The GSA (also known as the General Services Administration) are taking a leap into the future to help streamline their visitors that make their way in to the their San Francisco Federal Building and this most likely won’t be the last place where we see this technology used. They have installed a jumbo 9-foot by 19-foot high definition video wall that does a number of cool things for visitors that make their way into the building. It provides streaming live content for visitors, such as live news updates and current events. It also offers web content, such as information about the building, the agency and things that the agency might be working on in the building. They also have information on the building itself, such as where you can go to get specific services. This includes plans, occupants, business, social activities, energy use, weather, transportation and much more. An example is that the screen will highlight the buildings energy and water conservation. It will also give information on local mass transit and provide weather updates for the masses.
This isn’t the first video wall that has been located in the GSA building in San Francisco. They actually had another screen for several years, but it was far less efficient. That was one reason for the upgrade, to save the agency and in turn taxpayers money. They will save around 14,000 kilowatt-hours over the course of the year, as compared to the previous years. That’s essentially what it would take to power a normal house for around 15 months. The wall was specially designed for this building and consists of 16 LCD screens that are remarkably thin. On a side note, the software and hardware that power the monster video wall are capable of running just about any type of image or video file format, a huge perk when designing content for the monitor.
Another neat aspect of the video wall at the General Services Administration is that it is all controlled through one special computer that offers options for designing the layout, rotating the computer and more. It is a touch sensitive computer that can give tenants and visitors alike a lot of information on the building, and makes using the computer extremely easy and common sense.
If you’re visiting the building for the first time, it’s highly likely that you’ll be impressed by the video wall displays that are fluid and have a collage of rotating images to catch visitors eyes, such a huge and impressive video of the Golden Gate Bridge. And just in case you were wonder, yes, they do have audio as well. There are speakers mounted above the screen in the ceiling. Just in case the room has to be used an emergency shelter, the screen is can be powered by a back up generator that would power during power outages.
Overall the screen at the San Francisco General Services Administration building is quite impressive and will likely the way for similar buildings and screens. It’s this type of innovation within government buildings that inspire and impress the rest of the free world. It’s type of innovation and spirit within government that drives the world and helps make these technologies take off. One can only hope that using this type of technology can truly help us improve how our government and businesses offices are run, but if they are leading the way, then it’s probably a smart idea and I say we should go for it and continue to use this type of multiple monitor technology within government.