THE THAMES CABLE CAR
Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor of London, opened Britain's first urban cable car at the end of July, which is now ferrying passengers across the Thames.
The £60m system was paid for with £36m from the Dubai-owned airline Emirates, giving it naming rights for 10 years, including placing its brand name on the London Underground map. A further £8m came from the European Regeneration and Development Fund.
The system is called the Emirates Air Line and travels from the Greenwich peninsula close to the O2 arena on the south side of the river to the Royal docks close to the Excel exhibition centre on the north bank, both are Olympic venues. It takes five minutes each way and costs £3.60 on an Oyster card or £16 for 10 journeys. Each of the 34 cabin’s, rises 90 metres over the Thames between giant pylons designed by the architects Wilkinson Eyre. The cable car has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people an hour in each direction, the equivalent of 30 buses.
"It is a staggeringly beautiful view of London," the mayor said. "It is a panorama of the most opportunity-rich area of the city and people are already showing a real interest in buying into it. People are coming from all over the world for the Olympics and I want them to see the areas they can invest in."
Two Samsung 3×3 landscape UD55 screens at the terminal entrances, two Samsung 3×2 portrait 46 screens at the gate lines and two 8×3 Portrait UD55 screens at platform level make up the video walls at both terminals.
provided the mounts for the Samsung screens used in the Station Video Walls. The AV installation was managed and will be maintained by Pioneer Digital Solutions and their director, Paul Childerhouse, commented: "This was a technically challenging video wall to build because the stainless steel and glass cladding reduced the screen to wall depth. The mounts had to be no more than 50mm, therefore UNICOL
PZX and Screentrac mounts were used. Robert Seward, Marketing Director of UNICOL
commented "The 8 x 3 video walls, with portrait screens set in a curve produced some scratching of heads but our Special Products Division soon came up with a solution". All the video walls are fed by Magenta Voyager fibre kits.
GIANT 56 SCREEN VIDEO WALL - GERMANY
Installed in early May to coincide with the European Football Championships, probably the world’s largest ceiling suspended video wall was commissioned in Ahaus, Nord Rhein Westfalia, Germany. The video wall was hung at one end of a 1,200 sqm hall built for public events with an audience capacity of 2,000.
The giant video wall designed by UNICOL
consisted of 56 Samsung UD55A Large Format Displays (LFD) in a 8 high x 7 across landscape configuration. The Hall ceiling beam had to be reinforced and the UNICOL
fully adjustable Adapta-wall system supporting the screens was hung on 28 Unicol 9m long chrome columns. UNICOL
Marketing Director said: “As usual we rose to the challenge and our Special Products Division provided the necessary expertise, whilst our sister company Unicol-de GmbH won the contract and organised shipping and support – a very impressive outcome.”
Software specialists Tobit GmbH supplied their latest technology to make the most of such a large format array. The project was planned and managed by Adversign Media GmbH a leading Digital signage provider based in Dusseldorf. Project Manager Albert Roelen commented: “We have worked closely with Unicol and know of their reputation – their motto ‘supporting you’ – yes it suits, especially in a complex installation like this.”