CHICAGO, November 2, 2007
NEC Display Joins NAVTEQ, Accenture, The Newberry Library and Others for Exhibit Entitled, "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World"
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider of plasma displays, LCD desktops, commercial large-screen LCDs, and projectors, announced today the deployment of six large-screen displays for an exhibition of the world's greatest maps at Chicago's Field Museum. The exhibition, titled "Maps: Finding our Place in the World," opens today and runs through January 27, 2008.

"Maps" is organized by The Field Museum and The Newberry Library, and is presented by NAVTEQ, the world leader in navigable, digital maps.

A key section of the exhibit focuses on the emerging phenomena of digital maps - from those aiding military operations to everyday maps, such as ones providing tourism and real estate information. NEC Display is providing six 46-inch MultiSync LCD4620 flat-panel displays in a 3-foot-by-2-foot TileMatrix, touch-screen configuration. The life-size interactive map wall allows multiple people to simultaneously explore different areas of the world using a large touch screen.

" Our collective effort with NAVTEQ, Accenture and other partners gives museum visitors the opportunity to interact with digital maps and witness first-hand their growing influence on our lives," said Pierre Richer, Executive Vice President of NEC Display. "Seeing both old and new map technology side-by-side in this historic exhibit provides a compelling learning experience."

The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 130 of the world's greatest maps, including those from ancient Rome and ancient Babylon, cartographers Leonardo da Vinci and Mercator, as well as the great libraries of the world, including the Vatican Library and the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Visitors also will discover the oldest road map of Britain and another with the first boundaries of the new American nation. These famous maps will be juxtaposed with modern ones, including in-car navigation systems powered by NAVTEQ.

"The breadth of this collection has not been previously exhibited due to the delicate care and precise transportation requirements necessary to bring these rare artifacts together" said Todd Tubutis, Permanent Exhibitions Manager at The Field Museum. "We’re grateful to partners such as NEC Display Solutions for lending the technology expertise needed to bring modern day mapping to life in this exhibition."

Other highlights of the "Living with Maps" portion of the exhibit include mobile device applications that help users access real estate information, track fitness performance, and share tourist locations.

For more information on the maps exhibition at The Field Museum, please visit

About The Field Museum
The Field Museum is an educational institution that provides people of all ages and backgrounds with a greater understanding of the diversity of human culture and the natural environment. Since its inception in 1893, The Field has been at the forefront of scientific exploration and discovery.

Through worldwide expeditions and exchanges, The Field Museum has established itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions for global research in the areas of botany and environmental science, anthropology, paleontology, zoology and geology. Carrying out a mission through leading scientific research in more than 70 countries, The Field Museum is one of Chicago's most popular cultural institutions. It attracts 1.5 million visitors annually and has membership of almost 50,000 households.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
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