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Panasonic screens installed at Vatican

Panasonic has continued to build on a relationship the company has had with the Vatican since 1999 with the installation of a further 42 screens for digital signage and security applications.

Panasonic has installed forty-two new plasma displays in the Vatican Museum. Ten displays have been installed at the foyer of the new entrance and will be used to inform and direct the millions of tourists that visit the Vatican Museum. Among the displays installed are 50 inch and 65 inch models, and Panasonic’s 103 inch display has also been installed.

Thirty-two professional 42 inch displays have been installed in a video wall configuration in the control room. The displays were, says Panasonic, chosen for their picture quality and colour reproduction which allows the security operators to study high-quality video in real time.

A Panasonic delegation, led by the company’s European president Laurent Abadie, was received at the Palace by His Excellency Mons. Carlo Viganò General Secretary of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State. The ceremony continued inside the Vatican Museum, with a visit to the new installations. In this occasion Panasonic and the Vatican Museum Directors have confirmed that their cooperation will continue in the future.

According to Panasonic, the installation of another 103 inch screen is under consideration for the congress room – this time with 3D technology.

Panasonic and the Vatican City have been working together for the last ten years with projects including the 1999 installation of a video surveillance system, which still controls the square, the basilica the Vatican museum and all the State areas today, and the 2007 installation of four giant screens in St Peter’s Square to broadcast a programme of religious celebrations to a million people.

“We are proud of this cooperation with The Vatican,” said Laurent Abadie, president and CEO of Panasonic Europe, “and to have our professional plasma technology installed inside the Vatican Museum to support the viewing of precious pieces on display and to drive visitors inside the course of museums.”

“Our main hope,” said Claudio Lamperti, managing director of Panasonic Italia, “is to continue our relationship during the coming years, to support the job of the surveillance and security teams at The Vatican with our best technology.”