University installs inviting signage

AUTHOR: Inavate

The UK's University of Sheffield recently expanded its Student’s Union, adding two Samsung 46” ultra thin bezel LCD videowalls that are viewed through glass windows from outside the building. The solution, provided by a partnership of PSCo and Universal AV Services, displays news, offers and events.

When the university decided it wanted to provide display solutions for the Students’ Union to advertise events, special offers and news it turned to Universal AV Services. Both videowalls can be viewed from outside the building. The first is in a 3x3 138” formation and the second a 2x2 92”. Inside, different information is displayed throughout the building on ten 42” commercial Panasonic TH-42PH20 series plasma screens with Onelan net-top boxes.

Anders Jacabsen, project manager for Universal AV Services’ project manager, said: “We demonstrated a few different solutions to the Marketing and Estates teams at Sheffield, considering rear projection, LED display, and large format videowalls. I had previously had contact with PSCo and was aware that they are videowall technology specialists, so they were my first port of call. Following a product demonstration with PSCo at the Samsung headquarters and further live tests of the technology in situ at the University the Samsung 46” LCD Videowall display was chosen to be the most suitable and best possible option.

“Universities seem to constantly be on the lookout for new technologies that can be cost-effectively integrated for the benefit of their students.”

Liam Norris, project manager at PSCo, added that the largest challenge was a high level of ambient light. He said the Samsung displays, with a brightness of 700 cd/m², were chosen to tackle the problem.