Mitsubishi Electric Installs Diamond Vision Screen in Paddock Area of Hakodate Racecourse

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has completed the installation of a 14m x 8m Diamond Vision display system for off-track betting in the paddock area of the Japan Racing Association (JRA)’s Hakodate Racecourse in Hakodate, Hokkaido.

The screen, which is installed on the wall of the new main stand in front of the paddock area, incorporates high-luminance, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) aligned vertically and horizontally in an 8mm dot pitch. The screen will show both live video and racing odds from other racecourses for off-track betting beginning February 27, as well as show starters and odds for races at Hakodate Racecourse.  It will function in tandem with the racecourse’s new 17m x 7m main screen beginning June 19, the official launch day of Hakodate Racecourse’s renewed facilities.

Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision screens are used widely in baseball and football stadiums, racecourses and other venues worldwide. Recent installations at racecourses in Japan include a 977-inch screen for Biwako Kyotei (boat racecourse) in March 2008, 828-inch screen for Utsunomiya Keirin (bicycle racetrack) in March 2009, 587-inch screen for Maebashi Keirin in April 2009, 561-inch screen for JRA Sapporo Racecourse in June 2009, and 1,650-inch and 649-inch screens for Nakayama Racecourse in August 2009.

The latest installation at a racetrack overseas is a 4,255-inch screen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in January 2010. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric aims to further expand its business in large displays for racecourses and stadiums.

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