PPDS Introduces New Eco-friendly Philips E-Line 4K Interactive Display Range For Next Level Collaboration, Remote and Hybrid Learning

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PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips digital signage, interactive displays, direct view LED and professional TV products and solutions, is excited to announce the latest evolution of its dedicated range of advanced interactive touch displays for education, with the launch of the brand-new Android SoC Philips E-Line series.

Unveiled at ISE 2022 in Barcelona (Philips Booth 3Q600), Phillips E-Line is PPDS’ most advanced and complete SoC education display range to date, combining the power of a PC, unrivalled hardware and touch technology, dedicated whiteboard, and extensive preinstalled and Cloud-based educational software and features for all levels of education.

Designed and delivered with the future in mind, Philips E-Line answers the current challenges faced in education, to provide an out-of-the-box solution, transforming any space into a highly collaborative, highly engaging and highly inspiring teaching and learning environment. Supporting and benefitting students in a classroom, a lecture theatre, studying remotely or isolating at home.

Wall mountable and available in 65”, 75” and 86” size variants across two model categories to suit a variety of budgets and needs – entry level BDL3052E and mainstream BDL4052E (see full details below) – the Philips E-Line has been carefully curated using the latest market feedback (including working closely with tutors, students and AV/IT managers) and research, with all aspects of design, functionality, usability and compatibility addressed to the smallest detail.

Martijn van der Woude, Head of Global Business Development and Marketing at PPDS, said: “At PPDS we are committed to supporting education, and feel duty bound to drive positive changes to the market using dedicated and innovative technologies. Philips E-Line isn’t simply another display on our conveyor belt. It is the culmination of extensive and tireless market feedback and innovation from our teams to create a solution that makes a real difference to the way teaching and learning is achieved so that challenges, both of the past, present and future are overcome. Education is much a part of our roadmap for sustainability and supporting our communities as it is of our product and market strategies.”

Perfect Touch
Incorporating the latest education software (including Cloud) and hybrid capabilities from PPDS’ strategic partner, i3Technologies (i3LEARNHUB), the new Philips E-Line range takes the user experience to the next level, becoming the first display from PPDS to feature its most accurate and responsive new generation of zero gap, zero latency touch screen technology.

Included on all six models, the new displays offer precise direct on-screen writing and drawing experiences, comparable to those of traditional pen and paper. This can be achieved using your hands, or a passive or active pen. Additionally, a traditional mouse and keyboard can be connected to suit the needs of the user(s), while the optimized screen also supports multi-touch interaction*, allowing for multiple users to physically interact with the screen simultaneously without slow down or disruption.

Franck Racapé, Head of Global Commercial at PPDS, said: “The experiences of using touch screens can be very mixed. Pressing an icon is one thing but writing or drawing with precision can often be a challenge and the result far removed from the abilities or desires of the user. This is a historical obstacle and one that can bring unnecessary and unwanted limitations to the user experience. The introduction of zero gap touch screens for our education displays ensures those obstacles are now removed, allowing users the freedom to be more creative and truly bring their ideas to life.”

Effortless embedded wireless sharing
With collaboration and engagement key to any successful teaching and learning environment, up to 64 students are able to securely connect and access the Philips E-Line at the same time, from their own seats using their own personal (BYOD) or provided device (running on ChromeOS, macOS, Windows, iOS or Android). Ideal if social distancing or heightened rules around hygiene are applied or adopted by specific individuals.

In addition to always having the clearest view of the screen – regardless of where they sit or indeed their quality of vision – thanks to Philips E-Line screen sharing, students** are also able to interact, share their work, ideas and findings, and manipulate what’s on screen at the same time using Philips E-Line’s embedded wireless connectivity. All content can be easily shared and recorded via email or made accessible through the Cloud, reducing the need for excessive and potentially distracting note taking, allowing students to remain engaged at all times.

Hybrid
According to some estimates, during the height of the pandemic, over 850 million students worldwide – roughly half of the world’s population – were forced to stay away from schools, either due to closures or isolating. With absences from the classroom, the risks of students falling behind or failing to meet their potential are increased. With Philips E-Line, students absent from class will still be able to remotely login and become actively involved.

With the I3LEARNHUB, entire lesson plans can easily be created and shared between students and even other colleagues around the world, with the i3 platform helping to connect the teaching community and share best practices for more engaging and inspiring teaching.

Running on Android (BDL3052E Android 8.0, BDL4052E Android 10) Philips E-Line displays can be modeled to meet your exact educational requirements, with the ability to add preferred third party apps without restriction, plus the option for additional solutions to be added, increasing the use and benefits of the display further. Examples can include the mounting of digital cameras – such as those from PPDS’ strategic partner, Logitech – opening up new opportunities for video conferencing with guests or even fellow students; sensors, such as the PPDS Air Quality Sensor for safer and cleaner learning environments, plus scheduling tools, CMS and more.

Lower energy costs
If that wasn’t enough, the Philips E-Line range has also been designed to address and support the school’s sustainability goals, with each display among those offering the lowest levels of power consumption in the market, reducing the total cost of ownership.

As part of PPDS’ continued commitment to reducing unnecessary waste, Philips E-Line packaging is also kept to an absolute minimum, without risk of damaging the display. All Philips professional displays are packaged in brown board boxes, with one colour only printing. This ethos is continued through the packaging of pre-production components, with finished products almost fully made of recyclable materials.

Martijn van der Woude concluded: “With Philips E-Line, we’ve left no stone unturned in creating what we truly believe to be the most complete dedicated solution for education found anywhere in today’s market. The feedback from our partners and their customers – who played a significant role in its development – has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to showcasing it for the first time to the thousands of people here at ISE 2022 in Barcelona.”

Unique technical specs

  • Strong Android SOC platform
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Low power consumption, sustainable packaging
  • Blue light filter on the mainstream model (4052E)
  • Optimal touch experience, responsive and accurate touch
  • Total solution: I3LEARNHUB Hybrid Learning environment
  • Embedded wireless sharing

Customer benefits:

  • Wide options to install third party apps
  • Optimised user experience for education, natural writing experience
  • Sustainable product with lowest TCO

Detailed Philips E-Line specs

BDL3052E (Entry Level)

  • Resolution – 3840x2160p
  • Touch Type: IR 20 touch 0 gap
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m2
  • Orientation 18/7(L)
  • Speaker: 2×15 W down facing
  • I/O (in): VGA x1, DVI x1, HDMI x3, USB 2.0 x3, LAN x1, USB-C x1, Micro SD x1
  • Android 8.0
  • Memory: 3GB/16GB

BDL4052E (Mainstream)

  • Resolution – 3840x2160p
  • Touch Type: IR 20 touch 0 gap
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m2
  • Orientation 18/7(L)
  • Speaker: 2×15 W down facing
  • I/O (in): DVI x1, HDMI x3, USB 2.0 x3, LAN x1, USB-C x1, MicroSD x1
  • I/O (out): HDMI x1
  • Android 10.0
  • Memory: 4GB/32GB
  • SoC: Quad Core
  • WiFi as standard