Volume 9, Issue 4 — April 26, 2017
|AV as a Service?|
By Mark Coxon
If you have gone to any AV leadership event over the last several years, ranging from the Commercial Integrator Summit to InfoComm’s AVEC to NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, you know that developing a revenue stream based on service has been at the forefront of the conversation.
Many integrators have started offering managed services to their clients, not only as a way to create value, but also to offset falling average selling prices and reduced margins. They are making investments in help desk software, remote analytics, and CRM systems to deliver the professional support services that their cilents require to proactively manage their equipment and reduce downtime.
Some manufacturers have also entered into the services arena through service contracts. Some of these service agreements have been received better than others depending on the actual value received by the integrator and the end user. In some cases, the service agreements are not optional, and are required as ongoing fees to keep the equipment operational.
Other manufacturers have experimented with the idea of licensing fees as a way to generate additional revenue. In my experiences, integrators and end users alike have not taken well to that scenario. I have seen security network video recording manufacturers and home automation companies both try this approach. The latest experiment with this revenue model I saw was by a control manufacturer who stopped making video switching equipment due to falling margins. Instead, they decided to just create control code for third party video switchers and then charge a licensing fee for every video port used in the system. An end user who wanted to add a new source or an additional display would then have to buy a license for those ports to enable their control. (Insert groan here).
Today, we are also starting to see AV companies and manufacturers adopt the “as a Service” model from the IT world. So what does AV as a Service, AVaaS, actually mean?
If you are unfamiliar with the concept, “as a Service” models typically reduce or eliminate the upfront cost of buying hardware or software for their full price, instead offering an ongoing subscription through monthly payments. Software as a Service, SaaS, models can be of great value to IT organizations, especially in managing versions of software and compatibility.
Take Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud as examples. Companies embracing these platforms pay a fee for the software per user each month. The software is automatically updated to newer versions as they become available, meaning the days of having to save Word docs as older versions when sending to specific employees are over. The overall cost of the monthly fees will add up to more than the direct purchase of the software, but the savings in IT support and updating and managing several versions of the software overtime fade to $0.
Given this, AVaaS can be tricky. The upfront hardware costs of flat panels, touch panels and control systems would have to be absorbed on the front end by either the integrator or the manufacturer and then recouped overtime through monthly payments. For that reason, I don’t think we will see a complete AVaaS offering for some time. However, there are a few companies in the AV space successfully offering AVaaS in very specialized market segments that are worth taking a look at.
Video Teleconferencing as a Service
The world of unified communications has seen a large amount of growth in the last decade, especially when it comes to Video Teleconferencing, VTC. The first iteration of VTC involved proprietary codecs at each location that facilitated secure calls through a network of infrastructure owned by the companies themselves. This arrangement gives companies the most control over the security of the devices as well as the quality of service, as they control all the hardware involved.
Due to the cost of these types of systems, software codec based systems like Skype, Lync, Zoom, Blue Jeans, etc. gained a lot of momentum over the last few years. These platforms use encryption as well to secure calls, but all of the infrastructure is off premise and companies access them for free or a small fee for the software depending on the types of meetings they need to run.
VTC as a Service is a model that lies in between these two. For companies that want the additional security and quality of a hard codec based system, but don’t want to incur a huge outlay for the equipment, companies like Arkadin may provide the answer.
Arkadin offers VTC as a Service through a company called Vidyo. Arkadin purchases the Vidyo hardware and client licenses required for each person who wants to join a call. They house the Vidyo servers in their own facility, creating a private cloud that companies can then purchase tiered access to on a monthly basis based on the number of calls and number of participants on each call. It allows companies to purchase access to VTC based on consumption needs and mitigate costly hardware for each location, given that some locations may see higher ROI on those investments than others.
Engineering as a Service
Many companies enlist the services of AV consultants in order to properly address their communications needs and assure that they are taking advantage of cutting edge technology design. Consultants are typically hired on a per project basis and the fees are commensurate with the amount of work those projects take. Because these fees are typically substantial, many times the IT departments may be forced to bid each project separately and if a different consultant wins the next project, the continuity of the designs across the projects can potentially suffer.
Enter AV Helpdesk.
AV Helpdesk offers an Engineering as a Service model that allows companies to hire them for a recurring monthly fee. AV Helpdesk then becomes a trusted part of the IT staff, designing and engineering not only the large AV projects that happen periodically, but also adding value by being available to engineer smaller projects and AV upgrades that typically may not enlist a consultant. AV Helpdesk’s constant presence allows them to partner with their clients to create long term technology plans and to assure each project along the way, whether large or small, utilizes a design and technology that adhere to that road map. This model allows companies to eliminate large spikes in spending on AV design services and replace the project based fees with a fixed monthly amount, as well as mitigate potential compatibility issues with systems designed by different firms with different intentions.
