Digital Signage Hardware
Dec 10, 2012 2:30 PM, By Bennett Liles
Loaded in a miniature chassis designed for 24/7 operation, the MXS-NONO-MZP MediaZone Wallmount System from KeyWest Technology includes RS-232 control, USB 2.0 ports, LAN connections, stereo audio I/O, and DVI video. Interactive, Wi-Fi, and streaming video input are available as options. Each player comes with MediaZone Editor Pro, the Windows 7-compatible digital signage software. The small unit includes a 258MB onboard memory, 1GB RAM, Direct-X 9.0 along with a 160GB hard drive, and it runs on a 12VDC external power adapter.
The NC1100 media player from LG Electronics is an external unit that attaches directly to the back of a display and has an embedded Windows XP operating system. The player has a USB 2.0 port, a four-in-one multicard slot, a PCI mini express card slot, an HDMI output, and a LAN port in addition to a microphone input and audio line level output connection. The NC1100 provides up to 1920x1080 at 60Hz display resolution and 32GB storage capacity. The unit comes with integrated menu-driven management software.
Voyager is Magenta Research’s award-winning, fiber-optic-based product line designed to switch, extend, and/or distribute pro AV signals. Using its FiberMax engine, Voyager provides multiple-output transmitters and daisy-chainable receivers, along with upgradable matrix switching solutions from eight to 640 ports. The system can switch uncompressed 1920x1200 video with HDCP at 60Hz, 8-channel 24-bit DTS-HD Master audio, and bi-directional RS-232 up to distances of 18 miles. With its interoperable building block components, Voyager can work 24/7/365 as the heart of a comprehensive digital signage system.
Mitsubishi has launched two edge-lit LED monitors. The narrow-bezel flagship 70in. MDT701S and 55in. MDT552S LED monitors feature an Intel Open Pluggable Standard (OPS) card slot for easy installation and maintenance. They also come with built-in speakers that fire toward the bottom to eliminate reverberation. Both monitors feature a built-in, plug-and-play USB hub and are Crestron Connected displays. The monitors can be monitored, managed, and controlled using either RoomView Express or Fusion RV. They have front and rear ambient light sensors that adjust the monitor’s brightness level and balance image brightness for optimum viewing.
The OPS platform is an industry-wide standard for the design and development of digital signage to simplify installation and maintenance. OPS-PCIC devices from NEC are designed for high-end, high-load digital content in applications including airports, quick-service restaurants, and higher education. With a 2.5GHz Intel Dual Core i5 CPU and Windows 7 embedded, OPS-PCIC devices provide complete connectivity with an integrated Ethernet connection, DisplayPort output, and four USB ports. They also prevent the hassle of hiding PC cables and protect internal components in a stainless steel chassis.
Capable of playing up to 1080p video through its HDMI output and VGA with sound on a 2.5mm mini connection, the HDMP-1000 can store 2GB on SD or CF memory or up to 16GB as an option. Opticis offers the unit with Sinus Server Pro network management software, making it capable of managing an IP network for all connected players and enabling users to monitor and control all displays and players. The unit includes a USB 2.0 port, and it ships with a 12V power supply.
Unveiled in August, the Panasonic LF5 series digital signage displays feature a videowall friendly 18.6mm bezel and 500 cd/m² brightness along with the ability to switch to the next incoming video signal in the case of a signal interruption. The monitors also provide Eco Mode, which detects the ambient light level and controls the brightness of the backlight accordingly. The TH-47LF5U is the larger of the two LF5 models with a 46.9in. diagonal viewing area, 1920x1080 resolution, and a serial control loop-through.
Unveiled by Planar Systems at InfoComm this year, the Ultralux series zero-bezel LCD displays aim for the 60in., 70in. and 80in. screen market with a 3in. depth in either freestanding or wall-mount configurations. For technicians, the displays incorporate a kickstand device that angles the screen away from the wall for easy access to the ports and electronics. Among the options are onboard media player mounting and six-point multi-touch for interactive applications. The screen is protected by Planar’s Extended Ruggedness and Optics protective glass.
The Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) developed by Prysm consists of a 450nm wavelength laser engine, a laser processor, and a phosphor panel. Among the company’s varied line of LPD products is the Digital Spectacular, a 150in. diagonal screen system with 1920x1440 resolution, 1.6mm pixel pitch, and 14-bit color processing. The unit consists of a set of LPD tiles, a backing frame, an optional enclosure, an image processor, and a standard power connector. The video input formats include VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, and component.
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