In the four years since we upgraded, the projectors have been used for nearly 20,000 presentations and have given us 99.99% up time. Their reliability has been outstanding.
- Tim Nicholson, Exhibit Technology Manager and Senior System Developer
Six F32 projectors are blended together to form a seamless full-dome display of 360 degrees by 160 degrees, at a high resolution of 3,300 by 3,300 pixels.
Immersive display specialist Global Immersion designed and integrated the multi-channel projection system as part of their proprietary Fidelity Bright™ digital theatre solution which includes the planetarium’s custom media management and playback systems. The Museum’s in-house team designed and installed other areas of the technology upgrade themselves including multi-channel audio and lighting control systems.
As well as immersive movie content that resides on in-house servers, the planetarium also hosts live concerts ‘under the stars’ and special events such as viewings of Earth from space using real-time navigation from SCISS’ Uniview. One special requirement the planetarium had was a seamless way to switch between three different ‘clusters’ of media servers – one for day-to-day operations, and two development clusters for special events.
The high reliability and performance characteristics of the F32 projectors provide an attractive commercial grade solution for professional use.