Product Spotlight

Sept. 13, 2006
The following product descriptions of equipment are offered as a service to readers and are not intended as an endorsement.

The following product descriptions of equipment are offered as a service to readers and are not intended as an endorsement. To obtain more information on any item listed, contact the manufacturer.

Daktronics, Inc. - A Daktronics Galaxy® display is designed to take the guesswork out of knowing when passengers arriving at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix are ready to be picked up. The Stage & Go Lot is a new area where drivers wait in their vehicles, free of charge, while passengers deplane, pick up luggage, and walk out to the curb. Previously, drivers would circle the terminals until the party they were picking up reached the curb. Now drivers need only look for a "Ready for Pickup" message on the Daktronics tricolor light emitting diode Galaxy display to know when passengers are ready to leave the terminal. The Stage & Go waiting area has 90 parking spaces for waiting drivers to use. Information shown on the display is airline, flight number, city of departure, terminal, and flight status.

Matrox Graphics Inc. - Matrox has added to its support for widescreen displays on its graphics hardware by creating a new feature called Matrox PowerRes. The new feature is available on select Matrox hardware and comes complete with a new interface and many widescreen resolution support enhancements, including the ability to add custom resolutions, designed to make it an effective solution for driving multiple airport displays.

Industrial Television Services, Inc. (ITS®) - announces the installation of a Multi-Airline Flight Information Display System at the new San Francisco International Airport (SFO) long-term parking garage. Included among the garage's amenities are ITS real-time flight information displays (FIDS) located at the shuttle stop where patrons board busses to the airport terminals. Using ITS' AIRS® data service, the FIDS are composed using real-time flight departure information collected from several sources, including airline flight systems and OAG Worldwide. ITS' AIRS receives, stores, formats, and distributes real-time flight information to dynamic display systems, both on and off airport property. The new display system, including the mechanical mounting structure and all-weather display enclosures was designed, engineered, fabricated, and installed by ITS and the company's on-site technicians support the system on an ongoing basis.

Magenta Research - The Infinea™ DVI system from Magenta Research transmits digital video unlimited distances over one fiber and/or one Cat6 cable, via linked receivers. Infinea is a DVI extension product designed to enable boundless high-resolution digital video transmission by linking perfect digital signal repeaters. Transmitter-receiver pairs extend the reach of DVI sources 10 kilometers over a single fiber, and/or 600 feet (183 meters) over a single Cat6 cable.

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display - With its 40" NEC LCD4000 and 30" (29.5" VIS) NEC LCD3000 displays, NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display has helped Reno/Tahoe International Airport overcome the distractions and obstacles it had experienced and "change the face" of the airport. Currently, 12 LCD4000s are used in the airport's gates, and six more will complete the installation. These display arrival/departure information for those sitting, walking by, or enjoying the casino games. Four LCD3000s also are being used for arrival/departure information in the baggage claim area. Reno/Tahoe plans to install NEC-Mitsubishi LCDs all over the facility, including ticket counters, concourses and the food court. Its 50" plasma displays in the baggage claim area and main lobby will eventually be replaced with 50" NEC LCDs once they become available.

Infax, Inc. - A provider of airport information display products and services, public address, AODB, and airport resources management products, announces new installations in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Albuquerque International Sunport, Philadelphia International Airport and Huntsville International Airport. WinFIDS® 6, the company's flagship product, is designed to give airports control of flight data with a few clicks of the mouse. Using a familiar web browser-based user interface, airport and airline staff can add, delete, or modify any aspect of any flight, from anywhere in their facility.