NEC Display Solutions, Parity Aviation and Heathrow launch innovative Mobile Display Unit for improved passenger service

A worldwide first for Heathrow Battery powered multi-purpose display with up to 30 hours operational use Wireless connectivity to enable up to date information as it happens 3.2 metre high screen for passenger visibility Retractable screen for transport and storage


Paris, Passenger Terminal EXPO, 9 March, 2015 - NEC Display Solutions Europe will demonstrate an all-new battery-powered mobile display unit at this year’s Expo.

NEC Display Solutions Europe, battery specialist Parity Aviation and Heathrow have partnered to create the unit which can display clear and concise messages to passengers to enhance information delivery to passengers during operational contingency periods.

The Mobile Display Unit has an electronically adjustable screen and an operating window of more than 30 hours – covering a full day’s operation if required. Bluetooth connectivity to an Android app allows the system to be unlocked and moved around a large airport terminal, delivering an effective, targeted passenger messaging service where needed.

The MDU incorporates an NEC P553 display with an embedded OPS computer and uses Wi-Fi to receive content. Features such as an interface to the battery level condition and temperature are also available.

Commenting on the new unit, Heathrow CIO Neil Clark said: “The MDU brings together technology and innovation to deliver real business value and improve the passenger experience. It can make a significant difference to our service during normal and contingency operations and is another step towards delivering state of the art technology across our airport.”

Heathrow has also developed its own bespoke Content Management System for the MDU, which helps Heathrow’s new Airport Operations Centre to remotely manage the display. Heathrow’s Wi-Fi infrastructure can be used to determine an MDU’s approximate location. Richard Harding, Head of IT Innovation, said: “Knowing the operational status and position of the unit is what makes the MDU unique and a real benefit for the business. Once deployed, we can use a web-based application to select an MDU from a terminal map and select the content most pertinent to the passenger environment.”

The Mobile Display Unit will be available for viewing on Stand 5035 at Passenger Terminal EXPO.

Passenger Terminal EXPO and Conference is the most highly regarded airport terminal conference in the world, with delegates from over 90 countries ranging from managers and their teams to CEOs. In its 21st year, the conference attracts over 3,500 people.

NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA. NEC Display Solutions benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own Research and Development, is one of the world's leading manufacturers offering the widest product range of display solutions in the market. The display product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and speciality desktop LCDs, via large-size Public Displays for Digital and Retail Signage. The Projector range offers products for all needs, from portable devices via business projectors to products for permanent operation (such as PoS applications) and digital cinema projectors. Bernd Eberhardt is President and CEO of NEC Display Solutions Europe.

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Contacts for further information:

Ann Kjellser

PR Manager EMEA
NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH
Tel: +46 72 162 8719

Heathrow Innovation Team