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Case Study: Connecting with History

Sep 24, 2013 3:07 PM

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The National WWII Museum was established to tell the story of the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. To effectively tell the story to this and future generations, museum leaders and supporters recognized the necessity of using 21st century technology to connect with visitors and immerse them in the historical event in a manner that both educates and entertains. That recognition led to the decision to invest in videowall technology and the selection of the Clarity Matrix LCD videowall system from Planar.

Three Clarity Matrix videowalls are installed in the newest part of the museum, called US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. Mounted on three walls of the massive space, Clarity Matrix was specified by the New Orleans-based entertainment design and technology firm, Solomon Group. Research into the technology options began in late 2011 and concluded with selection and installation of the Planar videowalls—46in. and 55in. Clarity Matrix models—in early 2013.

“The Clarity Matrix videowalls are a stunning visual component to the US Freedom Pavilion. The detail in the imagery they depict is remarkable. We and The National WWII Museum team could not be more pleased with how well they perform,” says Jonathan Foucheaux, partner, Solomon Group.

One videowall is comprised of 64 of Clarity Matrix 46in. MX46HD-L panels in an 8x8 configuration that show a film called Arsenal of Democracy, which was specifically produced for the museum. “We partitioned this videowall into four quadrants. Feeding each one with a full 1920x1080HD video signal provides nearly 4K images that are stunning in visual quality,” Foucheaux says. “The second and third videowalls are 4x4 configurations of the 55in. MX55HD-L panels. These videowalls, which are similarly fed, run a custom-written interactive exhibit called ‘What Would You Do?’ They prompt viewers to make their own decisions when faced with real-world situations. The visual experience is especially moving and engaging,” he adds.

PRODUCT AT WORK: Planar Clarity Matrix MX46HD-L panels

The Clarity Matrix MX46HD (46in.) and MX55HD (55in.) are ultra-narrow bezel LCD videowalls that provide outstanding tiled visual performance, support extended operation, and require minimal installation space. Designed for 24x7 operation, the Clarity MX46HD and MX55HD feature LED backlight technology and full HD resolution. Both models use ultra-narrow bezel LCDs with a tiled bezel width as small as 5.5mm.

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