With more than 40 million international passengers traveling through it each year, the Miami International Airport is the nation’s second busiest airport for international travelers. And, until recently, the first introduction to the beauty of Miami and the South Florida region experienced by these travelers was a windowless International Arrivals terminal!
It’s no wonder then that, when the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) undertook the task of updating and improving the International Arrivals Terminal, they wanted to include a graphically compelling way to welcome visitors to the airport and city, immediately lifting their spirits after a long day (or more) of travel. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We wanted our International Arrivals Terminal to provide a sense of place and put a big smile on the faces of our visitors from the minute they arrived in the area,” explained Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Chief of Aviation Signage Richard Garcia. “We literally wanted to create a moving, visual experience for travelers that brought the natural beauty and wonders of the region right inside the arrivals area — and we accomplished that, thanks to NanoLumens.”
MDAD selected NanoLumens (www.NanoLumens.com), the industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of LED visualization solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, to design a massive, 200-foot-long, double-sided NanoCurve™ LED display to showcase stunning images and video of Miami and the South Florida region.
“When we began researching LED displays and other platform options, we found a few other companies that offered curved displays,” Garcia continued. “However, to make them double-sided, two displays would have to be installed back-to-back, making the end result extremely thick and heavy. NanoLumens was the only company that offered a truly double-sided, bezel- and line-free display that could curve in the exact shape needed for the new International Arrivals area.”
After MDAD selected the NanoLumens NanoCurve solution, they turned to Virginia Beach-based integration firm Architectural Graphics Inc. (AGI), to install the 4MM pixel pitch NanoCurve solution.
“We’ve been working with Miami-Dade non-stop for about fifteen years,” Vice President of the Architectural Division at AGI, Brian Lucas, stated. “For this project, MDAD wanted to enhance the visitor experience in the International Arrivals terminal; they wanted to give incoming visitors a dynamic welcome to Miami. MDAD chose NanoLumens because they could guarantee the smooth curve around the terminal’s ramp while maintaining a thin cabinet size.”
Just over 4-inches thick, the NanoCurve illuminates almost every area of the International Arrivals terminal with beautiful, sunny imagery. With glass walls enclosing portions of the terminal, MDAD needed the display to be double-sided so patrons could enjoy the images and videos no matter which side of the wall they were on. Displaying an array of beaches, cruise ships, palm trees and other iconic imagery of South Florida, the NanoCurve solution is eye-catching, captivating travelers’ attention as they arrive into the region.
“We want people to experience Miami and smile as soon as they arrive in the terminal,” Garcia added. “The NanoLumens displays empower us to create a welcome that travelers to the region will never, ever forget. Thanks to NanoLumens, our airport is making the very best possible first impression on the millions of travelers who visit us every year.”
To show these images, MDAD specified a Clickeffects Blaze control system that can present one large image across the full-length of the NanoCurve surface. The easy-to-use system allows content management operators to alter complex content to perfectly fit the display, creating the beautiful imagery international travelers in the Miami International Airport view each day.
The three-level International Arrivals facility is located in the North Terminal, serving as the gateway to the region for all American Airlines passengers as well as other carriers in concourses D, E and F. The facility features a new federal inspection area with automated passport control, Global Entry and mobile passport processing, a spacious second-level baggage claim area with 10 carrousels and a new greeter’s lobby for easy access to all ground transportation.
“Living up to our clients’ imagination is what drives our design and engineering teams every day,” explained Karen Robinson. “Airports have become a very important channel for the company. Our new solution at the Miami International Airport joins a growing portfolio that also includes installations at London’s Stansted Airport and Australia’s Darwin International Airport.”
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