GSA claims savings from video wall
San Francisco installation tests new technology
- By Alice Lipowicz
- Dec 20, 2010
The General Services Administration expects to save money on electricity by using a new streaming video wall installed in the San Francisco Federal Building that is being considered for broader use in other federal buildings, the agency announced.
The new 9-foot by 19-foot high-definition interactive video wall provides live streaming video, Web content and building information to visitors. It will include information on floor plans, occupants, business and social activities, energy use, weather, and transportation, among other data.
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The wall is projected to save more than 14,000 kilowatt-hours per year compared with the previous video display in the building, GSA said Dec. 14.
The wall, provided by contractor Enovity Inc. of San Francisco, is composed of up of 16 ultra-thin LCD screens. The software that powers the screens accepts all types of image and video file formats. It is controlled through a single online computer and offers various options for display, such as rotating images.
The wall also has a touch-sensitive monitor to provide tenants and visitors to a wide range of building information.
Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.