Despite being regularly rated one of the world’s best airports, Singapore’s Changi is continuously evolving – and one way it is doing so is by investing in brand new technology. The new terminal four boasts robotic housekeepers, a full suite of self-service options from check-in, immigration to boarding, plus two NanoLumens Performance Series LED displays to captivate visitors while they pass through the airport.
An immersive wall looms above T4’s centralised security screening area, with it measuring an impressive 70m wide by 5m tall, with a 6mm pixel pitch. Alone this is one of the world’s largest indoor airport displays in the world, although a further 10m wide by 6m tall, 4mm pixel pitch NanonLumens display has also been installed in the departure transit area’s Heritage Zone. This secondary display is built directly into a shophouse façade with several faux building fronts that highlight Singapore’s architectural evolution from the 1880s to the 1950s.
NanoLumens created a custom solution specifically for Changi based on a redesign of its proprietary Nixel Series technology that was able to accommodate the demanding content created by Moment Factory. The solution required several mechanical enhancements in order to overcome EMI, EMC and other strict RFP specifications. The new rigid Nixel technology is optimised for being flat with a larger diode for the highest brightness and is rear serviceable. Being able to access the displays from a high vantage point through rear service will keep traveller visibility of the displays at an absolute maximum.
Both displays run throughout the day, with the Immersive Wall displaying flowing, geometric waves of 3D animations, picturesque life-like scenes from throughout Singapore, and a funny, playful animation of the imaginary journey luggage takes after check-in. The Heritage Zone display, on the other hand, is integrated convincingly into the zone’s façade, comprising the second floor of two of the buildings and showing Peranakan Love Story, a dramatic original film set in 1930s Singapore. The video seems to blend right into the buildings, giving passers-by a seamless view into the country’s cultural history. All of the digital content was produced by Moment Factory.
According to NanoLumens vice president of sales Almir DeCarvalho, the final product is the result of successful collaboration and a highly detailed bidding and engineering process.
“This project was one of the most rigorous, competitive bidding processes we’ve ever been part of, and the resulting installation shows exactly why NanoLumens was the winner,” Almir notes. “After a series of gruelling demonstrations, investors, executives and government representatives all scored the displays on visual appeal and underlying technology, and unanimously voted NanoLumens the best of the best. We met or beat every spec they required, including weight, power draw, brightness, viewing angles, electromagnetic compatibility and electronic magnetic interference limits.”
Electronics & Engineering PTE LTD, one of the leading electronic integrators in the Asia Pacific region, completed the installation of the NanoLumens displays, along with much of the other technologies in T4. One of the most striking results of this installation was that NanoLumens and E&E delivered every part of the product and installation on schedule, which is rare for a project of this magnitude and complexity.
“With roughly a year of just the bidding process, not to mention the actual installation, this was a highly complex project with many, many moving parts,” says Martin, director of international sales. “Working with E&E was a great partnership that produced fantastic on-time results, which industry insiders know isn’t always the case with contractors, particularly on large jobs, even this specific one. When one considers the consistent, rigorous testing we performed to ensure our specs were accurate and lived up to Moment Factory’s requirements, it’s obvious everyone involved was focused on every detail, every step of the way.”
Terminal 4 was open to the public for an open house from August 7 – 22, 2017 with the terminal expected to be operational later this year.