U.S Foods is one of the USA’s leading food service distributors. They are among the top fifteen largest private companies in the US with annual revenue reaching just shy of twenty billion dollars. The company employs around 25,000 people in more than sixty locations nationwide. U.S Foods provides food and other related products to more than 250,000 customers in healthcare and hospitals, government and educational institutions and much more. Since 2011 U.S Foods has launched a new brand identity that revolves around creating a better food offering and experience for their customers. In the last few years, this has been a staple in their growth as they have been able to produce more specialized products, brands, and services for their customers.
U.S Foods called upon Immedia to help develop a central location where they would be able to track information. Information such as delivery time, tracking and network downtime were among the metrics wanting to be tracked. The goal was for information to be tracked from all different avenues and dropped into a domain location in order for U.S foods to better visualize their data. Immedia took it a step further and proposed a solution that gathers this information and displays it on a 3x3 Panasonic video wall using RGB Spectrum to map all connections to a corresponding output and Galileo processors for additional features and capabilities. The entire system is then lead using the Crestron Control panel. The Galileo processor powers 56I/O chassis (inputs + outputs), which provides U.S foods with plenty of growing room as the main location only consumes nearly half of these.
Ironically, upon completion of the initial central build, U.S foods pushed for further growth and Immedia is currently working on developing a similar system within their data center just five miles. Within both of these systems holds a 500GB RAID-1 backup redundancy solid-state disk drive in the event of any system failures. Each location contains nine outputs connected to displays to make up the 3x3 video wall, one display in open office space, and one connected to an h-364 encoding device that allows anyone on U.S foods network to view content from the video processor. Immedia was challenged with determining how best to design and engineer two 3x3 video walls in separate locations and give U.S foods the freedom to play identical or unrelated content. Now U.S foods have the ability to view and display content of their choosing from both locations and Immedia is currently working on making their jobs even that much easier by installing high definition cameras ‘behind the scenes’ that stream video online displayed behind the video wall. The camera will give the user/viewer the ability to view the entire video wall or simply tell the camera to zoom in and display only one of the displays.