Christie visual tech works behind the scenes of Expo 2020

Christie technology is powering the operational hub for Dubai’s Expo 2020 to ensure smooth running of the large-scale event and keep its millions of visitors safe and secure.

The Expo Operations Centre (EOC) for Expo 2020 Dubai, that runs from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, co-ordinates activities for the key operational team. It is home to three videowalls powered by Christie products, including twelve 4K 30,000 lumen projectors and Christie Terra transport, processing and control solutions, as well as support from Christie Professional Services.

Covering all site operations, including roads, transport links and policing, the EOC has videowalls installed to deliver a full overview of the site for real-time monitoring and decision-making purposes. The focal point for the Dubai Police Operating Centre (DPOC) is a huge video wall measuring 27m wide by 5m high. The Technology Operations Center (TOC) and Main Operations Center (MOC) have 23x5m video walls. Each of the video walls is split into five separate screens powered by five Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors, one for each display, and the Christie Terra processing and control equipment.

The specification team chose projection to handle 24/7 operation for mission critical operations. Projection was also suited to the size, shape and desired resolution of the display area, as well as being cost-effective and having a minimal impact on infrastructure, allowing the space to be re-purposed easily when Expo 2020 ends.

Joe Graziano, director of entertainment sales in EMEA, said: “When coupled with our Christie Terra SDVoE AV over IP solution, the adaptable nature of a projection video wall creates a truly impressive solution that delivers for the client.”

Mohammed Alhashmi, chief technology officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As our Official Projection and Display Partner, Christie is able to meet the specifications and stringent selection criteria that we have set to ensure the highest possible standards for our events, shows and other key AV experiences. With this in mind, the video walls are a crucial part of the Expo Operations Centre, showcasing data that is crucial for the EOC team to be able to make decisions in response to ongoing events across the Expo site. Christie’s contribution to this crucial part of our technology infrastructure is part of a wider partnership that includes the group’s 252 high-quality RGB laser projectors bringing Al Wasl dome – the beating heart of the Expo site and home to the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface – to life.”

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