NEC Video Walls, Flughafen München

Andrew Neale

NEC Display Solutions Europe is helping airport passengers get to their flights on time with the installation of a state-of-the-art high-resolution video wall in Munich Airport’s Terminal 1.

New versus old side by side

Munich Airport wanted to replace all of its old LED flight summary boards with more modern technology that would deliver a new era for passenger information systems through a flexible, bright high-resolution display.

Each video wall is made up of 12 NEC X462UN ultra-narrow bezel 46-inch monitors, delivering a total display area of over seven square metres, ensuring travellers can instantly see the information they need at a glance.

Installed by local partner InoNet, the controlling server, dubbed Mayflower II, gives Munich Airport the ability to control the video wall in any way they choose, including segmenting the displays in any configuration required, giving tremendous flexibility and choice in what information to display and how to present it.

Each video port of the PC supports a full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Via a graphical user menu, each connected display can be configured individually or combined together to form a composite display.

Display bezel sizes are included in the configuration software and automatically subtracted from the picture, delivering a nearly seamless image across the video wall.

The video wall’s mounting system has also been specially designed to make it easy to remove and easy to replace individual displays within the video wall, whilst NEC’s calibration software means that the display’s colour and brightness is consistent across the whole video wall. If one display was to fail, then the video wall can be quickly re-calibrated to ensure that the excellent image quality remained intact.

Energy-saving solutions for such projects are also a prerequisite and the NEC X462UN displays have a typical power usage of only 200W even when running at the high brightness that modern airport terminals require (a three stage in-built heat management system, maintains a low operating temperature for improved longevity. For Munich Airport, this means that operating costs are kept to a minimum, and their investment is being protected for the long term).

Mr. Hans-Jürgen Benke at Munich Airport told us “The new attention-grabbing video wall is helping us to inform, direct and entertain travellers in way that wasn’t possible before. The entire system is robust and easy to maintain, while the flexibility and control of the entire solution means we can easily adapt it to display the most relevant and compelling information for our customers,”

Susanne Gomez at InoNet Computer told us “Digital signage has changed massively in the last few years, and this installation highlights how users are increasingly expecting to be provided with up-to-date information in a way that is easy to read,”

She added “By selecting a proper system integrator, people can be assured that they are getting the best combination of displays, back-end systems, connectivity and content, as well as the support and maintenance to ensure it always runs smoothly.”

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