Feb. 21, 2014
Insurance provider Unum has partnered with LED sign manufacturer Daktronics to install two HD LED video displays, one at their corporate headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the other in their headquarters in Portland, Maine. Each display measures more than 9 feet high by nearly 17 feet wide — a total of more than 155 square feet per display.
"The partnership with Daktronics has exceeded my expectations," said Todd Crawford, director of unified communications and collaborations at Unum, in an announcement from Daktronics. "We had limited time available in December and January to complete the auditorium upgrades prior to our annual all-employee Town Hall and employee recognition events. Daktronics' project team expedited the manufacturing, installation and training phases of the project to meet our aggressive schedule. We were extremely excited to start the year with our new 4mm HD LED video walls. The color imagery, clarity and resolution provide a perfect solution for our needs."
The installation in Chattanooga features a large glass atrium with a glass roof in a space used for multiple types of large meetings. The display is on a ground stand that features a Daktronics Vortek hoist system to raise and lower the unit to provide flexibility when hosting various events. Drapes cover the vertical hoist structure to complete the professional look of the atrium.
In Portland, the display will be recessed into the wall and completely finished around it to complete the video-wall appearance. This installation is also in a high ambient-light environment with glass walls surrounding the large meeting room.
Both installations replace existing rear projector units; Unum opted to go with an LED option to combat the elements with displays that can cut through the lighting conditions even in direct sunlight, the company said.
Employing Surface Mount Device, or SMD, technology, which consists of a three-in-one LED package, each display will feature more than half a million individual LEDs at tight 4 millimeter line spacing, Daktronics said.