This is what’s being billed as the largest interactive video wall on the planet – set in a rail hub in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The project was put together for the Saudi Arabia Railway (SAR) by the huge Spanish integrator Trison. The job required a curved interactive screen that would be 37 meters wide and 1.2 meters high. Trison’s techs used 54 LG 55-inch high-bright, thin-bezel LCD monitors, stacked one atop another.
The resulting 51,840 by 2,160 pixel canvas shows the development of the ambitious high-speed railway that now connects major centers in the country. Details are a bit scant on how the touch is done, but there are multiple interaction points and it looks like there are camera-based sensors looming over top of the wall which can trigger content as people walk by.
The structure was built in Spain and shipped to Riyadh.
Very impressive, in a money-is-no-object kind of way. You need big visuals like this to fill a cavernous space like that rail terminal, which is roughly a billion times nice than anything you’ll find in North America or Europe. Given it is Saudi Arabia, you’d kind of expect this to be done these days with fine-pitch LED. But interactive is NOT something that LED can deliver, at least not right now.
There’s always a set of screens, somewhere, that’s bigger, so not sure if this is really the largest in the world. But it certainly qualifies as big.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than 13 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia.