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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Upgrades to Sharp Video Wall

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Upgrades to Sharp Video Wall

Business Environment Challenges

New Englanders who settled in Whitewater, WI in the early 19th century brought with them many of their values including a passion for education. Today, the academic tradition persists at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) as it offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 14 graduate programs and a doctoral degree, with more than 1,000 courses for its 12,000+ students.

The College of Business and Economics is the largest and newest academic building on campus. The focal point of the building is the atrium with a video wall designed as a communications hub. However, after nine years of use, the monitors began showing signs of aging, and the school was becoming concerned about reliability as some began to randomly fail and had to be replaced. The way the video wall was set up, if one screen went down, the entire system needed to be shut off, causing downtime.

After the school’s supply of spare monitors became depleted, UW-Whitewater needed an immediate, reliable solution that wouldn’t get in the way of the school’s schedule. A project plan was created to have a new video wall installed during spring break while classes were not in session.

“It is significantly brighter than our old video wall. The PN-V551 monitors proved to be bright enough to handle the ambient lighting shining through four stories of glass windows in the atrium.”

Adam Lynch, UW-Whitewater Technology Specialist

Industry

Education


Organization

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Challenges

  • Aging monitors caused the video wall to be out of service for long stretches of time.
  • Needed to replace an entire video wall during the week of spring break.

Solutions

  • 16 Sharp 55" Class (54.6" diagonal) PN-V551 professional LED monitors in a 4x4 configuration.
  • Brightness of 700 cd/m2 shined through ambient lighting of the atrium.
  • A variety of third-party solutions gave the school flexibility in content

Results

  • Bigger, brighter video wall
  • Better picture through slimmer bezels
  • User-friendly content creation from students and faculty members can be shown on the wall