Digital Signage as a Service
One of the most recent entrants into the “as a service’ arena is Convergent, which is now offering Digital Signage as a Service (DSaaS).
The Convergent offering provides Digital Signage content creation, content management, content deployment with continued content updates along with 24/7 monitoring and next day replace or repair service, all for a small recurring monthly fee. The service includes professionally created “Spot Packs,” (with full screen graphics and custom messaging) and a SpinetiX digital signage Hyper Media Player. Based on their preliminary pricing, a corporate facility could have several displays running current and relevant managed content with the capability to add and grow as needed, all for a very affordable monthly charge.
This offering does require the client to provide their own displays with cabling, but the SpinetiX networked Hyper Media Players and the content management are included with the monthly service, which means Convergent may have solved the most challenging part of the digital signage puzzle.
The three scenarios above illustrate that AVaaS can be a great way to offer value to integrators and end users alike without having to have pockets deep enough to seed millions of dollars of hardware into the market. The trick is to actually offer reduced up front costs while minimizing hardware investments and then add value that substantiates the monthly fees. The three companies above have shown that it is possible do all these things.
Some other companies will surely use the AVaaS acronym without delivering the value and reduced initial costs that come with the model, and in that case, they will really just be making an “aaS” out of themselves.
What are some other opportunities for AVaaS models to take hold? I have a few ideas and I’d also love to hear yours in the comments below.
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|This Lightform Image Mapping Projection Technology Will Help Kill the Under 100″ Screen Market|
By Gary Kayye
The responses to my recent blog explaining why I believe the projection SCREEN (not projector, but screens) market is heading for a downward spiral have been mixed — sort of. I heard from systems designers, integrators/dealers and manufacturers. On the manufacturer front, surprise-surprise, the screen manufacturers nearly (I say nearly as ONE agreed with me) all universally disagreed. I got texts, emails and Tweets from screen manufacturers saying that the screen market is doing just fine and that screen sale are, remarkably, up. I’ll address that lie a little later — so hold that thought.
From integrators, the response was overwhelmingly in agreement with me — in counting the actual responses, I received various responses in the form of emails, social media, phone calls and texts. In total, I count approximately 300 — a decent response rate. There were seven that disagreed.
As for systems designers, I heard from 11. Nine of the 11 said they agreed with me and two said they have already stopped specifying screens in all small rooms opting for collaboration boards.
Oh, and before I tell you about something called Lightform, let me go back and address the three screen companies who told me their sales were up (not down) in recent years. As I said, one company spoke quite honestly in how they’d seen a 40 percent decline in screen sizes less than 100″ over the past two years and that 2017 was trending lower as well. Of the three that said sales were up, two admitted that they were down on sizes 80″ and smaller. So, there you go.
Now on to Lightform. Check out this video.
And now, take a look at these:
Note: No screen!
So, this is all using a box from a start-up called Lightform. Lightform is aimed at the consumer and small businesses to make projection mapping cheap and easy (cheap as in only hundreds, not thousands, of dollars) using any projector you want. Basically, it’s a computer that you stick onto the side, top or bottom of a projector and it uses a series of cameras and 3D “image scanners” to figure out what’s in the room — in realtime. (Thus, if the room changes, the projected image adapts automatically.) They call this making a dumb projector smart — using their Lightform box. As you know, with what we use for projection mapping, things inevitably move in the real world, and even slight shifts in the set or projector alignment can noticeably ruin the effect. It currently requires tedious clicking around in clunky software to re-align the content. This is why you typically don’t see projection-mapped installations outside of temporary events.
Lightform aims to offer the first end-to-end workflow for projection mapping, making it possible for a single user to 3D scan, create content and deploy an installation in one sitting. By leveraging computer vision, the company says they automate tedious steps while assisting in the more fun process of content creation. They use 3D info to drive AI-generated effects and real-time filters, which users can quickly integrate into their projects. The experience is designed around one explicit goal: quickly turning 3D scans of the real world into compelling motion content (their words).
Oh, and they are aiming it with use on a low maintenance LED or laser projectors — sound familiar?
Look, the laser projector (and the coming on-slaught of brighter LED projectors) will change everything. Please don’t live in denial. The need for screens will plummet. The use of screens will plummet. You WILL BE ABLE TO PROJECT ON ALMOST ANYTHING. Don’t be caught locking yourself in to the proverbial projection rectangle. Please.
