The UK‘s leading airport operator BAA has selected NEC Display Solutions  as the prime supplier of LCD displays to achieve reliable real-time passenger communication at London’s Heathrow Airport new Terminal 2 building.NEC will deliver over 1,000 LCD display systems, comprising public displays and Flight Information Display System (FIDS) controllers to ensure efficiency across all the terminal’s flight information requirements, ranging from check-in, departures, gates, and way-finding to security and retail.
Due to open in 2014, the Terminal 2 project is the latest stage in a five-year, GBP 4.8 billion transformation of Heathrow Airport which began after the opening of Terminal 5 in 2008 – the new terminal will cost GBP 2.5bn and is expected to be used by 20 million passengers a year.
As part of the project, NEC will deliver over 1,000 NEC XS Series public displays, which feature new LED backlighting technology and industry standard OPS compliant slot-in embedded PC technology.
Richard Wilks, Aviation Business Development Manager EMEA, NEC Display Solutions, told us “To be part of such a significant transformation project is extremely exciting. The FIDS is at the heart of any airport’s operation, but in choosing NEC’s XS Series displays, Heathrow has demonstrated a strong will to continue to deliver new terminal projects with a clear focus on environmental impact. NEC has a proven track record working on mission-critical projects within the global airport industry and will ensure we are able to deliver the value that BAA needs.”
The project design phase is nearing completion while testing and configuration services have commenced ahead of the planned installation into the terminal, starting in November 2012.
NEC’s XS Series are the world’s first displays that couple low power LED backlighting technology, ambient light sensing technology to manage optimum brightness in real time, and ultra-low powered slot-in OPS embedded PCs. With major reductions in depth and weight, the NEC XS Series is therefore one of the easiest displays to handle and install.