Munich Airport serves around 39-million passengers annually. The original analog flight information display system (FIDS) had been in operation since the airport opened in 1992, representing arrival and departure information on multiple small LEDs. The system required a high level of IT maintenance and intervention to keep it operational. Munich Airport sought a replacement solution that could reliably display flight arrival and departure information with minimal downtime.
The FIDS wall has a nearly 180-degree viewing angle, making each of the 72 displays completely visible from any front-viewing position.
To deliver a high-display density canvas with pristine content, you need a high-quality graphics engine. Brought in to manage the installation, local system integrator InoNet had experience with Matrox M-Series graphics cards, which support up to eight displays from a single board at up to 2560×1600 per screen. Using a Matrox M9148 quad-monitor and M9188 octal-monitor graphics card combination within six of their Magnius-2 video wall controller systems, InoNet was able to power an astonishing 72 NEC X463UN displays, each at Full HD resolutions of 1920×1080. With the display’s extremely narrow 5.7mm bezel, a user-friendly viewing angle of 178-degrees was enabled, making each of the 72 displays completely visible from any front-viewing position. IT personnel were also pleased with how the displays have been specifically configured with a fail-safe feature to ensure continuous operation.
“The aim of the installation was to present razor sharp content across the entire display. There is no scaling via daisy chaining on the 72 displays, where each monitor is individually supplied with Full HD content,” says Susanne Gomez, Key Account Manager Digital Signage at InoNet. “Using the Matrox M-Series, we were able to realize the requirements quickly and easily.”
During the month-long installation, InoNet added eight additional trusses to the existing structure to accommodate all the new monitors.
The Munich Airport today hosts one of the world’s largest flight information display systems in an 18×4, 72-monitor wall that spans an incredible 19 meters wide by 2.30 meters high. By switching to a digital FIDS running on a reliable video wall comprising large, Full HD displays powered by Matrox M-Series graphics cards, more flights can now be displayed in a clear, attractive form. IT staff now have taken a back seat in the day-to-day operation of the system, while passengers can quickly get to when and where they have to be.