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|We’re Back from DSE 2017 – The Largest Digital Signage Expo Ever|
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The 2017 Digital Signage Expo (DSE) was their biggest, ever. And, we covered it all here
So, what’s there? We shot about 300 videos of new products from the show floor. These included a 55” OLED display (called Wallpaper)
from LG Business Solutions that is the less than the thickness of a dime. BrightSign had all-new 4K media players
— including an OPS one — and NEC showed a giant LCD, a infinite-resolution display solution
, retail analytics that can tell who you are and a media player on a USB stick. Oh, and the show had the industry’s first analog digital signage display
— uh, what? Go look at it — it’s from a company called BREAKFAST.
We also took 300+ PHOTOS from the show floor and podcasted!
We hope you find this microsite useful and productive. And, while using it, if you have ANY suggestions to make it better for future shows, just send us an email at email@example.com
— we do pay attention to your ideas! All our DSE coverage is here.
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|Leyard Planar Launch the Industry’s First Seamless LED Touch-Enabled Video WallToday Leyard Planar launched the Leyard LED MultiTouch, the industry’s first seamless LED touch-enabled video wall. This proprietary multi-touch solution revolutionizes interactivity for narrow pixel pitch LED video walls without the disadvantages of front glass — offering a seamless, lightweight and durable LED touch surface enabled by their patent-pending Leyard PLTS (Pliable LED Touch Surface) technology.
The Leyard LED MultiTouch brings advanced interactivity to fine pitch LED video walls, opening up LED display technology to a wide range of collaborative applications that until now were the sole domain of LCD displays. From broadcast to corporate settings to education institutions, Leyard LED MultiTouch offers a seamless touch experience for LED video walls up to 196” diagonal with high resolution 1.2 millimeter pixel pitch.
- Allows for up to 32 simultaneous touch points.
- Unlike glass panels, which can trap heat and reflect light, the Leyard LED MultiTouch features proprietary Leyard PLTS technology for an anti-glare surface that they say eliminates the distracting reflections that can occur in well-lit environments.
- The Leyard PLTS touch surface material is extremely durable, protecting the video wall from damage that can occur from casual contact or debris getting on the display, while avoiding the heat that is commonly trapped in protective glass installations. The lightweight touch surface can easily be removed and then reapplied, making it easy to service.
- The Leyard LED MultiTouch is lightweight, thin and unobtrusive, making it ideal for almost any environment since it does not dramatically affect the mounting depth of the video wall.
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|Barco Intros UDX Platform Projectors Aimed at Install and Rental Market, All Specified at Minimum 20K LumensBarco is launching a new projector range that they literally claimed “will change the game for rental companies and AV integrators.” Hmmm, that’s s a lot of hype to live up to.
The UDX series consists of five 3-chip DLP models — all laser-phosphor based projectors — that all are identically spec’d at a 2000:1 contrast ratio but having various aspect ratios and brightness specs — but the minimum brightness is 21,000 lumens:
- UDX-W22: 1920×1200 resolution and spec’d at 22,000 lumens,
- UDX-4K22: 3840×2400 resolution and spec’s at 21,000 lumens.
- UDX-U32: 1600×1200 resolution spec’d at 30,000 lumens.
- UDX-W32: 1920×1200 resolution spec’d at 32,000 lumens.
- UDX-4K32: 3840×2400 resolution spec’d at 31,000 lumens.
All five models also share Barco’s Constant Light Output (CLO) functionality, which they say provides constant brightness and color over time and they are all spec’d to outperform the Rec. 709 color space. In addition, all of them have warping, blending and image mapping built-in and even though they aren’t all native 4K resolution, all of them can handle inputs up to 4K DCI signals (4,096×2,560). In addition all of them can use Barco’s TLD+ series of lenses with throws from 1.2:1 to 11.5:1. And like all laser-based projectors, all of them can be mounted in table, ceiling, side (portrait) and vertical (landscape) orientations while spec’d at a 20,000 hour lifetime. Inputs include HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2); DP 1.2 (HDCP 1.3) and Quad SDI/HDSDI/dual HDSDI/6G/BarcoLink.
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|Extron Introduces High Performance HDMI Videowall Processor for Up to Six Displays|
Extron just introduced the newest addition to their Quantum Connect Series of HDCP-compliant videowall processors, the Quantum Connect 126. The Quantum Connect Series delivers the same high quality scaling and real-time performance as Extron’s Quantum Elite processors, producing superior quality images. The Quantum Connect 126 features 12 HDMI inputs, six HDMI outputs, a 6U chassis with solid-state storage drives, and dual-redundant power supplies. Two-output and four-output Quantum Connect models are also available. Leave a Comment
Extron says the Quantum Connect Series maintains full frame rate performance with a high-speed, 10 Gbps RAPT – Real-Time Asymmetric Packetized Transfer video/graphic bus that allows all inputs to be processed simultaneously, while preserving real-time control response and optimal image performance. When used in conjunction with HDCP-compatible displays, the HDMI inputs and outputs allow the display of HDCP-encrypted content on the videowall. A green window with an alert message will be displayed if HDCP-encrypted content is sent to a non-HDCP compliant display. The Quantum Connect Series meets the input and output requirements of many popular configurations for small videowalls. For larger videowalls, as well as applications requiring greater scalability and the flexibility to expand over time, AV integrators, system designers, and consultants should consider the Quantum Elite and Quantum Ultra processors.
