Digital Signage

TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Video Signage

12/22/2016 1:26 PM Eastern Last updated at 6/22/2017 3:11 PM
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This month we highlight high-quality commercial and professional grade video signage and systems. Advancing technology provides clear displays and customization. Their versatile capability enables digital signage to meet all the unique needs.

Black Box’s VideoPlex4 gives users the flexibility to create uniquely shaped videowalls with four or more screens. It enables users to display video across multiple displays, any display can be freely positioned, and the input can be cropped or rotated 90°-270°. This videowall controller supports up to 4K input for distortion-free images, making it ideal for Ultra HD digital signage.

Blackmagic Design’s Teranex AV is a standards converter designed for professional AV with 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a inputs, outputs, and loop-through, and 1089 SD, HD and Ultra HD conversions, allowing you to do HDMI to SDI conversions without needing external adapters or conversion equipment. It also includes AV specific features such as low latency, a built-in still store, freeze frame, and XLR and HiFi connections. In addition to HDMI and 12G-SDI connections, Teranex AV also includes quad link 3G-SDI outputs, making it compatible with a wide range of Ultra HD monitors and projectors that only support quad link SDI 1080 HD inputs.

BrightSign’s XT1143 ($650) offers unsurpassed performance with the company’s fastest HTML and graphics engine, and the most powerful CPU. This state-of-the-art technology for enterprise-level digital signage installations supports dual video decode of one 4K and one 1080p60 video simultaneously. The hardware-accelerated HTML5 engine enables flawless playback of multiple modular HTML5 assets including CSS animations, Web GL and swipe/gesture interactivity. BrightSign’s XT1143 also supports PoE+ and Gigabit Ethernet, and the XT1143 offers HDMI-in for live TV playback.

The Epson Pro L1405U large-venue laser projector, combined with the ELPLX01 ultra short-throw projections that are ideal for rear-projection applications and installations in narrow spaces. The ELPLX01 lens is the world’s first zero-offset ultra-short-throw lens, featuring a 0.35 throw ratio and zero offset, allowing the projector to be installed just inches away from a screen or wall and still project up to a 400in. large, clear, and crisp image. The Pro L1405U projector delivers 8000 lumens of color brightness and 8000 lumens of white brightness, and features native WUXGA performance with Epson 4K Enhancement Technology. As part of Epson’s new Pro L-Series laser projectors, the Pro L1405U is one of the first to integrate a laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel in combination with inorganic LCD panels for outstanding image quality, durability, and reliability.

Hall Research’s SC-HD-2A can convert and scale DVI or HDMI video into various output resolutions. The video can be manipulated in several ways. For example, the output can be horizontally flipped (mirrored along x-axis), or hue, saturation, and other salient parameters of video can be manipulated. The SC-HD-2A takes advantage of the HDMI signals ability to embed audio with video. For convenience, both stereo analog and optical digital audio inputs and outputs are provided. The audio from the input HDMI signal can be extracted (de-embedded) and output on both digital as well as the stereo analog signal. The audio embedded in the HDMI output can be selected from three sources: HDMI input, analog L/R input, or digital optical input. The output resolution can automatically match the native resolution of the display connected to its output (based on the EDID setting of the display), or it can be specified by the user. The SC-HD-2A features an OSD menu for configuration, picture setup, system information, and other advanced options. The compact and sturdy enclosure features integrated mounting brackets.

A very uniquely designed KanexPro EXTHDRPT100M 4K Video Signal Repeater for digital signage applications such as airports, train stations, and pharmacies where one media player can be connected using HDMI to create a two UHD display side-by side signage at every 100 meters. And up to 16 displays without any interruption or signal degradation can be cascaded in one application. Plus, this product provides full control over serial connectivity to any displays with audio.

Breeze Digital Signage cloud software for Android by Keywest Technology is a revolutionary way to deliver dynamic sign messages using the most efficient IT methods available. Simply log in to the handy Internet editor and control Ultra HD 4K digital signage from anywhere, anytime. Insert full HD (1080p) as a PiP for the best viewing experience possible. No special software to buy. Instead, the Breeze Digital Signage Android media player uses HTML5-powered software for rock-solid playback reliability and security.

