LED Stock Tickers don’t have much academic value, but they do create a Wall-Street atmosphere and help attract attention to the finance lab. Of the nearly 400 labs we have confirmed over 80% utilize a Ticker display.
How Big are the Tickers are Installing?
The average trading room Ticker is 38 feet long . .Here are the 5 longest full color Tickers in University Trading Labs:
- Kansas State University = 193 feet
- Temple University = 178 feet
- University of South Carolina = 154 feet
- Southern Methodist University = 136 feet
- Troy University = 135 feet
How Much are Schools Spending?
We also analyzed the investment in display technology by business schools. Across roughly 200 projects the average spend was nearly $70,000 with the largest purchase being $335,000 and the smallest being $4,000. The displays consist of LED stock Tickers, video walls, world clocks, and LED/LCD TV screens to help create the financial atmosphere. This estimate does not include things like projectors or teaching podiums. This average does include displays that were placed in the lobbies / hallways and purchased at the same time as the technology for the finance lab (i.e. technology purchased in one display package), but we did excluded colleges that only purchased displays for the hallway that were not part of a trading room project.
There are 2 variables in the numbers that have changed dramatically in the last 5 years. The first is the LED Ticker technology has moved from tri-color to full color making the per foot cost a little greater. The second is that the cost of media players, LCD flat panels, and video walls has dropped significantly.
To answer the question of “How Much are Schools Spending on Ticker Displays?’ if you are looking to stay in line with the other state-of-the-art labs, you should plan on spending roughly $75,000.