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Statue of Liberty Museum immerses visitors

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation recently finished a five-year, $100m (approx. £81m) beautification project on Liberty Island complete with a new museum, which has benefited from a sophisticated audio-visual (AV) network.

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The immersive theatre sees video content projected on to multiple screens, the largest of which is 18ft tall by 40ft wide

AV integrator firm Diversified was brought on board to design and implement the network, which would see the 26,000sq ft museum transformed into an interactive and immersive experience for visitors, telling the story of the statue’s construction and how the Statue of Liberty became such an important figure in the cultural history of the US.

Due to the location of the museum, Diversified needed to secure network reliability and select systems which would take away the need for on-site repairs.

Diversified project manager Carol Feeley-Vario explains: “While Liberty Island may appear as if it’s just a stone’s throw away from New York City, we needed to bear in mind the practical remoteness of the site.

The interactive kiosk exhibit features 20 touch-interactive kiosks inviting visitors to answer questions, take selfies and push their personalised content to an LED wall

“Any service visit would require working within the parameters of ferry schedules and visitation hours – which is why we went to great lengths to build redundancies into the system that would all but eliminate the need to conduct repairs on-site.”

Diversified deployed more than 80 media players from BrightSign throughout the museum to provide a high level of redundancy, serving as the failover for each. The museum’s AV network covers three primary areas – an immersive theatre, an artefact gallery and an interactive kiosk exhibit.

One set of BrightSign players serves as a primary content distribution hub, whilst a second set serves as a failover in the event that the primary distribution system suffers an outage or other disruption to avoid difficult repairs on-site.

You can say BrightSign is the final ‘torch’ that would keep the museum’s exhibit content streams flowing in the case of any sort of disruption

Feeley-Vario adds: “We have BrightSign media players serving as back-ups to the primary servers, and in some cases even as secondary back-ups to the back-up servers. In short, we’re relying heavily on BrightSign to keep all the exhibits up and running in the unlikely event of a network failure.

“You can say BrightSign is the final ‘torch’ that would keep the museum’s exhibit content streams flowing in the case of any sort of disruption.”

The Statue of Liberty Museum officially opened on May 16th, 2019.

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