Kansas City's Union Station planning teleconferencing center

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 9:45 a.m. CDT; updated 2:58 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 1, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Officials at Union Station in Kansas City are trying to turn a problem into a positive development.

The station's huge Extreme Screen recently broke down, two weeks into the run of a movie timed to coincide with a Titanic exhibit.

Rather than fix the bulky system, Union Station will transform the area into a high-tech teleconferencing center that could become an anchor for businesses and education.

The Kansas City Star reported that Union Station CEO George Guastello hopes the new screen's high bandwidth and streaming capabilities will attract conferences from around the world.

The center also could be used to present entertainment, host meetings and live performances and become a modern learning lab.

Funds are being raised for the initial conversion to digital projectors, which is expected to cost $350,000.

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