To recognise the development of digital signage as a technology – and maybe even an art form – in its own right, a new category of AVIA for the Best Application of AV in Digital Signage has been introduced this year. Although no projects were directly entered for this award, the digital signage projects entered into other categories were separated out to give them a chance to shine in their own right instead of competing in a crowded field. As with other award categories, the judging panel were looking for both excellence and innovation in the design and execution of the projects in addition to responses from the end users and clients.
ENGIE Services AV Technologies – Melbourne Airport Luggage Carousel
This 85m LED video display wall encompasses the baggage return carousel at Melbourne airport’s International new baggage claim Number 8. Its work on the project included a full design scope, design and construction of a custom LED mounting system including custom-built mounting cabinets to cater for the tight radial curvature of the wall. Its work also encompassed the content management system, and an 11-channel sound system.
The judges were impressed by the clean presentation of this useful project, in particular the implementation of smooth curves at the tight corners of the display.
The layout capability of the media server allows video and images be treated either as a single canvas, or as multiple moveable sub-screens repeated across the wall. The audio system is broken down into 12 zones allowing audio to be designed for multiple channels, or to enable audio images to track moving video images as they sweep around the display. The client is pleased that the digital wall has made this low ceiling height baggage collection area feel spacious and less enclosed. They have found that the screen is proving wonderful at entertaining passengers while they wait for bags, particularly children. Check out the full story here or in DigitalSignage Issue 25.
ULA Group – Twin Towns Facade
Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts Digital Media Façade is on the Queensland/NSW border. As the first building you see when crossing into New South Wales, a combination of colour-changing architectural lighting, low-resolution video and a curved, high-resolution LED main screen, the digital façade puts a bright new face on an older and well-established RSL club and resort. Read the full story here or in venue magazine Issue 67.
ENGIE Services AV Technologies – Freshwater Place
Situation in a newly refurbished foyer at Freshwater Place, Southbank Melbourne, this large live artwork with a wide 32:9 aspect ratio is based on a theme of water and islands, with the image varying live with actual tide levels and wind changes in a small group of Australian islands. The video art is rounded out with an eight-channel, 25-speaker audio system, spread across three separate zones.
The 2019 AVIAs, proudly sponsored by Bose Pro