Perimeter Info Wall Wins Communication Award

The team behind Perimeter Institute’s dynamic new info wall was recently honoured with an Apex Award at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE). The event is the world's largest and longest-running international conference dedicated to content and technologies involving the innovative application of digital signage.

This year’s DSE gathering attracted over 4,000 attendees and included the independently judged “Apex & Content Awards” program. The competition involved 88 entrants, representing 18 countries – with Perimeter Institute’s info wall winning silver in the Education & Healthcare category.

Perimeter shares this honour with its partners on the info wall project, including:

  • Christie, creators of the unique Christie® MicroTiles® display technology, who collaborated on Perimeter’s messaging solutions
  • Teeple Architects, designers of the new Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute, who maximized the flexibility of the digital canvas system
  • RP Visual Solutions, fabricators of a rear frame that consolidated 84 separate tiles
  • Conrad Entertainment, who worked with Perimeter’s in-house web and graphics artist to generate initial templates, artwork, and scientific images for the launch-period messaging
  • Westbury National Show Systems, Perimeter’s key audio-visual consultant, which integrated all of the design, technology, and messaging requirements into a successful and award-winning display

About the Project

Perimeter – with its world-class theoretical physics research, training, and educational outreach programs – required an impactful communications technology in the main entrance of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute. The purpose of the info wall is to deliver a variety of messages that can welcome, inform, and build a sense of community among the Institute’s many scientists, visiting researchers, young scholars, educators, staff, supporters, and general public visitors. The technological solution involved Christie® MicroTiles® with backlit LED illumination and digital light projection. The tiles provided Teeple Architects with maximum design flexibility and delivered Perimeter a high impact, low maintenance, and customizable messaging platform. The initial programmed messages were seen by over 10,000 in attendance during the grand opening of the new Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute in September 2011. Moving forward, Perimeter’s small graphics and web team is able to leverage a portfolio of display zones, templates, backgrounds, and dynamically-fed information to share changing messages with all audiences.

Partnering for Success

John Coniglio of Westbury National Show Systems Ltd., who synthesized the desires of all the info wall partners, said, “It has been a pleasure to help the team realize the info wall vision through the blending of design, technology, software, and, naturally, the communications needs of the Institute. The collaboration on this project has been very rewarding and it was my privilege to represent the group at the Digital Signage Expo and see everyone’s efforts honoured with this Apex Award.” Chris Gibbs, who oversees the DSE and Apex Awards said, "It is our unique pleasure and privilege to be able to provide a forum that not only nurtures and recognizes these amazing leaps forward, but also one in which all of us can come together and truly appreciate the work that is being produced in our field worldwide. That is why we are pleased to present the 2012 winners who have distinguished themselves in this way." 

Further Exploration

About Christie®

Christie is a global visual technologies company and offers diverse display solutions for business, entertainment, academia, and government. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has a reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for large audience environments including cinemas, training facilities, control rooms, business presentation spaces, and more – including  3D, virtual reality, and simulation experiences. As a market leader, Christie has installed over 100,000 projection solutions worldwide. and

About Westbury National Show Systems

Westbury National Show Systems Ltd. is Canada’s full-service audio-visual and entertainment technology company. For over 30 years, WNSS has been a North American leader in supplying premium production, design, and installation services to a diverse list of clientele including research and education centres, government and civic organizations, corporations, retail operations, theatres, stadiums, and other locations requiring integrated communications solutions.

About RP Visual Solutions

RP Visual Solutions is engaged in consulting, designing, and fabricating visual displays for demanding applications – including training facilities, boardrooms, network operation centres, entertainment and 24/7 operations.

About Conrad Entertainment

Conrad Entertainment was founded in 1997 as a multimedia production company, focusing on the development and production of educational projects, television programs, and feature films.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

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