Daktronics Gives Indiana University’s Facilities a LED Video Makeover

Daktronics has been chosen to provide Indiana University with several integrated video and scoring systems at its facilities in Bloomington, IN. Daktronics will upgrade IU’s football, aquatics, soccer, and tennis facilities with the latest LED technology.

“The new scoreboards will enhance every aspect of the gameday experience,” says Fred Glass, VP and Director of Athletics, Indiana University. “It’s state-of-the-art, and will be a major part of the big time atmosphere we are creating at venues throughout campus. We strive for excellence at Indiana and we are thrilled to partner with an industry-leader like Daktronics.”

At the core of the upgrades is a 36-foot high by 90-foot wide HD video screen featuring Daktronics technology with wide-angle visibility and improved image clarity. The new video board can operate as an independent display showing single large images or be divided into multiple zones (windows) to show statistics, information, graphics, animations, and live and recorded HD video. Memorial Stadium will also receive a Daktronics custom audio system.

Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center will soon feature one of the largest LED video displays in any collegiate aquatics venue. IU swimming results and highlights will soon be shown on a 15-foot high by 37-foot wide video board. Daktronics will also provide another video display inside the aquatics center primarily to be used for diving.

To ensure precise and accurate timing of events, the new scoring, timing, and video system will incorporate Daktronics patented touchpads, relay take off platforms (RTOPs), pace clocks, horn start systems, and Daktronics sports timers. The timers provide 1/1000th of a second accuracy. The touchpads are highly sensitive across the entire nonslip surface and fill with water to equalize internal and external pressure. They are constructed of stainless steel, providing a reliable surface that will not warp or leak. Daktronics RTOPs are not dependent on the weight of the athlete, the style of start, or variations with blocks. Instead, they detect the split second a swimmer loses contact with the platform during a relay exchange.

Inside Bill Armstrong Stadium, fans will see and hear the action of Hoosiers men’s and women’s soccer on a new Daktronics scoring, matrix and sound system. A Daktronics soccer scoreboard, complete with programmable team name displays and bright LED digits, will inform those in attendance of vital game information. Above the scoreboard, will be a LED message display to engage fans with game information, exciting prompts and sponsorship opportunities. Rounding out the system will be Daktronics’ Sportsound 1500HD audio system.

Daktronics will keep score of Indiana men’s and women’s tennis with scoreboards to be installed inside the IU Tennis Center. The scoreboards are capable of scoring up to six different matches at a time and feature programmable team name displays on each scoreboard.

Included as part of the upcoming project will be Daktronics video image processing technologies and the new Show Control system. The company’s video processing system processes and scales live and recorded video signals to vivid digital imagery on large displays. The Show Control system is the one of the latest developments from Daktronics, providing a combination of control software, data integration, and playback hardware that forms a comprehensive production solution

“Daktronics is proud to partner with Indiana University Athletics on these groundbreaking projects,” says Jeff Buckley, Daktronics regional sales. “These new significant upgrades will add a whole new element to the Hoosier gameday experience never before seen on campus and we are excited to be a part of that experience.”