Here are all the detailed specs.
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|GPO Display Debuts Panoramic Display Line From 16″ to 48″|
Creative display sizes and form-factors are hard to come by. Nearly every display manufacturer exclusively sells 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio monitors — with few other options.
But, GPO Display has a line of 16”, 19”, 24”, 28” and 48” monitors that are like the width of a panoramic photo taken with your smartphone. With the exception of the 1,366 horizontal pixel resolution 16” version, the horizontal pixel resolutions of the line are all 1920, with vertical resolutions varying between 260 pixels to 540 pixels. Plus, every single display can be customized with a choice of bezels, front and back cover as well as branding — yes, they will even brand them with your company’s or school’s logo.
In case you’re worried about creating content for the displays, all you have to do is create content that’s designed for a 1920×1080 monitor (or for 1366×768 for the 16” version) and have the area you want to be displayed on any of the panoramic displays in the top ½ or 1/3 of the screen.
In addition to standing out — since they aren’t the same-old 16:9 aspect ratio — they can be used in more places since they are smaller in height — for example, for display in transit applications, digital signage and gaming. But we can see these being used in a conference room or meeting room as a stock-ticker display or a world clock — perhaps even outside a room as a room scheduling display. In a call-center, this could be used as a call-queue display and in a restaurant, a menu board.
The idea is to get the integrator and the client to think outside the traditional rectangle and offer-up a creative display option. The brightness of each display ranges from 320 nits to 700 nits. The lifetime for the displays is spec’d to be 30,000 hours. Inputs include two HDMI, one VGA and one USB, plus there’s a built-in digital signage media player.
Here are all the specs.
Here’s a blog that GPO Display wrote that has a few examples for using the panoramic monitor.
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|Peerless-AV Introduces New Indoor Portrait KioskPeerless-AV just launched a new indoor Portrait Kiosk for displays ranging from 40″-55″. Featuring a curved design, the new Portrait Kiosk offers a range of functions, such as wayfinding, entertainment and digital merchandising, for any indoor application setting.
The newest addition to Peerless-AV’s line of kiosk solutions, the floor standing, indoor Portrait Kiosk features include:
- Flat base (free standing or bolted to the ground) for easy access to electric and data cables
- Two whisper-quiet thermostat-controlled exhaust fans for maintaining an optimal internal temperature
- Lift off, bi-level rear doors for direct access to parts requiring maintenance
- Internal tray for organization of media players and cables
- Keyed-alike cam lock for theft protection
The new Portrait Kiosk is available as a standard solution for Peerless-AV’s customers. Enhanced options that can be added to the kiosk include stereo speakers and amplifiers, hi-definition web cameras, bar code scanners, credit card readers, Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity with an external antenna, proximity sensors and thermal receipt printers. For applications where branding compliance is required, further custom options include bespoke color finishes, vinyl logos and wraps.
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|Samsung Debuts Cinema Screen LED Technology|
Samsung Electronics just unveiled something they are calling Cinema Screen, promoting it as the world’s first High Dynamic Range LED theater display. Citing no pixel-pitch of the LED-based technology, the 34 foot Samsung Cinema Screen is actually aimed at movie theaters but, clearly, has applications in digital signage and rental/staging as well. Cinema Screen is native 4K DCI (4096×2160) resolution and conforms to the DCI specifications used to ensure a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability, and quality in digital cinema.
The Cinema Screen’s direct-lit LED technology is spec’d for a peak-brightness level nearly 10 times greater than that offered by standard cinema projectors (146fL versus 14fL) with what they say is better uniformity and free of optical distortion and interference. And, for the most interesting spec of all, they say the contrast ratio is infinity:1.
Not much else is known about the Samsung Cinema Screen other than, at this time, its mostly a technology demo but they expect to start integrating it into theaters next year. Here is their press release about it.Leave a Comment
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|SignStix and Selectronic Add New Digital Shelf Edge Solution for Retail Market|
SignStix has announced new digital shelf edge solution, thanks to a recent collaboration with optoelectronics company Selectronic. Officially known as ‘Edge by Selectronic,’ the solution combines Selectronic’s digital shelf edge screens with SignStix’s cloud-based platform for content delivery.
