Use of Screens in Aquariums, Zoos and Museums

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While digital signage is commonly thought of as a marketing tool, with shopping malls and airports littered with screens selling everything from toothpaste to fast food, other uses for the technology are being implemented all the time.

Information screens are a common sight around transport hubs, keeping customers informed of delays and cancellations, but using a digital display to provide other forms of information is also becoming common.

Zoos, aquariums and museums have traditionally used static media to inform visitors about exhibits. An essential aspect of these educational centers, visitors need to know what they are looking at.

Printed notices explaining the animals and artifacts before them are useful for visitors; however, often, people want more in-depth knowledge, which is often impossible to fit onto a small printed sign.

Tour guides have traditionally provided these sorts of facts, but staffing and visitors numbers may mean that one isn’t available during every person’s visit.

Providing information using a digital signage screen or display is becoming increasingly common in all sorts of educational facilities. Museums, aquariums and zoos find these screens useful for purposes of informing visitors. Not only can they provide primary information, but also using interactive technologies, visitors can access more detailed information.

Screen Protection

As zoos have many exhibits outdoors, and places like aquariums and reptile houses may have hot and humid environments, protection for any screen functioning as an information point, will need protecting.

LCD enclosures provide a simple solution for these sorts of locations as they can house both the screen and the media player that uploads the information. Outdoors, an LCD enclosure will prevent weather and temperature from permeating into the screen and disabling it; while in hot houses like the reptile or insect house, the internal temperature can be controlled with climatic systems—preventing the screen from overheating.

Even in aquariums where water may be present from open exhibits, LCD enclosures will provide protection for the screen preventing any splashes of water from damaging the device.

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