St Patrick’s Cathedral recently completed the largest renovation project in the history of the 135-year old cathedral. In order to better serve its 5.5 million visitors each year, St. Patrick’s Cathedral needed to upgrade and expand its audio, video, and IT systems that support essential functions like security and HVAC.
St. Patrick’s vision included digital signage, digital guest books, souvenir vending kiosks, HD flatpanel displays, digital audio/video capture and distribution systems, as well as live streaming and broadcast technologies.
TDNYC was an integral partner in the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the design and implementation of its IT systems that support security, digital signage and HVAC.
TDNYC designed the Cathedral’s new data network to fully support the current data communication, security and building monitoring needs of this landmark facility. TDNYC insured a seamless path for future growth as the cathedral’s needs change and evolve.
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At this time, only four screens are part of the signage network, but additional screens can be incorporated by adding media players at the screen location. I chose this configuration based on Scala’s long, respected history in the industry. The software and distribution system is all cloud-based and very simple to use. The reliability is impressive, with virtually no downtime since installation over a year ago.
The players only download content changes, making bandwidth utilization low, and content continues to play even if the data connection is lost. Other considerations were flexible hardware interoperability and, of course, excellent, smooth subpixel motion. We also used Seneca Data media players, an excellent product manufactured in New York State.
Our professional team of technicians expertly met the challenges of updating the IT systems of one of New York City’s greatest landmarks.