GSA pilots green, high-def video wall

San Francisco installation tests new technology that could be used in other federal buildings

The General Services Administration is testing a high-definition, energy-saving streaming video wall installed in the San Francisco Federal Building that is being considered for broader use in other federal buildings, the agency announced.

The new 9-foot by 19-foot high-definition interactive wall provides live streaming video, Web content and building information to visitors. It will include information on floor plans, occupants, business and social activities, energy use, weather, and transportation, among other data.


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The wall is projected to save more than 14,000 kilowatt-hours per year compared with the previous video display in the building, whic is enough to power an average home for about 15 months, GSA said in a release.

The wall, provided by contractor Enovity Inc. of San Francisco, is composed of up of 16 ultra-thin LCD screens. The software that powers the screens accepts all types of image and video file formats. It is controlled through a single online computer and offers various options for display, such as rotating images.

The wall also has a touch-sensitive monitor to provide tenants and visitors to a wide range of building information.

 

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