Gefen Nominates Remarkable Reality Deck Installation at Stoney Brook University for Apex Award
Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen is pleased to announce that it received a silver Apex Award for its part in the groundbreaking digital signage installation at Reality Deck at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), presented at the opening-night banquet at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
The winning project, Reality Deck at Stoney Brook University in New York, was chosen from a field of more than 100 entrants. This installation tiles more than 400 high definition LCD displays along four walls. When standing in the room, viewers have a completely realistic view of large-scale, scientific, computerized data, as if they were literally immersed within the data, viewing it from 360-degree angles. The immersive layout allows Reality Deck to develop unique user interfaces and to push the boundaries of human-computer interaction.
In developing this unique concept, the team had to combine a number of custom, state-of-the-art systems. The main challenge came from the sheer number of pixels (1.5 billion) that needed to be generated and transmitted to the individual displays in a reliable and cost-effective way. The Reality Deck team selected an assortment of Gefen DisplayPort Extreme Fiber Optic Extenders in 75 and 100-foot distances. In Reality Deck, displays had to support very high video resolutions of 2560x1440 to ensure an absolutely pristine transmission of video with no degradation. By using the long optical cables from Gefen, the team significantly lowered the cooling requirements and the noise level for the work area of the facility.
DSE’s Apex Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality and innovation by three independent panels. Each panel includes three industry journalists, all of whom have long reported on the digital signage sector, have published on the many facets of the industry, and are recognized as versant in current industry trends.
"The Apex Awards were created to foster innovation and recognize excellence in the digital signage industry. The work of the recipients of this award represents the best of the best," said Richard Lebovitz, editorial director for DSE. "Recognition of this project, and the collaboration behind it, should be particularly satisfying to the recipients because it is the product of a shared vision and a great working relationship."
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