Digital Signage Hardware
Dec 10, 2012 2:30 PM, By Bennett Liles
The 32-pixel Premium Ticker from Rise Display shows graphics or logos in full 24-bit color and is housed in a 10.6in. cabinet that can be horizontally extended from 6ft. in increments of 3in., and it can be ceiling or wall mounted. The display can conform to concave or convex surfaces showing characters up to 9.6in. tall, and it contains a built-in network connected controller. With a brightness spec up to 5500 nits, it can be used in high ambient light environments and it can be fitted with custom angled corners.
For interactive digital signage installations Samsung has designed the TS series 82in. Interactive LCD display with 1920x1080 native resolution, 178/178-degree viewing angle, lamp error detection, anti-retention, brightness and temperature sensing, built-in 10W speakers, and a protective 3mm LCD glass panel. The MagicInfo-Pro content management software runs on an internal network connected Windows XP operating system, and it communicates with the display on an RS-232 serial connection, which can be looped through to other units. Operational power consumption is 930W, which drops to 1W in standby mode.
SmartAVI offers SignWall, a videowall processor that is expandable from 2x2 to 4x4, and up to four SignWall processors can be linked to play in sync on 16 displays. When an HD video player is connected, the processor can capture the HD video in realtime while the SignWatchPro software captures live video or transmits still images of the displays to FTP, phone, or email for monitoring and verification. The unit can be controlled via IP and in turn can control the connected displays through RS-232.
The new FWD-S55H2 55in. pro display from Sony with direct LED backlight generates 1000 cd/m² brightness and can be remote controlled through either LAN or serial interfaces. Capable of operating in portrait or landscape orientation, the unit can input HDMI, DVI, and analog video on HD-15, composite, and component ports; it can also use its option slot to allow use of other formats such as HD-SDI. It can also extend a progressive video signal across multiple displays up to 4x4 without external hardware, and there is a pair of 7W speakers built-in.
Southern Vision Systems offers the voLANte system as a complete solution for digital signage signal distribution using IP packets over standard Ethernet/fiber networks. Fully managed with Conductor management software, the system components can interconnect with other Ethernet devices and send any source to any display. Sources and displays can be added by connecting units such as the VMT 105 standalone encoder and the VRR standalone decoder. These components carry RS-232 control signals as well as video and sound for the displays, and the lines can be extended through multiple Ethernet switches.
Capable of using its video outputs independently or tying them together for a videowall application, the TVOne CORIOmaster can dedicate one output as a multi-viewer. The windows can be designed, positioned, and rotated up to 360 degrees on the predefined layout and up to four layouts can be used at the same time. Video outputs can be warped for projection on curved surfaces, and graphics can be loaded through the rear-panel USB port. The 4RU device automatically recognizes and configures input or output modules inserted into the 16 universal AV slots.
The CDP6530 full HD commercial display from ViewSonic has a 65in. screen with 1920x1080 resolution; two built-in 12W speakers; two 12W speaker output terminals; and a versatile range of inputs including HDMI, DVI, VGA, S-Video, component, and composite video. For videowall applications, there is also RS-232 control loop-through and daisy-chain capability for VGA and composite video. Videowalls of up to 10x10 displays can be assembled. Designed for 24/7 operation, the CDP6530 also has an internal scheduler. For easier power wiring in videowall designs, there is also an AC output connector.
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