PPDS, together with integrator partner TechArts, recently delivered its largest Philips direct view LED video wall installation in North America to date at the Desert Reign Church Downey campus in California. 

Located 15 miles (24km) southeast of Los Angeles, the purpose-built Desert Reign Church (DRC) plays a central and meaningful role within the local community, providing a wide range of daily services and Christian music events. 

As part of a campus-wide upgrade investment program, DRC partnered with TechArts – a local (Los Alamitos) AV/IT system integration company with specialist experience in the house of worship market, and PPDS, to replace its ageing stage set-up with a ‘unique’ state-of-the-art Philips dvLED wall on the main stage. 

Measuring 31ft x 11ft, the 1.9-pixel pitch, Philips L-Line 9000 LED display – the largest built by PPDS in North America to date – brought their vision to life, providing picture-perfect visibility in all seated and standing areas in the auditorium.

Installed in under a week, the Philips L-Line 9000 Series was selected, in part, for its capabilities in delivering optimum viewing experiences in almost any lighting condition and environment. 

With extensive out-of-the-box in-house designed software and exclusive capabilities, content can be displayed in absolute clarity, including text. The 9000 Series is equipped with optimised quality components, including gold wiring – delivering whites, blacks, colour and contrast, texture and speed.

The dvLED wall also features a modular sustainable design and comes equipped with remote Active Health Monitoring, meaning future maintenance and parts replacement can now be managed and even predicted, with precise pinpointing of a problem, in real-time. 

Troubleshooting and all content can be managed and controlled entirely remotely, with the Philips 9000 Series using up to 20 per cent less energy than comparable competitor models, without impacting performance, reducing energy bills.

For added safety, the 9000 LED wall at the DRC comes with a fire retardant design to slow the spread of flames in the event of a fire, while its IP30 rated conformal coating makes it dust, dirt, fungus and moisture resistant, and certified against ingress for reduced risk of short circuit from dust and corrosion.

Daniel Dutch, Lead Pastor, Desert Reign Church comments: “In the past, I have been involved in projects that have gone well, and projects that have not gone well. This one I would rate as an A+. People were amazed when they walked in. The collaboration between PPDS and TechArts was seamless throughout and, at times, you almost wouldn’t know who was working for who when they were working here on the wall. I would encourage people to see this for themselves. 

“We did a lot of research, we really looked around and explored many different LED walls and contractors. We found PPDS to be head and shoulders above the rest and I’m sure others in our and other industries will be able to say the same. 

Chuck Mitchell, CEO, TechArts adds: “This was a unique LED project that was born out of a desire for the church to go to the next level for experience. Myself, and my colleague, Scott Clement, Client Representative, were able to put together a really great demonstration coordinating with PPDS and when they saw the incredible high-resolution quality from Philips, they were in no doubt this was the right solution for their needs.”

Mitchell Rosenberg, Director of dvLED and videowall NA at PPDS, furthers: “The result was amazing, and the wall is currently our largest dvLED install to date and our first large-scale demonstration of how we can support markets, such as places of worship, in creating a more engaging, inspiring and immersive experience.”

“At PPDS, we’re really customer-centric, from the pre-sale all the way to post-sale, we’re going to be holding our integrator’s hands and ensuring that the end customer achieves the best-case scenario. We’re incredibly proud to have worked with TechArts and support DRC in not only achieving their visions but going far beyond them.”

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