BrightSign media players have been chosen for a major refurbishment of the Letterkundig Museum, the Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague.
A total of 115 BrightSign units have been installed: 100 of them for LCD panels in the “Pantheon” gallery of writers, eight driving short-throw DLP projectors and seven for individual kiosk-style installations.
The installation, part of a three-year renovation project in the museum, was carried out by Visual Hardware Services BV in cooperation with interior architects and designers Opera Ontwerpers Amsterdam and the audio visual agency, MuseumStudios Amsterdam.
In the Pantheon gallery, a wall of fame features 100 literary figures from 1,000 years of history. Each of the small 1,280 x 800 LCD displays is powered by a BrightSign interactive sign controller and, synchronised to all the others, forms part of a continuous video and soundscape designed by the architects, spanning all 100 displays.
Synchronisation is achieved by connecting BrightSign HD810 units through their built-in General Purpose Input Output (GPIO), and HD410 units via their serial interfaces. Four network interface controllers each provide 24 GPIO ports and four RS-232 interfaces, and these controllers are networked via a proprietary controller area network. The network not only synchronises playback from the BrightSign units, but also schedules power-up and power-down of each device.
All the BrightSign units are managed by the network, with a single controller implementing daily and weekly routines, such as opening and closing hours, throughout the Museum.