While Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States in an inaugural ceremony attracting well over a million spectators, four enormous mobile video screens – including the world’s largest high-resolution mobile LED unit – assured that everyone got an up-close view of the historic moment.
The mobile video screens, provided by GoVision LP of Keller, Texas, and manufactured by South Dakota-based Daktronics Inc., provided live video footage of the event backed by state-of-the-art image processing. The largest of the four screens, known as “GoBigger,” boasted a massive 19’ x 33’ display utilizing Daktronics HD-X technology, which features higher contrast and wider viewing angles than any other display of its type.
Commentators on TV and radio covering the inauguration continued to mistakenly refer to large LED screens as “Jumbotrons” -- referring to a product, the Sony Jumbotron, that has not been sold for decades. However, the type of large outdoor LED wall deployed in the Capitol are produced by Daktronics, Barco, Lighthouse and a few others, with Daktronics holding the most market share - especially in the sports stadium market with fixed installation screens. This experience assured Daktronics was well suited to provide coverage for the crowd gathering around the more than arena-sized National Mall.
“A historic event of this magnitude deserves the biggest and best video production possible,” said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. “We’re honored to be entrusted with this vital element of the inauguration once again, and look forward to giving the record-breaking crowd a front-row seat to all the festivities.”
The event marks the second time GoVision, a provider of larger-than-life LED video walls and mobile units, has been chosen as the exclusive mobile video provider for the presidential inauguration ceremony. The company also provided four jumbo screens for President George W. Bush’s second inaugural ceremony in 2005.
In addition to the four truck-mounted screens in downtown Washington, GoVision also set up mobile units for watching parties at the Canadian embassy and in Chicago’s Grant Park.
“We think January 20th may go down as the biggest large-screen rental day in history,” said Curtis, who has been fielding calls from organizers of events in several cities across the country.
“We are pleased that our screens will be a little part of history on the world’s biggest stage,” said Myron Linde, Daktronics mobile and modular sales manager. “GoVision is a great rental partner and customer of ours and we know they’ll put on a great show by showcasing the most advanced technology on the market today.”
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