Stunning AV Technology Takes Passengers to New Heights


The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX offers passengers a unique travel experience with its Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS), a series of seven digital media features integrated into the interior architecture that provides entertainment and information to passengers. Electrosonic was tasked by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) with the detailed engineering and system integration of the IEMS components, and the build out of the IEMS control room.


Since the facility is one of the largest international terminals in the U.S., it was imperative that the IEMS integrate smoothly into the airport’s existing operations and security systems. All of the media features needed to be custom designed to support individual creative visions, so attention to detail and time management was crucial to take each component from design to fabrication to hardware integration.


Electrosonic was involved with the mammoth project for close to two years, providing the client with specialised management expertise throughout. Electrosonic’s experience coordinating with different trades and vendors, and the company’s expertise in integrating complex systems and new playback technology, helped make the IEMS a success.


Highlights of the IEMS include The Welcome Wall, a high-resolution 6mm LED wall measuring 26 by 84 feet which displays scenes of greeting for arriving passengers; the 80-foot wide Destination Board, a high-resolution 6mm LED screen partitioned into a central display flanked by informational side panels, which displays flight details from the Flight Information Display System database; the foursided Time Tower, a 72-feet high system consisting of a base of diffused glass panels and an interior layer of 10mm LEDs built around the elevator tower to explore time as part of the travel experience; the 120-foot-long Story Board featuring high-resolution 6mm LED tiles, which form five display walls of varying size and shape across a structural frame; and a series of ten 28-foot-tall columns consisting of six vertically stacked 55-inch LCD monitors equipped speakers and motion sensors, displaying content themed around the art traditions of various destination cities.

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