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Wired PoE ePaper Displays Show Lecture Schedules at University of Tartu

By May 12, 2020June 18th, 2024No Comments

The University of Tartu deployed 13.3-inch wired PoE ePaper displays in its new Delta building, enabling the university to display daily lecture schedules and descriptions right next to the lecture halls. The building was covered by 53 PoE ePaper displays featuring E Ink Carta display technology, but is expected to grow significantly with new building renovations.

13.3-inch Wired PoE ePaper Displays at University of Tartu

A First for ePaper Displays in Campus Signage

The 13.3-inch wired PoE ePaper displays enable the university to update signage in real-time as lecture schedules are changed. Therefore, the students receive the most up-to-date room information and campus news without the waste and time of swapping paper signage.

“This launch marks the exciting expansion of the applications for digital paper in the world of education,” said Paul Apen, Chief Business & Operations Officer of E Ink. “From eReaders to eNotes and now lecture displays, digital paper provides all the readability benefits of traditional paper, with the sustainability of an electronic display.”

Paper-Like Wired PoE Display With Premium Design

The devices feature E Ink’s Carta film, enabling lecture schedules to be displayed clearly and efficiently, with extremely low power requirements. Like all E Ink technology, this deployment leverages the inherent benefits of digital paper displays: paper-like readability with a wide viewing angle and bi-stability. This ensures, that the display consumes power only when the displayed image is changed. Additionally, E Ink technology is light-reflective rather than emissive, removing light pollution from the equation and allowing for a sleek aesthetic.

“The deployment is a cornerstone for expanding TintTech’s ePaper applications beyond multilingual exhibitions at museums to wider indoor signage solutions,” said Sander Suursalu, CEO of TintTech. “The applications are not limited to specific use-cases, as the devices are versatile and can display any content created by designers, whether it’s custom typography, layouts, visuals or images.”

The devices feature a scratch resistant tempered glass front cover with anti-glare coating, which gives the device a premium look as well as the required durability for public spaces. The devices have thin bezels that are coated black, as this matches the design language of traditional signage methods used at the Delta building. All of this gives the devices a minimalist yet modern look that blends into the interior design of the building.

Wired PoE ePaper Displays Reduce Costs

The displays were developed by TintTech with Power over Ethernet (PoE) as well as an on-site Content Management System (CMS). PoE is used for both data and power to reliably maintain the displays, while the CMS enables management of display content. The devices also feature an optional RFID/NFC and touch button support for local interaction with users, enabling the personalization of the contents shown, including campus maps, event promotion, safety information and more.

13.3-inch E Ink Displays at University of Tartu

Strategic Partnership with E Ink

E Ink Holdings Inc., based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab, has transformed and defined the eReader market, enabling a new multi-billion dollar market in less than 10 years.

E Ink’s low power products are ideal for IoT applications ranging from retail, home, hospital, transportation and more, enabling customers to put displays in locations previously impossible. The Company’s corporate philosophy aims to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. This vision has led to its continuous investments in the field of ePaper displays as well as expanding the use of its technologies into a number of other markets and applications including smart packaging and fashion.

Its Electrophoretic Display products make it the worldwide leader for ePaper. Its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technologies are a standard for high-end LCD displays and have been licensed to all major liquid crystal display makers in the world.

About the University of Tartu

Founded in 1632, the University of Tartu stands as one of Europe’s oldest universities, boasting a rich history of academic excellence and cultural significance. Based in the charming city of Tartu, Estonia, this respected institution has played a pivotal role in shaping the intellectual landscape of the region for centuries.

Renowned for its distinguished faculty and rigorous academic programs, the University of Tartu is a hub of scholarly pursuit and innovation. With a diverse array of disciplines spanning the arts, sciences, humanities, and beyond, the university offers students a comprehensive education that fosters critical thinking, creativity, and global citizenship.

Beyond its academic accolades, the University of Tartu cultivates a vibrant and inclusive community that celebrates diversity and collaboration. From bustling lecture halls to lively student organizations and cultural events, the university provides a dynamic environment where students, faculty, and staff come together to learn, grow, and make lasting connections.