Ideal for retail POS applications, the solution allows retailers to easily deliver promotional campaigns to product shelves and key merchandising areas. Although shelf edge labels are typically used for displaying pricing information and one-time promotions, Edge by Selectronic gives retailers the power to directly influence in-store purchases with loyalty card incentives, online reviews, dynamic pricing and offers and more.
Using the SignStix platform, retailers can switch between promotional campaigns within a matter of seconds and deploy new content to any shelf, to any store, anywhere in the world.
Nick Fearnley, SignStix CEO, says, “We’ve been able to adapt the SignStix player software to enable up to seven individual shelf-edge screens to act as one canvas. Using the existing, award-winning Creator and Director tools from SignStix, any retailer can quickly develop really engaging shelf edge promotions without the need to produce video or manage complex software.”
SignStix is also providing store managers with the ability to effortlessly takeover in-store content from their smartphones. The SignStix Commander application can be integrated with Edge to allow store managers to switch between pre-approved promotional campaigns.
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|BenQ Adds Curved Eye-Care Monitors to E-Series Lineup|
BenQ America today announced the EX3200R and EW2770QZ have joined the company’s E-Series entertainment monitor lineup. The new displays come equipped with BenQ’s Eye-Care technologies.
The BenQ EX3200R is a 31.5″ curved 1920×1080 resolution monitor with a curvature of 1800R to increase the field of view. It features a 144Hz refresh rate, a built-in Cinema Mode automatically changes the color settings in video footage, Video Format Support and their ZeroFlicker and Low Blue Light modes. It has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.
The QHD resolution (2560×1440) EW2770QZ 27″ monitor features a four-sided ultra-slim bezel. With Rec.709 and 100 percent sRGB color space coverage, the EW2720QZ renders 16.7 million color shades simultaneously and has an interesting feature called Smart Focus that allows users to pinpoint an area on the screen and make it the focal point. It also has a 1000:1 contrast ratio.
Featuring BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology (B.I.+ Tech.), the EW2770QZ is specially designed to detect ambient light levels and the color temperature in the viewing environment and automatically adjust on-screen brightness and color temperature. And, for multi-monitor setups, the screen can be desktop-mounted or via its built-in VESA mount pattern, can be mounted on walls or mounts.
Both models are available now, the EX3200R retails for $449 and the EW2770QZ for $449. All the specs are here.Leave a Comment
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|Signagelive to Launch Native Support for BrightSign Series 3 Players at Digital Signage Expo |
Signagelive has collaborated with BrightSign to develop native, embedded support for their latest Series 3 range of digital signage media players which will be launched at Digital Signage Expo 2017 (#DSE2017), 28-30 March, Las Vegas.
To deliver BrightSign digital signage media player support, Signagelive has developed an optimized version of its HTML5 based solution, which they say is in used daily by 1,700+ digital signage networks worldwide. The combined BrightSign/Signagelive digital media player solution includes:
BrightSign Series 3 digital signage media players powered by Signagelive are compatible with the recently launched Signagelive Marketplace, comprising 500+ plus pre-built digital signage pieces of content (ranging from layout backgrounds, editable templates, clocks and weather widgets to pre-built applications).
- Full Signagelive digital signage solution with fullscreen and multi-zone support
- Images, Videos, HTML5 web page support
- 100 percent support for scheduling including; recurrence, validity and tag based publishing
- Remote application updates for inline upgrades to the Signagelive BrightSign client
- Widget support — Over 500 Editable Templates, Clocks, Weather and Room Booking Templates
- Web Trigger support for event driven content playback
- Offline playback of all media, layouts, widgets and editable templates
- Proof of Play reporting of all media playback
- Developer APIs for media management, device monitoring, content publishing and reporting
Built to deliver the editable content templates in the Signagelive Marketplace, the Signagelive Widget Development Framework enables resellers, developers and customers to build and publish custom HTML5 content and interactive experiences to BrightSign Series 3 digital signage media players.
In addition, BrightSign resellers and customers will be able to make use of the suite of developer APIs enabling code-level integration with Signagelive for; network and device monitoring, content management and publishing and real time web triggers enabling contextual and dynamic content updates.
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|Global Display Solutions Expands the Lite PLUS Series to 98″ 4K DisplaysGlobal Display Solutions (GDS) announced the introduction of its 98″ Lite Plus 4K (3840×2160) display, designed for use in retail and advertising networked systems, such as shopping malls, in-store windows and public venues. It’s being marketed as an alternative to using a 2×2 video wall.
GDS’s 98″ 4K uses optical bonding (which GDS says increases the contrast ratio by reducing reflections from ambient light and the LCD backlight so the display appears brighter and colors are more vivid, with no ‘washed out’ look) and the display has a narrow 17.2-millimeter bezel all around the edge.