The Leyard TWA Series fine pitch LED videowalls, is a family of unique flatpanel LED videowall displays featuring low power consumption and outstanding image quality. Available in 0.9, 1.2, 1.4, and 1.8 millimeter pixel pitches, the Leyard TWA Series delivers the pixel density and form-factor similar to LCD and rear-projection videowalls with a seamless image that can be configured to nearly any size. The 54in. flatpanel design offers superior image quality and 24x7 mission-critical reliability, along with one of the industry’s most energyefficient LED videowall designs. The Leyard TWA Series offers a unique, energy-efficient design, unsurpassed image quality and 24x7 reliability, making it ideal for both control room and digital signage applications.

LG’s Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED display offers a curved design using slim tiles to form customizable displays that link two, three, or four tiles together. The 65in. portrait display boasts a paper-thin and eye-catching dual-sided view to offer customers a multimedia experience while providing retailers a way to utilize their space efficiently. Each screen boasts 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution, showcasing a bigger, bolder, and more lifelike viewing experience to capture consumer attention effortlessly. Highperformance system-on-a-chip (SoC) and an internal memory capacity enable perfect UHD-synced playback without the need for PCs or media players.

Matrox C900 is the world’s first nine-output graphics card to drive nine 1920x1080 displays for 3x3 videowalls. C900’s singleslot form factor and low power consumption at 75W offer digital signage and videowall vendors an easy to integrate videowall option. Supporting stretched desktop across all nine synchronized outputs allows users run any application full screen across a 3x3 videowall, making the card ideal for digital signage, presentation, and videowall applications.

Peerless-AV’s Universal Modular LED Wall Mounting System features a quick and easy pop-out mechanism that can be adapted to support various brand and display sizes. The pop-out mechanism extends the mount out from the wall, providing ample space for ease-of-use and maintenance of LED displays. Its universal design can be easily configured to support most LED brands and sizes by simply changing out display-specific adapter plates. The mounting system’s easy-hang wall plate enables a fast, trouble-free installation, and handles on either side of the mount provide easy mount articulation without the risk of damage to the LED display. In addition, integrated cable management allows for a clean finish.

Seneca AV’s SA51 Digital Signage Mount combines strength, versatility, and ease of installation. A paper wall template is included to help drill mounting holes, a bubble level to make sure it’s straight, and a 10ft. HDMI cable to connect from a video source. The SA51 offers mounting and positioning options for digital signage up to 80in. weighing up to 130lbs. Extension, tilt, and swivel functions combine to give you almost total control of your viewing angle.

Sequenza Digital Signage is a sophisticated yet user-friendly, web-based software program that allows users to instantly control and manage content on an unlimited amount of screens regardless of their physical location. The enterprise-level software helps manage content on any number of screens located anywhere and supports RSS feeds, JEG, GIF, PNG, MP4, and MOV files. With Sequenza, delegating control over displays is straight forward and effective.

The new, award-winning Sharp PN-R series professional-grade LCD displays are designed to provide the most versatility available. Whether in portrait or landscape orientation, these monitors can be installed face up, face down, tilted forward or backward at an angle of up to 90 degrees. They’re even designed and engineered for hanging suspension mounting. The four models—the 55in. class (54.6in. diagonal) PN-R556, 49in. class (48.5in. diagonal) PN-R496 and 42in. class (41.9in. diagonal) PN-R426 display—are the first to incorporate the new Intel Mini-OPS pluggable specification, providing the latest in open standards expandability. This means the displays can offer the installation of either an optional HDBaseT receiver board or optional wireless receiver board. The HDBaseT module allows the monitor to receive HDMI video, audio signals, and control signals sent up to 328ft. via a single LAN cable. The wireless module allows up to 10 devices— including Mac or Windows computers , smartphones, and tablets— to connect to the displays without any cable hassles.

