I like the multi-purpose thinking behind this huge 32-screen video wall at the University of West Scotland in Paisley, near Glasgow.
The UK-based systems integrator Saville was charged with bringing video wall and interactive technology solutions to a new, extended reception area in a campus building. The area is set up for everything from hanging out and relaxing to learning to events and exhibitions.
Working closely with the University team, reports Saville in a case study, the concept of a 32-screen pivoting wall with rear collaboration features, plus zoned audio and presentation abilities, was born. Comprising NEC 46” UHD ultra-narrow bezel screens arranged in a 8 x 4 combination creates a dramatic visual canvas with a native resolution of 15K. Quick release videowall mounts from Peerless-AV featuring eight point micro-adjustment creates a precise, seamless screen alignment for the stunning visuals.
A PIPview BlackBIRD controller from Future Software provides 16 channels of UHD content including stereo sound which can be switched to the foyer sound system. Sources include eight 4K Onelan digital signage players, Exterity IPTV plus a Christie Brio wireless presentations system. With the main equipment racks being located over fifty metres away signal distribution is provided by two Wyrestorm HDBaseT extenders. Content is easily controlled using preset templates selected via an AMX control touch panel located at the reception desk.
The reverse of the foyer display which can be rotated between the main entrance door and the refectory features dual 65” CleverTouch interactive screens and a versatile Smartkapp IQ interactive whiteboard display that connects to mobile devices via QR code or NFC. These facilities create a unique collaboration area for students from which to run ad hoc discussion sessions.
So … in lay terms, on one side it’s a big video wall that greets and informs, and the other side is set up for intimate learning, and the big, wide beast is set up to pivot. There would be a lot of metal work in there to hold all the displays and snug the seams on the video wall ones tight. But the advent of LED backlighting means these displays are far lighter than older LCDs and certainly plasmas, and light enough to gently pivot.