Dataton Watchout drives mega Dubai video wall
Thursday, 21 September 2017
dubai-wallThe new curved video wall above the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
UAE - You can't miss the latest attraction at The Dubai Mall: the new curved video wall above the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo measures a stunning 700sq.m with 1.7 billion pixels on 820 OLED displays. Behind the scenes, you'll find Dataton's award-winning Watchout multi-display production and playback system, Watchnet manager software and Watchpax 4 servers delivering high-resolution content for the mall's estimated 80 million visitors.
The new video wall at The Dubai Mall, unveiled by Emaar Entertainment in August 2017, takes digital signage into a whole new realm and has already earned a hat-trick of records, in partnership with LG: largest OLED screen, highest resolution video wall and largest high-definition video wall.
Dataton’s Watchout multi-display system and compact Watchpax4 media servers handle content production and delivery, while LG’s flexible OLED screens provide the vibrant colour range and wider viewing angle necessary at the location. Show control onsite, including show selection and power cycling, is via Dataton Watchnet manager software. All functions and the user interface were tailored to meet the venue's specific requirements.
“The wall is designed to promote the aquarium, but will also provide a visually-exciting canvas for other content and companies, and with such a high-profile installation there are, of course, great demands on content quality and reliability,” said Trond Solvold, sales director at Dataton. “Watchout with Watchpax4 was likely the only system in the world that could pull off such a complex installation. The system needed to be flexible and scalable, and requests for future functionality left other systems far behind, making our solution the best choice for the installation."
The Dubai Mall video wall is part of owner Emaar Entertainment’s ongoing strategy to provide world-class edutainment using innovative platforms. Dubai-based systems integrator, DigiComm, supplied the technical specification, solution and installation expertise for the project, coordinating with key suppliers Dataton, LG, and the client, Emaar Entertainment.
Maitha Al Dossari, chief executive officer of Emaar Entertainment, said: “Emaar Entertainment continues to push the boundaries and achieve greater heights through innovative installations and attractions. We’re committed to delivering the best in the industry and are honoured that the new OLED screen at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has received three world record achievements, underpinning our commitment to pioneering innovative attractions, continued advancements in technology and digital attractions, and inspiring joy.”
“LG has always pushed boundaries with innovative display technologies, especially with its pioneering OLED technology. In the heart of The Dubai Mall, we are proud to showcase to the world a global example of how LG digital signage products provide innovative solutions that B2B customers of today demand, creating a visitor experience unlike anything anyone has ever witnessed,” said Mr. Kevin Cha, president of LG Electronics, Middle East and Africa.
(Jim Evans)

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