This month, we showcase a variety of products targeted for the digital signage market, including a mix of video players, flatpanels, video projectors, projection screens, and content delivery systems. As the technology of “digital signage” becomes more and more affordable—digital signage provides a dynamic video pallet for advertising, promotion, sales, marketing, messaging, and eye-catching communications.
Bypassing the complex running of electrical lines through walls, the Altinex Muse HDMI+Power+RS-232+IR transmitter and receiver distribution system provides a convenient means to power a display with up to 150W of power and carry HDMI, RS-232, and IR control signals up to 300ft. (90 meters) over a single, low-voltage, unshielded Cat-6 cable. Muse consists of the MU400-111 transmitter and the MU500-112 receiver. The output of the MU400-111 transmitter is monitored for power consumption and when power is exceeded, the output is turned off to protect the system. Muse is designed to withstand direct shorts both on the low-and high-voltage side. The current consumption is monitored continually, and output is disabled if an overload or short is detected. The Altinex Muse HDMI+Power+RS-232+IR transmitter and receiver are fully compliant with HDMI and HDCP standards, and are ETL listed.
Aurora Multimedia IPX-TC1
Aurora Mutimedia’s IPX-TC1 4K IP AV streaming transceiver is the AV market’s first 4K2K transceiver, according to the company. With zero-compression and zero-latency, it is specifically designed to synergize a wide range of IP/AV technologies—greatly simplifying the overall design, ordering, stocking, and system deployment process. With a single unit configurable as a transmitter or receiver, matrix capabilities exceeding 128x128, breakaway audio switching, and videowall capabilities, this device lets integrators bring scalable, 4K uncompressed audio and video to an IP streaming environment. Ideal for AV signal distribution, routing, control, and videowall processing applications, it securely sends audio, video, and data to setups of any size using standard 10G Ethernet fiber and copper switches. This ultimately replaces a long list of traditional components, cutting complexity and cost from any AV application. Each transceiver has two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. The fiber units are equipped with an SFP+ port, allowing users choice of single or multimode fiber assuring secure transmission over great distances. The unit’s RJ-45 1G full-bandwidth Ethernet port allows connectivity of other LAN based devices. With OSD menu and web-server control the IPX-TC1 is user-friendly.
AV Stumpfl FHD Player
The new AV Stumpfl FHD Player is a tiny solid-state video player designed for 24/7 operation. Multiple FHD Players can be frame synchronized via IP networks using a dedicated synchronization protocol, and video contents can be played in a seamless loop mode. It’s packaged in a small-form factor that can be easily hidden behind a videowall and is designed for 24/7 operation. Content scheduling and updating can be done via Internet.
Featuring a lifelike 4K2K resolution and 350 nits of brightness, the 55in. ST550K from BenQ is an ultra-slim signage solution that lets businesses engage their customers in simpler and smarter ways. The ST550K is equipped with X-Sign content creation and management software, MDA software, and a custom Android operating system that enables USB playback and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) connectivity to allow mobile devices to mirror HD content to the monitors. The ST550K is an all-in-one smart signage solution packed with everything needed to deploy and manage content in retail shops, restaurants, and corporate settings.
Black Box MediaCento IPX HDMI-over-IP
The BlackBox MediaCento IPX HDMIover-IP solution uses standard Ethernet to distribute high-quality HD video. Adding the MediaCento IPX Controller to the system turns it into an IP-based matrix switch, which allows users to route video from any source to any screen. The controller also allows up to 64 displays to be combined into a videowall and provides the user with dynamic control through an easy Web-based user interface or a mobile device.
Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 12G
Blackmagic Design’s Smart Videohub 12G is an advanced model of the Smart Videohub router family with 12G-SDI technology that helps users manage the distribution of video to all screens from one central location, or even over the Internet. With the move to Ultra HD underway, broadcasters who are using high frame rates are also looking to ensure all equipment purchased can support these same frame rates as well as adding Ultra HD support. Smart Videohub 12G has been developed to meet the needs of these broadcasters by including a native 12G-SDIbased design with full SDI re-clocking at 12G-SDI rates. It can handle any SD, HD, or Ultra HD video format, all on the same router, all at the same time. It is available in 12x12, 20x20, and 40x40 configurations.
The BrightSign 4K line is a family of fan-less, solid-state, commercial 4K players offering high-performance and supporting all of the new technology standards of the True 4K Ecosystem. At the top of the line is the 4K1142 4K digital sign player that includes a 4K video engine capable of dual 4K and full HD decoding simultaneously. It also offers content support including HTML5, live media feeds, and IP streaming. The GPIO port offers basic interactivity, while the Ethernet port supports networked interactivity for synchronized videowalls, mobile device interactivity, and messaging between BrightSign and third-party devices. It also has the ability to play Live HDTV alongside messaging, making it a flexible digital signage controller for many applications. The HDMI 2.0 input plays any broadcast content—even protected HDCP content. It also includes two USB 3.0 ports for added flexibility. The built-in wired networking supports POE, UDP commands, videowalls, and remote content updates. BrightSign software can be used to create, preview, publish, and manage presentations and is included for free.
