Panasonic’s advanced display screen technology will be taking centre stage today around the country, as it is being used in the BBC Big Screens facility that will display the Olympic Games in public spaces up and down the UK.
The BBC chose to use equipment from Panasonic and Daktronics for the screens, which can be found in 22 public viewing locations in cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
The screens are currently displaying the progress of the Olympic Torch as it nears its final destination of the main Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London. Tonight, however, they will provide a cinematic experience of the highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony for thousands of excited viewers.
The screens are 100 inch diagonal LEDs and have also been used for relaying a range of high-profile public events this year, including Euro 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the nail-biting Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
The screens are being run from a central control unit in Birmingham where, for the torch relay, the images have been beamed from locally placed film crews and then sent back out to the screens. When the torch has been close to the location of a screen, that particular screen has been running a continuous daily feed of the torch’s progress.