Unum teams with Daktronics to install high-definition LED video displays in offices

Feb. 25, 2014
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Unum (NYSE - UNM) has partnered with Daktronics (Nasdaq - DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., to install two HD LED video displays, one at their corporate headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the other in their headquarters in Portland, Maine. Each display measures more than 9 feet high by nearly 17 feet wide - a total of more than 155 square feet per display.

“The partnership with Daktronics has exceeded my expectations,” said Todd Crawford, Director of Unified Communications & Collaborations at Unum. “We had limited time available in December and January to complete the auditorium upgrades prior to our annual all employee Town Hall and employee recognition events. Daktronics’ project team expedited the manufacturing, installation and training phases of the project to meet our aggressive schedule. We were extremely excited to start the year with our new 4mm HD LED video walls. The color imagery, clarity and resolution provide a perfect solution for our needs.”

The installation in Chattanooga features a large glass atrium with a glass roof in a space used for multiple types of large meetings. The display is on a ground stand that features a Daktronics Vortek hoist system to raise and lower the unit to provide flexibility when hosting various events. Drapes cover the vertical hoist structure to complete the professional look of the atrium.

In Portland, the display will be recessed into the wall and completely finished around it to complete the video-wall appearance. This installation is also in a high ambient light environment with glass walls surrounding the large meeting room.

Both installations replace existing rear projector units that had their images and colors faded and hard to see due to the lighting conditions brought on by the open glass environments. Unum opted to go with an LED option to combat the elements with displays that can cut through the lighting conditions to present clear, vibrant images at all times of day, even in the instance of direct sunlight.

When not being used for meetings and video conferences with other Unum office locations, the displays will show a digital TV feed with things such as time, breaking news, weather, stock ticker and corporate announcements along with being used for community events that occur at each location.

Employing Surface Mount Device (SMD) technology, which consists of a 3-in-1 LED package, each display will feature more than half a million individual LEDs at exceptionally tight 4 millimeter line spacing. These displays incorporate excellent clarity and contrast to show vibrant images and video.

“Daktronics is proud to partner with Unum on their LED technology upgrades,” said Glen Marts with Daktronics. “The harsh sunlight in these two meeting spaces required a display solution with brightness levels that only LED technology could provide. These two 4 millimeter LED displays will provide outstanding image quality to everyone in attendance in Chattanooga and Portland for many years into the future.”

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

Unum Group is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Unum’s portfolio includes disability, life, accident and critical illness coverage, which help protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an illness or injury. The company reported revenues of $10.35 billion in 2013, and its subsidiaries - Unum US, Colonial Life and Unum UK - provided $6.3 billion in benefits last year.

About Daktronics
Daktronics is recognized as the world’s leading provider of full-color LED video displays. Daktronics began manufacturing large screen, full-color, LED video displays in 1997. Since then, thousands of large screen video displays have been sold and installed around the world. Since 2001, independent market research conducted by iSuppli Corp. lists Daktronics as the world’s leading provider of large screen LED video displays.

Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world’s largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, digital billboards, and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world, in sport, business and transportation applications. For more information, visit the company’s World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at [email protected], call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5135 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5135.

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Justin Ochsner, Marketing - Daktronics
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