, and enhance with new features. End Point has been deeply involved with the Liquid Galaxy since those early days, with Google and many other customers.
We built our VisionPort on a Liquid Galaxy base, taking its capabilities to a higher level. But in addition to our most advanced work with VisionPort we continue to support and enhance many active Liquid Galaxy installations and collaborate with other Liquid Galaxy developers and users.
The Cesium KML-CZML Editor gives users the ability to visually and dynamically edit KML and CZML in its Cesium browser window. Updates made with it can be exported at any time to CZML, the native markup language for Cesium.