Using LCD technology with an LED backlight, the 98″ 4K features include:
- An OPS Slot which increases flexibility for users of any digital signage application
- ARM Cortex — A9-Based engine with internal media player
- Can be used in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation
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|LG Officially Adds Wallpaper Displays to Digital Signage Lineup — Stuns Everyone Looking At It|
LG Electronics USA Business Solutions has finally debuted the new lightweight LG OLED “Wallpaper” commercial display as well as new customizable open-frame LG OLED displays at the 2017 Digital Signage Expo (DSE). The Wallpaper isn’t totally new. In fact, we were the first publication to see the commercial version of it when it debuted in Australia last summer — here’s the video we shot there.
The LG OLED Wallpaper technology has literally created a new category of displays as it’s so thin. And, as you no doubt know, OLED technology has a unique ability to turn each pixel on or completely off, thus, black is black — and since white is the opposite of black in displays (and all color is made from everything between black and white), colorimetry is incredible.
So far, it’s the talk of the DSE — nearly everyone is talking about it.
This version of the LG OLED Wallpaper is specifically for commercial display applications and it’s in a 55-inch form-factor that weighs less than 13 pounds and has depth that is just 3.65 millimeters (0.14 inches). Yes, you read that right — barely more than 1/10th of an inch.
The Wallpaper display can be mounted either vertically or horizontally for a customizable display design. Ultra-slim mounting brackets with a magnetic mat create a truly seamless design that becomes one with the wall. Electronic components are housed in a separate control box connected to the display with a 2-meter (6-1/2-foot) cable.
The LG OLED Wallpaper commercial display is native HD (1920×1080) has 64 GB of internal memory, content mirroring capabilities, content scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity. Future versions will include larger sizes (likely up to 80″) as well as 4K (3840×2160) resolution displays.
Also on display in the United States for the first time at DSE 2017 is the “In-Glass Wallpaper” LG OLED digital signage display. Designed with dual-sided ultra-slim OLED panels in a glass pane, the In-Glass Wallpaper LG OLED display is perfect for boutiques, art galleries and other businesses that want to add a sophisticated touch to their interior décor. The In-Glass Wallpaper LG OLED solution will be available in standing and hanging versions to provide businesses flexible options.
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|NEC Display Solutions Europe Announces Details of Solutions Showcase 2017 in May|
NEC Display Solutions and its partners will present the NEC Solutions Showcase, a “collaboration of expertise and innovation to deliver fully integrated, readily-deployable solutions.” Located in London WC1, the Showcase is a networking opportunity as the AV and digital signage community comes together on 17-18 May at Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1.
Driving new opportunities in digital signage and collaboration, visitors will discover how the latest generation of NEC products fit their needs today and in the future with seamless solutions which can be upgraded at any time. NEC has partnered with over 35 solutions providers.
‘The fundamental principles of the Showcase are what has seen it grow from strength to strength,’ says Neil Hartigan, managing director, NEC Display Solutions. ‘Fully integrated solutions configured to meet the specific needs of our customers; bringing technology to life to deliver an engaging experience which will impart knowledge and inspiration. Innovation and new technology will see new highlights each year but our DNA will endure, it’s what keeps people coming back year after year!’
A highlight of the show will be NEC’s InfinityBoard solution, a custom fit collaborative meeting experience. Visitors will see how InfinityBoard fulfils specific needs for a powerful and scalable workspace. It can be configured for video conferencing, brainstorming, learning or presenting and drive productivity through creativity and collaboration. Its benefits will be found in many of the various vertical focused zones.
Supporting NEC’s powerful embedded Open Modular Intelligence platform, new super slimline V & P Series large format displays will feature throughout Showcase alongside the forthcoming new C Series for low cost professional signage. New future-ready, ultra-thin bezel design desktop monitors, ideal for multi-monitor set ups, will sit perfectly within the corporate zone for professional visualization scenarios and elsewhere for signage.
Laser projection continues to offer a compelling proposition in many sectors. Combining the long-life benefits of laser with the brilliant colour brightness of LCD, plus no filter and zero maintenance, the new NEC PA653UL is the world’s first laser projector to bring this compelling feature bundle to market.
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|Middle Atlantic Launches Modular Wall Mount Platform |
Middle Atlantic Products today introduced the VWM Series Vertical Wall Cabinet specifically aimed at mounting for security and AV applications. The VWM Series provides both vertical mounting of deep equipment as well as small devices. Available in pre-configured models or customizable to exact system specifications through the company’s online design department, the VWM Series utilizes a patent-pending modular systems approach to equipment mounting.
