Digital Projection chosen for Kuwait Habitat Museum
The system integration specialist selected E-Vision 13000 projectors with RED LASER colour boosting technology for a vibrant exhibition detailing the history of the planet.
The Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City is home to two museums, the Remembrance Museum and the Habitat Museum. While the former focuses on the critical – and often violent – moments that shaped the nation, the latter is more concerned with its natural flora and fauna, containing a large number of interactive exhibitions and scenic recreations.
The museum’s centrepiece boasts a 26-metre audiovisual projection that displays the beauty of the different habitats of Kuwait by means of spectacular panoramic views. Although this has remained a visitor favourite since its introduction, the museum’s management decided that a projector upgrade was required to help the exhibit realise its full potential.
In order to do so, the museum called on a trusted integrator, SMARTENTITY (SEC), for their advice, knowledge and expertise.
Youssef Ismail, deputy managing director of SEC, said: “SEC has had a long relationship with Amiri Diwan at the governmental projects department. He trusts us and our expertise. When he told us that they wanted to start changing a part of their setup at the museum, we had to assess their requirements and suggest what we thought was the best fit in terms of the equipment used.”
Although the client wasn’t immediately aware of Digital Projection’s products, Ismail didn’t hesitate to call on Rayan Soumsom, regional manager for Digital Projection in the Middle East, for his advice. After hearing about the requirements of the installation, Soumsom suggested that Digital Projection’s new E-Vision 13000 projectors with RED LASER colour boosting technology would be a perfect fit.
The museum’s existing backbone dictated that 7 E-Vision 13000 projectors were required to cover the 26-metre screen. The company also provided 4 more E-Vision units that would be installed facing directly downwards – to cover a 4-metre x 3-metre table surface.
The content in the newly upgraded part of the museum charts thousands of years of the region’s natural history, and was created by UK-based audiovisual specialist, Electrosonic.
“With the new Digital Projection units and their wider coverage, the edge blending has become more of a challenge because blending areas are much bigger,” Ismail said. “We still have the same content, the same Dataton Watchout media servers, and the same Cisco networking, so some recalibration was needed. This was also the first time we have installed Digital Projection projectors with ColorBoost + Red Laser It was a challenge, but we were able to overcome it and the area is certainly better off for the upgrade.”
Since this was an active site, the museum was adamant that the integration process was to be seamless, without affecting the flow of visitors. This meant that a lot of night work was necessary.
“We had a lot of support from Digital Projection remotely and we were sure that we could always give Rayan Soumsom a call if we needed to. He also came to the museum for a full day in order to assist us in the calibration process and give us tips on how to make our life easier. The technical support team in UK was in constant contact with Rayan to make sure things were running smoothly.”
With this project a resounding success, SEC and the museum are now identifying other areas of the building that are in need of modernisation.
“Having seen Digital Projection’s full support during the installation, we now want to continue working with them,” said Ismail. “We want to promote their great products and fantastic service. The next project will surely require us to use the colour calibration service that Digital Projection offers, which colour-matches projectors before shipping them.”
Equally compelling for them was the lack of lamp replacements due to the solid state illumination system. By bypassing regular lamp replacement cycles, almost all costs related to the E-Vision Laser are incurred at time of purchase. This key characteristic allows the E-Vision Laser to have a much lower cost of ownership over the lifespan of the display.rnrnWith the projection hardware chosen, the first step for the team was to find a solution where a single mobile device could control the lighting, audio, and projection at the same time. This solution needed to be elegant, simple and be completely bespoke.rnrn“Pixilab Blocks offered us the ultimate solution,” said Brown. “Admin tablets control the tables and the phases of the journey as well as writing live text upon the table at any time. User control of individual places using individual tablets locked to the position the guest is sitting to have guest interactivity with the menu.”rnrnThe Pixilab Blocks were seamlessly integrated with Dataton’s Watchout to provide a multi display output to the system, creating a beautiful image across the huge main table. Interactivity comes with the help of a Blocks spot sending NDI video into Watchout to add the additional elements.rnrnWhen the button is pushed to start the show, the video loop synchronises with house lighting and audio to create a truly unique ambiance.rnrn“Meshico are ecstatic about creating this first-of-its-kind guest experience for their customers,” said a spokesperson from Meshico group. “Upon booking a table, content can be customised for a guest for special occasions, including posting personalised photos upon the table. We are excited to witness birthdays, anniversaries and marriage proposals that make full use of this unique and beautiful dining experience.”rnrn“We really enjoy working with Pulse for a number of reasons,” said Horwood. “They have the experience, the knowledge and the technical skills to design and install even the most complex audio-visual systems. This offers Digital Projection peace of mind when partnering on such technically demanding projects; safe in the knowledge that the complete system will always exceed the customers’ expectations.
E-Vision Laser 13000
Following on from the run-away success of the E-Vision Laser 10K, the new E-Vision Laser 13000 has been updated with all-new Colorboost + Red Laser Technology. Already renowned for being a robust, reliable workhorse, the latest generation of this compact, lamp-free projector utilises Colorboost+Red technology to create the most realistic and saturated colours ever seen from any high-brightness 1-Chip DLP Projector. With new intelligent processing, the colour performance of the E-Vision Laser 13000 is ever closer to that of a 3-Chip DLP projector.Find out more