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United Nations Installs World’s Largest E-Ink Display

October 01, 2013

E Ink Holdings, in collaboration with MpicoSys and Pervasive Displays, has installed what it describes as the world’s largest tiled electronic-paper display at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. The wall-sized digital sign combines 231 individual E Ink displays tiled within a six-metre-wide space.

“The eWall is a perfect example of E Ink enabling designers to deliver information where they never thought possible before,” stated Harit Doshi, head of signage business and Director of Business Development for E Ink. “This project further demonstrates E Ink's diversification into different markets, specifically the digital signage market, as a key focus market segment.”

This aptly named eWall was unveiled last week by Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the General Assembly of the UN. The eWall was designed by the architects of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), as part of a renovation of the North Delegates Lounge – a donation from the government of The Netherlands to the United Nations. The North Delegates Lounge plays a key role in the workings of the UN as an unofficial meeting space where conversation is unrecorded and informal.

The UN’s new eWall provides delegates with scheduling, news and other relevant information when needed. It also includes a design mode to show large-scale images, while also having the ability to fade into an unobtrusive wall when turned off.

The 231 displays comprising the eWall are situated 33 across (about six metres) and seven displays high. E Ink describes this configuration as holding an overall resolution of 26,400 x 3,360 pixels. Each display is based on E Ink's Pearl film, with Pervasive Displays providing the TFT and display modules, and MpicoSys providing the physical construction, electronics and control software to drive the overall sign and Internet connectivity for updating.

"The cooperation with the architects of the OMA is an excellent example of what MpicoSys custom projects can result in,” said Peter Slikkerveer, CEO of MpicoSys. “We see this as a start of a new generation of ePaper products for information signage.”

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