Digital Signage at Purdue University Keeps Students Engaged


Purdue University was looking for ways to stand out among other universities and did so by revamping their student recreation center. As part of the new design, they installed a video wall featuring Sharp professional monitors (model PN-V601). The display is suspended 20 feet above ground and weights more than 100 pounds.

Nominating Company: Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America; Mahwah, New Jersey
Venue: Purdue University; West Lafayette, Indiana
Project: Video Wall in Revamped Student Recreation Center
Category: Educational Facilities

Today’s high school students face a myriad of options when choosing a university to continue their education. In order to attract and retain top-line students, higher education institutions have been forced to implement unique features and facilities to recruit talented incoming students.

In 2014, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana made a move to stand out from the competition by aiming to build one of the nation’s top college gymnasiums for its students. Pulling from data that highlighted the immense amount of time students spend at the gym, as well as the diversity of the facility’s audience, Purdue felt that improving this area was an ideal way to heighten the student experience at the university. One of those major improvements included installing an amazing 64×64 HD-monitor wall.

The team had to add a 20-foot video wall from Sharp that would tower above the gymnasium space. Merck and Hill, along with Inter Technologies Corporation, erected the video wall using sixteen 4×4 60-inche professional monitors (model PN-V601). The engineers were challenged to elevate the monitors so it would be visible from every corner of the floor, as well as from both the upper and lower levels of the facility. The bottom of the display wall hangs more than 20 feet above the floor, and with each monitor weighing more than 100 pounds, the execution and installation took more than three weeks to complete.

The challenges were overcome with industrial know how and experience. The wall includes cable tuners, a Blu-ray player and local PC/laptop hook-ups. Merck and Hill chose the Sharp monitors for their ability to support the HDPC and Blu-ray platforms, as well as for the brand’s reputation and innovative approach to technology. In order to build the campus of the future – one that would attract new students and keep the current student body buzzing – Purdue went with a trusted leader in the industry and the results are prominently displayed in an amazing 64×64 HD-monitor wall.

Students can now enjoy watching the massive wall display when they’re cranking on the elliptical or hanging out in the student lounge. The wall display can be seen from the smoothie bar to the basketball courts and usually plays movies or ESPN and displays PU information and a view of the quad, except on Saturdays, of course, when the Boilermakers football game is shown on all 16 monitors in a full-screen display.

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