Audio Visual Technology Heightens Museum’s Exhibit of Human Skeletons
Having a long and successful track record of integrating audio visuals into museums settings, McCann Systems brings their AV expertise to The National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex, located in Washington DC.
Hired by Hadley Exhibits, show fabricators, McCann Systems has integrated audio and visual elements into “Written in Bone, Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake”, a new exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History that examines the history of the early settlers in the Chesapeake region. Through forensic investigation, “Written in Bone” offers an analysis of human skeletons and gives tremendous insight to people and events in America’s history. Enhanced by Audi Visual technology, McCann Systems helped to bring this forensic exhibit to life by integrating audio and visual elements into nine informative media rich areas. McCann installed a total of seven LCD’s in strategically located areas within the exhibit. Ceiling mounted Dakota Speakers allowed focused sound to be aimed at a specific area, an auditory attribute that McCann finds necessary and highly effective in museum settings.
McCann Systems also installed an AMX control system with a NFX card frame and rack mounted touchpanel. In addition to the typical controls that this type of system customarily offers, McCann Systems also developed custom software, allowing the control system to integrate seamlessly into the building management software and the Univision lighting system that was already in place. This custom software allows the museum staff to schedule events and show times as well as control lighting in the space through their management system. Additionally, the programmable presets for volume levels give museum staff the ability to schedule different presets throughout the day, depending on traffic flow at the museum. Using Cat5 infrastructure McCann Systems provided video transmitters and receivers from the control room to each of the displays allowing HD content to be displayed on the screens. Each display has a BrightSign Digital Media Player allowing for DVD quality content playback. McCann Systems coordinated with the History Channel to facilitate encoding of the HD content displayed. Using the BrightSign playback features McCann Systems was able to create a script which allowed the HD content provided by the History Channel to play back and loop upon system start-up.
Finally, McCann Systems worked with the building’s fire team to design and install a relay module near the control system which enables all of the audio visual equipment to shut down in the case of a fire so visitors can exit safely without distraction.
McCann Systems, an innovative design-build audio visual firm, has successfully brought their Audio Visual expertise to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is proud to include the Smithsonian Institute among their list of prestigious museum clientele, including The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia PA, Bethel Woods Museum in Bethel NY and the Sports Museum of America in downtown Manhattan.
For more information on McCann Systems’ audio visual installation for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, please visit: http://www.mccannsystems.com/smithsonian-national-museum-of-natural-history.html
About McCann Systems, LLC
McCann Systems, Edison NJ, was founded by Frank McCann in 1996 as an audio visual design-build company. For over 12 years, McCann Systems has delivered audio visual communication solutions for companies world-wide. As a leading audio visual design integration specialist, McCann Systems offers strong technical expertise, complemented by high levels of creativity and precision. McCann environments can be found in almost every major industry, such as advertising, broadcast, education, entertainment, finance, government, retail, institutional, hospitality, insurance and transportation. Projects include Bethel Woods Museum in Bethel NY, Sports Museum of America in downtown Manhattan, CNN Communication Center in the Time Warner Center in New York City, FOX Business News Network in mid-town Manhattan, Barclays Sales Center in New York City, IAC video wall and corporate headquarters in Manhattan, Chopard flagship store on Madison Avenue, NASDAQ OMX MarketSite studio in Times Square, NHL Powered by Reebok retail store and corporate offices in mid-town Manhattan and Boston University Visitors’ Center in Boston MA. For more information, please go to www.mccannsystems.com.
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