Christie MicroTiles Installed Near Entrance to Emory/Rollins School Of Public Health

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• Created: March 22, 2011

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ATLANTA – Inside the atrium near the entrance of the recently-dedicated Claudia Nance Rollins Building at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, an eight-by-six configuration of Christie MicroTiles can be seen in a convex, wood-paneled enclosure. The video wall, which measures about 10.7 by 6.5 feet, is used to display news and other information. "We wanted a beautiful banner to receive people into the school," said Mark Conde, director of information services for the school. "We examined traditional display technologies and didn't want to worry about the interface between LCDs. We learned of Christie MicroTiles and were pleased that many of the characteristics of the traditional LCD – and its accompanying problems – weren't issues with the MicroTiles."


Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors monitoring each LED's performance, automatically adjusting brightness and color for the life of the display. Built with solid-state components, including LEDs rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness, no lamps or consumables need to be replaced for more than seven years.


"The only time the MicroTiles are off is weekends – unless there is an event going on," said Conde. "We run a wide variety of content from Visix AxisTV to the MicroTiles, including campus bus service, lectures videos, school history and student and faculty photography from around the world. We can also stream content onto the MicroTiles from events happening all over the school."


Although ambient lighting – both artificial and natural – can pose a challenge for video wall installations, Christie MicroTiles are designed to overcome those concerns.


"We get a fair amount of light coming through at certain times of day via a very large curved window," said Conde. "It's bright, but the MicroTiles do quite well under those conditions. I was a little bit nervous at first because MicroTiles is new technology, but Christie allayed those fears. We got what we wanted with MicroTiles: a beautiful banner and a great first impression for visitors who enter through the building's main lobby."


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