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Tech Roundup: Digital Signage 2022

The role of digital signage systems continues to evolve. As a digital communication platform, it is increasingly driven by content, data, and interactivity, whether it’s part of a digital-first stadium like So-Fi or virtual reception.

The AOPEN DE6340 is part of a lineup of Digital Engine media players for commercial and enterprise solutions. The company says these Digital Engine media players are designed to deliver innovative three-, four- or six-screen solutions for QSR (quick-service restaurant) menu boards, video walls, digital advertisements and traffic/information displays. The DE6340 second-generation 4-port digital signage player is the successor to the DE6140. The newer player works with four-panel video walls and UHD menu boards. It’s AOPEN’s first AMD Ryzen embedded processor-based digital signage player with four 4K 60 Hz outputs and HDR support. This continues AOPEN’s use of AMD products to power their digital signage solutions with 4K, rich content and other new technologies. AOPEN’s DE6200, featuring AMD RX-421 embedded SoC, steps up to solve the general lack of triple digital output solutions; it can deliver 4K promotional videos alongside static information like menus and service information. The DEV7610-X6 features an AMD E8860 GPU with six Mini DisplayPorts for multi-screen video wall solutions aimed at premium and corporate locations or critical operations such as control rooms. It features an aluminum front panel.

The latest addition to the AOPEN eTILE lineup, the Android-based AOPEN eTILEX 10 takes advantage of PoE and supports Wi-Fi, offering consistent, LAN-based connectivity. With VESA mounting points, a Kensington Lock, and a port cover to tuck away cables for a clean look, the device can be fastened securely and strategically placed for multiple applications including kiosk. It is certified for Meeting4Display allowing users to use the complete set of administration and management tools available within the supporting Telelogos software. With Meeting4Display, users can book a workspace directly from the 10” e-Tile touch display, from their messaging system or their smartphone, as well as having a complete control of the hardware and any other software elements installed on the device (silent software updates, remote management, hardware and software monitoring).

The Black Box iCOMPEL interactive digital signage platform with system-on-chip technology empowers users to build eye-catching signage, stream content from websites and visualize timetables, events and wayfinding or emergency messages. Users can easily play, upload, and share images, presentations, videos and audio media files on any HDMI screen. The platform supports 4K UHD/HD and simplifies creation and playout of HTML5-based content. To facilitate updates and system management, iCOMPEL allows for remote device management and configuration and provides onscreen diagnostics and error alerts.

Chief provides white-glove direct view LED installation services for its Chief TiLED Video Wall Mounting System. The company says it recognizes risk mitigation is always top of mind when it comes to dvLED installations. From selecting displays and mounting systems to design configurations and securing skilled labor, and Legrand AV installation team provides the level of service needed. The TiLED Solution Services offers three levels of direct view LED support:Assisted Services puts the Legrand AV tech support team just a click away, with online access to spec and configuration tools like MountFinder and the TiLED LED Video Wall Configurator; Expanded Services offers personalized design consultation with Legrand AV sales, product management, and engineering professionals; Amplified Services includes start-to-finish consultation including customized design, engineered solutions, and labor assistance.

To support the return to public spaces safely, Chief brought the Tablet Floor Stand to market last fall, providing an aesthetic and easy-to-install mounting solution for an array of virtual reception, access control, and wayfinding applications. The stands can be integrated with tablets, temperature screening devices, badge, pass, or information printers and other access control devices. Thoughtful cabling and physical security options make for easy and flexible installation.

When a digital signage application calls for distributed TVs—for example in a stadium—Contemporary Research has an AV Over IP ecosystem option. A longtime provider of TV distribution over RF, the company started bringing its expertise to IPTV products; the result is three products—the budget-friendly 1080p QIP-DVX IPTV Decoder/Controller and QIP Encoder, and the IP-DXL Control Center. The encoder accepts MPEG2/H.264 IPTV streams and can handle two separate sources; the decoder/ controller accept MPEG2 or H.264 single program or multiple program transport streams and are compatible with unicast or multi-cast. The Control Center is the company’s newest product for display control over Ethernet, sending control commands as UDP broadcast data packets to all compatible devices on the network. It can communicate with individual displays, groups, zones, or all displays using either: onboard DX Lite web page, proprietary Display Express Software, or thirdparty control systems.

Last year, Epson debuted eight new laser projectors. Among them were four pitched at digital signage; the long-throw PowerLite L730U and L735U and short-throw PowerLite L630SU and L635SU have advanced installation features, including lens shift, and software tools in a minimalist, discreet design that integrates into virtually any environment, such as corporate experience centers, retail visual merchandising and entertainment venues. The 7000 lumens long throw projectors display an image up to a maximum of 500 inches at WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution at 16:10 and ultra-wide 16:6 aspect ratios.The short throw projectors can display a WUXGA image up to 200 inches. The new PowerLite L-series include 5GHz wireless and HDBaseT connectivity. Available software tools add in the ability to edge blend, control and monitor the projectors remotely, and manage content. The new projectors will be available in May 2021.

