Bringing exhibitions to life for the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium, this Philips Professional Display led project picked up the award for Best Commercial Integration Project at the recent Smart Building Awards, held during the EI Live! trade show.
Situated in the centre of Brussels, the Museum of The National Bank of Belgium covers its rich history that goes back to 1850. The two-storey museum is located in a 19th-century renovated bank building, which still maintains its original Gothic charm through its monumental staircase, candelabras and other well preserved finishing touches.
Open to the general public, the museum is a resource for students and younger guests with its educational exhibits focused on the role and tasks the National Bank plays in society.
Here, people can learn about the history of the bank, see how payments were made in the past and view all the different forms of Belgian money from history.
In a digital age in which interactivity is king and learning experiences need to be hands on, dynamic and vibrant, the Museum of The National Bank of Belgium needed a new way to keep its audience engaged and excited in learning all there is to know about the history of Belgian currency and the bank.
Being located in a historic building, though, meant that the structure had to be preserved in its original state as the new technological set-up and over-sized 98in displays were installed.
In this particular upgrade, the entire software and hardware including custom Audioguide devices were a completely unique installation for Philips Professional Display Solution and its business partner, Ocular.
Partnering with Ocular, Philips Professional Display Solutions installed five impressive 98in screens at the Museum hanging two metres above the ground between the building’s pillars – giving visitors a spectacular experience.
The screens work in harmony with 20 x 10in Philips T-Line touch screens and Ocular’s custom Audioguide system to bring the exhibits to life through an interactive visual display. Guests can connect with the exhibits as well as with each other through collaborative guidance.
The end result of this project has seen a significant increase in visitor engagement through cutting-edge interactive technology.
The spectacular display of five of the 98in screens deliver a high-impact digital experience, in which they can engage with the content in a truly larger than life form.
The Philips Professional Display set up is easily updateable by staff of the museum, to cater for new exhibits and additions to existing exhibits. Updates are made possible through Ocular’s custom CMS system and can be pushed to a single screen or to multiple screens for versatility.
Using a custom set-up, visitors are also able to interact with the screens within the museum in one of three languages to accommodate for the unique language mix of Belgium.
The screens are connected to Ocular’s intuitive Audioguide system to bring exhibits to life through user interactivity.
Essential Kit List
• 5 x Philips U-line 98in Display BDL9870EU (5 units)
• 20 x Philips T-Line 10” Touch Screen Display 10BDL3051T (20 units)
• Ocular Audioguide