When the world tunes in for the swearing-in of President Barack Obama on Monday, five enormous mobile LED digital signage screens provided by Texas-based GoVision will be impossible to miss, according to a recent company announcement. The video walls — including what the company bills as "the world's largest high-definition mobile LED unit" — will be strategically positioned on both sides of the U.S. Capitol's steps, and at the head of the National Mall to ensure that the massive crowd will enjoy a larger-than-life view of the historic moment.
The Jan. 21 event marks the third consecutive time that full-service LED screen provider GoVision has been chosen as the mobile video provider for the Presidential Inauguration ceremony. The company also provided four jumbo screens for President George W. Bush's second inaugural ceremony in 2005, and for President Obama's 2009 swearing-in.
GoVision's crew is already on-site, setting up the company's "GoBigger" unit — "the world's largest mobile HD screen," measuring a true 19 feet by 33 feet (or 627 square feet) — and a 17-foot-by-27-foot LED screen on either side of the Capitol steps. In addition, three 9-foot-by-16-foot "GoBig" units will anchor the high-definition video coverage for the crowds from the top of the National Mall. The screens are comprised of Daktronics PST-12HD tiles.
GoVision is also providing distribution of the broadcast signal to each of its screens via wireless RF technology, and feeding the signal to any other LED screens that may be positioned further down the National Mall as well.
"Live events don't get much bigger or more visible than a Presidential Inauguration, so it's a real honor to have GoVision's screens front-and-center again this year," said company CEO Chris Curtis. "You don't get invited back a third time for an event of this magnitude if you don't get it right the first two times, so we're excited to be tasked with this vital element of the ceremony yet again."
In addition, CNN contracted with GoVision to construct a 10-foot-by-17-foot modular LED screen for its broadcast set. The video wall, comprised of Panasonic 8mm panels, is integrated into CNN's Live Remote Stage at the intersection of 12th Street and the National Mall. CNN will be broadcasting from the area on Jan. 20 and 21.
"We worked with CNN on their election night coverage in November, so we were pleased they asked us to help them again at the Inauguration," said Curtis. "They are obviously planning wall-to-wall coverage of the festivities, so they'll be putting our screen to good use."
Two more mobile LED screens, GoVision's 9-foot-by-12-foot "GoTron" LED units, will be on-hand for an Inauguration-watching party at the Canadian Embassy in downtown Washington, D.C., the company said.
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