Tellus Science Museum Reopens with Digital Upgrades for Young Tech Lovers

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After months of COVID-19 lockdown, the non-profit Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia recently reopened its doors to the public featuring a host of new digital signage technologies. The museum now sports a wide range of vibrant webOS-based digital displays from LG Business Solutions USA, a 15-foot-wide by 8.5-foot-tall LED video wall, and a dedicated mounting system designed and manufactured by Peerless-AV. This 2.5-millimeter pixel pitch LED video wall centerpiece helps the facility promote upcoming events and market content in addition to providing a wow factor for guests with custom welcome and thank you messages.

Making wise use of the pandemic-induced downtime, the installation of the museum’s new digital focal point was a bid to capture the attention of today’s tech-savvy learners as well as align with the expectations and interests of future digital natives that will comprise the museum’s K-12 student audience.

“When designing this custom LED video wall mounting structure, our engineering team took extra care, knowing the large system would be forward-facing and needed to be securely mounted,” said Peerless-AV Technical Sales Engineer Rob Meiner. “Being onsite for the short, one-day installation to oversee the assembly of the large LED mounting frame, installation to the wall, and the hanging of the LED displays was truly a seamless experience for all involved. We’re proud to be part of this digital signage upgrade at the museum alongside LG.”

With the old AV infrastructure and workflow in place, the Tellus Science Museum’s AV Manager Jason Woodside would have to load new content onto a USB thumb drive and physically go around to each digital signage unit for individual updates. Using the WebOS platform, he can now save time and frustration by instantly updating content on any LG display either from his office PC or remotely.

“This technology upgrade, centered around LG display solutions and streamlined content management, has delivered a variety of benefits for our internal operations and has modernized the guest experience,” said Woodside.

On top of that, local integration firm Owen Security Solutions also installed LG commercial displays at the reception desk, cafe and even in multiple banquet rooms used to host private events. This wholescale tech makeover has enabled officials to have greater flexibility to manage and schedule content, sometimes several days in advance, while creating an environment that’s more geared towards budding young scientists.  

“Along with 16 flat panel displays from LG, the LED video wall allows us to connect with students through an exciting digital canvas we can use to present any kind of content,” Woodside added. “Now we can do things like show up-to-the-minute earthquake information as it happens on a huge, engaging screen.”

The upgrades achieved every set goal and have become a highlight for visitors by showing how museums of all kinds and sizes can adopt new technologies to drive attendance and become increasingly relevant in a changing world.

About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, TBO.com, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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