NEC installs video wall at Munich airport

NEC Display Solutions Europe is helping airport passengers get to their flights on time with the installation of a state-of-the-art high-resolution video wall in Munich Airport’s Terminal 1. Munich Airport wanted to replace all of its old LED flight summary boards with more modern technology that would deliver a new era for passenger information systems through a flexible, bright high-resolution display.

Each video wall is made up of 12 NEC X462UN ultra-narrow bezel 46-inch monitors, delivering a total display area of over seven square metres, ensuring travellers can instantly see the information they need at a glance.

“The new attention-grabbing video wall is helping us to inform, direct and entertain travellers in way that wasn’t possible before. The entire system is robust and easy to maintain, while the flexibility and control of the entire solution means we can easily adapt it to display the most relevant and compelling information for our customers,” said Mr. Hans-Jürgen Benke at Munich Airport.

Terminal 1 accommodates 11 million passengers each year, so the technical requirements for the project were precisely defined by Munich Airport, to ensure that it was economically and ecologically efficient, whilst delivering a great customer experience. In addition to the conventional flight details, the airport wanted the freedom to display other passenger communications.

“Airports can be a particularly challenging environment for public displays. Not only does the signage need to be clearly visible, but also able to instantly update passengers of up-to-the-minute information changes on flight times, cancellations, gate changes or security communications. NEC’s video wall installation at Munich Airport highlights not only the full breadth of NEC’s digital display solution capabilities, but also the benefits it brings to the airport’s ability to enhance the passenger’s experience,” continued Richard Wilks, Aviation Business Development Manager EMEA at NEC Display Solutions Europe.

Installed by local partner InoNet, the controlling server, dubbed Mayflower II, gives Munich Airport the ability to control the video wall in any way they choose, including segmenting the displays in any configuration required, giving tremendous flexibility and choice in what information to display and how to present it. The video wall’s mounting system has been specially designed to make it easy to remove and easy to replace individual displays within the video wall, whilst NEC’s calibration software means that the display’s colour and brightness is consistent across the whole video wall.

In developing the video wall, NEC needed to ensure the entire solution met with IP54 conformity, and needed to be able to operate on emergency power. Energy-saving solutions for such projects are a prerequisite as well. The NEC X462UN displays have a typical power usage of only 200W even when running at the high brightness that modern airport terminals require.