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01.12.2011, SCHOTT AG, Mainz (Germany)

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Frankfurter Airport Center helps passengers find their way with an information terminal from SCHOTT
A glass cube equipped with several monitors serves as the main element of the guidance system at Frankfurter Airport Center. The SCHOTT technology group was responsible for designing and realizing it.
A glass cube equipped with several monitors serves as the main element of the guidance system at Frankfurter Airport Center. The SCHOTT technology group was responsible for designing and realizing it.
Mainz, December 01, 2011 – A glass cube equipped with several monitors serves as the main element of a guidance system at Frankfurter Airport Center. This information terminal encased in bright special-purpose glass helps visitors to the office and conference center at Frankfurt Airport find their way around and provides access to travel data via touch screens. The SCHOTT technology group was responsible for designing and realizing this solution.

The main requirements for the information terminal included an unusual design, a robust surface and the integration of monitors both with and without touch screens. The so-called metamorphosis glass “Mirona” contributed to its exquisite design. When placed in front of a light background, this mineral glass turns transparent. In front of a dark surface, it acts as a brilliant, silver colored mirror. A razor-thin special coating from SCHOTT is what makes this effect possible. It plays with reflections and transmission, thanks to the special way in which it refracts light. This creates the impression that the images on the monitors are actually floating on top of the glass object while the technical inner workings remain hidden behind the reflective surface. SCHOTT even installed a nearly invisible type of “impact protection” along the edges of the glass cube to protect it from being damaged, by a passenger’s suitcase, for instance.

As an important partner in this project, SCHOTT Architecture + Design not only provided the special glass, but was also responsible for realizing, planning and installing the glass structure and the interior steel frame, the hard and software, the electrical work and for programming the media control system.

“Whereas we used to be more of a glass vendor, we are gradually becoming more of a one-stop shop for complete systems and thus a direct point of contact for architects,” explains Dr. Elmar Günther, Strategic Development & Communications at SCHOTT Architecture + Design.

The installation of this guidance system was part of the overall renovation of the Frankfurter Airport Center. The mere size of the complex placed high demands on being able to assist passengers and visitors in finding their way around. For this reason, the client felt it was very important to install an efficient “navigation system” that is also quite attractive in terms of its appearance. As an office and conference center that is directly linked with Frankfurt Airport, the Frankfurt Airport Center serves companies who are interested in combining easy accessibility and mobility with a comfortable surrounding atmosphere.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in all major markets. Its workforce of around 17,500 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.9 billion euros for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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