Electronic Signage for Buildings (1988)

Jeroen van Erp

Supervisory Team
Ootje Oxenaar
A. J. Stienstra
Paul Mijksenaar

H. Beerendonk

Luuk van Hagen, director of signage company Kemperman, recognised the potential of applying developments in electronics to indoor signage. Focusing on signs in hospitals, that needed frequent changing, Van Erp looked at various electronic displays and recognised the benefits of LCD.

He also investigated how electronic signs could be reprogrammed at a distance. Philips, which was working on a successor to the cathode ray tube, provided him with a state-of-the-art display and a protocol for data transfer. These enabled Van Erp to build a prototype with the help of the then Electrical Engineering faculty.

Van Erp’s remotely controlled displays, which made use of emerging LCD technology, enabled dynamic information to be displayed in buildings. Hardware prices at the time stood in the way of a sustainable business model, an obstacle that has since been overcome.

360° Experience:

Our faculty uses touchONE, signs which are connected to an online timetable and enable reservations via the LCD touch screen. All modern electronic signs make use of standardised communication networks (e.g. Wi-Fi). Some use e-ink as a simpler and more energyefficient solution than LCD.