AV, Presentation & Display

U Nevada Las Vegas Adds Video Wall to Student Exercise Center

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has added a 12-display video wall to its student recreation and wellness center. The institution chose technology from AV company Planar Systems to supply the wall to its fitness center, where students can watch multiple programs while using the cardio equipment. The installation consists of 12 Clarity Matrix LCD video displays forming a six-wide by two-high layout.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has added a video wall that consists of 12 Clarity Matrix LCD video displays forming a six-wide by two-high layout.

Features of the Clarity Matrix displays that appealed to the university included:

  • A bezel width of 3.7 millimeters, enabling the displays to be set closer to each other and minimizing the gaps between them;
  • A distributed design that allows power supplies and controllers to be run from a separate location. Frank Alaimo, an AV systems specialist in the university's office of IT who coordinated the installation, placed those in a remote rack room; and
  • The visual experience. The display has 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 800-nit brightness, 3,500:1 contrast ratio and a 178-degree viewing angle.

The displays are available from the company in two sizes: 46-inch and 55-inch.

"To even those most dedicated to getting fit, a treadmill session can get boring quickly," said Erin Farrar, the university's director of campus recreation services, in a prepared statement. "So having the ability to watch a game or even a cooking show, especially on a big screen, makes the time fly by and keeps hundreds of students motivated to work out when they otherwise might not be. We love these displays as much the students do, because they make a statement about our commitment to advanced technology and bringing content and information to viewers on the very latest digital media platforms."

Planar's institutional customers also include the University of Oregon, the City University of New York's Medgar Evers College and Temple University, among others.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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