Last year, LG Business Solutions debuted ambitious new signage lines for indoor and outdoor. The company introduced three new lines of high-brightness outdoor LED Signage displays: the GSCA Versatile Series, GSCC Essential Series, and GSCD Ultra Light Series. With pixel pitches ranging from 3.9mm to 16mm, the six new models are built for outdoor viewing with webOS control, remote diagnostics, and failover protection. The GSCA Versatile Series allows users to combine 1:1 (500mm square) and 2:1 (500mm x 1000mm rectangle) cabinet options to create custom displays. The cabinets are open-frame construction, with modularized data and power, comfortable carrying handles and hand-actuated locks, so installing and dismantling this 5,000-nit LED signage display requires no additional tools, making it equally suited for fixed and rental applications. The two GSCA Versatile models each feature an IP65 front/ rear rating and are available in 3.9mm and 4.6mm pixel pitches. The GSCC Essential Series comes in three pitch sizes: 6.66mm and 8mm at 5000 nits, and 16mm at 8000 nitts. The cabinets of the GSCC series can be assembled to configure virtually any screen size including 16:9, 8:9, and 4:3. All three models come IP65 front-rated and IP54 rear-rated. Rounding out these new outdoor models is the lightweight, 10mm pixel pitch, IP65 front- and rear-rated GSCD Ultra Light Series, giving installers and end users additional options when weight is a concern. All three series have an optional 90-degree corner design feature that makes it possible to display content around corners.

In February, the LG 136-inch All-in-One DVLED display (model LAEC) debuted combining a 1080p screen, on-board webOS controller, and built-in speakers. It ships in a professional aluminum flight case on wheels and arrives partially constructed, with two pre-built cabinets that connect together and can be wall-mounted with included hardware or installed on an optional mobile cart that enables multi-room use. The 72 notebook-sized LED modules snap into the cabinets with a magnetic tool creating a single, seamless 136” screen. The display operates at up to 500 nits and features a 4.6mm bezel, a 1.56mm pixel pitch, and total resolution of 1920×1080. It also supports LG’s One:Quick USB dongle that plugs into any PC or laptop to provide a secure, reliable connection for presentations and media viewing.

Matrox’s QuadHead2Go Q155 multimonitor controllers feature HDMI input support on both appliance and PCI Express card form factors, the units are purpose-built to drive four Full HD displays from a single 4K HDMI source, offering a simple, yet elegant approach to digital signage-based video wall designs. Use multiple QuadHead2Go Q155 multi-monitor controllers to deploy artistic and emerging video walls of any type and size. Last year, Matrox also announced Matrox D-Series, a new family of next-generation, multi-display graphics cards. These single-slot graphics cards drive up to four 4Kp60 displays and can be easily combined to output up to 16 x 4K monitors for high-density video walls. The cards work with the full Matrox video wall ecosystem; when used with QuadHead2Go multi-monitor controllers users can power up to 64 1920x1080p60 displays from one system.

The Neoti UHD direct-view indoor LED video wall options feature a modular design that can be configured into standard custom video wall shapes. The range of 600 nit options includes pixel pitches from .93mm to 4.6mm. All are 5000:1 contrast ratio with refresh rates +/- 2800 Hz in a range of power requirements between 40 and 60 W average and 120-185 maximum. All are 16-bit color

The Optoma ProScene ZU720T is 4K and HDR10 compatible and features a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Built-in image blending and warping and four-corner correction, as well as 360-degree and portrait installation modes, provide versatility for installation. A fixed, telecentric lens design with full motorized lens-shift and 1.8x manual zoom and focus delivers the flexibility of interchangeable lens solutions at an affordable price-point. In addition, the ProScene ZU720T features an integrated Android OS and built-in media player. Engineered with DuraCore technology, the ZU720T features a sealed IPX5-certified optical engine for dust-free operation and 24/7 operation capabilities, with maintenance-free projection for up to 30,000 hours in Eco mode.