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Within its low-profile design, the VWM offers multiple positions for vertical mounting and options include fixed and pivoting rackrail in a range of sizes that can be mounted where needed within the cabinet’s back pan design. The system also utilizes the company’s patented Lever Lock tool-free mounting system, providing the flexibility to integrate small devices such as extenders, power supplies, electronic door lock controllers, compact power solutions and more throughout the cabinet’s back pan or inside the front door.
The VWM Series is available in a variety of options and the system can offer access only to the integrator, or it can allow end-users to access controls, with some options that will even grant visibility via a plexiglass hinged top.
The VWM Series Wall Cabinets come pre-configured with all the options integrators need to quickly build out basic installations in a single box. Here are all the options.
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|ClearLED Launches Transparent LED-Lit Digital PostersClearLED just announced its newest suite of lightweight window posters at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas this month. ClearLED says that during pre-launch trials, these transparent LED posters have already demonstrated a 360 percent increase in sales for McDonald’s. ClearLED Posters were tested by a nine McDonald’s stores in Hattiesburg, Miss.
ClearLED Poster’s transparency permits daylight to filter through them allowing customers to easily see in and out of stores. ClearLED Posters can display static and video content and can be use din daylight or at night.
Available in three sizes, 42”, 55” and 63” and built using lightweight aluminum, ClearLED Posters are spec’d for 60 percent transparency with high resolution (>294 x 192 pixels and 45,895 dot m2), The brightness spec is 5,500 nits.
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|Shuttle Computer Group Debuts DS77U Digital Signage Player|
Shuttle Computer Group is debuting the DS77U series of digital signage players here at DSE in Las Vegas. The DS77U series, designed for supporting both 12-volts and 19-volts inputs, is an industry-grade platform for use in commercial applications that require long-term operations like in automotive, digital signage, kiosks and more.
The one-pound Shuttle DS77U/U3/U5/U7 product series is based on Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processor. They are ultra-slim PCs powered by 7th generation Intel Celeron dual-core processors with a graphics engine capable of playing 4K content (3840×2160 @ 60Hz 4:4:4 8-bit color).
Shuttle’s fanless design uses solid-state disks with no noise. With a slim profile of less than 40-millimeter and using VESA mounting standards it can be mounted on a wall, in a rack or behind a monitor.
The DS77U Series accepts standard 2.5” drives and utilizes Dual Channel memory slots to achieve 32GB Max DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM. Connectivity is optimized with dual HDMI (2.0) and one DisplayPort (1.3) video output as well as two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports, one RS232/422/485 and one RS232 port. They will ship in April.
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|Embed Signage Becomes a Google Cloud Chrome Technology Partner for Digital SignageEmbed Signage, a cloud based digital signage software company announced today that it has become a Google Cloud Chrome Technology Partner aiding businesses in utilizing Chrome technology for professional digital signage solutions.
The Google Cloud Partner Program is for businesses that create products that complement, enhance or extend the reach and functionality of Google Cloud products. Embed Signage’s participation in Google Cloud’s partner program recognises its professional Digital Signage solutions delivered to businesses utilizing Google’s Chrome OS platform. The pairing of Chrome OS with Embed Signage offers businesses a secure, reliable and enterprising digital signage package with a variety of benefits.
Businesses undertaking digital signage projects using Chrome OS can uniquely benefit by utilizing Chrome Device Management (CDM), which makes deployment of Embed Signage in kiosk mode a quick-fire, simplified process. Additional benefits of CDM also include the ability to configure reboot schedules, device network settings and device health monitoring including system logs.
Watch this video to see how to deploy embed signage in Kiosk Mode using Chrome Device Management (CDM). To find out more about using Chrome OS for Digital Signage with Embed Signage, go here.Leave a Comment
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|Vivitek Intros NovoTouch Collaboration BoardVivitek introduced at DSE 2017 this week a new 4K collaboration board designed for conference rooms, meeting areas and corporate lobbies. The NovoTouch is a native UHD 4K (3840×2160) LED display with up to 20 points of touch.
Utllizing the collaborative NovoConnect solution, the NovoTouch can connect up to 64 users at the same time as well as allow up to four people to present simultaneously on the same display. It offers wireless cross-platform mirroring from any device, moderation and on-screen annotation functions and polling and voting features for measuring audience participation. It’s also dual network with “ultra-secured” network support for separated or paralleled wired and wireless connections.