Cabletime 782 4K Media Player
The Cabletime MediaStar 782 full 4K media player is a multi-zone signage platform as well as a 250 channel “live” stream IPTV receiver with 8G (expandable to 2TB) solid-state memory. The full 4K resolution can be configured with an HTML5 webpage to simultaneously display different forms of media across different dynamic zones. Zones can contain video playout. It also can display RSS text feeds, smooth scrolling tickers, real-time clocks, and HTML webpages (including Ajax for live updates). It supports a range of Qt Quick graphic widgets. In addition, the 782 has IR Blaster output and six external contact closures in a 180x133x28 mm package powered by PoE or 5VDC supply.
The Christie Digital FHQ981-L 98in. flatpanel delivers stunning image quality, contrast, and color-rich images for business, education, houses of worship, small control rooms, and digital signage applications. Providing a seamless canvas and an alternative to traditional 2x2 tiled 46in. displays, the 98in. flatpanel is compatible with digital signage devices and media players including Christie Spyder and Christie Pandoras Box. The FHQ981-L is equipped with built-in speakers, multi-window capability, along with an OPS slot for compatibility with digital signage devices and pluggable media players, managing up to four feeds simultaneously.
DVIGear DisplayNet DN-100TX
DVIGear’s DisplayNet is a new concept for AV distribution that leverages proven 10GbE Ethernet technology to switch, extend, and distribute uncompressed AV signals in realtime with resolutions up to 4K (UHD). DisplayNet delivers unprecedented levels of scalability, versatility, and reliability with zeroframe latency, compression, or artifacts. It supports multiple applications including point-topoint extension, limitless matrix switching, videowall display, and multiviewer.
Eiki International’s new EK-800U single-chip WUXGA (1920x1200) DLP projector with 12,000 ANSI lumens and 5000:1 (DA:ON) contrast ratio is a good choice for large-venue digital signage applications. The unit can be installed in a 360-degree vertical angle configuration and can be placed at any vertical angle to accommodate space requirements. Advanced blending, warping, and color matching make installation easy and flexible. Customization attributes include a color wheel for high brightness and an option for rich color. Inputs include HDBaseT, HDMI, DVI-D, and 3G-SDI. The EK-800U can operate on 110V to 220V.
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL
The Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL projector combines high-lumen projection with full HD, WUXGA performance in a sleek black casing—ideal for digital signage applications. With 10,000 lumens of color brightness and 10,000 lumens of white brightness, the Z10005UNL makes content shine, even in high ambient light. Featuring 3LCD, 3-chip technology, and the latest connectivity—including HDBaseT and 3G-SDI—this powerful performer delivers uncompromised image quality and professional-grade reliability. In addition, the projector offers flexible installation with seven optional lenses, lens shift, curved edge blending, portrait mode, and 360-degree projection features.
Extron SMD 202
The Extron SMD 202 is a compact, H.264 streaming media player and decoder that provides the flexibility and performance required to integrate media playback and live streaming, making it ideal for digital signage applications. The SMD 202 can present a locally connected AV signal, decode a live streaming source, or playback media files from internal memory, removable SD card, local USB, or network storage. It supports use of a wide range of media file container formats and streaming protocols, making it adaptable for use with a variety of encoded media. Advanced signal processing, scaling, and aspect ratio management deliver high-quality signals to AV displays. The SMD 202’s multilanguage onscreen display—OSD, provides an intuitive interface for setup, and source selection from the front panel or a handheld remote. Designed for use in professional AV systems, the SMD 202 can be managed using Ethernet, RS-232, or wired IR control connections.
KanexPro HDBASE 100ME
The KanexPro HDBASE100ME is a 4K-compliant transmitter and receiver set that enables users to route ultra-high definition signals of up to 330ft. over single Cat-6 using HDBaseT technology. The rugged, heat-resistant solution is utilized by one of the largest American coffee chains to extend digital AV media reliability to its drive-thru menus. The KanexPro HDBASE100ME went through rigorous testing in various conditions, such a temperatures ranging from 69 degrees to -20 degrees celsius for eight hours a day in one week and passed unanimously before being selected at the device of choice for the coffee chain. With two Ethernet ports on both units used to connect standard network devices such as 100Base-T routes, switchers, and hubs for LAN access, the HDBASE100ME is ideal for use with HDMI devices, which require remote extension to display supporting resolutions up to 4K UHD.
