The latest developments in digital media technology are filtering through into airport display screens, with new products from South Korean conglomerates LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics. A fall in the cost of LED technology, coupled with higher-resolution screens, means that displays can be placed almost anywhere in an airport.
LG developed a transparent LED film screen that can be attached to a glass wall or elevated tower. Multiple 48 cm wide x 28 cm high panels can be combined to produce a large display in an airport terminal.
This product is new to the airport sector and no customers have been arranged to date, said Wooseok Seong of the LG ID Vertical Business Team.
“The film, for example, can be attached to the inside of the exterior window in a terminal and a dynamic media displayed on it,” he told Jane’s during PTE in Stockholm on 20–22 March. “We call this a Wow! product that enhances the overall passenger experience, and helps cement the identity of the airport in the eyes of travellers.”
At PTE, LG Electronics also showcased a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display that does not require a panel to display media. The transparent OLED screen lights itself and can therefore produce the sharpest possible display.
The screen could be useful in an air traffic control tower, Seong noted, by giving controllers an out-of-window view while also displaying information on runway operations. The OLED display can incorporate augmented reality technology, so specific data labels can be overlaid over vehicles or aircraft as they move on the runway and apron. “The cost of the screens would be justified because they add value to the working environment,” he said.
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