University of Charleston

Engaging Students By Incorporating Innovative Video Wall Digital Signage Solutions

The University of Charleston in West Virginia built a brand new Innovation Center, a dedicated space for students to enjoy live sporting events and connect with their peers. The University asked for attention-grabbing digital signage solutions that could easily and seamlessly be controlled by staff.

During the building process, Diversified worked closely with the Tightrope Media Systems team to design two Planar LCD video walls: one which hangs as a 6×1 welcome banner at the front entrance, and the other serves as the 3×3 central display fixture in an “entertainment hub” in the building’s atrium.

Planar was the ideal manufacturer for this particular application because of its ability to source power from a distance. The Diversified team was able to hook up both displays to an equipment rack in a control room that’s located about 100 feet away. Diversified also installed a Crestron control system that allows University staff to control the on/off displays through a 7” touch panel located at reception.

In addition to being able to control basic functions of the display, staff can also control the content’s format—relaying one image, or breaking it into three different images, the system gives them complete control over sophisticated functions with the touch of a button.

Since the Innovation Center’s opening, the University has used the displays to relay school-related information, as well as broadcast live sporting events. The 3×3 Planar LCD video wall in the entertainment hub now acts as the ideal central location for students to watch live sporting events. The 6×1 banner is the perfect welcome sign, personalizing content to the season, game or event being hosted within the Center. And, with Tightrope Media Digital Signage players, key staff members have the flexibility to develop custom-sized content including the display of dynamic content such as social media posts, schedules, or stream live videos.