Keywest Technology Breeze
Keywest Technology’s Breeze Digital signage system is a digital signage SaaS service that reduces reliance on expensive hardware, eliminates costly maintenance routines, and greatly increases system capabilities and reliability. The system is scalable and built to run on the Cloud-based networks. The system is also modularized and customizable for installations on either public or private cloud networks while maintaining SaaS features.
Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and C-Series-based turnkey videowall systems allow signage integrators to deploy high-impact display walls that are reliable and easy to install. C-Series powers 4K displays for high-resolution monitor support, provides outstanding video performance with advanced multi-monitor capabilities, and offers EDID management via intuitive software to simplify both portrait and landscape installations. The cards feature 2GB of onboard memory and secure mini Display-Port connectivity. Matrox C680 drives up to six 4K/UHD displays to deliver expansive, eye-catching configurations from a singleslot card. Matrox C420 is ideal for use in the small-form-factor systems needed in tight signage setup spaces. It is also a fast quad card with passive cooling, for increased reliability and silent operation.
Middle Atlantic DisplayStation Series
Middle Atlantic’s DisplayStation series is a new collection of carts, stands, and monitor walls that are application-engineered for easy integration. Every model is designed for professionally finished installations with a support channel featuring an integrated power strip and convenient cable management system that simplifies wiring during installation and servicing. The DisplayStation series is ideal for simple video teleconferencing, presentation, and digital signage systems while the monitor walls are well-suited for simple surveillance and monitoring systems, and digital signage applications.
NEC OPS-PCIB- PH
The NEC OPS-PCIB-PH’s internal Intel Broadwell Core i5-based PC adheres to the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) and increases the operational flexibility of a compatible NEC display for any digital signage application. The OPS-PCIB-PH is ideal for quick-service restaurants, education, corporate, rental and staging, medical, and retail applications. Commanding 2.9GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU, utilizing the Intel Broadwell architecture, it provides enough processing power to run the highest end content with uninterrupted playback. Double the amount of memory can be used in its new architecture, resulting in much faster speeds.
The Opticis OMM-2500 enables switching up to 32 DVI (electrical/optical/dual-link)/HDMI/SDI/DisplayPort inputs to 32 digital displays by using general PC software like Hyperlink terminal, telnet, or a Web browser. Easy programming is accomplished in various manners such as manual input of front key or command line (ASCII or Binary code) input with various interfaces of RS-232, and TCP/IP and it offers you flexible installation with other video controllers or control software. Optical DVI input and output cards work perfectly with OPTICIS 1 fiber DVI extension module, DVFX-100, and maximum 1Km DVI signal extension can be managed with this combination. It also supports wide-range compatibility with respect to systems, consisting of various sources, and various digital monitors. It has been designed not only to fully execute the DDC/HDCP function, but also to have users designate EDID to inputs for wide compatibility. Embedded video signal generator and diagnostic function help the user solve the installation problem with easy and optional quad multi-viewer card, QDVIO, saving installation cost.
The Opticomm-Emcore CX-1HDMI-IR provides a professional way to extend HDMI with HDBaseT, RS-232, and bidirectional IR, in realtime, over Cat-X. With CX-1HDMIIR, users can transmit high-quality 3D digital video with HDMI specification from DVD players, Blu-ray players, PS3, and any other kinds of sources compliant with TMDS, to distant display monitors, including HDMI-or DVI-enabled TV sets or LCD PC monitors. Compatibility is further insured with advanced design for the latest HDMI technology, deep color video, DTS-HD audio, Dolby TrueHD audio, and HDCP support.
SBPanasonic LF8P Series
The new Panasonic LF8P series of professional LCD displays includes the company’s all-new Android and HTML5-based Embedded Open Platform, allowing for easy porting of digital signage software to the displays and thus, eliminating the need for external media players. This software platform will create a fertile ecosystem for the development of third-party applications, specifically for digital signage, commercial enterprise, and the classroom. The LF8P series is available in 42in., 49in., and 55in. models, and offer high brightness with stunning picture quality and eye-catching visibility. In addition, these displays are built for continuous 24/7 reliable operation.
Planar Systems released the next-generation of its UltraRes Series 4K LCD display line, designed for ultra-high resolution commercial applications. The line is available in 98in., 84in., and a new 75in. diagonal screens that include built-in MediaPlex Plus processing, allowing multiple sources to be viewed simultaneously and managed more efficiently. Multiple sources can be viewed in dual, triple, quad, or picture-in-picture (PiP) layouts. Images can be precisely controlled and adjusted, and content can be scaled up and down within any layout. In addition, users can save, recall and schedule preset configurations. It supports native 4K resolution at up to 60Hz that can be driven via single-cable HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2. It includes a built-in expansion slot that supports Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) and makes the display compatible with any OPS module, including the Planar ContentSmart 4K media player to help users design, manage, and playback digital signage content. Planar UltraRes Touch displays support up to 32 simultaneous touch points and are ideal for multi-user applications.