The NovoTouch is available in four sizes: 65″, 75″, 86″ and 98″. All the specs are here.Leave a Comment
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|Digital Signage Expo Announces 2017 APEX Award Winners|
Digital Signage Expo (DSE) announced the independently judged winners of its APEX Awards for 2017 at the 13th Annual APEX Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, March 29 at the Renaissance Hotel.Razorfish and Dreambox Visual Communications took home the top honors of the night, winning the APEX Installation of the Year and APEX Content of the Year awards, respectively. The two overall winners were selected from the nine Gold award winners.This year Gold, Silver and Bronze DSE 2017 APEX Awards were presented to winners in nine categories from a field of 138 entrants:Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (13 entries)
- Gold – Christie for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet World Premiere
- Silver – Bluecadet for Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Bronze – Second Story, part of SapientRazorfish for SFMOMA/Photography Interpretive Gallery
Business & Government Services (17 entries)
Education & Healthcare (15 entries)
- Gold – Salesforce for Salesforce West Lobby Pixelscape
- Silver – Dimensional Innovations for Hy-Vee Headquarters
- Bronze – Forge Media + Design for 2 Queen Entry Experience
- Gold – GestureTek Health for St. Joseph’s Health Centre Just for Kids Clinic
- Silver – Sensory Interactive for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
- Bronze – Second Story, part of SapientRazorfish for Libbie Mill Library/Libbie MIll Library Media Installation
Event Venues & Hospitality (17 entries)
- Gold – Dimensional Innovations for U.S. Bank Stadium/Vikings Voyage
- Silver – Movilok for Logis La Fonda Barranco
- Bronze – 10net Managed Solutions Ltd for Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Food & Beverage (7 entries)
- Gold – HEROFi INC for Buffalo Wild Wings TV (B-DUBS TV)
- Silver – Converse Marketing for Caterpillar – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
- Bronze – SiliconCore for Sportsbar 1904 at the FIFA World Football Museum
Immersive Environments (12 entries)
- Gold – ESI Design for Terrell Place, Washington, D.C.
- Silver – SapientRazorfish for Allied Reit/Mimur’s Well
- Bronze – Dreambox Visual Communication, Inc. for TAPI Pipeline Groundbreaking Ceremony
Public Spaces (21 entries)
- Gold – Dreambox Visual Communication, Inc. for Conquest of İstanbul, 563rd Anniversary
- Silver – Intersection for LinkNYC
- Bronze – Float4 for City Walk, Dubai
Retail (24 entries)
- Gold – SapientRazorfish, formerly Razorfish for T-Mobile Times Square Store
- Silver – Shikatani Lacroix Design for China Zheshang Bank
- Bronze — The Sandbox Agency for LG’s “Best Buy TV Experience Wall”
Transportation (12 entries)
- Gold – Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design for The Blowing Bowler
- Silver – NanoLumens for Miami International Airport
- Bronze – Gridcast Media Inc. for Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1
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|Shuttle Computer Debuts XH110G Digital Signage Player with PCI-e Slot |
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has announced its XH110G, their first digital signage player with a single slot-capable of PCI-e v3 x16 support. Shuttle claims that no other computer manufacturer offers a PCI-e slot in such a small form factor.
With its small foot print, the XH110G can be integrated into many specialized applications using proprietary components and add-in cards .
Shuttle’s new XH110G is a compact 3-liter media player that features robust performance and can be customized to drive complex interactive kiosks, vending machines, automotive assemply line robots, POE and POS applications, among others. Equipped with Intel H110 chipset, it supports Intel 6th generation 65W Sky Lake/Kaby Lake LGA1151 CPUs, which extends product life and delivers 4K/Ultra HD video content.
Shuttle’s XH110G has USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, and Intel Single Gigabit LAN at the front and rear of the unit for maximum installation flexibility. With advanced expansion capability and network connectivity, the XH110G has one built-in M.2 2280Type M (for HDD) and one M.2 2230 Type AE (for WLAN) expansion slots, to easily install an M.2 SSD, Wi-Fi module or other compatible devices. Thanks to its heat pipe and smart fan cooling technology design, the player is 24/7 certified and runs reliably cool in 0-50⁰C temperatures for a wide range of industrial or restaurant applications.
Shuttle’s new XH110G features include: Intel Giga LAN, Wake on LAN, M.2 2230AE & 2242/2260/2280M Key, 2.5 HDD/SSD bay (<12.5mm), USB 3.0, and Firmware TPM, making the XH110G connectivity flexible enough to meet any installation needs.
The XH110G is scheduled for release in April, 2017 and will be available as a barebone or complete system. Here are all the specs.
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|CDS Launches Lineup of Touch Tables|
CDS has just launched a range of commercial-grade commercial touch tables available in 32″, 42″, 46″ and 55″, all 1920×1080 and a 65″ 4K 3840×2160 version. All are able to detect at least 12 touch points simultaneously.
All CDS tables include multi touch, a black border PCAP touchscreen overlay and come in various stand styles. The tables use an Intel Core i7-6500U 16GB (120GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Windows 10 Pro) as well as integrated touch software. They are designed to be used in applications such as retail, exhibitions, schools, museums, reception areas, signage and meeting rooms.
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