Sony’s new Canvas Display system is a high-end visual display that redefines the landscape for largescale visual entertainment. The new technology, Crystal Light Emitting Diode Integrated Structure (CLEDIS), uses Sony’s ultrafine LEDs in a unique surface mounting structure as its light source to deliver a visual experience not possible with even the highest-end conventional LED array. This scalable new type of canvas delivers an unmatched viewing experience, offering 99 percent black surface area, for high contrast, high resolution, and immersive visuals. Sony’s Canvas Display technology is designed for a range of commercial applications and immersive experiences, from industrial product design and manufacturing, theme parks, museums, and high-traffic lobbies to corporate boardrooms and broadcast studios. It is ideal for any environment requiring intricately detailed video displays and realistic simulation on a large scale.

The new SpinetiX Elementi 2016 is simple, yet powerful digital signage software. Elementi lets you create high-impact projects and deliver visually rich experience to virtually any combination of screens. Elementi with 150+ included professional and secure widgets, and our HMP players make a compelling solution for any digital signage. Turning any Twitter or Flickr content into digital signage is one of the easiest ways for you to power your screen with fully automated and dynamic content. Having a wide range of custom options and choosing the targeted market data and way to display it can turn into a real financial dashboard.

SunBriteTV’s Veranda Series is a new family of weatherproof televisions that are safer and provide superior performance and durability compared to indoor televisions in outdoor installations. While about 30 percent brighter than an indoor television, the Veranda Series is designed for full-shade applications, where, according to a dealer study, the majority of residential televisions are installed outdoors. At half the price of prior SunBriteTV models, the display comes standard with a premium direct-lit 4K UHD screen and includes built-in down-firing speakers. These outdoor televisions are proven to withstand rain, snow, ice, salt corrosion, humidity, and insects, and are guaranteed to operate between -24°F to 104°F with storage temperatures between -24 and 140°F.

TRU-Vu Monitor’s SRMW-24R-SS is an outdoor, waterproof, sunlight-readable monitor. It features more than 1000 nits of brightness (By comparison, a typical indoor or desktop monitor provides 150-250 nits of brightness). This ensures clear, sharp video images in direct, bright sunlight. The SRMW-24R-SS also features a waterproof (NEMA 4X) stainless steel enclosure. It will withstand rain, sleet, and snow. This makes it ideal for outdoor advertising, kiosks, informational signage, and more.

The ViewSonic EP5520T is a 55in. ePoster digital kiosk. An all-in-one, free-standing interactive display with a slim, sleek form factor, this display delivers dynamic messaging. Designed with a scratch-proof tempered glass faceplate for durability in high-traffic areas, the EP5520T ePoster is equipped with 10-point multi-touch functionality for interactivity. The EP5520T features 1080p Full HD resolution, 178/178-degree wide-angle viewing, 350 nits of brightness, and dual stereo speakers. ViewSonic’s EP5520T comes with an integrated media player and 16GB of internal memory so multimedia photos, images, and video messaging can be easily displayed on the screen. The variety of connectivity options including dual HDMI, RGB, USB, and LAN allow for additional content to be loaded from a PC or networkable media player, or directly from a USB drive.

Visionary’s new 4000-Series 4K Encoder and Decoder deliver visually lossless, ultralow latency UHD video over Gigabit Ethernet, employing the flexibility and scalability of today’s converged IP networks to carry UHD content without the constraints and limitations of traditional switch matrix systems. With Visionary’s PacketTV and PacketAV products, 4K UHD, as well as full 1080p HD and lower-resolution content can be deployed to a virtually limitless number of screens over any standard GbE network, even sharing space on existing enterprise networks, using standard network protocols and devices. A single network can carry audio, video, and data. Installation is a breeze, with no need for expensive proprietary components or 10GbE switches. Distributed displays and multicomponent videowalls are easily configured, and controllers from Crestron, AMX, and other third parties are supported.

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