The Optoma FHDQ130 1080p QUAD LED display is a comprehensive large display solution with 130 inches (2.88 x 1.62 m) of visuals and 4K compatibility. Setup for the QUAD LED display has a simplified threestep installation process, thanks to an all-inone design that includes an image processor, centralized power cage, receiver cards and more. The all-in-one QUAD LED display also comes pre-calibrated out of the box, removing the need for additional software management or separate devices. Uniquely, the QUAD LED display is cable-free. The LED diodes are set in clusters of four with a 1.55mm pixel pitch, which allows for a smoother screen surface, 170-degree horizontal and vertical wide viewing angle. The QUAD LED display also features integrated HQUltra 4K image processing technology for image switching and scaling and is compatible with Optoma’s Control Q application for content management and display from mobile devices.

In September, Peerless-AV announced the launch of an upgraded iteration of its PeerlessAV Outdoor Digital Menu Boards. Designed to support leading 55” outdoor commercial display brands, Peerless-AV’s latest Outdoor Digital Menu Boards (KOF555-1/2/3) offer maximum flexibility at a value-conscious price. The sleek, new Outdoor Digital Menu Board models can support up to three displays to enhance outdoor drive-thru efficiency. These all weather-rated, outdoor units are UL 48 certified and offer a low operating cost, modular design, and a simplified two-man installation process. Compatible 55” outdoor digital signage display models include: Peerless-AV Xtreme High Bright Outdoor Displays (XHB553); Samsung OHF Series Displays (OH55F); and LG XE4F-M Series High Brightness Outdoor Displays (55XE4F-M). Users can customize with options including: Speaker/Microphone Kit (KOF-OPT-SPK); Media Storage Fan (KOF-OPT-FAN); Internal Media Player Shelf (KOF-OPT-SHELF); and UL Rated Electrical Box (KOF-OPT-ELECTRICAL).

Planar MGP Series are indoor fine pitch LED video wall displays that offer front-service, high resolution visual experiences, at a value similar to tiled LCD video walls. Available in 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 millimeter pixel pitches, the series’ LED cabinets feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, enabling each pixel pitch to achieve popular Full HD and 4K resolutions. Planar MGP Series is an upgrade option for budget-conscious organizations such as higher education that desire to upgrade legacy projection or LCD video wall technologies. With a mounted profile of less than four inches, the solution is ADA compliant.

Premier Mounts’ Convergent LED Mount Series brings an easy bracket system to LED mounts. Adjustability points across the mount tackle instances of extreme wall unevenness to ensure that no seams show throughout the video wall structure. Connector plates are easy to fasten both vertically and horizontally to build video walls of unlimited scalability. Mounts support an array of panel options; most recently a mount was released for Barco XT.

Samsung has a breadth of digital signage options for retail including the QBR Series Small Signage Displays. The 13” and 24” standard and touch screen displays allow retailers to embed small, high-resolution digital signage into compact portrait or vertical locations throughout the store to increase customer engagement and easy purchase. These displays join an ecosystem that includes QLED 8K Displays for in-store high-impact content; MagicINFO, which enables real-time content management from any device at any time; In-Window and Semi-Outdoor LED; Interactive UHD Displays that increase engagement and wayfiniding; LCD/LED Video Walls for check-out to drive loyalty program participation while reducing perceived wait times; Pro TV + 4K UHD Screens to provide personalized, data-driven content; and Outdoor LED + XPR-B Displays providing clear visibility in a variety of condi tions.

Debuting in June 2021, Sharp/ NEC’s LED-E012i module is a cost-effective, long-term signage solution for indoor installations in corporate, education, and house of worship environments. Part of the E Series lineup, the 1.25mm LED-E012i module offers a thin and lightweight design which allows for greater installation flexibility and also meets ADA requirements. The 108” diagonal screen features full HD (1920×1080) resolution with a refresh rate of > = 3840 Hz and is designed for viewing from 3 feet to an optimal 7 feet. Brightness ranges from 600 cd/m2 to 1,000 cd/m2 with a pixel pitch from as low as 1.2 mm ideal for indoor use. The 108” E Series LED Kit comes with LED modules, power bar, LED controller, mounting structure, overframe kit, as well as spare parts. Front service modules allow for installation in difficult to access areas and pixel cards are hot-swappable and can be replaced without turning the display off. The modules can be built in virtually any configuration.

Visix Media Player features two, three or four-output playback. This model standards the multi-output player lineup on Nvidia Pascal GPUs. It features a 512 CUDA core Pascal GPU, 256 GB SSD storage, built-in wireless and a Windows 1 IoT Enterprise OS. The new player allows clients the flexibility to show two, three or four video streams for scalable digital signage and video wall applications. The NVIDIA Quadro P620 combines a 512 CUDA core Pascal GPU with large on-board memory. The unit is a small form factor device measuring just 7.05 inches wide x 7.2 inches deep x 1.38 inches high, and weighing only 3.1 pounds. It has 8GB of memory, 256 GB SSD storage, builtin wireless and a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS.

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