TDC Laser Projectors Power Vivid Sydney 2023

The beauty of our natural world is presented in pixels at Vivid Sydney 2023 with the largest installation of laser projectors ever mounted in the Southern Hemisphere, according to TDC. The array of over 150 laser projectors deployed throughout the Festival by TDC feature 30 UDM-4K30 systems from visualization technology leader, Barco from Belgium.

TDC’s fleet of over 150 laser projectors illuminate multiple sites across Vivid Sydney 2023 including projecting onto Australia’s largest museum object – the HMAS Vampire, as well as Customs House, ASN Clocktower and, of course, the Sydney Opera House all displaying artworks themed around Vivid Sydney, Naturally celebrating The Beauty of our Natural World.

“Every year TDC evolves its technology offering and this year our project teams are very excited to be achieving a world first in laser projection,” said Michael Hassett, founder and managing director at TDC.

“The Barco technology has standout features including high brightness, low latency processing and a robust design – plus Barco is the only projection system that meets our requirements for colour uniformity, reduced power consumption and return on investment.

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“Each year, we always provide manufacturers with some processing and operational suggestions for improvement in deployment which this year included low operational costs and monitoring using our TDC LiveView platform in order to operate the equipment from one central location. We are delighted to have that direct feedback included in the UDM-4K30 which visitors to Vivid Sydney will be the first to see in action anywhere.”

Vivid Sydney Festival Director, Gill Minervini added, “We always aim to improve the sensory experience for visitors to Vivid Sydney and one of the ways we do that is by partnering with technology experts like TDC. Experiencing the glorious vibrancy and fragility of our natural world has never been more important and we are thrilled that visitors are able to immerse themselves in the artworks deeper than ever before.”

Executive Vice President, Barco Immersive Experience, Erdem Soyal said: “We greatly value our longstanding partnership with TDC and are more than happy to integrate their customer feedback into the design of our technology. From all corners of the globe, we will be watching the results of this world-first deployment by the experts at TDC of the UDM-4K30 with great interest and wish everyone who visits Vivid Sydney the very richest of experiences.”

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Now in its 13th year, Vivid Sydney will transform the Harbor City into an “illuminating fusion of creativity, innovation and technology” from Friday, May 26 to Saturday, June 17 with more than 300 events and activations across light, music, ideas and – for the first time ever – food.

To fully understand the project scale and shift towards best practices in video solutions and design, TDC has created the following facts and achievements at Vivid Sydney:

  • Over 3.5 million lumens of projected light are produced each evening.
  • Unprecedented levels of projection produce impressive 1 billion total pixels each evening. In contrast, TDC achieved 230,000,000 pixels in 2022.
  • An increase in projection coverage by over 25% with less power consumed than in 2022.
  • More than 150 kilowatts per hour (kWh) less than 2022. An average Australian household of 4 people consumes approximately 1.8 kWh.
  • As an early adopter, TDC recently installed a 100kw clean energy solar system at its Sydney head office in Alexandria.
  • TDC is an early adopter of technology. On the eve of Vivid Sydney, TDC has taken the world-first delivery of 30 newly developed laser projectors from Barco and will deploy them at Vivid Sydney.
  • TDC Live View 24/7 is TDC’s remote monitoring system monitoring thousands of pieces of equipment and environmental factors at over 20 installations. It can monitor everything remotely, ensuring staff only need to respond to real-time problems, limiting staff travel.