The University of Nevada Las Vegas has had its Hospitality Hall equipped with a NanoLumens True Curve Nixel display technology and AWARE software platform by National Technology Associates.
The challenge was to attract the attention of college students with content on a display screen in a city overflowing with video screens.
Providing added complexity for UNLV’s Classroom Technology team, the display had to be installed in a tricky corner location in the Hospitality Hall lobby.
“We needed a concave curved solution as the spot we were given to work with was in a corner and we also were interested in this technology because we felt we wanted to do something a bit different that would really stand out. We were confident that a NanoLumens display would answer the call on both of those fronts,” explained UNLV’s AV systems specialist Frank Alaimo.
Shane Snell of National Technology Associates was tasked with performing the install and knew the 2.5mm NanoLumens concave display would be the attention-grabbing solution UNLV was looking for.
“This particular display, measuring 16.5ft x 5.4ft, was the ideal solution for this install as it offered the necessary combination of brilliant image quality and ease of installation and operation UNLV was looking for,” explained Snell. “Their display technology is very lightweight, consumes very little power and generates a minimal amount of heat — all of which were important factors in the university’s decision-making process.
“Another unique thing about this display is that there is a custom made-to-match soundbar across the top of the wall made by James loudspeaker,” Snell added. “NanoLumens fabricated the mounting points for the soundbar and they lined it up with the speaker enclosure and it made for a nice integrated look. It would be hard to tell that two different manufacturers actually took part in this build and this is something NanoLumens does so well.”
UNLV’s Alaimo noted: “We researched many other manufacturers but no one could create a truly curved, concave display at the pixel pitch we required. The primary reason we chose NanoLumens was for their ability to create the precise solution that the space required. The NanoLumens Nixel Series was the best choice to fit in this particular tight space as with Nixel technology there are no gaps or facets and it simply offers superior viewing angles.”
Trevor Brown, assistant director of technology operations at UNLV Hospitality College runs promotional videos for the university playing on two-thirds of the display along with a slide show of testimonials from alumni on the other third. Brown uses the NanoLumens AWARE platform software to update and push content to the display.
“The AWARE software is web-based so that makes it easy to make changes on the fly from wherever I might be,” Brown said. “This content runs approximately 12 hours a day during regular business hours and AWARE seamlessly combines our diagnostics and support functions with the ability to choose a variety of apps, services, and content sources.”
“The finished product looks great,” said Snell. “The fit and finish of the panels, legs, and trim are important and NanoLumens does a good job of packaging the items so they look fresh and unmarred when we unbox and install them. Lots of people stop to watch the presentations. It seems to be getting a lot of attention from visitors.”
“Las Vegas is a city renowned for offering the world an extraordinary range of gaming and entertainment experiences that depend upon LED displays to stand out,” said Dave Merlino, NanoLumens VP sales, US West. “The city is equally renowned for being the home of a world-class university that understands the importance of standing out in a city of dazzling displays. We’re thrilled to have been able to create a stunning visualisation solution, custom formed to meet the requirements of the space.”