Toulouse Group, Audio Visual Integration Specialists for the New Zealand Government at the Emirates Team New Zealand base, selected BrightSign to power the digital signage network in the team’sAmerica’s Cup hospitality center in San Francisco, California. This America’s Cup installation is the latest in a long line of collaborative efforts between Toulouse Group and BrightSign. In the past few years alone, Toulouse Group utilized BrightSign’s digital signage players in many venues, including the award-winning New Zealand Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, the outstanding 7,000 square-foot Rotorua Museum New Zealand, and recent new exhibition installations at Carter Observatory New Zealand with its state-of-the-art, full-dome digital theater – a world-class interactive multimedia space experience.
“The America’s Cup is about much more than competition on the water – it’s a months-long gathering of the international sailing community and our presence in the America’s Cup Village will be the team’s home away from home through September,” said Marc Simpson, founder and principal of Toulouse Group. “This hospitality lounge is the “off-the-water” representation of the team and of our country, so it was important to construct a lounge that showcases the very latest technology, and BrightSign enabled us to do precisely that.”
While the installation was completed by AV integrator Toulouse Group, the hospitality lounge itself is staffed by individuals who lack any formal AV training. This necessitated the installation of equipment that is easy to use and very reliable. BrightSign’s solid-state players served that need perfectly.
Emirates Team New Zealand’s hospitality lounge encompasses a total of 9,600 square feet, including a main gathering area, several ancillary rooms and an expansive outdoor deck. An extensive Ethernet network is deployed throughout the lounge, connecting a total of 23 BrightSign HD120 and HD1020 digital signage players that feed and sync content across a massive video wall comprised of 19 Full HD 1080p displays. Sound is deployed with two BrightSign players and an EM100 expansion module. Six channels of audio fill the space with sound effects and ambient audio, all in sync with the video wall. The remaining four BrightSign players feed projectors that display content on a series of white, sail-shaped screens that meld beautifully with the nautical theme of the event.
Industry: Quick Serve Restaurants
Location: San Francisco, California
Integrator: Toulouse Group
Project: Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup Hospitality Center