Shuttle NS01ANOVI SFF digital signage player
Shuttle Computer Group’s new SFF digital signage player comes preconfigured with NoviSign software that makes interactive digital signage simple and easy to use. It boasts RS -2 3 2 C for ease of installation; an SD card reader; optional Nvidia and AMD docking stations; built-in 10/100/1000Mbps LAN interface; and supports Wake On LAN functions for automatic remote operation. The NS01ANOVI is equipped with the newest 802.11 ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for data transfer that is significantly enhanced, efficient, and quick. With all the functions needed for solid playback and basic computing, the Shuttle Nano NS01ANOVI boasts great connectivity with multiple I/O ports—HDMI, mini Display-Port, RS-232, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, and Gigabit LAN—users can connect to expansion devices and peripherals for any digital signage operation.
Stewart Filmscreen Fideledy Vision
Stewart Filmscreen’s Fideledy Vision is designed for digital signage, broadcast, and staging applications. This screen system transforms LED displays, known for bright but harsh and pixelated appearances, creating a diffuse, film-like appearance while also curing the annoying moiré interference that plagues broadcasters and filmmakers. Stewart Filmscreen engineers, developed the Fideledy Vision system to give LED videowalls a true cinematic appearance.
The SunBrite SB 8418UHD is the first 8 4in. 4K UHD outdoor display that is designed from the ground-up for permanent and year-round outdoor installation. It is one of the largest weatherproof outdoor displays available in the market, according to the company, and is fully resistant to dust, moisture, rain, snow, ice, salt corrosion, insects, and extreme temperatures. The new 84in. is part of SunBriteTV’s Pro Series line, designed for more extreme applications.
Tightrope Media Systems Carousel Digital Signage
Tightrope Media Systems’ latest version of Carousel Digital Signage provides new tools to accelerate content rendering speed across out-of-home networks of any size. The updates, now available in the recent Carousel 6.5 release, improve core processing and memory utilization for increased rendering times. The Carousel 6.5 enhancements allow network operators to seamlessly scale networks to an infinite number of screens and locations, without adversely affecting network performance. The faster rendering performance specifically benefits the creation and distribution of weather bulletins, RSS feeds, and other time-sensitive content that requires realtime display. To achieve this, Carousel 6.5 amplifies its server performance to more effectively scale across multiple cores. Tightrope’s Carousel enterprise servers are easily scaled by adding further processing cores as the number of player end-points escalates.
The ViewSonic CDE7060T 70in. full HD interactive LED display solution is perfect for interactive businesses and 21st century classroom applications. Preinstalled with ViewSonic’s easy-to-use View-Board software, the 10-point touch-enabled display lets multiple users write, highlight, edit, and transform documents onscreen in realtime. Bundled with optional Solstice collaboration software, any number of users can instantly and wirelessly connect and share from their device and control the display, fostering collaboration. For example, multiple users in a conference room can stream content from their laptops and mobile phones directly to the interactive screen, and teachers can deliver lesson plans from their tablets and PCs as students interact with the display in front of the class. The display and software combo offer a turnkey solution for BYOD conference rooms, classrooms, and huddle spaces.
Vizio’s 120in. Reference series RS120-B3 with Dolby Vision HDR is the ultimate in digital signage due to the combination of its extremely bright full-array LED backlight, ultra high-definition 4K-resolution and large, seamless screen size. The most important factor in digital signage is visibility. Achieving that type of visibility requires a big, bright image that usually comes from a clunky videowall, or an expensive LED-based Jumbotron-type display that cannot be viewed up close—the individual LEDs are simply too big. Thanks to the high dynamic range capability and high contrast of the full array LED backlight, the TV is capable of outputting 800 nits, or more than 2.5 times the brightness of a typical display, while still retaining excellent black levels. Both the high contrast and ultra HD 4K resolution of the panel allows the user to see it from a distance and still walk up close to it and resolve fine details. In addition, because of the large-screen size, viewers no longer have to suffer with the distracting screen frames that would otherwise be visible in a videowall system. Instead, the user can see one seamless image.
Designed to deliver realtime visual communications to the right audience, at the right time, on the right device, the X2O Media visual communications platform transforms enterprises into digital workplaces by providing tools to create dynamic visual channels. Similar to miniature TV networks, channel-based communications allow organizations to turn data linked to internal and external sources into content-led messaging that is interactive, targeted, and highly engaging. X2O recently introduced the X2O Join Connected Desktop, an application that lets users see the same, as well as new channels on their desktop, in addition to seeing them on digital displays and videowalls. This allows users to keep in touch with company and department news and receive realtime alerts—all from their desktop.
Shuttle Computer Group
Tightrope Media Systems