Faced with the need for a huge infotainment screen opposite an unshaded window, information system supplier ViewNet Systems matched Odense University's minimalist design with maximum performance from a frameless 181” dnp Supernova Infinity Screen. ViewNet's expert combination of aesthetic and technical performance makes this our Installation of the Month for May 2013.
View the winning installation in action on www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5mUZL4xrQ
Multi-purpose infotainment screen
The University of Southern Denmark (www.sdu.dk) offers teaching and research across six campuses with over 20,000 students and 3,200 employees. The winning installation is part of an infotainment system located at the biggest campus, the 13,000-student Odense University. The system displays information for students, and delivers entertainment at special events.
Challenges of the location
"The university wanted a display solution that would harmonise with the minimalist aesthetics of the campus. But there were also technical challenges," says Lars Dalvig, Director at ViewNet Systems, Denmark (www.viewnet.dk).
The screen was destined for the university's "town hall", a large communal area where students meet and mingle on breaks. "The long viewing distances demanded a very big screen," says Lars. "We also had to contend with very bright ambient light from an unshaded window opposite the screen."
Supernova gives results
ViewNet rejected an LED solution. Even though it could meet the brightness needs, it was too thick and heavy, and more expensive overall than a projector/screen combination.
"We recommended and installed a frameless 181” dnp Supernova Infinity Screen. Its design works well in the Odense environment, and the university is very pleased with its performance. As you might expect, there is some impairment when a beam of sunlight shines directly on the screen, but this is very rare," says Lars.